Saturday, April 10, 2010

Deer Shouldn't Talk

Last week we visited Cabela's...Alfie's first trip there.

The kids, their Grandpa, and Alfie are seated at the base of an equestrian statue in front of Cabela's.
Everything's more fun when Grandpa's here for a visit!

It's a great place for training, with a giant aquarium; taxidermy exhibits; elevators AND stairs for puppies to find and navigate; a cafe; and, usually, crowds of people too. First stop was the walk-thru aquarium...sorry, no good pictures of Alfie to share...but Katharine did almost get eaten by a giant catfish!

Katharine standing in front of an aquarium, which starts about knee high and goes up to the ceiling; a giant catfish, almost as large as she, is swimming straight for her head
Close encounters of the catfish kind.

...Well, maybe not, but the big guy did seem to be following her around! Alf was kinda bored by it all. Next, it was off to Africa.

Alfie in a down/stay in front of a taxidermy exhibit featuring a huge rhino
Um...are we sure it's a good idea to practice down/stay in front of this giant rhino?!

After that, I let Alfie find the elevator. I thought the puppies found elevators by the appearance of the doors...but as Grandpa pointed out, Alfie circled sniffing until he found it. Is there an elevator smell? I don't know. Anyway, he found it and we went up...and meandered around until...

[The video shows Alfie transfixed by an animatronic deer's head that is mounted up high near the ceiling. It's motion activated, so every time we start to move away we set it off again. Alfie's ears are flicking back and forth as he watches the deer's mouth and head move while it talks. He doesn't seem to like it, and yet he doesn't want to leave either!]

I've never seen a dog react to the talking deer quite like Alfie! One puppy I remember just sort of tuned the noise out and didn't look for its source; another one saw the talking head but was more interested in other things. Alfie spotted it immediately and didn't want to let it out of his sight! We stayed there the longest time, and even as we finally walked away he would turn around and peek at it some more over his shoulder. Funny puppy!

Alfie looking thoughtful, one ear flipped back
If they won't let me "speak," a deer should definitely not be allowed to talk!


1000 Goldens said...

You are adorable Alfie! What on earth is that deer up too? You look cute with your Rhino friend too :)

puppyluver said...

Such a good boy :) its hard for the short pups to look up in general, but what a good spotter he is :)

Mimi and CC Cabana said...

That's so cute how Alfie's ears twitch. He knows something is not "normal" about that deer!

Lisa, Ellie and Hosta said...

oMG - that is hilarious! That is so funny.

Toby- The dog with a blog said...

You are so cute Alfie!
Toby was scared of the large dinos at a museum we went to back in Nov.