Sunday, November 21, 2010

A tugging, mouth wrestling kind of a day

Today a storm was moving in, it suddenly turned cold and windy outdoors.   So what are we to do when the weather won't let us romp outside?    Romp inside!

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 we moved on to the Tug-O-War championships.  Stella and I began with a sock tug, it was an easy victory for me.   

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


  1. Boy, Stella needs to learn manners and her place,huh Mogley? I'm sure you'll teach her just fine. Otherwise, it sure looked like a fun day!

  2. Now that was funny. All that tug-o-whatever must have made everybody tired, including the two-legged ones. Mommie said if we want a tug-o-war we can go next door to the neighbors that have a wolf sanctuary. We don't think that was very nice of her.

    Thank you for all the beautiful pictures. Carry on, Mogley.

    Earnhardt, Lady(senior), Sandy Paws and Oliver.

  3. We're glad you moved past the newspaper incident. Puppies are much better at kissing and making up than humans :)

  4. Christmas is comin'! That looks like such fun maybe I can ask for a puppy for Christmas...on the other hand, as an only dog, I don't have to share the attention and the Humans are my slaves. :)
    Have a great Thanksgivin' Y'all!
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  5. Mogley,

    Sounded like an exciting day even if you did have to stay indoors.
    Tell your chauffeur that we would love to see a photo of you bringing in the morning paper.
    Maybe we could learn from that
    Hamish & Sophie

  6. Cold and windy outdoors? That sounds like perfect outside weather to us!

    Ah, yes, sometimes there has to be a little noise to make the rules clear.

  7. Teehee. We have Championship bouts every day, rain or shine (or snow, as the case may be), and I would like to commend you on your technique, not to mention the skill of your photographer! We're also glad to hear that you are the undisputed newspaper-getter. (Although isn't that what humans are for? Just asking...)

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

  8. We Don't get the paper, but my job is telling my Mom when there is someone at the door or the phone rings (Mom is deaf). I sure wouldn't want some upstart thinking they could take over and do my jobs as well as me. I wouldn't accept it.
    Good going, Mogley.


  9. We know all too well how it is when someone has a job that they always do, and someone else wants to help--Glad it got figured out and you enjoyed your day!

    THANKS for your thoughts on my blog for Hamlet...You're right, the choices are never easy, but I know we'll know what to do when the time comes.

    I hope you have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  10. Paper retrieving is Sam's job too - we always have to remind Monty to leave Sam alone! We are glad no one got hurt!


  11. Hi Mogley
    We love the tug-o-war and mouth wrestling championships - congratulations on your wins! Ms Stella needs to learn quickly that it's not always her way & I'm sure you'll help her in that regard.
    Stay warm,
    Nadine & Neeli
    Angel doggie Apples (1944-2010)

  12. That first photo is priceless. So cute - I cannot imagine you putting anyone in their place!

    I love the newspaper fetching routine. I have another Golden friend who does the same thing, except that, on one seemingly random morning, she started fetching TWO newspapers, the neighbor's and hers. That caused some problems with the neighbors because their newspaper had slobber on it when returned to them!

  13. glad to hear you two moved past the newspaper incident


  14. Mogley, Nice thing about us canines, we don't hold a grudge. Peace Out! Tucker