Game of Bones

We’re in the final throes of summer and the beach is crowded with people and pups soaking up the fleeting sun. More pups means more competition for coveted sticks, tennis balls and toys. Games of fetch these days end up looking like this:Rhodesian Ridgeback, Montrose Dog Beach, puppy, chicago, adventure, dogs

There are five dogs in this photo. Promise.

These waning summer days are an excellent study of game theory. I always find it fascinating to watch different pups discover different solutions to the same problem of how to get the toy they want.

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Our Dalmatian pal is what I call a “fetch hoarder.”  

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He’s one of those pups who desperately wants to play fetch but can’t bring himself to willingly let go of the ball

And you can’t blame the Dalmatian for his strategy, especially when his competition is Penny.

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Penny employs her patented “Catch me if you can” strategy

In between the Dalmatian’s defensive strategy and Penny’s all out assault there’s still plenty of room for subtlety.

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While Penny and the Dalmatian battled for the toy, Eko butters up the human with lots of affection

And surprise, surprise. Guess who got the toy next?

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The guy faked his Dalmatian and Penny with a throw and then made an easy toss in the other direction for Eko

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Sometimes the prize goes to the quick of mind rather than the quick of paws!

That said…

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There’s no escaping Penny

So, when the game is on, what kind of strategist is your pet? A charging-Penny? A diplomat-Eko? Or another character entirely?

26 Comments

How is it that we don’t know you! We posted about our visit to Montrose Dog Beach today and everyone asked if that’s the same place you go. Is it? We were in town visiting family and we went with Dolly the Doxie! Next time we’re in town, maybe we can all meet up there!
Diane and Rocco Havanese

No way! Montrose Dog Beach is our favorite place in the city and we just moved to an apartment within walking distance. We’re there at minimum four times a week. Would love to meet up next time you’re in town.

OMG, Penny! You look deranged in all your pictures. Mom says my fetch strategy is Furniture. I just sit there like a chair and watch the ball fly by. Then I wonder what she wants from me.

Love and licks,
Cupcake

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