Not much going on for MaGee & Me. It is finally trying to warm up. We still have frigid days but we get bursts of weather brilliance with bright sun and temps pushing 70 more often. I’m holding my praise for 80 though. Soon?
I thought about another difference between Kia and MaGee. Kia was a problem solver. MaGee tends to look to me to guide her. Once Kia’s ball rolled under this low dolly that held a fairly large houseplant. She walked around it, peered under it, then when she finished assessing the situation, she scooted her front paws under the dolly, knocking the ball out the other side. It took less time than I spent typing this.
Last week MaGee’s ball bounced under her food/water bowl rack. She stared at it then looked at me. Then sniff the floor and step back and sat down as if to say “please get it Mom.”
"Figure it out," I said. She gave me her best teenaged diva sigh and approached the rack again.
Every time she touched it the bowl rattled in the rack. Her head was to wide and her nose too short to reach the ball but I could hear the gears moving in her brain. She tentatively out her paw through the rack and batted the ball gently. I bit my tongue but I wanted to yell “That’s it!” She batted it a little harder and the ball roll out the end. I couldn’t hold back an excited “Good girl!” And she whipped around for a treat.
"Your treat’s in the ball. Go get it." And she did.
I like to watch a dog figure something out. This wasn’t rocket science but it was something new and maybe it will help when she’s retrieving for me.