Goof or Mr. Goof is one of the smartest Dogs on the Planet. He is part Border Collie and part Australian Blue Heeler. He has 33 toys in this photo, but it seems like he has a lot more. He can bring any one of his toys on recall and he knows 32 tricks, including shutting the door after he comes back into the house after doing his business.
On a couple of occasions, I was working at my computor and completely forgot he was outside and he came back into the house, slamed the door and scared the heck out of me.
Mr. Goof can walk across the room on his hind legs and of course roll over on command. He learned those tricks when he was one. Goof is now seven years old. When I turn my fan off in the morning, Goof knows that I am getting up and so he comes into my bedroom to escourt me outside to get the newspaper.
Sometimes when I give him a half a treat, he looks at me like a half treat is not the deal we made when I was a little pup. If I do the trick or do my business, I get the whole treat. No ifs, ands, or buts.
Also, it has gotten to where I cannot eat a whole cookie, because Mr. Goof is always there for the half of the cookie that does not have sugar on it.
Although Mr. Goof is one of the smartest and most talented dogs in the world, he has been Flying Under the Radar with TV and movie scouts. Similar to the players who play in my All-American Bowl Game.
I was watching a TV show a few years ago and this dog owner was telling us about how many words that his dog knew and he said something like 750 words. Mr Goof knows every word that Ginger and I know and we can’t spell a word out, because he can also spell.
We got Mr. Goof at a shelter in Taos, New Mexico in 2005. He was seven weeks old and obviously not potty-trained so I was prepared for some accidents in the back seat on the way back home to Louisiana. He shocked us when he would tell us when he had to go to the bathroom and to our astonishment, no accidents on the trip back home.
There is a photo of a Korelian Beardog on the internet and it looks like Mr. Goof. We don’t let him play or run with other dogs, but two labs live across the street and a Baton Rouge Police Dog named Debo is our neighbor. The labs sometime get loose and come to see Goof, and Debo barks at him all of the time when they both are in the yard, but never a confrontation.
Our two previous dogs were a Yorkie named Punk and P.J. (Punk Jr). Punk lived to be 15 and P.J. passed when he was 18 1/2. Both of these dogs were little dogs with baby feet.
Mr Goof has Raptor feet. We were looking for a black border collie, but found a white one with Raptor feet. My wife, Ginger, and I know that he was sent from heaven to be with us in our old age.
Oh yeah. He does not sleep with me at night, but every night at or around 4:00 A.M. – He will come into my bedroom, and ask me to take him outside to do his business.
Right now, he is waiting for some Strawberry Ice Cream.