Bark, bark, bark. "What is it Lassie? Timmy's in trouble? He fell down the well? Let's go, Boy." Lassie saving Timmy from the well is the iconic example of an intelligent and skilled animal saving a person from danger.
I have written a couple of times about Doc being somewhat over the top, let's say twitterpated, about Dodger, the dog we apopted from the pound a few months ago. Well, it seems that, according to Doc, Dodger had his own "Lassie" moment the other night.
Last Friday night I wasn't feeling very well and I went back to the bedroom to lie down for a while, something I rarely do. At one point Dodger came in and put his nose on the bed for a minute, kind of nudged my hand and then left. A while later he came back into the bedroom followed by Doc, and when I sat up and talked to them Dodger jumped and barked and did a doggy happy dance.
Doc said Dodger had come in and sat down by him making a funny whining sound he had never heard him make before and kept putting his paw up on Doc's leg. Dodger got up and paced for a minute and then sat down by Doc again with the same whining and pawing. The only times Doc has seen similar behavior from Dodger was when he has done something he knows he shouldn't do......then he comes and sits by one of us and just sort of hangs his head. Thinking from the way Dodger was acting that he had chewed the arm off of a chair or something, Doc got up to investigate. Doc said Dodger led him back to the bedroom "Lassie style" where they found me asleep. They woke me up and the doggy happy dance ensued.
Doc is positive that Dodger thought there was something wrong with me and that he made sure Doc came to "rescue" me. I haven't argued the point with him.....there would no changing his mind, and maybe he is right.
Our hero, Dodger