If You Could Ask One Thing…

If you haven’t checked out Coffee with a Canine yet you are definitely missing out. Essentially, it’s a blog in which the writer shares interviews with dog bloggers from all over the Internet. Chances are you will find many familiar faces. Last year, Shiva and I were lucky enough to be featured, which is how I originally found the site. I’ve been an addict ever since. It’s a really cool way to discover new blogs and learn more about the people behind the scenes. I think one of my favourite parts is the creativity behind each interview question.

For example, here is one of the questions posed yesterday:

If your dogs could answer only one question in English, what would you ask them?

It immediately got me thinking. I am sure we all wonder what goes on in our dogs’ brains. Often their faces are inscrutable and we are forced to guess at what could be on their minds. Though dogs are excellent communicators, they speak a language completely foreign to the human world. Even the experts disagree on what certain signals may mean. Unless we can one day invent a machine to read their minds, we’ll probably never know for sure how they truly see the world.

I ask Shiva a million different questions every day. Sometimes out loud and sometimes just in my head. “Why are you barking at the wall?” “Why did you eat that pen lid?” “Can’t you tell the cat doesn’t like you?” And, most often, “Are you insane?”

So far, she hasn’t provided much illumination on any of these points. I guess I should stop asking before my neighbours think I’ve lost it. Not that it isn’t too late for that already.

If I could ask Shiva one question, I think it would be…

“How on earth can I make myself the most interesting thing in the whole world? Is there anything I can do that would prevent you from running off to eat dirt in the middle of an agility course? Anything?”

I highly suspect the only response I would receive is the sound of her laughter.

Now it’s your turn. What would you ask?

28 thoughts on “If You Could Ask One Thing…

  1. I love Coffee with a Canine (ok, so Frankie and I were featured there too, long ago…). I would ask Frankie if there was any way I could convince him that, if I go away for a week or so, I will always come back home. That would give us both peace of mind!

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  2. If I could ask my dog one thing it would be “Yummy baby, do you love mommy?” I love my dog so much! I could die if I lost her.

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  3. I know exactly what I would ask Oreo!

    “What can I do to help you feel better around people you don’t trust?”

    What would I ask Chewy?

    “Could you please stop chewing our coffee table?”

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  4. Love this question!!!

    To Tucker, I would ask: “Do you have any idea how amazing you are?”

    To Phoebe I would ask: “How does such a loud bark come out of such a tiny little dog?”

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  5. I would ask June if there is anything we can do to get her attention when she’s wandered into brambles after a scent. I suspect though, that she’d be busy sniffing something and not even hear me ask.
    I would ask Larry why there are some people (usually men, usually of darker skin tones, but not always) that he feels the need to warn us about/defend us from, and what we could do to find a better system than him barking and jumping at those people.

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  6. Wow, that is really a great question. I love yours! My questions to Dante change regularly, but I think the most important one would be something like “What can I do to make you the happiest?”

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  7. thanks for posting the link to your interview. that was way before my dog-blogger time, and i had no idea about that.

    if i could talk to desmond, i would sit him down and very firmly but calmly ask him, “What is it that you don’t get about the fact that you cannot go berserk when you see a dog, person, car, bike, squirrel, cat, blowing leaf, etc.? What can I do to make you understand that calm=good?”

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  8. This is actually a tough one. I’m always telling Miss M “I have a question….” Usually, do you want to play with the ball? Do you know, where is E? Do you want, go to party? I think I would ask her…what do you want? Or what are you complaining about? Because she’s always walking around complaining, or staring, or mean mugging. Even that video on our post today…she does that all the time, especially in the car.

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  9. Congrats on the feature Kristine. I was asked to be a part of the feature coffee and canine folks last year and I am embarrassed to say that I keep saying I will and then forget. It’s hard to take a picture of your dogs and the coffee place while in the drive-thru at Starbucks. Maybe I will try tomorrow. : )

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  10. I would ask Bender what I could do to help him more with his fears….. and I would ask Barbie why she trots up to humans as if she is seeking their attention, and then pretends not to be interested once the human responds? 🙂

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  11. Congratulations on your feature, that is very exciting.

    I would ask Sampson, “How did I get so lucky to get a dog like you?”
    I would ask Delilah, “What the hell is wrong with you?” LOL no I probably would ask her why she does the crazy things she does?

    Great post.

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  12. Such a great question, I had to involve The Other Half.

    Here’s HIS question – “Are you happy and if not, what can we do to make you happy?’

    Here’s mine – “Why don’t you love me as much as you do Your Cushion?”

    OMG! I just looked up and saw Pamela’s response! 🙂

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  13. I would ask if I could ask more questions.

    … Oh wait. That’s a genie and wishes.

    This is a tough one. I’d be inclined to ask something general like “how’s it going?”

    Or maybe I’d ask Moses how he perceived the whole cyst saga: surgery, being unable to walk, etc. Because I cannot imagine how he processed that whole thing. Or maybe I’d ask him what his favourite food is. Or favourite walk location.

    For Alma? Well, I might be tempted to ask her about her past. And how she compares it to now.

    Or maybe I’d like to ask them both what they do when we’re not home. Or, better yet, what the cats do when we’re not home – I’m sure they’d both sell out the cats.

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  14. What a great question. I really had to give it some thought. I think if I could I would ask each dog the same question. Why do you love me? I’d love to hear them in their own words tell me how and why they feel the way they do.

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  15. Love your question(s) and Shiva’s response.

    What would I ask? Only one question. Since it is only one, I would need to think on that…lol. The times I have wished I could ask questions of the dogs are when they seem sick and then I would like to know what is hurting or how they feel.

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  16. With my all three of my dogs having unexplainable illnesses that involve lots of tests lately, I would definitely ask, “Why are you not feeling well?”

    I SO wish they could tell me what’s wrong. “My stomach is gassy,” or “My knee hurts” or “I ate a pen cap” or “I think I ate too much dirt at agility”

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  17. Good question – if I had the opportunity to ask only one I would ask Kita if she knows that this is her forever home –
    I think if a pup knew that then they would have many fewer issues.

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  18. I love this question – so thought-provoking!

    I think I’d probably ask Bella what I could do to convince her that being an escape artist was not such a great plan. (It would be so much easier if I wasn’t always worried about her slipping by me!)

    I’d also like to ask her if there’s anything I could do to make her happier, but you said I only get one. 🙂

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  19. Yeah. I’d ask my Bailey if he even liked agility, or if he just did it to spend time with me….

    Cricket… I’m not sure what I’d ask her… I know she LOVES agility. Maybe I’d ask if the location of her microchip bothers her. I can find Bailey’s under his skin. Cricks I can’t find and that worries me.

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  20. You ask a good one right there!

    I’d ask Lamar how I can make him feel really confident and happy and secure in the presence of other dogs.

    I’d ask Fozzie and Sandy if they are just excited and happy to see other dogs, or if they are actually scared of them, or some combination!

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  21. Congrats on your feature! I was invited long ago, to be featured after Shauna Stewart of Fido and Wino, but after reading her witty response, I felt uninteresting and was completely intimidated. LOL. You are so much braver than I. I’ve had the questions sitting on my desktop for a year! 🙂

    What would I ask my dogs?
    Shamus, the Newf: Why must you root our every one of my scrunchies only to shit them out in the yard?

    Emmett, the Hound: My crotch is my crotch, every single day. Why must you investigate as though it’s wholly new each and every morning?!

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