You've all seen amazing dogs that know all sorts of tricks, right? For example, here's a link to a video of one very smart little dog:
After watching this, I decided to teach Ziggy some tricks so he too could help around the house. Imagine my surprise when I found that Ziggy was a natural. No special training was needed - he learned how to do the following chores with practically no help from me!
Trick #1) Hold the dustpan while I sweep.
I didn't say he was holding it anywhere near where I was sweeping. One step at a time.
Trick #2) Remove any stray pieces of pasta that are dropped while I'm cooking so I don't step on them.
Trick #3) Change the station on the TV remote.
In spite of the fact that Ziggy is excellent at this chore, I haven't yet taken the time to photograph it, so I substituted this picture of Ziggy with a toy so you can imagine that the toy is a TV remote in order to see how he does it. Get the picture?
So that is how Ziggy helps with chores around the house. He's quite a dog. I am sorry for any of you that don't have such talented and well trained dogs. Your life must be so much more difficult without a dog like Ziggy to help out around the house.