Saturday, March 12, 2011

What to do when it's pouring rain?

People in today's St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Seattle will have to hide their green costumes under waterproof gear because rain is pounding down. Alanis and Miro went to the back door a few minutes ago, looked outside when I opened it, then looked up at me as if to say, "Well, do something about that!"

Fortunately we've been rescued by the generosity of Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie. We were amazed  and thrilled to discover that our honorable mention in the costume contest netted us a prize. Prizes are a Big Deal; they don't happen often!
This fetch toy bears an amazing resemblance to somebody else in the house.

Now named Fetcher.

The English Buff Orpington turned Irish for the week.Miro is not allowed to play with this one.

Today we play throw, fetch and run-around-like-crazy in the living room.

There's also this Ruff & Tuff ball. With a plastic outer shell, it's good for rain or the lake. Miro will have to improve his retrieving before we try it in the lake next summer!

Alanis checks out her personal favorite. We'll need these treats to teach Miro to give back Fetcher. He understands the part about running after the toy and bringing it back (rare enough in Airedales) but giving it back is something else. Then there's the part about leaving my fingers intact. These particular treats seem to have an intoxicating effect that makes a dog forget himself.
Thank you Baby Rocket Dog, Hootie and your people!


  1. Oh my goodness, you are getting to be pro's at winning contests lately! Congratulations on your costume, Miro! I loved the t-shirt very much! Did you choose the outfit all by yourself or did mom help you? Heehee!

    I think your prizes are awesome for rainy days!

  2. My two Aire-girls have never fetched a day in their lives. I can throw something and they will run in the direction it was thrown, but find something more interesting along the way and stop to sniff and dig. Thus, the toy NEVER gets Your kids are an exception by going as far as to get it. The letting go part is not in the airedale nature!

  3. Rainy day nice of Hootie and BRD!!
    Maybe some sun tomorrow?? Wishful Northwest Airedales, UNITE!!


  4. What a fun chicken toy! Have fun fetching your new ball, Miro!
    We hope you see the sun today!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  5. WooHoo! Glad your prize got there in time to help brighten a rainy day!! That little chicky peep is so sweet looking...glad you don't fetch with him!!!
    Smooches from pooches,
    BabyRocketDog and Hootie

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