Bella, the dog whisperer?

There have been many times when I’ve wished Roxy could talk; to express what’s on her mind.

Life would be so much easier.

But then, other times I think, where’s the fun in that?

We acquired Roxy when she was only seven weeks old.

She was born on a farm, which I affectionately call, the “Daisy Hill Puppy Farm.”

Roxy came from a tiny litter; just her and her sister.

At the time, we were asked if we wanted both puppies, and because our house is quite small, we declined.

After spending two and a half years in Roxy’s loving company, this has been a decision I have deeply regretted.

After all, we could have had double the fun.

But alas, what’s done is done.

Roxy, being the social creature that she is, loves to meet up with friends at the dog park.

This makes me think growing up with her sister would have been a wonderful experience for her.

Nevertheless, she gets round the clock attention at Casa Bella, and I believe she’s happy.

Observing Roxy is one of my favorite pastimes.

She’s a very important “character” in my life and not a day goes by that I don’t thank the Universe for allowing her to be a part of our family.

Keeping company with little Roxy has taught me a lot about her; how she reacts; how she feels.

While I may not be Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer, I have arrogantly come to believe I have the ability to decipher Roxy’s conduct.

And today’s post serves to share that knowledge with all of you.

Is this interpretation subjective?

Will it be fun?
I hope so!


~ Like a baby, Roxy has a special whimper for “I’m hungry,” “Pay me attention,” and “I have to pee.”

~ While Roxy may not understand what you’re saying, she’s sensitive to the pitch and tone of your voice. These help her understand if you’re happy, angry, or sad.

~ When something itches, she has to scratch and if she has to clean her “lady” parts, she will. It matters not that she has an audience.

~Kisses and licks are Roxy’s way of communicating, “I love you more than chicken liver.”

~Roxy feels cheated when she performs a trick or follows a command and doesn’t receive praise or a treat. She’ll show her resentment by refusing to look at you.

~Large dogs scare our little Miss. She has to be formally introduced before attempting to make friends.

~ Roxy dislikes when, due to special circumstances, she’s given commercial dog food. She’d rather eat baby spinach leaves, cottage cheese, and scrambled eggs.

~ Roxy doesn’t mind dressing up. She does mind having to pose for an hour for a photo shoot.

~ Roxy’s easily bribed. Offer her peanut butter and she’s a goner.

~She knows we brush her teeth to keep her healthy, but she prefers we use gauze instead of a her large, ugly, blue toothbrush. If doggy toothpaste isn’t involved, don’t bother.

~ Roxy loves being swaddled in her “blankie.” It makes her feel safe and warm.

~ She loves sitting and laying on people’s laps. Doing so makes her feel like she’s part of the group.

~Sniffing your butt is Roxy’s way of saying, “Nice to meet you. Want to be friends?”

~She hates when you feel her nose to see if it’s wet. A dry nose doesn’t mean she’s sick. It just means it’s dry from having been touched so much.

~ Arguing and angry voices scare Roxy and make her run out of the room. When the storm passes, you can find her under the couch in the family room.

~ Roxy needs her beauty rest. She hates it when you constantly wake her to ask, “Roxy, are you awake?”

~She likes to sniff her poop. She feels that if she doesn’t have a problem with this, neither should you.

~ Tail wagging doesn’t always mean she’s happy. It also means she’s excited, curious, or happy you’re home.

There you have it, friends.

Roxy and I hope these “facts” will allow you to know her better and love her all the same.

An update of where we stand at Smurf Palace
Roxy shakes her head to signal, "No, no, no! What a mess!"

What does your pet “whisper” to you?

Today I’m linking up with Heidi’s Black and White Wednesday.

Black and White Wednesday

56 thoughts on “Bella, the dog whisperer?

  1. Hmm…Roxy is shaking her head quite a bit at the mess left by, I assume, HUMANS? Not Roxy of course! :)

    She is a very cute dog! You love her very much, she is just as fortunate as you are. You are part of each others lives.

    1. Blue, thank you! And yes, the mess was made by the two workers who are slowly fitting the tiles in the hallway. And this is what it looks after they’ve cleaned up a bit! In the early morning, we stepped out and were enveloped in a cloud of cement dust! hee hee! I think you’re right–Roxy and I are a pair! :)

    1. Hot Coco, something tells me you’re going to be an amazing pet whisperer! And why do I get the feeling you’re more of a cat person? Am I wrong? Thanks for your lovely words, lady. Roxy and I are lucky to have each other. Too right! :)

  2. I don’t have pets, but I did grow up with cats, and there was a lot of whispering involved, to the point of people telling me I resembled a cat. Does that count for something? :)

    1. Ivana, that totally counts! I can so see cats whispering to you–especially since you have such an affinity to them! :)

  3. Aw, Bella, what a sweet post! Your love for Roxy is so endearing. And it reinforces how much I am longing for a dog of my own. Our living situation doesn’t really allow for it right now, but I can’t wait for the time when I can have my own dog instead of spending all my time at other people’s homes playing with theirs (this is kind of how I feel about a baby too, so we’ll see which of the two is easier to get JB to agree to after the wedding!) ;) But seriously, loved your post and how Roxy’s reactions are not that much different than us two-legged people, besides the sniffing of butts and poop and such!

