With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Raider's Breakfast Dance

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Raider's Breakfast Dance


Here are just a few of the unique antics of our much loved
miniature schnauzer:


* He has an internal clock... he awakes each morning at almost the exact time (within a few minutes). No alarm clocks needed here!

 * After rousing John & I and heading down stairs, he heads to the kitchen where he begins his spinning ritual as his food is being scooped from its container.  It's two circles around then leaping and skipping to his bowl. He takes his first bite and stops until he hears the opening of the dishwasher (which is unloaded while he eats and prior to his first walk of the day). Only after the click of the door opening does he resume eating his bowl of food.

 * He loves popcorn and sits, staring intently up at the microwave while the popping occurs. He sits at attention, staring intently at those eating popcorn hoping for the occasional piece tossed his way.  He is able to snatch most pieces in mid-air even though some family members with sadistic tendencies make him do acrobatic maneuvers for each kernel tossed.

* He LOVES fruit! Even when he is alone in the kitchen he will stand by the counter where the bananas are stored making strange throaty sounds indicating his desire. No matter how quietly I take the vegetable peeler from the drawer, he comes running from the far reaches of the house in hopes there will be apples or other fruit peeled and shared with him. He loves all fruit with the exception of citrus. He also loves carrots.

* He has lots of toys but his favorite is a little cow that vibrates when it's string is pulled. Raider holds the end of the string with his teeth and shakes his head until he pulls the string and causes the moving action. When told to go find 'cow' he will usually find it and bring it back to play.

* He does 'rolly-polly' by rolling on his back for belly rubs.

* He is a great traveler even on long trips. He does not, however, like the toll takers and snarls most unkindly at them.

* He gets more comfortable that any other creature I have known. He seeks out all pillows and has been known to squeeze his little self precariously on the smallest of  them. If there was a stack of pillows he would do all in his ability to get to the top. 

*He likes to play "hide and seek". One of us hides and he seeks. I think he uses his sight more than his sense of smell because sometimes he has a hard time finding the hidden person.

did I mention how much I love this dog!

25 comments:

Snap said...

Too funny! Would never have guessed that Raider is your furbaby! !!!!!!
Fun post!

Dishesdone said...

What a fun mosaic, he is adorable! Love the Raider dance! I have three that do similar things as yours, don't you just love them! Mine love carrots, too, funny when they crunch them!

A Garden of Threads said...

What a great mosaic of your best friend. He is so cute. Have great week:)

Buttercup said...

He is too cute. Thanks so much for your birthday wishes!

Mary said...

Omigosh, he is so cute!!! And he sounds like quite a character. ;) thanks so much for sharing at MM. :)

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Oh that made me laugh. He is so darned cute.

Traci said...

Most adorable mosaic! Love all your Raider facts and I can see why you love him!

Mildred said...

It's fun to learn more about Raider and his likes and behavior. I love the pictures of him. We call Harriet's dance the "shuffle!"
Pets have a way of brightening ANY day, don't they? Hope you have a very nice week Lorraine.

EG Wow said...

Raider sounds precious! How could you possibly not love such a cutie...even if he does wake you up every morning?

Carol said...

Oh, how cute is that puppy!

Julie Harward said...

Hummm, I think you are a woman after my own heart, these little guys sure do get into our lives and hearts don't they?! He has the cutest face ever and a personality to match the face! :D

Lady Farmer said...

I generally prefer cats, but Raider is one of my favorite dogs! ~ even if I don't know him personally! I have been smitten with him since the first time I saw his photo (as a pup) on your sidebar! Love all his antics that you described. What a precious pooch!
Blessings!

Olga said...

Oh, he is adorable. And how smart! What a wonderful family member your have.

Suzy said...

He sounds a lot like my little Shih Tzu Jigs. Your guy is a cutie. Aren't they funny with their little rituals. I brought home some fava beans and sat at the kitchen table to peel them. Jigs was at my feet gazing up at me hoping I would toss him a shell..he knew for sure I had sugar snap peas which he loves. Funny thing is I haven't had any of those in the house since last summer!!! They don't forget. I ended up getting him a treat because he looked to dejected lol.

sewingseeds4U said...

I love this post. I would have never believed that we would allow our little dog to run our house but he does. Sometimes I think my husband puts up with the dogs snoring more than mine! Raider is definetly a cutie pie. Have a blessed week, Patty.

Ann said...

Love the mosaic. His morning dance is adorable. Raider sounds like he has a wonderful personality and I can certainly understand how he charmed his way into your heart :)

marie said...

First of all, that pup has way more energy than I do in the morning! I sure wish I felt like dancing before breakfast!
I haven't had a dog since I was a child (we've had cats) but if I were to ever get one I'd hope for one with a personality just like Raider!

The thought of him curled up on a tiny pillow keeps popping into my head ~ too cute!

Angel said...

Raider is Absolutely Adorable!! What a Beautiful and Talented little boy you have :) Also love the mosaic :)
Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me ~
Have a Wonderful week ~
Angel

linda said...

What a cutie!
Love the photos.

Life is good! said...

everybody needs to have a dog to love. yours is darling. popcorn is one of the few things my dog won't eat. but a tomato, he would do anything for!

The Watts Family said...

tehehehe that is just so cute!! Great Pictures ~Love Heather

Meri said...

Oh, how I miss my little dancing dog! She was a bichon frise named Latte who loved buttered popcorn.

Mary Lou said...

That is the funniest thing I've ever seen and the cutest dog..I could easily love him, popcorn, cow and all.

A Quiet, Gracious Life said...

Raider is ADORABLE! Aren't pets such a wonderful gift from the Lord? (o:

Joy said...

Soooo sweeeet!!

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