Sunday, November 21, 2010
Before you get the idea that it is nothing but fun around here, I had better admit to some bad times as well. First thing in the morning I go out front and fetch the morning paper from the end of the driveway. I carry it all the way into the family room where I lay it down, then I get head scratches, chin rubs and chest rubs as a reward for bringing in the paper. This has been our tradition for several years without interruption. Until yesterday, Saturday morning. The chauffeur was in the shower when his daughter stopped by. On the way in she let me out to get my paper, when I brought it in she took it from me at the door. I am waiting for my attention, head rubs, ear scratches and praise, but Stella grabbed the paper out of her hand. When I tried to take it back, a fight broke out. Neither one of us got hurt, but it was noisy and fast. Now the humans are mad at me for starting a fight. Stella is at our home because she got into bad fights, damaging fights, ending in a trip to the vet, at her foster home. So people are very sensitive about Stella showing any signs of aggression. So when I reminded her that fetching papers is my job, everyone got upset. There was no damage, no blood, no sore feet or ears, just a lot of noise and very concerned people. This morning, Sunday, I brought in the paper, got my reward, no problem. I just had to remind Stella that she is number four dog in the house and that fetching newspapers is my job. Now, as you can see below, peace and Harmony is restored to the house. To show there is no hard feelings, we had a great morning of play in the house.
Stella and I engaged in a series of mouth wrestling and tug-o-war challenges to determine the world championship of mouth wrestling and tugging. Naturally, as you can see, I won. Once again I am the world champion mouth wrestler and Tug-o-War player.
First we had the Mouth Wrestling championships. As you can see, I won best in class and best overall. I not only defeated Bella, I defeated Stella as well. Below are several scenes from The semi-finals between Stella and I.
Then came the Tog-O-Ball, with me taking the ball away and keeping it, another win for me.
Then came the Tog-O-Broken Toy, where I again won with out even breaking into a sweat.
This is a great way to spend a day and do a little bonding. We also proved that we are still friends, and I am the undisputed, designated newspaper fetcher.
Mogley G. Retriever