Meet my dog’s newest obsession. I’d like to introduce you to Squeaky Toy, something I picked up for George at a WalMart down in Biloxi. It’s also something that he hasn’t put down since I first gave it to him four hours ago.
This is not an exaggeration here.
It all began when we were visiting our friends last week. They have two dogs named Bella and Dinky. The Dinkster is an elederly female daschund that has been in their family since their children were young. Dink still gets around ok, and although it always took a day or two when we visited, she and George have always gotten along.
It’s mostly because George is a gentleman and he knows his place.
And then they got Bella. I have no photos of them and please forgive me here because I didn’t feel like picking up my camera much during this last trip. With the exception of taking photos at the casino pool and some family pics, I basically didn’t use the camera at all. I get like this sometimes.
But back to Bella. She’s young, she’s a little bit crazy, and she runs in circles in the yard as if an unseen force is chasing her. At first George was a little freaked out by her over-exhuberance and wouldn’t give her the time of day. But after a couple days, he was running with her as if they were old friends. She even let him play with her toys.
With the exception of one.
It was her squeaky toy. And by the end of the week, we began to notice that whichever dog had the squeaky toy was the alpha for the moment. My husband and I saw George one extremely hot afternoon, laying outside by the pool with his arm around Bella’s squeaky toy. He was not going to give it up. This is when I decided to get him his own and bring it home.
I just remembered it four hours ago and gave him his new prize. I couldn’t believe how excited he was. And in those last four hours, we have played toss, fetch, catch, and I even took him for a walk in which the toy accompanied him. When he wasn’t squeaking it, he was dropping it on the path for me to pick up and toss.
After four hours of this, I thought I would lose my mind. If I put it down, he brings it to me, places it next to where I’m sitting and does the border collie stare-down.
My husband took him for a walk just to get him away from me.
I have truly created a monster here.