Hopeful Playing with Puppy Justice November 2021

Hopeful (18 months) Playing with Justice (5 Months)

The day Justice turned 5 months old dawned quiet, crisp and sunny.  I decided to take photos of his participation in all the big dogs’ daily ball sessions, because he has invented some fascinating games that are different according to the tolerance level of that particular adult dog.  I have never had a dog devise such complicated games – and remember which game he plays with which other dog. 

Since I’m still trying to get him forget his fascination with rocks, I take a different toy (sometimes 2) out for him each time in case he gets tired of the game he invents – or the big dog isn’t cooperating that day.

We go out as soon as the sun is up since it takes over 3 hours to do all the ball sessions.  I give each dog a fifteen-minute ball session plus a cooling-off period before I put it up and get the next one out.  The winter sun is already quite low on the horizon even close to midday, so you will see some really interesting light effects and shadows in these photos.  

Hopeful’s session is second.  She prefers a Kong-on-a-rope to a ball.  Justice LOVES to grab it as she drops it at me feet, and race off with it, so I have to take two Kongs out, as well as a toy for him.  He still really likes squeaky toys, so I make sure the toy for this session has a working squeaker.  He now also likes to play tug, so I make sure it’s one we can both hold and tug.  If he’s busy tugging, he can’t grab Hopeful’s Kong.  On this particular day I took out his beloved crocodile.  She gets quite irritated if he breaks up her rapid go-come-go-come-go-come runs, so if I keep him occupied with his toy, I can grab hers and quickly throw it.  I am quite busy during this session, with usually both hands occupied. 

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See Cantor playing with puppy Justice
See Spirit playing with puppy Justice
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