You've seen your pet do some pretty incredible things, right? You've probably also seen them behaving in surprising, hilarious ways. Check out these 15 odd-yet-endearing habits of readers' pets, including a dog who can tell time, a parrot that yells at itself and horse that has a sweet tooth!
"My dog trusts me entirely and is fearless. The vacuum doesn't scare him, fireworks don't scare him, thunder doesn't scare him. I think the only thing that he's apprehensive about are big waves at the beach. Either they freak him out, or he doesn't like having salt water stuffed in his nose and eyes. Beyond that, I can do whatever I want to him. Lately, we've been digging holes at the beach to bury him, leaving just his head above the sand." --Reddit
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"My dog recognizes certain ringtones. When she hears the ring I have set up for my wife on my phone, she knows that my wife is on her way home from work. Our dog will then sit, staring at the door for the next 30 minutes until my wife arrives. I'm told our dog does the same thing for me but I travel frequently for work, so our poor dog will sit by the door waiting all night after I've calledto check in with the wife. It really bums me out." --Reddit
"Regardless of how much food is in the cat's dish, he freaks out if he can see the bottom of it. It's as if he's in danger of starving to death that very moment. But if you just nudge with the dish with your foot so that the bottom is once again covered with food, he calms right down." --Reddit
"My dog will only eat when my wife or I are eating. If I put food in his bowl, he will wait until we eat." --Reddit
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"My cat would always knock over glasses of water or milk. Empty cups? Untouched. He would check for liquid contents before flipping the cup, waiting for you to notice and shout, and then he would sprint away. Also, he used to eat paper that had writing on it. Blank paper was left untouched." --Reddit
"My horse loves Skittles. One time he stole the pack I was eating and tipped it into his mouth. You could hear all the Skittles hitting his teeth. Then he gave the empty pack back to me." --Reddit
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"My dog watches TV -- specifically commercials. He even knows which ones have dogs, cats, monkeys and other animals by listening for a specific jingle. He could be gnawing on a fresh piece of rawhide, but once the Bud Light 'Weego' dog commercial starts, he props himself in front of the TV and waits for Weego to show up. It's gotten to the point that during the Stanley Cup Finals, he just hangs out. As soon as it cuts to commercial, he's already sitting up in front of the TV waiting to see an animal." -- Reddit
"My pug is incapable of eating normally. He will take a couple of kibbles out of his bowl, run over to where ever I am, look directly at me, and loudly crunch on his kibbles. Once that mouthful is finished he will run back and get another, repeating the whole process." --Reddit
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"I had a cat who injured his paw going after a snake after it got too close to my baby brother. The cat limped for a while; the injury swelled up quite a bit and took a while to heal. She got a lot of treats and hugs for protecting the tot in the family like that. After her foot was healed, she would limp around and try to get you to follow her toward the treat cabinet." -- Reddit
"My dog goes to bed at 8:30 every night. And when I say "goes to bed," I mean he stops whatever he is doing, leaves whoever he is with, and goes upstairs, alone, gets into my bed, pulls the pillows off, digs back the covers, and burrows under and goes to sleep. Then when I come to bed later on, he acts annoyed that I am waking him up. The oddest thing about this is that he does it at 8:30 every night without fail. Not 8:25 or 8:33, but 8:30. No idea how he does that. He cannot tell time, as far as I know." --Reddit
"Whenever I'm having a bad slump in my depression, I pace. My Pomeranian will follow behind me and lightly touch his nose to the back of my heel each time I take a step to remind me he's there, following me for hours just nudging me so I don't forget that I'm not alone. When I finally sit down, he curls up in my lap and nuzzles my stomach until I feel better. If I don't pace, he'll still stay as close to me as possible. He'll sleep jammed against the leg of my chair and the baseboard of the kitchen counter on the tile floor. He'll cry at me if I go upstairs without him. I can't even take a shower without him sitting in the bathroom with me. He only ever does this when I'm not feeling well. When I'm feeling alright, he generally keeps to himself." -- Reddit
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