Friday, January 16, 2009

Puppy Games and Rules

What? Still no pictures. Nope. I’m sorry. I should have my camera (aka my phone) back today but in the meantime . . . no pics. Now that the weather is cold, the dogs are getting a little more playful. Actually, Snowdoll is still relatively young and needs constant amusement but Romanov is older and a little more mellowed. However, when he comes back inside from being outside, he begins his “wild puppy” running. I know you all know what that looks like—low to the ground, tail tucked in and ears laid back. He runs to Snowdoll and away, trying to play “Come and Get Me!” However, Snowdoll will stand there with a bone in her mouth watching him. As he approaches her, she may let out a low growl or do a quick hop up and out of his way. All the while, her tail is wagging because she’s standing there inviting him to play “Who’s Got the Bone?” I have come to learn, however, that these two games have rules that make them completely incompatible and eventually one or the other will get bored because nobody will play with them and they just lie down somewhere. What I still love is how, when Romanov is lying down somewhere content and untroubled, Snowdoll will trot over and plop herself down to lie beside him in cuddling closeness. This always causes Romanov to let out a low rumble of growling complaint. But he won’t get up and move. I think he really likes it but he has to maintain this lone wolf persona. Shhhhh . . . don’t tell him I let you in on his secret.

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