Dog Artistry?

Several years ago I saw a story on t.v. about a dog who constantly arranged its toys in artistic patterns in the back yard.The dog had tons of stuffed toys and she would place them around the yard grouped by type, size, and assemble them in circles, squares and triangles on the lawn. The owner would gather the toys and pile them all up on the back and the dog would do it all over again.

After more than an hour on YouTube I was unable to find anything about this phenomenon. Perhaps it was from pre-YouTube days.

What made me think about this comes from the house’s resident mutt, Charlotte.

In a nearby wooded patch Charlotte found a treasure trove of huge bones which she faithfully brings back to the house to gnaw on at her leisure. This morning I noticed that she had arranged them on the lawn at the side of the house in this pattern.

I hadn’t noticed the arrangement of the bones before this morning. What is interesting is that every now and then  she will take one of the bones from the collection over to the blanket she lies on and chew on it for a while and then replace it when she’s finished.

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  1. Charlotte’s a real beauty! And either smart or artistic or both, from the look of those bones. Don’t you just wonder what goes on in their heads?

    I was thinking about your birds today. I’ve managed to attract some red finches and house finches, somehow. They’re pretty – as much color as I get around here, except for the bluejays. There’s at least one baby now, too. It’s great television for the cat. The feeder’s right outside the window here on the balcony railing, and she just lays and watches. She’ll lunge at any stray pigeon that comes by, but that’s ok by me!

    Charlotte is pretty, and I’ll go with artistic over smart. One thing I’m sure of is that dogs DO think. I’ve seen it so many times with my Penny where conscious decisions were made. A complete thought process worked out.

    There are so many birds here, many specific to Chiriqui Province. Besides our resident hummingbird there is a small bird called the White-Ruffed Manakin that I see quite often in the flower garden in front of the house. The male is jet black with a contrasting white vee around the throat. I find myself thumbing though the Second Edition of A Guide To The Birds of Panama by Ridgely and Gwynne several times a week.