Thursday, January 7, 2010

Indoor Games

The first week of 2010 sure is a cold one. We have a little snow, maybe 3 or 4 inches, but it's too cold for the dogs to play outside. Their feet get so cold that they do a little dance and look at me pathetically, wanting me to fix it.

I've had to be inventive and come up with things for them to do inside. I'm lucky they can't talk or I'd be hearing, "Mom, I'm bored."

First, Gaylen, the President of Fudge's Fan Club, has come up with this adorable button for anyone who wants to join. To be a member of his fan club, you must appreciate dogs that have inflated egos and want to be the baddest dog on the block, but who are actually big marshmallows on the inside. Dogs who like to tease the other dogs, but like to climb into Mom's lap if anyone teases him. Fudge was a teenage daddy and he is no more mature than his pups, but he'll tell you that he's a handsome, titled stud dog.

So if you admire all those contradictory traits in one silly brown dog, help yourself to the button and stay tuned for more adventures of Fudge.

Gaylen has been a busy lady on the computer. She thinks it's a good idea to document each week, something that has made us thankful. It can be anything that makes you smile and think good thoughts.

I decided to play along, and this week it's a no-brainer. I am thankful that my girl, Samba, is getting better. There were days when I would look at her and just see a very sick dog, but now I see a strong girl who is improving each day and will do whatever I ask of her. Swallow a handful of pills, sure. Stand in the bathtub with shampoo on her bare legs for ten minutes, whatever you say, Mom. Stand still to put a jacket on before running outside, OK.

How can I not feel thankful for her?

Back to the cold weather. It's a good thing we have lots of big new toys to play with. The living room resembles a jungle with tigers and leopards and monkeys on the floor and in the chairs. Playing ball in the house is not allowed, much to Sky's dismay, but it can get too rough and things get broken.

Today Fudge and Sky decided on a good old fashioned game of tug. These two play nicely together unlike Noah and Fudge.

Sky tries to get an advantage buy getting a hold higher up on the toy.

Fudge keeps a tight grip on the toy.

There's a lot of play growling that goes on during this event.

Some of the other dogs stand around watching this. I wonder if they're rooting for Fudge or for Sky?

Although Sky has changed position several times, never letting go of the toy, Fudge has barely moved.

There is no winner or loser. They just eventually get tired of the game and stop. They're still best
buddies. We all hope the temperatures warm up enough to go outside and enjoy the snow. Mom keeps thinking about the mud to follow.


gaylen said...

Yea - I love your description of Fudge - that perfectly applies to Beaurgard James too - think that's where my fondness for Fudge comes from? They could be twins!!

Yea for Samba! You go girl. Keep on getting healthy! Yea you. g

Nichole said...

I too love your description of Fudge... :)

Marjie said...

Thor has a big rope toy with a handle on one end, so he can play tug with his humans, and make his fierce growly noises. Of course, when he suckers Mark (my youngest) into playing, he just tugs the boy around the room. I guess all dogs love to play tug and growl!

I saw G's Fudge badge. She's too funny for words!

Stella said...

We are having gruesome cold weather here. Stella goes out for potty breaks but thats it and she is back in fast! She has gone through her toy box about four times and finds nothing worth her time! Why not put one of your Porties on the bus and send her to Minniesnowda to keep us company? Just a thought!

Jo and Stella

Scrabblequeen said...

Ah yes, the coming mud! I feel thankful at this moment, that my Sasha is small enough to be able to play ball indoors. She has never broken anything while playing inside. The same cannot be said for the two-footed off-spring who lived ( or lived ) here!

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

We definitely will be posting Fudge's Fan Club button on our site - we love all of you.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

The OP Pack said...

How you manage indoor games with so many dogs is amazing! We get tossed outside when we get playing inside. But today it is finally way too cold for even us sibes to be out there.

Great description of Fudge.

Tail wags, Phantom and Thunder

LizzieJane said...

I have to admit I have a soft spot for Fudge. I love the last picture of Sky and Fudge. They look so sweet and innocent! They are, right?

Channon said...

Gretchen is allowed to play ball inside. Sometimes the game has to stop if Sissy gets too wound up...

I love your description of Fudge too, and the last photo of the buddies. And three cheers for Samba! Love - and a good vet - can conquer all.

Maggie and Mitch said...

We love the description of Fudge too and we'll be posting his button on our blog!
We're thankful that Samba is improving too!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Thor said...

Glad to hear Samba is getting better!
I love your description of Fudge too!

Martha and Bailey said...

It is good to have fun toys and play indoor games.
Funnily enough we are spending more time in the garden than ever before......
This is certainly a puzzle to our humans as it is freezing cold!
We think we would get on very well with Fudge!
Martha & Bailey xxx