Each dog gets an antler
Lucy takes hers to her bed to begin chewing.
Ellie works on the floor with hers.
Lucy will decide after a few minutes that she prefers the one Ellie has. She will take her antler and lie next to Ellie.
Lucy holds her antler and sneaks a lick of Ellie's.
She puts her mouth on one end. Ellie does nothing to keep this from happening.
Finally Lucy has the antler that Ellie had. Ellie will not reclaim it and has no interest in the antler Lucy had.
Believe it or not, the antler Ellie originally had is the only one the dogs will chew. No matter how often we "offer" the other antler, neither of them is having any of it. At various times, one or the other of them will chew the antler. Ellie's best opportunity is in the late evening when Lucy is so tired she sleeps soundly nearby. Ellie will chew on the antler for an hour or more.
Fast forward two weeks. Since Christmas the girls have enjoyed the antler. Not both of the antlers...only the one Ellie was given. The one Lucy had for a few minutes lies untouched. And here's a picture to prove it.
You will note that the antler on the left is practically pristine, while the one on the right has been reduced to one-third its original size. We haven't a clue why this happens, but neither dog will chew on the long antler until we have discarded the small piece of the other one.
This has been a troubling week for every one of us. There are so many places on our planet where people are suffering to an extent we can hardly imagine. Let's focus on them for a while this weekend. For them, and for the families that grieve their losses.
HAVE A GOOD WEEKEND!