SAY WHAT?!

When I first brought Tippy home, almost 7 years ago, I filled her water bowl up from the faucet outside the garage.  When she got thirsty again that day, she walked right up the faucet and looked at me, expectantly.  I turned on the faucet and she started drinking straight the spigot.  She has been doing that ever since.

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I need a drink!

One of the things I have taught her is to “Say Please” when she wants a drink – that is to sit politely and wait.  One reason I want her to do that is that the sun shines on that area of the garage and the first bit of water coming out can be hot.

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May I have a drink, please?

This past summer I had to have my air conditioner worked on.  The man finished, and was standing at the door of his truck righting up the bill when Tippy decided she wanted a drink.  I said, “Say please.” like I always do, without thinking about it.

I noticed the repairman move and the look on his face was priceless.  It was a “Say what?” moment.

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Umm. Just exactly what do I need to be asking for politely?

I don’t know what was going through his head, but I’m pretty sure he thought I was telling him to say please for some netherious reason.  He did immediately realize I was talking to Tippy, but I had a good laugh about it after he left.

I have since been more mindful of my surrounds when giving Tippy commands.