“Rubber Ducky, I’m awfully fond of you…”

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I had to take Brinkley and Bogie on a BIG walk today because they were going to be alone for longer than usual.  I figured if they were completely tired they wouldn’t mind being in their crates.  Of course, I didn’t really take into consideration that I would also be completely tired.

Somewhere around the 1 1/2 mile marker (mostly uphill) I decided to actually look at the dogs.  I usually walk with my head up and and my gaze level because I’m trying to maintain correct posture.  I’ve also learned that if I spend too much time looking down at the dogs they think a treat is about to hit them and they sloooooooow down or stop.  So I generally treat the walk as though I’m actually in charge.  Not the truth, but…

So around the 1 1/2 mile marker I looked down at the dogs and noticed that Brinkley had picked up a 2-foot long stick and was walking very nicely with it.  No big deal; he’s done that since he’s a puppy.  After all he is a retriever.  I look at Bogie…he’s also walking nicely with something in his mouth.RDDUCK3

Not a stick.

It’s a child’s rubber ducky!


Now I’m laughing out loud, and that sets Brinkley off.  He drops his stick and begins to gallop around me trying to figure out why I’m suddenly animated, and I’m busy trying to get the ducky away from Bogie who thinks I’m playing with him.  I’m laughing and trying not to be pulled to the ground by two excited doggies.  I have no idea how long Bogie had the ducky, but I left it along the curb in case someone came looking for it.

Why doesn’t this ever happen to Thunder when he walks the boys?

Oct 21st, 2009

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