Crash Test Puppy

Hey everybody- Squirmy here! Livin and lovin large.

Well I have some good news and bad news. I’m almost finished honking like a goose. I feel much better. That’s the good news. The bad news….I passed on my cough to the Boss guy. Yup. He started coughing yesterday. So now HE sounds like a goose. My Enforcer was worried – because he is older ( mind you everybody I meet is older than me!) – and he was sounding like a GIANT goose. So my Enforcer called the vet, and got some special medication for his cough. Which smells an awful lot like the stuff she bought for me at the drug store. Anyway, it will hopefully make him feel better quickly. He’s still hungry, and he wants to go on his walks, but he sounds a lot like me the first night I started coughing. I keep sitting right next to him to make him feel better. So far the Coyote seems OK.

In the meantime, I continue to terrify my Enforcer with my imitation of a Crash Test Puppy. I seriously love to climb up and jump off things. Here she is carrying me up and down stairs and I get outside and now jump up on the garden bed in the middle of the driveway (which is like 3 feet high) and up the retaining wall that I talked about the other day. Of course I also fly OFF those walls as well. AND I can now easily jump on my Enforcer’s bed!!!! Which is great because it makes it much easier to steal her pillows!!!!

Oh plus I have a favorite new toy which will probably not be around very long. It’s a huge inflatable rubber ball with a fabric cover. I think it’s for horses. All I know is that when I first saw it sitting in the yard, I didn’t want to go near it. And when it rolled, well I thought it was out to get me!!! But within minutes, I was fine with my new rolly friend and I attacked it. I quickly figured out that if I could grab the cover, I can control the ball. In this video, you see me grabbing the cover and at one point I somehow manage to pull the plug on the ball. I stop because I hear the air coming out. But not for long…

There is actually a dog sport called Treibball where dogs move balls like this around a field – following specific directions. Think herding without the sheep. Here’s a sample video:

https://youtu.be/QBJ9DVp9dyM

And here’s an explanation of the sport:

https://www.k9ofmine.com/treibball/

I’m thinking my attack strategy is NOT advisable in playing the game. For now, I just get some exercise – since I still can’t play with the Coyote. He screams from the deck sometimes when he watches me play with it. I think he likes the big ball too.

So that’s my news today. I can’t go on any adventures or to any classes until my cough is 100% gone – probably for at least 1-2 weeks. So we’re back into quarantine again. Just keep your paws crossed that the Coyote manages to evade it. Heck, he’s already damaged with his muscle sprain. We have to keep my Enforcer in good health because the rest of us are currently on the injured list. And I guess I better be careful jumping off those walls. And the bed….

Have a good one. Peace and paws up. Stay safe.

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