    1. Lady, with the wedding and all, I dare say you have leverage! Use it, woman! Get yourself a puppy dog! You won’t regret it, but of course, I understand that it’s more difficult when you both work outside of the home. As for the size of your digs, don’t let that affect your decision too much. Our house is quite small but I compensate by taking Roxy for long walks so she can run and play outside. Now I’m wishing for a house with a garden, but sadly, that’s very far from being a reality. In the meantime, we’ll make do with what we have and be happy! Thank you for your sweet comment. It makes me happy that you see Roxy and my relationship that way. And you’re right–furry friends are very much like many of us humans in many regards! :)

  4. –God gave us animals for our deep pleasure, company, and cuddling.

    What a gift sweet Roxy is! What an angel!

    “”””“I love you both more than chicken liver.””””””

    Xxx Kiss, Licks, Hugs. Xx

    1. Kim, and ain’t that the truth, sister! I’m grateful for God’s generosity! I read your comment to Roxy and her ears perked up! We love you more than chicken livers too! hee hee! :)

    1. I do too! There’s something so elegant about a shot in black and white, isn’t there? I love how whatever you’re shooting takes center stage; demanding attention. :)

  5. I totally get your love for Roxy — I’m just as attached to my Sheltie! Isn’t it funny how, when they’re your only dog, you pay them so much more attention, picking up on their moods and interests, watching them as they watch you?! I’ve often wondered what it would be like to have a two-dog house, and I’m convinced this spoiled Sheltie wouldn’t get near as much lovin’s if he had to share. And those with two dogs are quick to inform me that it’s “double-trouble” keeping up with multiples! You and Roxy be glad you found each other, my friend!

    1. Debbie, I know your love for your Sheltie runs deep. Like you, I’ve wondered if having two dogs would mean Roxy would get less attention, but I really don’t think that would be the case. I grew up in a home where we had three and four dogs at a time. It was a bit chaotic but so much fun! Both of my sisters have three dogs each, and while one of them says she’s ready to jump out in front of a moving car, the other one says she can’t imagine her life without her furry friends. I’m seriously considering getting another puppy dog this year. In the meantime, I’m enjoying Roxy’s company! I’m glad you’re doing the same with your furry friend! :)

  6. I’d be lost without Lola. I’ve definitely learned to read her body language and sounds and she can read me just as easily. I’m spoiled by her attention and devotion and I believe she feels the same way. She might have liked a furry sibling when she was a puppy, but now I think she’s happier having us (and the couch) all to herself.

    1. Shary, I know how much you love Lola pup! And she loves you! Isn’t it wonderful to have these loving relationships with our furry friends? They love you unconditionally and expect so little in return. I’m happy that you too have such a special bond with your pup! :)

  7. I thought about this post a lot after I read it. It’s such a joy to love to effortlessly, to have a storehouse of miraculous devotion at the ready…Roxy seems to give you that. Oliver gives it to me. I laughed because when I first got my guy I would drive to work with a smile on my face, that crazy kind, like when you’re in love, and I’d have to tell my office mate yet another story about my dog. She indulged me, but I think she was kind of swept up in my passion as well…it was so wonderful. Roxy does sound very sensitive and smart, I can see why she’s been such a wonderful companion to you. Every day I rub Ollie’s belly and thank him for making the world a better place. Anyone who can make me that happy deserves a metal.

