As everyone should know by now, Jake is a really good dog.
He doesn't scratch the furniture, bark unnecessarily, jump on people, bite or dig in the yard. He's the very definition of "mellow." He just likes to hang out and go for a walk and have a milk bone every now and then.
However, Jake does have a few behavior quirks - and one of them is that he will occasionally find something in the kitchen trash that catches his fancy. He will duck into the pantry, grab the coveted item and then head urgently outside to chew/lick/devour it before we notice and take it away from him. (We're so mean.)
I've caught him rapturously licking butter wrappers and chewing paper towels that were used to drain bacon. Sometimes, Chris will look out the window and be like, "Dammit! Why does our dumb neighbor's trash always blow into our yard!?" Upon further investigation it's usually something Jake has pulled from the trash and licked until the printing nearly came off.
As such, Jake is not allowed in the pantry and we keep the door firmly closed.
Thus, you can imagine my lack of surprise on Wednesday when I saw Jake hurry past me towards his door with what looked like trash in his mouth. The odd bit was that he wasn't coming from the kitchen - he was coming from the baby's room.
I called out his name and he reluctantly stopped in his tracks. (Caught!) He turned to face me and I saw it: a diaper.
DID YOU HEAR ME? A DIAPER!!!
He must have found it in her room on the floor. Since we haven't organized the closet yet, stuff is just piled up in there. I bet he thought it smelled interesting and thought he'd take it outside to investigate further.
After Chris and I finished laughing hysterically (really, you should have seen him looking up at us with a diaper in his mouth like, "What? What's the big deal?") we considered that this is NOT behavior we want to encourage and that our laughter and smiles may have made him feel like, "Hey, this is an ok thing to play with!"
I think that once the diapers have been ah, utilized, they won't smell so interesting to him and he won't be tempted to take them outside though.
I mean, one has to hope. Right?