Scrolling through, I adored the picture, and then came to a post on a topic near and dear to my heart: Smart dogs.
A very good article called Beware the Smart Dog is linked, and makes quite a lot of good points. I brag about having a smart dog, and about how many tricks Elka knows, but there are times that I could almost wish her mind was a little active and inquisitive. There are times I wish she would be happy to just chill out without making a production out of it. There are times I just don't want to be clever in order to give Elka something to think about, and the Kong (or Monster Mouth) + treats + peanut butter is a regular cop out. Other times, I get over myself, get out the clicker, and we work on something. Or I ask her to find socks for me, and I do laundry.
There are times, I admit it, I want "me time", not necessarily "me and Elka" time. Kind of hard, when she would happily crawl into my chest cavity and sleep there, were it possible. She whines when I'm in the bathroom frequently (we're working on it....still) or picks that time to bark at...the wind? The neighbor's cat meowing? Our other neighbors coming home? I'm not always sure.
It always ends up worth it, though. She does something that makes me smile, laugh, and relax. The connections that she makes with that massive intelligence are frequently awesome, and the understanding she has of the people around her can be really great. She is entirely without guile, and the world is just a wonderment to her. On a walk recently, Elka pounced after some leaves blowing in the wind, and then looked up at me brightly, as if to say "Did you SEE that? Isn't it GREAT?"
Yes, Elka. It's pretty great.