I haven't joined in the FitDog hop for a while, partly because I've been trying to focus on getting book no. 3 done and partly because you can only write so much about walking the dog. We're boring, Rita and I. We mostly just walk and walk and walk. She's not much of a one for games. She'll play for a couple of minutes, but then she's done.
It makes me fondly remember our beagle, Bailey, who was a great lover of games.
Oh, she enjoyed the usual stuff too, like walking and hiking, ...
... running, ...
... and snowshoeing (when we lived in Canada briefly while each doing our masters degrees at Univ. of Western Ontario).
But she would also make up games. Although, except for chasing the laser light, she refused to play any game where the humans were not actively involved. There would be NO sitting on your butt and throwing the ball with her. No, if anything, she'd do the sitting. For example, the ball game she invented.
Our couch used to stick out into the dining/living area of our tiny apartment. Bailey would stand on the sofa with her front paws up on the back.
The hubs and I would stand in the open area behind the sofa and bounce a ball at her. She would knock it with her nose and send us chasing after it. If we caught it, we got a point. If we didn't, she got a point. I swear she would purposely try to bop it off at some crazy angle where we'd never get to it in time.
Another game we used to play with her was "chase the apples." There was a huge apple tree at UWO that dropped tons of fruit in the fall. It sat at the top of a grassy hill, and one day Bailey chased an apple that fell and started rolling down the hill. Well, a new game was born.
|Blurry, but gives an idea of how BIG the apple tree was.|
We had one other game she loved: "Around the Island." Our old house had a rectangular loop with the entry way at one end, and the kitchen at the other. The hubs would stand in the entryway, and I'd be in the kitchen. We'd run back and forth across our respective "territory", tossing a stuffie to each other - he'd throw it to me across the family room on one side of the rectangle, I'd run to the other side of the kitchen, and toss it back to him across the dining/living room. Bailey would run the entire loop, trying to catch the toy before either of us could get it.
Wish I had some video... Hard to describe, but it was a fantastic game for getting all our heart rates up! I've tried to recreate a smaller version with Rita around the dining room table, but she's unclear on the concept and just starts leaping in the air. (Still a good workout I guess...)
In quieter times, Bailey also enjoyed the occasional card game or dominoes, but of course those are games of skill/chance, not for exercise.
|"It's your turn."|
We sure miss that funny, creative, active, smart girl!
Have you ever made up fun fitness games with your dog?
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