Although TWooie has made many strides since coming to live on the Food Lady’s Farm, grasping the concept of “fun” in the act of catching something thrown at you is NOT one of the things he has mastered.
You can tell by the blissfully ignorant look on his face as the Holy Roller floats gently toward him.
(you can see by his inflamed belly that his rash is back. It must be some kind of contact allergy, as it comes and goes depending on where we walk and play. I have a cream for it, and I wash his belly off every day with cool water. I don’t know if any of it helps, but it makes me feel like I am doing something anyway.)
The thing *I* can’t see as being fun is the hose game.
Piper agrees that it’s no fun at all.
But Megan and Dexter think Piper’s a lame duck, and please to stop spraying her, and spray them instead.
Yes, Maggie is now Megan. For some reason, “Maggie” just did not roll off my tongue naturally, and I spent all my time accidentally calling her “Maggins” which transitioned itself to Megan. She seems more like a Megan. It’s what her new owners intend to call her also, so may as well get her used to it!
She says she doesn’t care what you call her, as long as you’re pointing a hose at her when you do.
And thank doG for the hose, because boys and girls, it’s smokin’ hot out there! Not even super duper shiny bright hot, but muggy, humid, hazy with threats of thundershowers hot. Yesterday it was 29 (that’s 88 to you Americans) degrees which is pretty hot for us.
It can never be too hot for me. For a pale and pasty white girl, I sure love the sun and heat! I totally live in the wrong climate … except that I loathe the cold, and it doesn’t get that cold here in the winter. Median temperature is the trade off, I guess. But the dogs think it might be a little too hot to really do much, even though they are restless and bored. So rather than big trips to the park or the beach, we aim for several shorter play sessions outside every day instead. I don’t want Piper to overheat (and I am tired of Wootie digging holes in my driveway under my van to find somewhere cool to hang out!).
So today we went for an early morning walk (ie pre-heat) all along the back of the property, and this afternoon we played a little bit of Catch The Holy Roller.
For some reason, he STILL has most of his winter coat and just won’t shed it out. The poor guy is boiling hot *all* the time. I have groomed him like crazy, but that coat ain’t goin’ anywhere. I am at the point where I am seriously considering shaving his belly so at least he can some relief.
But the real die hard, the one with no sense or self control, is our friend Mr. D. Morgan, Esq.
He doesn’t *need* to jump that high … it’s not like I’m sending the toy winging into space, I am just tossing it gently. But he seems to feel it’s better to grab it in the air than wait for it to come anywhere near back to earth, lest someone try to nab it before he can.
When he starts doing backflips, I end the game, because I just don’t think that’s healthy for him at his tender age. He’s so freakin’ HUGE that sometimes I forget he is just a puppy still, but he is. Plus he has exactly zero body fat so when he doesn’t stick the landing, I am convinced he’s going to break every bone in his body!! And speaking of which, I have started adding carbs to his diet, so he gets a nice breakfast of meat and pasta every morning. There is not enough raw meat in the world for him, and no matter how much I feed him, he continues to look like a skeleton with a sad little covering of ratty fur. I really think his metabolism is so fast that he just uses up everything right away. So I hope the carbs will help. If you have any other suggestions (besides kibble, I don’t feed that) I am open to hearing them!
Anyhoo. When I think Dex is getting too worked up about the ball, I put it away and we go back to the hose.
I don’t know what to do with myself as there’s no agility for 2 weeks, as The Sadist and his wife are at Nationals in Calgary this weekend. Good luck to them and to all my friends competing!! Tweed and I wish we could be there. Do BC proud – run fast, run clean, have fun!!