Rosie’s Stare Down

By | March 13, 2013

Rosie Starting Her Stare Down

Most people who follow my blog know that I have a little dog by the name of Rosie. I wanted to share this thing that she does and I can’t figure out why she does it. I even had a few people make comments when they see her doing it.

Rosie will come up and start a stare down with me. Now this is strange by itself but after she wins the stare down and I walk away, she will stay in the same spot and continue staring at me. I have walked about 100 steps from her and she is still staring. I have to yell at her to get her to stop. This has been going on for several years. It kind of bothers me because I’m afraid one of these days I will forget she is doing this and I will leave her behind.

On a side note. I have heard a few people commenting that Rosie is a Foo Foo Dog. Here is what the Urban Dictionary states:

Any small dog in which the owner refers to themselves as mommy or daddy and the dog as their child, baby or furkid. Will also only eat certain food and goes to the “doggy salon” for styles and wears any combination of hair clips, hats, coats, sweaters skirts or shoes and is always carried on their “walkies” so they don’t get dirty and/or tired. Is sometimes also carted around in a purse, sling, or dog buggy. In short a substitute child.

My little girl may wear a few clothes and go to the “doggy salon” but I don’t carry her around. ๐Ÿ™‚

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steveโ€™s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.

0 thoughts on “Rosie’s Stare Down

  1. Patty Henderson

    I have to admit I would have never picked this dog for you! Sounds like two strong personalities in one place! She looks like a sweetie though!

  2. Cindy H

    If only our dogs could talk. Wouldn’t they teach us even more than they already have.
    What a face. Too many mushy words come to mind. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Mello Mike

    She is a cute little thing. I’d play the game and get in her face and stare her down. Have fun with it.

  4. Steve Creek

    Patty, most people can’t believe I have this dog but I guess you can say I’m in touch with my feminine side. Whatever that means. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Mike, I do and that’s why I think she thinks its a game.

  5. Julie G.

    That adorable face makes me melt. She’s a cutie! Our two dogs have stare downs quite often. It’s a game they play. Whoever brakes the stare first is then attacked by the master starer (all in fun).

  6. Liz

    What a sweetie! I love this capture of her facial expression! Dogs are such wonderful companions. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Elaine Magliacane

    So cute… most doggie stare downs are a dominance thing, and whoever looks down or side ways loses… something else is going on with Rosie the first thing that comes to mind is a mild form of epilepsy… so that she is having some sort of seizure (I had a dog with epilepsy and her stare down sounds like what he’d do). Have you tried touching her? Like a tap on the head with your hand… to help her ‘snap out of it’? If she were my little dog I’d have her checked out by the vet for this.

  8. Steve Creek

    Thanks Elaine for your concern but she is okay. I will need to get a video of her doing this. I have not explained very well what she does.

  9. Beena

    Very interesting piece of information. I never knew dogs did this, staring down! We had a dog when we were children and he never had this attitude. But one unique (I think) thing he used to do was, sit down, look up to the sky and howl along while any one of us played mouth organ !
    Your dog is super cute though!

  10. Barbara Selkirk

    Rosie is such a doll and her stare down means she’s trying to tell you something and you’re not getting it. She may want to go in a different direction, she may have heard or smelled something she wants to explore or thinks you should photograph… or she might just want you to pick her up and cuddle her. Petting her or turning in a different direction then getting back on the path after a few yards might help Steve. My two labs will come to me in the house and one or other will put their head on my lap or my chest if I’m slouching in a chair and stare at me. It always means they want something – usually to go for a walk and I’m late in getting to that. Sometimes it’s toast if I’ve forgotten to make it in the morning for us to share, I get the stare down too… but if I ask them what they want… often when I hit the word they know that relates to what they want – they back off and wag tails and give me big open mouthed grins… You could try asking her if you outside “this way?” and turn in a different direction – see what happens. What fun to learn about your darling Rosie – she’s one smart cookie – she’ll get you trained Steve…!

  11. Steve Creek

    I think you are correct Barbara! That’s how we communicate by eye contact. That’s how she lets me know when she needs to go potty.