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Thursday, February 17 2011

Around this house, a stick is called a "Red Ryder BB gun." Now for those you, who like my mother, may not have seen the movie and are completely clueless as to why, let me hasten to explain.  In the classic movie, "A Christmas Story," which plays 24 hours a day on Christmas Day, young Ralphie's heart's desire is a Red Ryder BB gun, but everyone is adamant that "you'll put your eye out with it," thus sparking his elaborate schemes to attain his cherished prize despite their warnings.

That's the way Lily is with sticks. She obsesses about sticks as Ralphie obsessed on that BB gun.

Any time we go for a walk, she scours the path, searching for a Red Ryder BB gun.

She has been known to bring me the withered stalks of sunflower plants, large pieces of hay, small boards, and anything else that remotely resembles a "stick" in her quest for the perfect Red Ryder BB gun and a game of fetch.

But I submit these photos:

 State's Exhibit 1

State's Exhibit 2 
 

 State's Exhibit 3

Not only is young Ralphie in danger of putting her own eye out with the Red Ryder Rider BB gun, but she is also in danger of putting her brother's eye out too . . .

Thus, it is the finding of this court that there is still a "no sticks" rule to be employed when walking multiple dogs.

"Bummer Dudes!"  

To those of you with dogs that don't fetch, I say, "take heart!"  Lily had absolutely no interest in fetching either when she was Trace's age. I didn't make a big deal about. She watched other dogs play fetch and eventually, being the jealous little attention-hogging beast that she is, decided that she wanted to play too.  Since then, it has become an obsession.

Posted by: forensicfarmgirl AT 09:12 am   |  Permalink   |  4 Comments  |  Email
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I have one of those stick obsessed dogs. Cole is positive that everyone in the world will throw the stick for him. He has brought me "sticks" that are smaller than 1/2 of a toothpick or so big that it drags on the ground. I've never had any dog injure another dog with a stick but I have had a Terv. that jammed a hole in the soft part of the roof of her mouth when the stick went end over end. I try NOT to play stick with any of my dogs but sometimes they are hard to resist. Jan
Posted by Jan on 02/17/2011 - 01:16 PM
I never had a dog who would play fetch before I got my puppy. I REALLY wanted a dog to play fetch with me. I now have a fetch monster. Now I can play fetch all the time. When I am reading, when I am petting a cat or the other dog, when I am trying to get ready for bed... He is a sweet puppy though.
Posted by CarolG. on 02/17/2011 - 04:25 PM
Trace has little or no interest in fetching either, but after my experience with Lily, I'm not worrying about it! He'll come around. Lily is always bouncing on me, "Wanna play now? What about now? How about now? Take the stick. Throw the stick. Take it! Take it! Take it, PLEASE!"
Posted by forensicfarmgirl on 02/19/2011 - 06:16 PM
Fetch, thats my Jillys middle name, but with a knotted rope, much safer, she also saw that she could play "drag doggie around house" with knotted rope, its allowed in the house. I bet Lily would swap stick for knotted rope, but you would have to be really fast with her. Does she play with a fox toy in the house? Thats the kind with NO stuffing,
Posted by Libby on 02/20/2011 - 11:55 AM

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