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So I’m spending some quality time with Petey this evening, where he’s the only dog loose in the main part of the house with me, and I discovered some interesting things.

First… he’s firmly convinced, from months of playing fetch with Nick, that fetch should be a contact sport, in which I’m the quarterback, Nick is the wide receiver who goes out for the long pass, and Petey is the defensive tackle who body blocks Nick, causes a fumble and steals the ball. The first time I threw his hedgehog for him tonight, he just stared at Nick (who was in the crate) and looked thoroughly confused about not having a receiver to block. He did get the hang of it pretty quickly, but it’s clear that I need to do a lot more one-on-one work w/ Mr. Pete on retrieving.

Second… he’s really used to having a playmate to keep him occupied. That can be me, or it can be Nick, and in the absence of either of us, he creates his own fun. I came up from downstairs just in time to see Petey vault onto the dining room table (which is bar-height… so substantially taller than your average table), where he proceeded to come nose-to-nose with a very startled Fiddler, who quickly gave way to allow Petey unimpeded access to the cat food*.

Good grief.

This is going to require a whole new level of puppy-proofing!

* Yes, the cat food is on the dining room table. I usually eat in the living room. The cats’ food bowl is on the dining room table to keep it out of reach (until now) of the dogs.

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Date: 2012-01-19 11:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yeah, I used to feed the cats on top of the freezer because the beagle could not jump that high.

Maybe something with slats, that the cats can pass through but Petey is too plump to?

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Date: 2012-01-20 10:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I was thinking more along the lines of the catfood being inside a pen...
Not sure what you'd put the pen on top of, though.

Teaching Petey 'table manners' *would* probably be simpler.

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Date: 2012-01-19 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh my. From meeting him last year, I expected he would be interesting, but I doubt either of us expected quite that much of a handful! Fortunately, he's very cute.

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Date: 2012-01-19 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
you have my sympathy sister. teddy floats onto the dining room table where the cat food is without so much as a scramble of toenails when he lands-the little booger. Don't think Liam can make it--yet-- I have a series of things like water bottles and boxes spaced evenly to stop him but to still let cats up there. Not certain it works-have heard very suspicious noises from that part of the house in the night.

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