On the weekend Rob and I took Samba and her pups outside to play. This time Rob carried his camera and we weren't disappointed. Samba found her favorite toy, her frisbee and gave another lesson to her puppies. This time we got pictures.
Next she carried her frisbee back and forth in front of the pups, shaking it and showing what a great toy it was.
Then she ran around the yard carrying the frisbee and with all eight puppies following her.
Finally she allowed the pups to look at and touch the frisbee and each one got a chance to carry it.
Since this is Samba's favorite toy, she didn't leave it with them, but stayed close by to be sure they showed it proper respect.
Today as adults, all the dogs enjoy chewing on sticks, most of them like and will chase balls. Sky is obsessed with balls and of course Bailey has a special toy that she treasures. But when I take the frisbee off the shelf, they start barking and yipping and jumping around. It's definitely the favorite toy. They learned their lessons well.
But, the lessons didn't end there. The pups are 4 years old now, though they'll always be pups to me. A couple weeks ago we went to the lake with Samba, Morgan and Norma Jean. Samba and Morgan are both strong swimmers and love to compete when retrieving the floating toys. Norma Jean has always loved water and before when she went to the lake she liked playing and splashing in the shallow water. But this time she watched Samba and Morgan swimming out to retrieve the toys and bring them to me.
She started swimming a little farther than she had before, just going out and back, but still she watched the other two. Finally she swam out toward the toy. Samba swam along with her and when Norma Jean grabbed the toy, Samba did too. Side by side they swam back, both of them holding onto the toy. When they got to shore Samba let go and Norma Jean brought it to me. Of course, she got lots of praise and pats.
Samba repeated this, swimming along next to her grown puppy and helping her to carry the toy back. Each time she let Norma Jean bring it to me and get the credit. Then she was done. She watched with me as Norma Jean swam out, grabbed the toy and brought it back by herself. Another life lesson learned.
The following week Norma Jean went to the lake again and remembered exactly what to do. She showed her sister and brother how much fun the water is and how to retrieve a floating toy.