Both dogs were really interested.
Ellie decides to use the rope as a chew toy.
Ellie gave up on the bottle and Lucy checked it out. Neither of them ever figured how to get the treats out of the bottle. They had no further interest in it, so another wasted twenty bucks at the pet store.
Lucy worked with the other toy but didn't seem to grasp the idea.
In a quick minute Ellie figured out how to get to the treats.
Lucy immediately joined her and started snatching the treats as soon as Ellie got them out.
Bored with one toy empty of treats and the other toy which never gave up any of the treats, the girls went back to squirrel duty. One of their favorite activities is guarding the deck. They know how I hate those beady-eyed little monsters.
I am fairly certain I heard Lucy complain, "Next year they will probably give us clothes!"
The puzzles are designed to keep dogs busy especially when you are away. These two toys would not keep the girls occupied very long. Once they ate all the treats (in a matter of a few minutes) they had no further interest in one of the toys. They totally ignored the toy that had stumped them. They were not interested in it despite the visible and aromatic treats inside. Fortunately, our dogs have no separation anxiety at all. In fact, I think they rather like being in charge of the house. We often leave them all day and hire a dog walker to drop by the house and take them for a walk.
Here it is 2012! And so we begin a new year. Hal Borland, best known for his nature books and his editorials in the New York Times had an interesting take on the beginning of the year:
"Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us."
So friends, let's just keep on going on.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE, ON THIS FIRST WEEKEND OF THE NEW YEAR!