Best Toy Ever

Over the weekend I made an impulse purchase of a new toy for Johnnie. It was a combo of her two favorite toys: a strong rope and a big ball. Called a Jolly Pet Romp-n-Roll Toy, I figured Johnnie would really like this new find. I was wrong – she *LOVED* it.

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This toy is perfect for our new found favorite form of exercise: moving vertically. Nothing tires Johnnie out faster than the exceptional effort of trying to grab a toy I’ve waved right above her head.  It’s also a great outlet for her natural need to chase/catch things. We absolutely love it, as does she!

toy03Just like tug, we make sure that we have rules when we play a game like this. Johnnie must always be sitting calmly and making eye contact with me before she gets the “okay!” cue to go for the toy. By realizing that moving towards the toy makes it go away and most definitely does not get her closer to catching it, she quickly learned to sit and wait politely.

toy06She also must drop it when we ask. Her “drop it” cue is a little rusty, so we use this game as a way to practice. As soon as Johnnie gets the rules down, she is free to play away! Check out this little jumping bean in action.

toy08 toy05 toy03 toy02 toy01Can you see now why it tires her out so well? We went ahead and expanded on this concept by buying her a flirt pole from Squishy Face Studios. We are in love! This type of play is so much fun because it’s both a bonding experience and ultra-fast exhausting tool. Aside from crowded public events or difficult new experiences, I’m not sure there’s anything else that makes little J work this hard. Look at her tired smile!

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toy09Does anyone else use a flirt pole or other similar exercises to work their dogs?


Your Weekly Dose of Golden

For the sake of not subjecting you all to an entire week of iPhone photos, here is a little change of pace with a photo visit from one of my favorite Golden Retrievers, Seamus! I got to spend last weekend with him and we all enjoyed heading outside to play some frisbee when it finally cooled off.

Hope you have as much fun this weekend as Sham does playing frisbee!


FosterAunt is in the House!

Remember when I told you about my FosterAunt, and how worried I was about her because of her inability to stay on a horse? Well she is here to visit for a few days from Kin-tuck-ee, and I’m so excited to see she is in one piece with my own two eyes!

I just know we’re going to be the best of friends the next two days. In fact, check back later this week to see what adventures we get in to!

(P.S. Here she is showing how little I mind having my personal space invaded. It’s probably because of how much face-squishing FosterMama does, but I’m totally okay with inappropriately close nuzzling by my friends!)

For more information on adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, go to his Adopt Me page to learn more about him and how to get in touch.



Play With Me

I’ve had dogs with all types of personalities. I’ve had dogs that are snugglers, and dogs that like space. I’ve had dogs that solicit attention, and ones who could care less if you give them a behind-the-ear scratch or not. I’ve had dogs who get annoyed when you try to play with them, and I’ve had dogs who love all the ways you spend your time together.

Otis is that last one. He really likes to play, and he’ll put up with anything.

And I LOVE it.

In fact, I totally can’t get enough of it.

Playing with this pup makes my whole day better. I can’t wait for him to brighten someone else’s life as much as he has mine. But until then, I’m going to soak up every bit of happiness, love, and playfulness Honey Bunches sends my way.

For more information on adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, go to his Adopt Me page to learn more about him and how to get in touch.


Otis & His Hooved Nemesis

Something you might not know about Honey Bunches of Otis, especially after seeing this blog post, is that he has spent a lot of time on a farm. He was adopted for the first time at a horse show in Kentucky that many of you may be familiar with called Rolex. His new dad was a farrier, and his new big sis had a pony of her own. I met Otis for the first time when his new family brought him to the farm over the summer. He then came to live with me when he needed to find a home where he wouldn’t have to be afraid of children (turns out his big sister’s pony wasn’t the only thing he was worried about).

While he loves the wide open space the farm has to offer, he’s never gotten too cozy with the horses. It’s understandable, really, considering he is skeptical about a lot of things and I don’t think a massive four hooved creature would be an exception. He is happy to trot along next to me while we watch my mom’s lesson or help tack up the horses – but when it comes to face-to-face greetings, Otie prefers to lay back.

So you can imagine how it went when I wanted to take pictures of this little guy:

All was fine and good when mama & baby were far away as Otie sat leashed to his fence post.

But that security was short lived. Baby soon became interested in this miniature horse like thing that was new to its field.

Otis tried his hardest to make his Sir Chick “I’m being invisible” face to evaporate away from the really big dogs horses. . .

. . . but nothing worked until fostergrandma came by to save the day.

Otie then watched mama & baby move on with their day from the safety of fostergrandma’s arms.

He is always braver when he is with his human buddy, kind of like someone equipped with armor.  He might not be the most outgoing pup you’ve ever met, but he is certainly willing to try with a little encouragement. Falling apart at the sight of a baby horse wasn’t his proudest moment, but he is ready to move past it if you’re willing to give him a chance!

For more information on adopting Honey Bunches of Otis, go to his Adopt Me page to learn more about him and how to get in touch.