Norwich Tales

The Bully • July 2007

Is the bully the chew stick or the cute little girl dog?

Nigel and Divot have always had good things to chew on, such as bully sticks. They love these chews and they get very excited when I get the bullies out and start making preparations for giving them one. The preparation is spreading out a large old towel to cover the carpet in my office. This ancient towel with its beach motif is referred to as “the Binky.” Once the floor is properly covered, I go to the kitchen to get the bully sticks, and while I’m doing that Nigel and Divot each choose their spot on the Binky and wait for my return. Once bullies are handed out, they each go to their own end of the Binky to enjoy their chew. As is Divot’s custom now, she begins to chew enthusiastically on her stick, but this lasts for only a few minutes because she has suddenly realized that the stick she really wanted, was the one that I just gave to Nigel.

The reality is that it would not matter which bully stick Divot got – she always wants the other one. I can't take Nigel's stick away from him to give to her because that wouldn't be fair.  So Divot sets her sights on waiting him

out. She sits as close to him as possible while staring at me, imploring me to take it away from him. She will occasionally let out a little whimper or a grunt hoping this will have an affect on either Nigel or me. It has no effect on Nigel, who continues to happily chew, ignoring her grunts, whimpers, and occasional squeaks. I think she is adorable and it is very hard to not help her and give her what she wants. She continues her vigil for the chew – the one she knows was truly meant for her.

When Nigel has had a good, long chew on the bully stick, (Divot has had no chewing time because she wasted the time staring at Nigel) I suggest a carrot, and he drops the bully stick and follows me to the kitchen. Divot, thrilled with this new turn of events, picks up the discarded bully stick and has her turn at it. Sometimes Nigel will pick up her unwanted stick but often, he’s just had enough and he goes on to the next activity, which is usually a nap. This is the way things normally go but several days ago, Divot realized that she was missing out on something, and this smart, sassy little terrier set about rectifying the situation.

When the time came for the carrot switch, Nigel and I headed for the kitchen as usual. As I was feeding him pieces of carrot, Divot suddenly came running into the kitchen with the big bully stick still in her mouth, which made for quite an amusing sight. With lightening speed she dropped the bully stick, gulped a piece of carrot, picked up the stick, and ran back toward my office with the bully stick still in her mouth. Just as suddenly as she ran off, she returned (the bully stick still in her mouth), and headed toward that patio door throwing me a look that said, “Gotta go out!” I opened the door and out she went. She relieved herself (bully stick still in her mouth), and came bounding through the door and returned to my office to the Binky. Apparently this bully stick was just too good to put down, even with nature calling!

Divot, the adorble bully