Thursday, March 06, 2008

New Tug Toy

~ Thank you, Blue for the lovely cover ~

Wondering how I spent my '3rd barkday'? With the evil owner back from school only at 7pm, plus an excuse she's out of budget to buy anything special for me, and out of time to cook anything like previous year (Lame excuse), all I got was an opportunity to pose infront of a cake that doesn't meant for me.

How I wish I can spend my big day in the woods, chasing after flying fox with my flying skills and retrieving ducks for Ms Owner to cook. That's what we call 'paradise'.

By the way, I got myself a new tug toy. Is not exactly 'new' to be precise. Ms Owner bought it 2 years ago, and that time I didn't get the idea of tugging, so she just kept it on the shelves. From what we read in previous years, some trainers came up with an idea of 'not-letting-your-dog-to-win' the tug game to show your superiority over them. But what's the point of playing if I knew I never going to win? I got pretty demotivated to continue and prefer chasing the ball instead.

Our tugging experience was put on halt for 2 years and now we are back in action again after reading Art of K9Disc: Tugging for Retrieve, which explains everything you need to train a dog to enjoy the game of tugging. The most important point is, you must let the dog win the game!

Not sure whether is it due to my 'New-Toilet-Syndrome', I got pretty obsessed with they rope, until I kept jumping up at Ms Owner to grab it with my 'fang'. Then, I would voluntarily bring the rope back to tug for another tug. After every evening practise session, she will keep my toys near the window plate. The tennis ball never fails to be there, but I never attempt to steal it. The new tug toy laying there manage to tempt me to commit a crime, I leaped up and grab it from the window. Ms Owner was delighted to see me loving my new toy, hopefully I will love it as much when she bring it outdoor, then she can have a slight hope of weaning me away from being too dependent on food.

We got some tips from Surf Stormers Flyball Dogs on how to increase my accuracy in 'catching-ball-skill'. We can make use of the time at home to practise on catching, by throwing the ball at a lower arc gradually, until directly straight at my face, just like how the ball shoot out from the flyball box


♥Mona + Prissy + Angel Weenie♥ said...

Oh Pacco,

I'm so sorry your Mommy didn't get to celebrate your barkday with you but after school is out things will be much better I bet. Maybe she could make you a little meatloaf cake...the recipe is on my blog...this weekend.

I hadn't thought about it but you are right, my brudder don't eat much and never poopoo's or peepee's in the house and he lets me boss him around too!!

Love ya lots & lots...Mona

Lorenza said...

Hi, Pacco!
I hope you and Ms. Owner will have a big celebration soon! You deserve it!
That last picture sure is funny!
Kisses and hugs

Asta said...

I'm so sowwy Ms Ownew wasn't thewe to help you celebwate..I wish fow you that you get a chance to wun and catch and eat what you would like...I hope at least you get a special meal and some toy fow youw's not faiw othewwise!
smoochie kisses

Marla said...

You are a beautiful dog! Please stop by
This is my first visit to your blog. Very nice!

Comet said...

Sorry to hear that your barkday celebration was low key. Maybe Ms Owner will give you a late birthday surprise.

We love rope tug toys. Hope you enjoy yours too, but not so much that you get in trouble for stealing it.

Moco said...

Great magazine cover and new tug toy. What is up with not getting any of that cake?

shushu, momo & kero said...

Happy Belated Pacco!!!

We loves rope toys too, shushu even ate the ropes he pull out from the toy so our owner don't let him play anymore.....

Simba and Jazzi said...

Maybe you can have another party with your Mummy. Love the photos.

Simba x

Peanut said...

Tug is the best game ever. glad you are liking it now.

Deefor said...

Happy barkday. You look great for your age! Too bad they didn't give you some cake. Not fair at all. Good tricks. Arrow takes my bowl into bed and licks it. He trained himself.


the many Bs said...

hi Paco, Happy Barkday! it sounds like you and your Ms. Owner are having a lot of activities together. that is a lot of fun. those are sure some nice pictures of you too!


