Since arriving at my new home I have rediscovered a few things of which my previous household left me in want…
TOYS! WONDERFUL TOYS!
In my book you can never have too many toys! There is nothing like the wet, slobbery mess you can leave on a cotton filled sheepie to make you go back for more! It’s a special thing the way the spit helps it collect all the extra dirt from the floor. If your lucky enough to live in a rural area, you may even catch some of the stuff people bring in on their shoes. Zoe takes shoes off in the hallway, so I often take a quick run of it out there to make sure I get everything!
Ok, back to war. Tug o’ war is a true and vanishing art! If you’re person is reading this to you, you know what I mean. If you are human and reading this sans the benefit of an animal companion, you may need some further explanation. As people get more focused on the hectic pace that they’ve set for themselves, play time has gradually reduced, and the real investment of a focused, rough and tumble hour or two of play has decreased with it. That being said, there really is an art to tug o’ war.
First you must have plenty of toys.
Next a certain level of assertiveness may be necessary to engage your human. You may need to look at them with pleading eyes, choose a favorite toy for them, show them how much fun they will have!
Either way, most likely they will not be the one suggesting the game, so be persuasive!
Now that you have engaged your human, choose your toys wisely! It may be a personal preference but I like a toy with at least two arms, wings, or legs. A tail is also a real benefit when looking for a vice hold on your toy. You have to be willing to hold on for dear life even if it means becoming airborne so having an appendage to hang on to makes that all the easier!
Another nice addition is the ability to use your own paws in the cover and growl maneuver should you gain full access to the target!
But lo the doggie who lets herself become distracted by slow moving humans with placating voices!
She will be sadly calling for suspension of all hostilities.
Stay tuned for the benefits of squeeky toys and incorporating fetch into your tug o’ war. Have a great afternoon! Joulie