We were watching one of those news magazines on TV one night and they had an IQ test for dogs. You take a dog treat, show it to the dog, and then cover it with a wash cloth. The faster the dog removes the wash cloth and retrieves the treat, the smarter the dog.
So we had to try. (This is, by the way, the story I always tell when people ask me to describe the original Terrible Trio in the days before The Thundering Herd. It describes the pack in perfect detail).
We had always known that she was very smart and figured she would ace the test. Show her the treat. Tail starts wagging. Cover the treat with the wash cloth. Cocoa starts whining. Release the dog. Cocoa goes
straight for the wash cloth, rips it off the floor, and eats the treat. Aced the test.
Bless her, Ginger was never a bright child and we feared for the results. Show her the treat. Tail starts wagging. Cover the treat with the wash cloth. Ginger’s tail stops wagging and she looks puzzled. Release the dog. Ginger wanders around sniffing and finally hits on the wash cloth. Circles the wash cloth. Sniffs the wash cloth. Circles. Sniffs. Circles. Sniffs. Curls up on the wash cloth, sighs, and goes to sleep. Wow.
We fear for the results knowing that she is incredibly intelligent and incredibly delinquent all at the same time. Show her the treat. Tail
starts wagging. Cover the treat with the wash cloth. Nikita starts wooing. Release the dog. Nikita races over and eats the wash cloth and the treat.
The Terrible Trio.