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'Who killed the cheesecake?'
The woman stared horrified at the brutal scene of crumbs and spume. She lifted the empty container which had been perfectly full not one hour before.
Slurmy.
Aha! she thought, a clue.
A lone cat slinked by, acting nochalant. She watched him as he made his way towards the exit. Too cool for school, she thought, trying way to hard.
'Hold it right there Bill.'
The cat paused. 'Narp?'
'You know anything about this?'
She held aloft the ruined tinfoil dish..
The cat's expression remained blank, in fact he gave her his best 'who me?' but as skilled as he was at deception his innocent act was wasted on her and he knew it. His nefarious eyes, twin pools of devious charm, drifted to the opposite door.
'Yeah, scram Kitty Kat.' She said and watched as he did exactly that, loping away unhurried, swinging his tail as he moved.
She turned to the other door and crept into the darkened room, her breath soft, senses heightened. The blinds were down but not fully closed. The afternoon sunlight filtered through the wooden slats. Dust motes danced on the warm air.
'Farrrrp.'
She froze.
'Farrrrrp.'
That sound! It was both familiar and terrible and coming from the other side of the leather sofa.
She edged her way around the seat. She located one upturned foot, then another.
'Farrrrrp.'
Her breath caught in her throat. She closed her eyes, unwilling to face the scene before her.
'Farrrp'
But what choice had she? The betrayal alone was almost too much to tolerate. Tea would be a dismal affair. And now, now there was this...this scoundrel to confront. Brave heart, she said, clenching her free hand, stout will.
'Farrrrp.'
'OPUS!'
The sound stopped. Gradually one eye opened sleepily, then another.
She brandished the slurmy tinfoil. 'Can you explain this?'
The old dog squinted at the hazy blur above him. It was not his style to do a lot of explaining to humans, even a human he loved. If she had not worked out the nature of things by now what point was there in making an issue of it?
He decided it would be best for all concerned if he excused her silliness and offered her a way out. He thumped his tail against the floor and gave her his best grin.
'Oh you!' She leaned in and scratched his belly.
Yep, he thought, wiggling his back leg wildy, if there were more belly rubs in the world there would be far less shenanigans.

After a while he ambled into the kitchen and sat under the big cold thing long enough for her to notice he was thirsty. As she poured ice cold milk into his bowl he thought to himself that though they were initially quite tricky to train, with persistence the older human could be really quite delightful.
After his milk he retired to bed with his cat. He slept deeply, dreaming of sunshine and BBQs and a life well lived. And cheesecake, he also dreamed of cheesecake.
 

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Haha great story thanks for sharing. It's so hard to get mad at them.
 

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He just gets me every time with that tail thump of his. It's his secret weapon. Plus look at that face, seriously. I CANNOT stay cross at that face.
 

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We're suckers for that droopy face! I'll be fussing at Virga for something and she'll look up at me with those sad, droopy brown eyes and her lip will usually be stuck to her gums and all I can do is laugh.
 

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"Who killed the cheesecake"........It was not his style to do a lot of explaining to humans, even a human he loved. If she had not worked out the nature of things by now what point was there in making an issue of it?
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Apparently the cheesecake was left unguarded and accessible to a short legged theif! You wouldn't expect a world class counter surfer to pass up a cheesecake, now would you?

Thanks for sharing this delightful story, well written and very entertaining!

Please share more Opus adventures!
 

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PS: Lucy's last target before she crossed the rainbow bridge was a red velvet cake! I was mad at her for about one nano-second. Now, I am grateful for the memory and that she had a special last treat!
 

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Aw, that a fine memory to have gsally. And thank you everyone, what surprised me the most was how my short legged, quite blind senior managed the generat the power needed to hoike himself high enough for acurate counter-surf. Guess fool me. NEVER underestimate the determination of a basset when it comes to food, no matter what the age. On less the cat was in on it...hmmm.
 

