Saturday, March 30, 2013

Anticipation

Today it's raining. The dogs are sitting near the windows hoping the sun will make an appearance and dry out the back yard. You see, tomorrow is our annual Easter Biscuit Hunt and they are looking forward to it.
Our tradition started when we lived in a townhouse in Maryland and had three dogs, Pylon, Bentley and Lucy. One Easter morning Rob got up early and hid dog biscuits around the living room. When the dogs came inside they started seeing and smelling biscuits and the hunt was on. They all got into it quickly and each found a number of biscuits.
When we moved here we continued our holiday hunt and although we've lost  and gained new canine family members, the hunt remains a popular event. I always get a kick out of watching them. Some catch on to the idea quickly and start using their noses to locate the hidden treats. Others like Tess have a terrible time figuring out what to do. Each year either Rob or I have to help Tess find a few treats.
This year we'll have three new participants. Sebastian should do well. He's a real chow hound and I need to make sure he doesn't stuff himself with biscuits. The two little girls will have their own biscuit hunt without the bigger dogs who might trample them to get a biscuit. Next year they'll be ready to search with the others.
Rob and I have the biscuits ready to hide in the morning. In past years we've tried hiding other things, one year it was baby carrots and last year we used cheese balls, but we've found that biscuits work best. The dogs noses seemed more attuned to their scent.

So we're all watching the rain and hoping that it ends soon and we have a nice dry day for our big hunt.

11 comments:

Susie and Sidebite said...

Cheese Balls, did you say cheese Balls. OMD I am getting a plane ticket, I want to hunt cheese balls, cause I love Cheetoes.

Hope the whole gang has a great Easter and a good hunt

Your Pals
the Mad Scots

Marjie said...

All kids love Easter Hunts. One year, in-laws came and hid real eggs in our garden. Then they fed the cracked ones to our mastiff, Sarge. Then poor Sarge had to stay outside until his flatulence was over. A good time was had by all. I hope your pack gets dry weather!

Mitch and Molly said...

We so hope the rain ends so that you can have your traditional Easter biscuit hunt! We sure wish we could join you!

Love ya lots
Mitch and Molly

SissySees said...

I believe we've had rain every Easter since you first told us about the biscuit hunt. Guess what's forecasted for tomorrow?

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

You never know, we just might smell all those biscuits all the way from here and just trot on over to join the hunt. Hope you have a nice day for it.

Happy Easter to all.

Woos - Phantom. Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

scotsmad said...

The only good thing is you can postpone the biscuit hunt for a good day, and the pups won't know!!!

We'd love to have some cheese balls. It's Easter here and we had eggs for breakfast and shared a hot cross bun. Then went for a play at the river (It was raining here, too.)

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

What a really fun tradition!! I've not thought of doing that and may have to try it--But we're getting rain for Sunday, so maybe post Easter instead!

I hope all is well!!

•✿•♥HAPPY EASTER!!♥•✿•

Jeanne Pursell said...

What a FABULOUS idea!! We think we will tell mama to start a new tradition for us!! We sure wish we could join you! Hope you have a great DRY day for your hunt!! Happy Easter to you all!! LOVE all of the egg hunt pictures!! Especially the cheese balls!! (BOL) xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Piappies World said...

Wow Cheeseballs sure sound like a TREAAAAT! We want to join! We hope you are able to get some sun to make it a very enjoyable event for everyone!

Happy Easter from all of us!

Love,
Piappies Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Max, Wai-Pai & Forgie

Two French Bulldogs said...

Moms feeding the Easter bunny!
Hoppy Easter
Benny & Lily

Life with Wrigs said...

What a fun idea! Wrigs would not be too enthused about hunting for baby carrots, but thinks they'd make good bunny bait. ;-) He's all over that biscuit hunt idea, though. Hope you had a great Easter!

Susan and Wrigs