Some people think anything more than a few months old is ripe enough for a Throwback Thursday post. Those of you who have seen my posts know I usually go back decades. Oh well, the price of age ;) Today is different, I’m going to go back almost exactly 2 years. The picture at the top of the page was taken on the 8th of August, 2014.
Notice the red ball? Little Fiyero, somewhere around 4 months old in that picture, loved that ball. It was his favorite toy and he constantly wanted to play. He’d push it against my leg and growl, letting me know he wanted me to try to steal it, and once taken, throw it. This could happen any time of day or night. He loved it.
Idina never totally “got” red ball. Why play with a thing when she could play with Fiyero? Lately she has discovered that if he is 100% obsessed with the red ball, all she has to do is steal it and he’ll chase her. She doesn’t want the ball, she just wants Fiyero to chase her. He gets upset and pouts when she proves that she doesn’t really understand the game.
I often take just Fiyero to Cape Cod. Sometimes my wife and Idina join us later, but occasionally not. One thing about this male mammal bonding time is red ball. Fiyero gets to play red ball the way he wants without Idina biting an ear to get his attention. And he plays and plays and plays before crashing with the red ball between his paws.
Although the picture at the top is a throwback, the red ball obviously isn’t.
But wasn’t he cute back then? :)
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Note – in Idina’s defense, she is a rescue and was a “street dog”. The first two months of her life was lived out on the streets. Only one of her litter mates survived and her mother lost an eye in those months. She didn’t have luxury items such as red balls when she was growing up…