There was a time when both girls had stuffed toys which they would carry around. One day Ellie found a seam and started to pull at it. She eviscerated the toy. So excited about her discovery, she systematically tore apart every single soft toy they owned. So we have learned that any toys (other than hard ones) will be destroyed within 15 minutes. Ellie has a real knack of finding the weakness in construction and tearing the toy to shreds.
On a recent visit to the pet supply store, I came across a Kong toy with a heavy fabric covering. Thinking it would take quite a while to destroy, I bought two of them. It appeared to have a regular Kong underneath so we could at least salvage that.
We gave the toys to the girls. They are intended to be "toss and retrieve" toys.
Ellie immediately grabbed one of the toys and went off to play. Forget about toss and retrieve. She was making this a chew toy.
Lucy sniffed at the remaining toy as if she wasn't quite sure what to do with it.
Lucy walked over to the bed where Ellie was chewing the toy.
Lucy began to chew on her toy. She doesn't seem to like the texture (or taste).
Meanwhile, Ellie is looking for a weak spot in her toy. She turns it over and tries chewing both ends.
Finally, Lucy gives up. This toy is not fun.
She loved it all right. Within 10 minutes, she had found the weakest spot and tore into it. To our surprise, the inside was not a Kong. It was two small balls which Ellie quickly started to tear into.
The adventure was over. Ellie grabbed a couple of tennis balls while I picked up the pieces of the new toys. Was it worth the money? Not really. But Ellie surely did have 10 minutes of fun. Poor Lucy never did understand the whole thing.
It's Friday again. And the end of another month. We're very happy here in the mountains. We got more than 10 inches of rain this week. It's bright and sunny today and we're expecting nice weather for Labor Day. Have a wonderful weekend, filled with fun and joy.