Amber said...

oh, I thought that doggy was you!! Nice cover! your pressie is on the way! :)

Amber :)

Noah the Airedale said...

Hi Pacco
The rope toy looks pretty good even though it's not strictly new. We hardly ever celebrate our barkdays here. Our pinkies are evil too.

Hugs and tail wags
Noah Willow Tess & Lucy

The Black and Tans. said...

Happy Belated birthday Paco.

We love tuggy toys as wellm hope yours lasts longer than ours normally do!!

Molly and Taffy

Molly the Airedale said...

They sure chose the right girl to be on the cover of their magazine, Pacco! Congrats!
We're sorry that your owner couldn't spend quality time with you on your birthday. Bummer! We think you should have gotten a big piece of that cake!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Amber-Mae said...

Oh Pacco, you're on the cover of a magazine! Glad you like your new tug toy. I've never fancied rope or any tug toys actually except when I was younger. Find it too tough, hehe! Hey, that's not fair that that cake was not for you after all, sheesh!

Love licks,
Solid Gold Dancer

Girl Girl Hamster said...

That's a pawsome idea of you getting food back for Ms owner to cook.
Your new toys looks great too

~ Girl girl

Pippa said...

I can't remember if I barked happy birthday to you or not. If I didn't I am sorry, and belated greetings. You are a beautiful three year old.

Love Pippa

William Tell said...

Happy Barkday, Pacco!

You're a dog after my own heart. I LOVE tugging! I, too, am a bit confused by the expert's opinions on letting the dog win, so I compromise. I win one, then I let Mom win the next one. Everyone is happy in the end.

William Tell

Crikit, Sparky, Ginger! said...

Pacco! we love your tug rope! Well I (Crikit) want your t-ball but Ginger & Sparky would love to play tug and chase with your rope.

Hmmm looks like your owner put them on the window seal so you would get in some jumps since your so good at it.

Love the Mag cover and since the cake wasn't fur you we wouldn't have looked at it either. What a nice looking seat behind you is it comfortable?

Love licks & waggin Tx tails

Mack said...

You are quite the cover dog!
That magazine is super!!

Did you at least get a little taste of that delicious looking cake??

Happy (late!) barkday!


Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Bark day ahahaha :p You abit blur in da picture (the cake 1)... like winks* winks* dei

Agatha and Archie said...

Maybe she is planning other stuff for you!! Pacco it is too expensive to open a McDonalds franchise We will have to think of another way to get french fries....Love A+A

i said...

Happy Belated Birthday Pacco! I'm sure Ms.Owner will make it up to you soon enough :-)

umekotyan said...

A refreshing running of a new toy is pleasant.
Congratulations of a wonderful cover and the birthday.
Let's happily spend a wonderful weekend. :)

from loved ume tyan

Girasol said...

That cake looks good! that a duck in your mouth?

Harry said...

A very happy 3rd birthday to you Pacco!

Toodle pip
Harry x

Princess Patches said...

Pacco, happy, happy barkday! We are so sorry we missed it! Our secretary has been really busy with our new baby momster...I mean Brother! We hope you had a great celebration when Ms. Owner came home!

Poppy, Penny & Pockets


don't worry Pacco, will give u a b'day surprise...look out when the post man come......

Xsara and Tani said...

i'm sorry about your birthday but glad you two learned how to enjoy a good game of tug!

Johann The Dog said...

Maybe your Mum is planning something really special for the weekend??? A hike or something fun!

Glad you are now into tugging - I love it! Tug with nearly every toy I have, even squeaky balls...shhhh, Mum lets me win, 90% of the time!

Woofs, Johann

Murphey said...

Well, maybe you can pretend the tug toy was your barkday present...


Gussie said...

Happy Barkday, Pacco. I think the old stinky tugs are the best. The memories they hold... xxxJake

Weeny&Daisy said...

Aww we're so happy that you love your tug toy! It looks like a lot of fun:)

Love Weeny and Daisy x x

Thor and Jack said...

How cool you love your tug toy! It sounds like so much fun!