How many settings does your pet have?

In LOST, the TV show from which Eko got his name, one of the characters has to press a button every 108 minutes in order to prevent catastrophe (don’t ask, long story). I often feel like that character because with Eko and Penny there is a figurative button I need to press about every 36 hours to prevent catastrophe in my apartment. That button? The “on” button.19.1

If Penny and Eko don’t get to release a full burst of energy every other day or so, I’m in big trouble. That’s why we keep showing up to the beach, even when it looks like the aftermath of the apocalypse 

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, dog beach

When the pups are on, they are on! There’s no trotting or lazy strolls, just full throttle romps

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, dog beach

When at full tilt, the pups are completely oblivious to everything else

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, dog beach

Eko, cocked, loaded and ready to explode out of the barrel

But like fired bullets, Eko and Penny’s supersonic sprints have sudden endings.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, dog beach

Penny came to a screeching halt, felt the wind and came trotting over with her “take me home now” face

With the button pushed, the timer is reset and tranquility restored in my apartment.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago,

As you saw in last week’s video,  after a good romp these two transform into pieces of furniture 

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago,

Down for the count

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago,

When “turned off,” Eko won’t even bother to move his head from underneath Penny’s paw

Like a lightswitch, Eko and Penny really only have two settings. But I do know plenty of pups who use their daily energy allotment quite differently. Some are happiest plodding on long walks and others like to take frequent trips around the house throughout the day.

What about you guys? How many “settings” do your pets have?

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