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3 September 2013 / rubytheblacklabrador

Barking up the wrong tree


I love everything in the whole wide world – except for cats. We don’t get along at all. When I looked up today along our main street, I barked and barked and tugged on the lead (pulling my owners arm off) until a passing dalmatian whispered ‘save your breath stupid, it’s not real’. Β Slunk off completely embarrassed and felt extremely foolish that I’d fallen for another pesky cat trick.


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  1. 2browndawgs / Sep 3 2013 10:14 pm

    Well it sure looks real. Anyone could be confused. πŸ™‚

  2. 1st World Dog / Sep 3 2013 10:39 pm

    I love the but in this about a cat being the outcome of a teddy bear mating with a cactus.
    I really do struggle with these mean and nasty animals.
    Well within your rights to give warning barks…. Even if it wasn’t real.

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 4 2013 5:27 pm

      Ha ha ha very funny. Glad you agree with me – we always need to be vigilent:)

  3. Emily @ Adventures of a Dog Mom / Sep 3 2013 11:00 pm

    It’s OK Dottie’s made a similar mistake before… she was growling and tried to jump out the car window one morning because she thought a statue of a fox with a bird in it’s mouth was real!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 4 2013 5:28 pm

      Silly Dottie. Ruby’s actually also gone crazy at one of those hedgehog boot scraper things people have outside their front door. Funny girl!

  4. Kuruk / Sep 4 2013 1:40 am

    Oh Ruby! You are so silly! Woooowooooo, Ku

  5. easyweimaraner / Sep 4 2013 2:01 am

    I would bark too! For hours :o)

  6. Sonel / Sep 4 2013 2:58 am

    Don’t feel bad Ruby. That looks like a real cat on that sign! I am sure that Dalmation made the same mistake and that is why he knows..hahaha. Great shot and sign. πŸ˜€ Love it! β™₯

  7. Jo Danehy @ The Sundog Drift / Sep 4 2013 9:23 am

    Don’t feel bad Ruby. It looks very big, scary and REAL.

  8. weliveinaflat / Sep 4 2013 12:22 pm

    Interesting! So dogs can be tricked by 2d stylised cats! Haha!

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 4 2013 5:31 pm

      I was just telling dogmom that Ruby once went crazy at a hedgehog boot wiper thing outside someones front door. Barking and pulling and being an idiot, fur all raised up on her back and everything!

      • weliveinaflat / Sep 4 2013 5:35 pm

        πŸ˜€ Joy a minute… reminds me of this video where a puppy barks non-stop at an orange… of all things… Perhaps Ruby is angry that the humans put the fake animals there πŸ˜›

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 4 2013 5:39 pm

        ha ha – it’s also funny that she would think it was an animal given she’s never seen one before and it was made of plastic. Maybe her eyes need testing as well as her ears:)

      • weliveinaflat / Sep 4 2013 5:47 pm

        maybe she is an eco-friendly dog and plastic is against her finer sensibilities hah!

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 4 2013 5:47 pm

        Ha – just like me then!

      • weliveinaflat / Sep 4 2013 5:48 pm


  9. fozziemum / Sep 4 2013 8:33 pm

    Oops…don’t you hate a case of mistaken identity Ruby πŸ˜‰ Hugs Fozziemum xx

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 5 2013 3:58 pm

      Yes but thinking I need to get my eyes tested as well as my ears…

      • fozziemum / Sep 5 2013 6:22 pm

        Perhaps rely more on that nose of yours πŸ™‚

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 5 2013 7:03 pm

        Good point! Never fails:)

      • fozziemum / Sep 5 2013 7:09 pm

        It sure doesn’t Ruby πŸ˜‰

  10. Misaki / Sep 4 2013 9:09 pm

    I would definitely have given it a second look too

  11. littledogslaughed / Sep 5 2013 5:50 am

    oh those wily cats-Jack Henry would have planted himself there and barked, Hubble would have tried to jump up and Anna would have sat there looking amused–

  12. Paula / Sep 6 2013 3:14 am

    I feel for you Ruby :D. I don’t like cats either πŸ˜€

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 6 2013 5:53 pm

      Thank you – I’m glad you agree with me – unnecessary creatures:)

      • Paula / Sep 7 2013 5:26 am

        Totally, I mean these days they don’t even catch mice, they are all fed on whiskas, lazy gits πŸ˜€

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 7 2013 4:09 pm

        yes completely spoilt!

  13. dogkisses / Sep 7 2013 9:49 pm

    Well Ruby, I thought that cat was real too!

    PS This is Ruthie here. I own dogkisses (Michelle), who will sometimes tell me the story about how she almost changed my name to Ruby Rue! I like the name, but I like mine pretty good.

    Nice to meet such a smart dog as you Ruby. I will come back to your blog again. Woof woof…

    • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 8 2013 1:31 pm

      Hi Ruthie and Michelle – nice to meet you. Hope you enjoy reading about me! woof woof to you too!

      • dogkisses / Sep 8 2013 9:56 pm

        woof woof πŸ™‚

        Ruby, I’m in the hospital! Whew! What a long day yesterday was for me. I ate something nasty, they say, but they told my mom lastnight that I was doing great and probably will return home today. I hope so!

        woof woof and bow wow to you! See you around the blogosphere okay. You can bark a doggie prayer, that I get home really soon πŸ™‚

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 9 2013 10:50 am

        Golly – so sorry to hear your news. Get well very soon! Lots of licks from Ruby:)

      • dogkisses / Sep 9 2013 1:09 pm

        Ruthie is home! She says to say goodnight Ruby. She’s hungry and likes the food they sent home with her. I think she’ll be back to her bouncy self real soon. Thanks for the licks πŸ˜‰

      • rubytheblacklabrador / Sep 9 2013 2:28 pm

        That’s great news – glad to hear Ruthie is feeling better – I always think eating helps everything:)


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