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Jaxson is my Mercury Retrograde Pet. This is the only feasible explanation to his bizard behavior since March 6th.

It was the first week of of the month and you would have thought Jaxson was auditioning to be the poster pup for disobedience. As the young people say –

He had become – EXTRA.

Transition? As in stubborn, and down right demon doodle defiant.

For him to follow a basic command, I had to turn into a hip hop rap artist shouting his name so many times I started singing it with a funky beat.


In 2019, Mercury will be in retrograde three times –

  • March 5 to 28
  • July 7 to August 2
  • October 31 to November 20 

Initially, I didn’t make the connection. It started to make sense later that afternoon when another therapy dog came into the hospital and I noticed her pet parent wore the same look of frustration…

Borden the Labradoodle Therapy Dood

Borden is usually a very quiet dog, but this day he was like an overtired toddler. He cried, whined and would not stop.

Susan and I commiserated but as she left the office she said –

Something must be in the air to make these guys so crazy.

And that’s when it hit me! Was mercury in retrograde?


Last week at work, he was determined to get us both suspended, (w/o pay no doubt) for bad behavior!

Usually when I slip out to retrieve paper from the copier, grab a bottle of water, or speak to a co-worker a few feet away from me, I can leave the gate open because he knows I’m coming back…

Our “gated community” at work!

Not Thursday! 

On Thursday he’d bolt every time like a runaway. When I used my “Doodle Mom” voice (yes I have one) he would lay there and whimper…

Harley’s in the back – distancing himself from Jax’s peculiar behavior

I went to the bathroom once and came back to hear him barking at a volunteer. That’s not cool for a therapy dog.

Could the astrologers be on to something?


Three times a year, it appears as if the planet Mercury is going backwards (or moving in the opposite direction to Earth).

But this backwards movement is an illusion – 

Similar to the one you experience when you’re in a car on the highway moving faster than a train alongside of you. The train appears to be moving backward, but it’s just moving more slowly than you are.

Mother Nature Network

Because astrologers believe this has an effect on us earthlings, Mercury retrograde is blamed for everything from miscommunication, travel and learning.

Yet there is no science to back that up. #justputtingitoutthere


While Jaxson acts like he’s lost his ever-loving Doodle mind, it is fascinating to watch Harley prance through life like “business as usual.” 

Sunday I dropped them off for a bath. As I’m trying to pay for services rendered, Jaxson’s sampling the treat table like he’s at a buffet at the Golden Corral…

When I searched for answers about Mercury retrograde and the affects on pets, I found this and thought it was worth sharing – 

Mercury retrograde is also a time when many pets go missing, often due to gates or doors being left open by distracted owners. If your pet seems confused, don’t be alarmed. It’s totally normal during Mercury retrograde.



Well, I really don’t know. LOL

From all that I’ve read – whatever strange/unusual behavior your pet may exhibit during this timeframe will go away when this ends on the 28th. 

If not, the bakery/grooming salon we go to may not allow us to come back.

Are your pets displaying any odd behavior lately?

  • Kristin Clark
    March 11, 2019

    Yes! Barkley is being defiant and pouty and sad. In fact, both boys are! I couldn’t figure it out, but maybe you’re on to something here…

  • Monika, Sam & Elsa
    March 11, 2019

    Around here we just call it Monday. But I hear ya…sounds like someone is favoring his poodle heritage.

  • Madison
    March 12, 2019

    Mom says I’m super distracted all of the sudden. I do my sports, but I’m more interested in doing anything else I can find in the area. I have an important event on 3/29, so it is good to know my funk may be over then. Sometimes those weird natural things do mess with us here on earth.

  • Patricia Broccoli
    March 12, 2019

    Love this and to hear stories from other pet parents that I consider so much better trainers than I makes me feel better. I am going to keep track of this behavior and not feel so bad when Baxter gets a little crazy.

  • Jan K
    March 12, 2019

    Luke has been kind of whiny and “bratty” lately, stealing things and refusing to give them back! He’d also been ignoring us when he’s out in the yard and we call him in. But I think it’s been going on longer than since March 5th! I’ve chalked it up to cabin fever, and signed us up for an online class to work on some stuff! 🙂

  • Ducky's Mom
    March 15, 2019

    Ducky Doodle Demon Dog is always a bit crazy, though less so after a few hours at daycare or playing in the yard. Lately she’s been more subdued, but I think she’s just missing her sister.

    • Cathy Bennett
      July 23, 2019

      Sure she is – for her the struggle is real. She didn’t get the memo so she’s really trying to adjust and cope in the blind. Give her time, loads of love (like I know you’re already doing) and be patient. The best thing I could have ever done for Harley – was to allow him to say goodbye to Leo and that was done purely by accident. I didn’t know what I was doing – he was just with us. Ducky will be fine – because she has you!!!!

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