The Take-Me-Out Face

January 15 /10

Temperatures around here have been dipping to a teeth-chattering -20° C. And you know what that means? It means that I practically have to beg to go outside, especially when I'd just been out an hour earlier.

Well, the other night I had a playdate with my friend Oakley. He's 11 and he's got lots of experience manipulating convincing his parents to do things they don't want to do. We wanted to go for a walk but my parents just moaned and groaned and sat there in a stupor.

But Oakley taught me a new trick: how to make The Take-Me-Out Face that's earned him zillions of walks his parents didn't want to go on.

"Observe," Oakley said. And he proceeded to give my parents the saddest look I have ever seen. I almost took him out myself, that's how sad he looked. I watched and waited ....

Grasshopper ... ?? ... Anyway, I was sceptical. It was a great face and it might have gotten me out for a walk in the spring and fall, and definitely in the summer, but never late at night in the dead of a freezing cold winter.

Then Oakley told me to make the face all by myself. I gave it my best shot.
Well, I just wasn't prepared for what I heard next. A whole bunch of "aaawwws" - big ones, little ones, loud ones, quiet ones. Then to my complete amazement, Mama and Papa rose from their chairs and headed for the coat rack.

Oh. My. God!!
Did I master the Take Me Out Face or what?


Gaucho Tibetano said...

Hi chef..
-20???? wowwwwwwwwwwwwww it´s so much to us..
a big hug
with love

Mango said...

Oh yes! The pathetic look is most powerful. Given how cold hearted my momma is I do sometimes throw in some vocals.


Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

Congrats on your "take me out" face!! Looks like you two enjoyed your walk!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I'm so good at MY look - my mom khaves almost straightaway -

Like Mango, I do have to resort to using my powerful yappy voice AND evFURRY now and then, I must apply a swipe of the paw to her knee and/or thigh!

Oh how I wish I khould have walked along with woo!

SNOW and KHOLD temps = Siberian Bliss!


Eric said...

Totally got it Chef.Oakley is an excellent teacher. Next time try that look on your walkie too. Might get you into the park next time!

Wiry love Eric xxx

Lorenza said...

Hi, Chef
-20° is more than my imagination can handle!
Could you and Oakley make a video to teach us your Take-Me-Out Face technique??
I gave my mom the look today... and it did not work! And we only had 10°C!
Have a great weekend
Kisses and hugs

Lacy said...

w00fs, me wooda tooked u out too, wiff that face..

b safe,

Trailboss said...

I just love your blog. Chef is such a beauty. I would LOVE to be able to breed him with my reverse brindle girly when she is old enough but we are so far apart. They would make some beauties though!

Give that big boy of yours a kiss from Sophie and Patty.

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh Chef - that's a great technique to learn! I might try it sometime although at the moment, it's so hot here that I am quite happy not to go outside at all! So I'm making a lot of "Let-me-stay-in-please" faces! :-)

Honey the Great Dane

Moco said...

That's a great face, but why would you want to go out in that?

Niamh said...

Good job Chef! Humans are so easy to train to do what we want. If you have a chance, stop by my blog to enter the Train Your Dog Photo Contest.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Southbaygirl said...

Chef, what does that -20 degrees feel like? we don't get cold weather like that here...brrrr....I don't know if I'd want to go for a walkie! You are brave!



happy said...

Way to go, Chef! Now can you teach me, please?

Deefor said...

Great face. Humans can get their own treats so you have to appeal to their emotions. You are the people whisperer.