Thursday, November 12, 2009

Maggie and the Stairs

Monday after work Irv decided to go down in the dungeon (which is what we call our nasty old basement) and start straightening up. This would be the beginning phase of the huge dejunking project. Wrigley followed him down, but Maggie stood at the top of the stairs watching. She wanted to go down, but just couldn't do it. We had no idea she didn't know how to walk down a flight of stairs! We have 3 stairs off the deck to the back yard and she never had a problem with those, but this was different.

She would put her front feet on the top step and get really low....and then nope, back up she went. Then she would do it again, and again and again. I quickly realized this was going to be one of those funny moments and I grabbed my camera and headed down the stairs. Wrigley even went back up to see what the heck the problem was.


Coming down.....

Nope.....going back up.....

Coming down.....
I stood down below calling her and trying to coax her down with a treat. She would go down a few stairs and the turn around and go back up...each time staying as low to the stair as she could get. It must have looked less scary that way. Then Sparky had to come and take a look!

Again......

And again.....
I should have counted how many times she tried. Each photo you see is another attempt, and there were many that were so fast, I couldn't even get a shot in. She would go down three or four and then change her mind and turn around and run back up. Then she would do it again...one, two, three, four....low to the ground....nope, turn around and back up the stairs she would go.

Finally she started down...still staying low and got within three stairs of the bottom....I thought she had it, but nope.....back up she went.


One more try.....

Success!!!!
She looked so darn funny with her front legs spread out to keep herself close to the steps, I had to laugh. Now they are chasing each other up and down the stairs!

Make it a good day for yourself!

8 comments:

Lanyardlady said...

Awww..she's just being cautious! What a cute story! Yay for Maggie.

Cathryn said...

Too Cute! Maggie seems to learn quickly! Sparky and Wrigley seem to want to help her out from time to time! Love the story!

Oklahoma Granny said...

Woo-Hoo,Maggie! You made it!

HaveFaithBelieve said...

Awwww, poor thing. She must have never encountered that many steps. Glad she over came her fear and is having a good time now. Cute photos!!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Smart puppy to keep trying:)

Matty said...

Good idea to get the camera. Next time you get a "cute moment", try it with the video. I'd like to see it in action.

aliceinparis said...

Oh what a dear wee thing! Shows just how much she loves you guy to keep trying!

whyte said...

Ok, lets get down on our hands and knees and try those stairs with our nose going first....un huh, I'd be right there with ya Maggie!

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