Sam just had another birthday. He’s a decade old now and he’s feeling the effects of being the old dog in the house especially with the arrival of four month old, Cooper. Sam plans to teach Cooper about life on the farm. Sam has ten years of experience living here. He’s sure Cooper will benefit from his wisdom and sage advice.
Sam was three months old when he arrived on the farm. Back then, he was the only dog on the property. He quickly realized it was his job to train his humans.
Sam likes humans, they are nice if you train them right. For instance, Sam realized early on that humans like cuteness. The first thing he thinks Cooper must learn is to look as cute as possible around his humans. This way even if he does something bad, the humans won’t care because he looks so cute. Wiggle, roll over and do tricks…anything to make his humans think you look “so-o-o cute!” A trained human is a happy human. So, Sam wants Cooper to know the power of his cuteness.
Secondly, Sam thinks Cooper should know that humans don’t like barking dogs. Barking dogs are so offensive to humans that they have coined a phrase,
“Oh my barking dogs!”
Sam’s heard this is about sore feet, but he isn’t sure how feet could bark. Anyway, he wants Cooper to know that he should cut the barking as much as possible. It’s okay to bark if someone comes to the door. Humans like that. It gives them the sense of security. Even though a tiny puppy like Cooper couldn’t protect them if he tried. Humans can be unpredictable.
Sam will also teach Cooper to make his humans feel like they’re in control. Sam has learned that humans like to control their dogs. So Sam will teach Cooper to go along with them, and pretend to obey his owners. It makes them feel very happy.
Since Sam first came to the farm, several other dogs and their owners have come and gone. Of course, his cousin, Mason, used to live on the farm, but he moved to the city. Now that Mason is a city dog, he doesn’t laugh at Sam’s silliness like he used to, but Mason likes to come visit the farm whenever he can and he still plays with Sam…most of the time.
Sam misses Mason and before he left for the city. Sam gave Mason the best advice anyone dog could give their dog friend. Don’t poop inside. In fact, Sam plans to share this advice with Cooper right away since he’s heard that poor old Coop has had a couple of accidents.
Sam knows how much humans hate poop…they hate it so much they carry little bags with them during walks to clean up behind their dogs so you’d never know the dog just pooped. Humans have some strange habits, and Sam thinks this is one of them.
Sam has some other dog buddies that now live on the farm with him. One of his best friends is Irie. He loves romping in the backyard with her even though she’s pretty young and energetic.
Sam didn’t know he was a senior dog until his human told him. His human laughed when she told him he was having a senior dog check-up. His human got a good laugh out of it. Sam doesn’t know what a senior is, but he’s glad his human thought it was funny. He wasn’t so happy about all the poking, prodding and needle sticking he got at the vet as his senior check-up…and his human wasn’t so excited about the bill. He hopes he won’t get another senior check-up for a long time.
Sam is still training his humans. He thinks he’s mastered the art of cuteness because when you think of it, cuteness has no age limit. Smart senior Sam.