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Sharing Jaxson’s moment –  a dog trick gone wrong – seemed like the pawfect way to add a little laughter to your day. #preweekendchuckle


Teaching the Boys tricks has never been written on my “to-do” list. I admire those who do and would love to be in that category, but sometimes you’ve got to accept the fact there are just somethings you cannot do. #thisisone

That being said, I was A-mazed when –

  • Harley learned to sit patiently in front of the camera waiting for me to get a decent shot
  • Leo taught himself to carry his ball #wasntme

So naturally when Jaxson started to show promise with his chosen “circus doodle act” – I was thrilled.

You see, with absodoodletutely no prompting from me – Jaxson started closing doors.

First it was the bathroom door. He’d follow me in and before Harley could cross the threshold (behind him) he’d take that huge head of his and push the door shut.

It’s those little things in life that excite me  –  so for hours and then days afterwards I tried my best to hone in on this new found skill. #doodlegottalent

Imagine my delight the first time he used his head, nudged the door and then used his nose to push it shut. #hotdoodledog

I wanted to call The Ellen Show – but right before I pressed the dial button I realized – I needed video #ohsnapadoodle

For hours – I tried to pre-position myself in a variety of rooms –  to include the bathroom and even a closet #dontjudgeme

I was determined to get a video of him closing the door.

Wouldn’t you know it –  the first floor powder room was where I filmed a very lazy version…

But my faith never waivered #keephopealive

For days I continued to walk around the house and jet into tight spaces, camera ever ready.

Who said –

When you least expect it…


It was a little after six in the evening, the Boys had already eaten their dinner and we were back from our two mile walk.

Doodle Dad was in his office and I had sat down to answer a few emails. His television was on and I’m humming along with ITunes.#ourworld


Cathy, is Jax with you?

I turn around and look on the sofa (their usual hangout) and find only one bookend…


I swing around the other way and the chair is empty…


Immediately I rise and join Lee in the hallway, I call out and hear a bark but #seenodoodle


Our bedroom door was closed!


Jax had just performed his solo act. He’d #shutthedoodledoor. But he was the only one inside! 

I opened the door to find him sitting comfortably by the window catching a breeze watching the children ride their bicycles down the street.

He wasn’t upset. #chillaxin’

I on the other hand was furious because I didn’t have my camera #onetrackmind

I haven’t given up on the video for The Ellen Show yet, but since he’s mastered “closing doors” I think this weekend we’ll work on turning knobs #itcouldhappen


Have a great weekend – and be kind to someone


  • Sand Spring Chesapeakes
    January 29, 2016

    lol cute trick but yes you need to learn how to open them and get back out.

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 29, 2016

      PAWhaps I need to google and see how it’s done with knobs. I’ve seen YouTube videos of dogs slapping their hands on the long handles until the door opens, but I’m not sure about knobs LOL

  • Jan K
    January 29, 2016

    Aagh…all my hard work to teach Luke to close doors and your dog just does it spontaneously!! LOL However, closing himself in a room is a consequence I wouldn’t have anticipated! I’m still sitting here chuckling.
    Luke uses his skill mostly to close cabinet doors…he will close the house doors too but only on command so far. Maybe I’d better not encourage him to do so? 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 29, 2016

      I’m super conscience now about going into the garage for something in my pj’s I would die if he closed the door while I was out there and it was locked. This weekend I want to have a key made at the hardwood store so I can hide it in the garage for safe measure.

      • Jan K
        January 29, 2016

        Good plan! Better safe than sorry! 🙂

        • Cathy Bennett
          January 29, 2016

          I wish I could undo the magic trick Jan LOL

  • Emma
    January 29, 2016

    That is an interesting trick and so funny he likes to do that. We don’t train tricks either normally, not on Mom’s list of fun things to do. We have some things that may be considered tricks but they have more “just happened”. Those people that have “trick” dogs are admirable, but Mom has no desire to do the training part.

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 29, 2016

      I think all that you’ve learned with nose work is outstanding Emma. #impressive

  • April
    January 29, 2016

    Ha Ha…my doodle steals things out of people’s pockets…no joke he will walk up to you and see if you have pockets and if you do his nose enters the pocket and takes out everything in the pocket.

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 29, 2016

      Now that’s impressive #doodlemagic!

  • Callie, Shadow, and Ducky's Mom
    January 29, 2016

    My poodle, Kissy, used to steal things out of pockets too; but she waited until you weren’t looking and then do her stealing act. My Dad got mad at her one time b/cuz she took an important piece of paper out of his jacket and had started ripping it apart. I just said “you know she steals stuff from our pockets. You should have hung the jacket in the coat closet.”

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 29, 2016

      LOL – Sounds like something I would say. Lee is always trying to blame Jaxson for something – anything, but he’s so guilty i.e. leaving the closet door open – there goes the shoelaces 🙂

  • Murphy & Stanley
    January 29, 2016

    He’s a Dood, Ellen would love him! Me and Stanley know some tricks but not the door one. Maybe we will try it. Now how long was that door closed?

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 29, 2016

      I’m really not sure – If I had to guess, I would say about 20 minutes. Hard to tell because he was in my office when I initially sat down. I never heard him leave. PAWhaps he wasn’t traumatized or upset because he knew we were right outside the door.

  • Dashlilly
    January 30, 2016

    Wonderful. The doodles out here in Doodleville west are without tricks. Some days It is I who wants to close the door!!! Good work Jax,… now for the reverse.

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 30, 2016

      It’s a whining and crying mess when I try to close the door to any room. You would think someone was beating a doodle. LOL I don’t even try anymore!

  • Kimberly Gauthier
    January 30, 2016

    This is hilarious! I know what you mean about not having a camera ready when they do something amazing. I’m impressed with the door closing.

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 31, 2016

      I want to strap a camera to my forehead like the coal miners wear – so I am “ever ready” – because living with Jaxson is one big world of hilarious!

  • All Things Collie
    January 31, 2016

    That’s actually a pretty clever trick! We are impressed!

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 31, 2016

      Trust me – no one was more impressed than I LOL!

  • Monika
    February 1, 2016

    Your doodles boys are both so clever! Well done. As a purebred standard poodle, tricks are obviously beneath Sam’s dignity to perform (otherwise known as my dog is too simple and dim to learn do tricks). [wink] 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      February 3, 2016

      Is that our problem? Their paternal genes are preventing them from grasping how to do tricks? LOL From now on this will be my story and I’ll stick with it – “it’s beneath their dignity to perform” #loveit

  • Robin Smith
    May 25, 2016

    LOL..Elmo loves the cool feeling tile floors in the bathrooms – especially at night. The only problem is at night when he shuts himself in the bathroom then decides that he wants to get out. We now have a bungee cord we attach to the bathroom door handle and shower door handle.

    • Cathy Bennett
      May 25, 2016

      Welcome to Doodleville Robin! We’re so happy to meet you! Jaxson also seems to wander in the bathroom late at night for the cool tile floor. He doesn’t seem to mess with that door, but I might want to get some bungee just in case.

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