Wednesday, December 10, 2008

She played!

I was sitting in the living room, reading when I heard squeak, squeak behind me. Quietly, I turned and watched Alanis chewing on her disc-shaped fuzzy toy with her size XL Airedale canines. Then she used her front teeth to pull at the fleece. Play!

I jumped out of the chair and we each did a play-bow toward each other before I grabbed the toy, squeaked it, and tossed it across the room. She ran after it and pounced. Then she ran back to me.

No, she did not retrieve the toy. I didn't expect her to. Some Airedales will retrieve; but most prefer to run after the object and either grab it and run, expecting you to give chase, or pounce on it and then indicate that you should retrieve it. After all, you were the one who threw it away.


  1. What wonderful news. Alanis is finally learning how to be a real dog.
    Love Ruby

  2. Fantastic! Alanis will be enjoying life as a true Airedale soon!

    Molly learnt to play and be an exuberant Airedale quite quickly after coming to live with us.

    Paws crossed for Alanis.

  3. We are smiling as we're reading your posting! Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, Alanis! You're beginning to have fun!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  4. Go Alanis, go! Toy destruction and chasing and play-pouncing ... now that's a dog after our hearts!