I live with a dog who thinks he’s a human.
He watches TV–like a human. Here we see him watching John Wayne with Kathy. He likes John Wayne movies. I think it’s the horses.
Up until a few months ago, my mom-in-law lived with us. She was sick and dying. Werner seemed to know this and liked to lay down nearby. One time he brought a mouth full of his dog food and laid it at her feet. He’s never done that before, or since.
He likes to lay in our bed even though he’s not supposed to. (Full disclosure: I found him this way, with his head on the pillow, just as you see him, but I was the one who pulled the blanket up.)
Here he’s using an armrest while sitting next to Anastasia. I thought he looked rather distinguished in this photo–almost as though he should be smoking a pipe.
Here’s Werner watching the trailer for the movie Risen. He likes to sit that way sometimes.
Here’s Werner watching TV alone, in case you thought he only watched when the humans watched. I had to sneak up behind him to take this picture. It was pretty easy because he was engrossed in the television show. He watches too much TV. He probably needs to get out more.
So that’s Werner, the dog who thinks he’s a human. This blog post is somewhat of a highlight reel, most of the time he acts like a normal dog. I mentioned my sick and dying mom-in-law. Werner is old (in dog years) and, for the last week or more, he seems to be sick and dying too. We all “go the way of all the earth,” every one of us. It’s part of our experience here. But I’ve never been around a dog with so much personality. I’m going to miss Werner.
“And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed.” Joshua 23:14