I’m currently reading the book Soldier Dogs – The Untold Story of America’s Canine Heroes by Maria Goodavage. It’s pretty good, although it is mostly a hodge podge of information. (I will say it has two things I really like: short chapter and pictures!) I was reading it in class the other day when I came across a paragraph that says, “They [dogs] study us. They observe us. They smell changes in our very chemistry. They learn to predict us. They know us in ways our human partners sometimes do not.”
The book is specifically talking about dogs and soldiers who have been deployed together. While neither Geronimo nor I have been deployed, I do pretty much consider him my battle buddy. We’ve spent 15 months together without Stephen (basic + deployment will do that to ya.) and we know each other very well. G-mo knows when I’m brushing my teeth in the morning that I’m fixing to leave for work. (He always lays down on the couch and waits for me to pat his head before I leave.) When I say “Bed time” he trots into bed. If my Garmin beeps, Geronimo comes running over looking for his leash. The kid knows me! But does he know me better than my husband does? I had to put it to the test to find out.
I devised an Amy quiz which Stephen and Geronimo took separately. The questions were:
- When is Amy’s birthday? (October 25th)
- What is Amy’s favorite color? (Purple)
- What is Amy’s favorite food? (Answers may vary)
I can tell you that Stephen got three out of three correct. (He said his French toast is my favorite food. Now I really wish he was here to make it; that French toast is the shizz!) Way to go, Honey! You know me well!
Next up, Geronimo’s turn. I was surprised to discover that he knew my birthday.
Why didn’t you buy me a birthday present last year then, G-mo??? He wasn’t able to figure out what my favorite colors is. (His guess was orange – blarg.) Maybe it’s because he’s color blind? Maybe that’s not a fair question.
As for my favorite food, I don’t even know what his guess was. When I’d ask Geronimo, “What mama’s favorite food?” he’d just pant. Probably because I said the word food. The verdict is: Stephen wins with a score of 3 to 1!
Stephen may be down range, but he still knows what’s up. I guess that comes with being together
for eternity since junior year of high school. But I will say that Geronimo has been an incredible support during this nasty, nasty deployment. He lets me complain about everything and he never judges me, he licks my face when I cry (hey, sometimes I just need to feel pitiful), he’s a good cuddle partner, he helps me stay active, and he’s just so darn cute. I really don’t think I could have survived deployment without him. Thanks, Geems. I owe ya one.
Do you think your pet knows you better than your partner does? Who else is impressed that Geronimo knew my birthday?*