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Aw, that a fine memory to have gsally. And thank you everyone, what surprised me the most was how my short legged, quite blind senior managed the generat the power needed to hoike himself high enough for acurate counter-surf. Guess fool me. NEVER underestimate the determination of a basset when it comes to food, no matter what the age. On less the cat was in on it...hmmm.
I wonder the same thing in our house. Our other dog knows better than to get into the garbage and things like that but sometimes I can't help but think he helps out.
 

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We gave Layla one (ONE!) peanut butter cookie last night, and she decided to help herself to another when we weren't watching. Now she knows what is stored on top of the butcher block in the kitchen and inspects it periodically to see if she can reach it...
 

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We gave Layla one (ONE!) peanut butter cookie last night
And now you are doomed to have a peanut butter cookie snatcher as long as you have your short legged long earred friend!............better stock up next time you go to the grocery store!

Seriously, Old Mother Hubbard makes a great peanut butter treat for dogs, and Blue Dog Bakery makes a great molasses cookie treat too, both are available pet store chains such as Pets Mart and Super Pet.
 

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We gave Layla one (ONE!) peanut butter cookie last night, and she decided to help herself to another when we weren't watching. Now she knows what is stored on top of the butcher block in the kitchen and inspects it periodically to see if she can reach it...

Hahah, my husband calls that 'sharking' because it reminds him of what a shark does when it's skimming by searching for food.
That's it now, forever! Opus was 12 when he found half an escaped sausage under the picnic table one even after a BBQ, and to this day when he goes for a wander in the garden he checks -just in case.
My husband said recently that his ( Opus) eternal hope of getting lucky with regards food made him a little sad, to which I replied, 'don't let it upset you honey, I think it's a large part of what keep this old boy ticking.'
 

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Hahah, my husband calls that 'sharking' because it reminds him of what a shark does when it's skimming by searching for food.
We call Doppler a nose shark because when we've got food on the TV trays or the dining room table, all we can see over the edge of the table is his nose checking to see what food we've got. It's pretty funny!
 

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They also learn very quickly who is an easy target! My son-in-law never did learn to get all the sandwich making ingredients out of the fridge when constructing a sandwich. Lucy knew he was always good for one half-made sandwich when he was reaching back in the fridge for the mustard!
 

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They also learn very quickly who is an easy target! My son-in-law never did learn to get all the sandwich making ingredients out of the fridge when constructing a sandwich. Lucy knew he was always good for one half-made sandwich when he was reaching back in the fridge for the mustard!
This is true too with my dogs! They know that I'm the softie when it comes to getting snacks. They'll beg from my husband but know I'm always good for treats.
 

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I have a 3 month old Basset son named Woody and an inherited chihuahua mix 10+yrs old...my first Basset...and he is a clever thief...stills dish towels, paper rolls you name it and takes them too his "tent" (portable kennel that looks like a tent)...the funniest one was I heard them "tussel" in the den. The chihuahua gets cold so had a polar fleece red Jacket on. After the tussel, Woody comes trotting by with the red jacket in his mouth to take to his tent....would have loved to see how that jacket came off but I picture some rolling on the chihuahua's part....and I too, can't stay mad at him...he has me wrapped around his rather large paw. Needless to say it is pure puppy love at first sight....
 

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lol yeah my hubby says "hey you, are you sharking around in there?" Bowser is usually a pretty good boy and only steals and chews up things that touch the floor, but daisy, our beagle, is a food fanatic, and she encourages him like crazy. Hubby dropped a chip in his old beat up leather chair the other day...and left it, of course. So daisy tried to get under the chair...to which bowser though, OH BOY it's bite and pull the chair time!! So daisy is encouraging him to haul the chair off the chip..which he did. She gets the prize and he gets to destroy the chair *lol*

(needless to say, it's the only peice of furniture in the house i wouldn't mind if he destroyed. He's already chewed up the cushion twice, to which it now has duct tape on it...and the foot rest is broken and is on a cinder block..and now the back part is ripped open from puppy pulling. FINALLY my husband has said he MIGHT get rid of it to get a new chair *rolls eyes* he's more stubborn than the dog and that is a long stretch!!)
 
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