This post is a Public Service Announcement - I come to warn you all of one of the Husky's strongest powers - the ability to manipulate humans to get out of trouble, get special treatment (like sleeping on the bed), extra treats, another walk, etc. Huskies are experts at using the Innocent Face and the Sad Face. It's in our genes. It works especially well with blue eyes - for some reason, blue eyes seem to charm the pants off of most humans. The thing about Huskies is that they will combine several strategies (pouting, looking sad, throwing themselves to the ground and sighing heavily, or even giving you a charming, innocent smile) to get what they want! See the examples below:
In the photo above, Cody is opening his big blue eyes very wide. Everyhusky knows that the wider you open your eyes, the more innocent you look! He is also using the sad, forlorn look for sympathy. Everyhusky knows that if you look sad, then the humans will lavish attention and maybe even treats on you to cheer you up. Whatever, as if he has anything to be sad about!
Now, I know I have mentioned that Cody kept humping me at the dog park yesterday. Notice how when the camera is pointed at us, he is seen trotting innocently by my side and even smiling charmingly. Riiiight. He's guilty, guilty I tell you!
Here, my gimpy older foster cousin Amber also uses both the wide-eyed look and the sad face as a ploy for sympathy, attention and tummy rubs.
She even stooped to scratching her healing injury. This, of course, called attention to her injury, and cries of "What happened to her?" Auntie Lori explained that another dog hurt Amber, but she is okay now and in a great home. Several of the silly, gullible humans cried "Oh, you poor baby!" and she got at least 15 minutes of tummy rubs out of that. It was low, but it was brilliant, I have to give her that...so beware, all of you humans - Huskies (especially gimpy rescue Huskies) can spot a softie a mile away and they will play you like a game of chase! Of course, I would never stoop to such tactics...