    1. Patrice, I demand to see Oliver in a post! I’ve yet to meet the handsome rascal that has you wrapped around his little paw! hee hee! I read your comment about the dog stories and I chuckled! Whenever I call the Daughter, she says, “Please, no more Roxy stories!” And would you believe she even tells me she’s jealous of our little Miss? hee hee! I’m with you, lady, these special friends of ours deserve medals! :)

  8. It is so nice to meet a fellow dog enthusiast. (I would say dog lover, but it goes beyond that!) I love dogs. My family raised Old English Sheepdogs for over 35 years. The last pup from the last litter went home with my youngest daughter when she married. We are currently dogless, a woeful condition. I’m so grateful that you share your little Roxy with me. With all of us. It helps! (And I think you’re spot on with your observations!)
    Just for you, a quote by Groucho Marx on dogs: ‘Outside of a dog, there is no better friend than a book. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.’ Or something like that :)

    1. Diane, I love the quote! hee hee! I’m so sorry that you’re “dogless” at the moment, but I’m more than happy to share little Roxy with you! How beautiful that your daughter took a puppy when she left home! Now that’s a special doggie! He’s like a reminder of home. Aw! I’m delighted to have your seal of approval regarding my “dog whispering” abilities! Yay! :)

  9. Are sure Roxy doesn’t mind dressing up? I have seen her pics she did not look too happy. Your Roxy is a lovely girl and it looks like she is enjoying her life. I wish one day Roxy will write few posts about her life adventures and travelings.

    1. Ariana, when have you seen a haute couture model smile? Modeling is serious business and our little Miss is a professional! hee hee! Seriously though, Roxy poses with her little outfits and stands very still to have her picture taken. When packages come in that include new wardrobe pieces, she jumps and runs around. Much like a woman when she’s purchased shoes! Hopefully you won’t have to wait too long for Roxy’s posts since I plan on creating a blog for her in the near future. That said, I will be narrating her adventures so I’ll be able to put my dog whispering skills to good use! :)

  10. As I was reading about Roxy’s virtues and habits, there was a song playing in my head: “How Much is that Doggie in the Window?” Remember that one? Anyway, I want a Roxy of my own. I know Henry would be so happy to have her around and so would I. Does Roxy ever dream of visiting California? ;)

    1. Monica, believe it or not, we sing that song to my mom’s dog, Olivia! She loves it! Her tail wags and wags when she hears us sing it off tune! hee hee! I belive Roxy and Henry would have a fine time together! Why don’t you seriously think of getting a little Miss? Or is it too much trouble since you work? I think it would be very interesting for Sir Henry The Brave! Imagine the inspiration for his posts! :)

    1. Aw, Jodi, did we inspire a blog post? I hope so! Please keep me posted so I can check it out! And you’re absolutely right–animals can help in our healing process and help to keep us healthy. My mother’s doctor told her that having a dog has been proven to lower high blood depression and help with depression. And did I mention you also live longer when you have a pet? :)

  11. I love these posts – she is so adorable! I feel the exact same way with my pup Randall. My fiance didn’t believe me for a while that I talk to Randall, but if I saw to him something like “Randall, if you’d like to play, why don’t you go pick out a toy and bring it over?” & he does so immediately, with uber excitement. It made my fiance say “wow, that’s so cool!” :)

    1. Kirstin Marie, Randall is such a dapper fellow! Isn’t it great to have “conversations” with our furry friends? I’ve never found a better listener than Roxy! And she’s not judgmental! hee hee! :)

    1. Jann, Roxy eats homemade food and will only eat commercial dog food when I’m not feeling well or have a situation that doesn’t allow me to prepare it. She loves spinach but I do have to chop it really small so she can digest it. We’re both smiling at you sweet comment! :)

  12. Bella, oh, I just love that girl! Do you ever read Roxy’s mind, I mean, really read her mind? Are you an animal telepathic like me? My cats and dog and I clearly communicate back and forth telekinetically ;-)

    For instance, my dog Rip was an indoor pet, while the feral cats stayed outside. One night he said to one of them, “I can get you in.” And he knocked twice on the door, signaling the cat to come, and when I opened, yea.. They get together and connive.

    1. Debra, the next time I’m in North Carolina, I’m looking you up so you can teach me how to communicate telekinetically with animals! You’re a hoot, lady! Seems like the dog and the cats have the one up on you! Methinks when you teach me, you’ll also be able to resharpen your skills! Win win! hee hee! Lets you and I get together and connive! :)

  13. Sounds like you and Roxy have a perfectly reciprocal relationship! She gives, you take; you give she takes. It’s perfect.
    I have a border collie (affectionately known in our household as the border-line psycho collie) who is smarter than I am. His vocabulary is unbelievable (I’m not kidding). He likes to play ball (with anyone) as long as you’re capable of throwing it a couple of miles. We also have a collie-shepherd mix. A big galoot and total suck. One day I’ll post pictures too :)

    1. Astra, I would love to see photos of these guys! Border-line psycho collie? bwhahaha! Leave it to you to come up with that! I love it! Do write a post about these furry friends, please! :)

  14. Hi Bella,

    My blog swag is SO off lol. Blame it on my life and Twitter. You are obsessed with Roxy lol. That’s ok though because I’m obsessed with my cat, Simba. Great story and beautiful pics, as always.

