You threw it, why should I fetch it?

Fetch is a simple game – you throw, they retrieve. But after my mom blew my mind the other day with her insight about pet toys, I’ve started to take a second look at familiar things. A recent trip to the park had me rethinking what I can learn from Eko’s struggle to understand fetch.

If I take a ball from home, go to the park with Eko and then throw the ball? Eko assumes I must be throwing it away. He ignores the ball then finds a stick to run around with

On the other hand, my brother’s dog Dutch is so obsessed with fetch he will disregard an oncoming wave because he can’t bare to turn away from the ball

At the park Eko saw how excited Dutch was, but he couldn’t understand the hype. To Eko, my brother was trying to throw something away. Why would Dutch be rude and bring it right back to him? 

Eko gets a bit forlorn when other pups ignore him and prefer to spend their time playing fetch

“I don’t get it, Will.”

I laugh at Eko’s confusion, but I have to admit I don’t get it either. Fetch – a simple game – illustrates a simple lesson. You’re not always going to understand why pets or people love what they do.  Or why they’re passionate about the things they’re passionate about. So just enjoy your passion and enjoy others enjoying theirs.

Although, Eko’s passion is jumping into dogs who won’t play with him so…

I may need to tweak my theory.

40 thoughts on “You threw it, why should I fetch it?”

  1. Whee piggies don’t understand fetch. The little hoomans once tried to see if whee would do it but whee just sat there with this “if-you-want-it-so-much-then-you-go-and-get-it” look ^_^

    Each to their own

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil

  2. My sisters and I are with Eko, chase and wrestle is the game of all games. We can’t understand how some dogs obsess about a silly ball or toy when they could play chase with us. I guess every dog has his thing!

    • Every time Eko meets a ball obsessed dog he cocks his head and looks to me for answers. I have none, so his solution is his less than subtle invitation to wrestle.

  3. Ha! That last picture is perfect!
    Moses sort of fetches in that he’ll go get the toy and take it far away from you where he can chew on it in peace. Unless we’re in the house, where he’ll happily fetch.
    Alma has tolerance for a few rounds of fetch (she’ll end the game abruptly), but she really just likes the running part – if there’s another dog to fetch, she’ll run along and hardly care whether she’s the on to retrieve or not.

    • Eko’s the same way. Trips to the park often look like a scooby doo chase scene. One dog chases the ball, while Eko chases that dog and another dog take off after Eko.

  4. Ridgebacks don’t do “fetch”My three year old female Ridgeback Nikki will occasionally chase the ball but prefers to run off with it and play keep away.I think she figures that if I keep throwing it away I must not want it and its hers to do with as she wants.

  5. I think Eko just has a thing about contact sports! Maybe too much football on t.v. with his dad. After all, when the players throw a ball, they seldom get it back. The only one they don’t seem to mind giving it to is that guy in the stripey prison shirt like Eko’s.


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