The Weekly Smile for the 19th of September, 2022 #weeklysmile

Hi all! This week I am going to try something a little different for the Smile. Well, different in a way, maybe. Perhaps.

I have two dogs, Fiyero and Idina. Fiyero is a boxer and is about 8 months older than Idina. Idina is a mixed breed rescue. She is also alpha. They get along great, play together all of the time, and such. But there are some things… For instance, I have a doggy bed by my computer. Fiyero occasionally likes to stay in it. As soon as Idina walks into the room, Fiyero gets up. It is hers, she is queen. Alpha.

As alpha, she is also the protector of the family. An example is that if the dogs hear a noise, she will bark at the door while Fiyero comes and gets me. There are other ways she protects “the pack”, some more annoying than others, but the “one dog barks and Idina rushes the door” routine is the most common.

At night she likes the foot of the bed to guard the bedroom door. Nothing can get in. In fact, she often keeps the cats out, which we don’t like. If Fiyero gets too close, she growls, and he gets on top of me for protection. Great. Sometimes if Fiyero gets up at night, he has a hard time getting back on the bed. He does not want to get close to Idina, yet he doesn’t want to climb on top of us to get up.

It’s a dilemma.

Except he does have tricks up his sleeve. He is very clever. He is a boxer, after all.

He got up early Sunday morning (3 or 4 AM) and couldn’t get back up on the bed. Sometimes he whines until a human helps. On Sunday he barked. One short bark, and Idina took notice. A minute later, a few quick barks and Idina got up and charged the door, barking.

The little stinker of a boxer ran into the room the second she left and jumped on the bed. By the time she realized she had been had, he was comfy in his normal place.

Idina got back up and settled down.

Fiyero used to do this trick a little more often, but Idina quickly caught on. This weekend was the first time he had tried that trick in at least 6 months.

I call it “The (Descendant of) Wolf Who Cried ‘Boy'”. It works a few times, but eventually, yeah, sure there’s a boy at the door trying to break in. Give it up already. But Fiyero knows that if you wait long enough, the other (descendant of) wolves may forget.

So that was my smile for the week, Fiyero’s little ruse to get back on the bed in the middle of the night.

What made you smile?


Come on, I’m sure you smiled at least once last week.  Why don’t you share it?  I hope you can join in!

Here is list of “rules” and guiding ideas.  If you don’t have time to read it right now, just remember that this is an exercise to spread positivity.  Don’t smile about the misfortune of others.  Don’t smile in a way to excludes others.  Make sure a 12 year old can read it.

To join in, write a post to share your smile and then leave a comment on this post with a link to your smile.  Or, if you prefer, do a pingback to this post (pingback = have a link from your post to this one) (Note – pingbacks have been very inconsistent – please leave a comment :) ).   You can post any time until next Sunday evening (to be simple, I will say midnight GMT, which is 7 PM Sunday for me).  Note – I am no longer compiling the smiles into a weekly post as I used to – Sorry, I do not have time.

33 thoughts on “The Weekly Smile for the 19th of September, 2022 #weeklysmile

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  2. Natasha

    I loved this little anecdote about Idina and Fiyero.
    And what fascinating personality types!

    A new twist to Weekly Smiles, indeed. Wish you could share some pictures of them too, Trent.

    I’m hoping to join in this week soon.

    Have a good rest of the week!

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Just like people, all animals have their own personality, and watching them can be so fun :) I used to share a lot of photos of the dogs, but it has been a while. I should try to get some again some time.
      I hope you can join in! With or without a smile post, have a wonderful week :)

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      In ways two dogs are better than one because they do keep each other company and play together. Of course, like people, they sometimes squabble and thus the trickery described here occurs… Fieryo is a character from the play Wicked and Idina is a Broadway singer who was in Wicked, but known to most from the Disney cartoon, Frozen.


  4. Shannon

    😂 Too funny! Mine tried a variation on this when his Jack Russell boss was still with us, only he’d bark at the door and run back to the table during meal times. At night she’d sleep on him so there was no escape. 😁

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  5. Diana

    Aww, dogs are so smart! Love it! My cats will take my chair/couch spot sometimes in the evenings after I’ve warmed the seat. I just move to a different spot. We only have one dog so there’s no competition for her to worry about. I’m smiling!! Have a great week! 😀


    1. trentpmcd Post author

      The dogs are a lot of fun. Whenever there is more than one dog, one will take the alpha position. Dogs aren’t’ sexist, so it can be a male or female, though it seems I’ve seen more alpha-females than alpha-males.

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