    I hope you have finished drinking the Coquito lol.

    1. Aw, Coco, I’m so happy you like the photos and post! It’s so easy to be obsessed with our furry friends–they’re so lovable and loyal! What’s not to love, right? Simba? What a great name for a kitty, lady! On a different note, I’m finished with the first bottle of coquito and starting on my newly made second bottle! But of course I share with the Significant Other! :)

  15. I believe that we CAN decipher our dog’s conduct. No one else. Or they may have a harder time doing it. I like Roxy’s choice of food — baby spinach leaves, cottage cheese, and scrambled eggs. Smart girl! Down with commercial dog food. Let those who make and sell the commercial dog food eat it, themselves. ;-)

    1. Paz. I take it you’re all for homemade food for our canine friends? Me too! Roxy is currently on a raw food diet during the afternoons but in the morning she will have other things like oatmeal combined with boiled egg and the like. I think that after observing Roxy and taking in her moods and conduct, I can safely assume what she’s thinking. hee hee! :)

  16. My mom and sisters and I used to joke we got all our dogs from the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm! You’re the only other person I know that gets that reference. My Casey likes to sleep above my head on a pillow. It may seem crowded, but I honestly can’t sleep without her!

    1. Leah, really, no one but us gets the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm? That is tragic! Aww! Isn’t it incredible how once we make something a habit, it’s hard to do without it? Roxy sleeps on my lap during the evenings and it’s automatic for me to grab her before I sit down at that time! :)

  17. You and Roxy should write a book. If it’s for children, you could zoom yourself back to being a kid again. It could work even if you were you as you are now. With your photography skills, why not…I feel like I know Roxy, as you tell about hers and your adventures.

    1. Aw, Totsy, I’m so pleased you feel this way! That is the sweetest thing I’ve heard today. Thank you! I would really enjoy writing a children’s book about one of my adventures with Roxy! You’ve got me brainstorming now, lady! :)

  18. Sadly, we had to let our dog, Eddy, go to dog heaven last year. Now we are left with the two fat cats. It was interesting reading your description of Roxy’s voices. So true with pets, they have their own way of communicating with their pets (us, the owners). My owner, Beckham, is close to twenty pounds and I try to ignore him ( and i do) he uses my body as a trampoline. As for Totsy’s idea, brilliant one, between this one and your grandmother stores, you have several options.

    1. Brenda, the “Now we are left with two fat cats,” made me chuckle! I’m so sorry about Eddie. It’s heartbreaking when a furry friend passes away. Every time I’ve had to go through it in the past, I’ve taken forever to recover. You have no idea how depressed I’ve gotten and it’s no wonder considering they’re like family members. Beckham sounds like a handful! My sister had a cat named Butterball who jumped just like Beckham! hee hee! Thanks for the support, lady. I would love to write about my nana’s stories. I really would! Now all I need is the time and the right inspiration. I’m grateful for you, Totsy, and all the other beautiful readers who believe there’s a story here. Thank you, sister! :)

    1. Shary, I loved the post! I’m looking forward to checking out Terry’s book! Thanks for the recommendation and for the shout out! You rock! :)

  19. Oh, I absolutely love it when people understand their pets! And Roxy sure is very special! Most of the time I’m able to understand what my cat Luigi tries to tell me (or at least I like to think so) and I’m sure if I’d make a list like yours, Bella, it would be just as long… communication without words can be so much fun!

    1. Sabrina, I think you understand Luigi better than you think! I would love to see you write a post in reference to what it’s like to interpret a cat’s nonverbal language! I’ve always thought cats are so guarded in comparison to dogs! But of course you’re right–trying to decipher what they’re trying to tell us can be loads of fun! :)

  20. Roxy is lucky to have become part of a family that understands her so well. BTW one of the best choices we made was when we got out Cairn Terrier his own dog. They are are inseparable (until it’s time for lap sitting, then they use trickery, nudging and climbing over one another to get onto the lap of their choice).

    1. Helen, hello and welcome! I’m so glad you commented and told me the effect getting your dog his own puppy dog was like! It’s so helpful to hear from other dog owners regarding what their experience and that of their dog’s is like. Thank you! I can see your two friends fighting over who gets to sit on mom’s lap! What fun you must have! :)

  21. You take the best photos! Our dog passed away last spring but I’m lucky enough to get to play with a friend’s dogs. What would life be like without our pets?

    1. Hi Nora! I’m so sorry about your furry friend. :( But you still have that funny cat of yours I love reading about, don’t you? Now he’s a great subject to write about! I’m delighted you like the photos! Thank you for your sweet words! :)

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