I Am Not a Guinea PigPosted: August 13, 2013
I am not going to whine any more about how hot it has been here–I think I did enough of that last week–but it goes without saying that it is just too darn hot to do much of anything outside. So my human mommy has been on a quest to find fun indoor activities for us. While I happen to think that napping all day is a very fun indoor activity, Mommy is extremely anti-napping. Just ask Daddy, who loves a good Saturday (or Sunday) nap. Anyway, this weekend my mommy read a very fun blog post by our guinea pig friends Nutty, Nacho, Buddy, and Basil from Hutch a Good Life. They have a super clever mummy who came up with all kinds of ideas to prevent their boredom, Well, my silly mommy read all about those ideas and thought that two in particular might work for me.
The first idea involves newspapers and treats. So far so good. Simply take a piece of newspaper and your favorite treats–Mommy used the 3mbakery Healthy Apple, Carrot, and Brown Rice Treats that we baked.
Wad the treats up inside of the newspaper . . .
. . . and then wait for the blur as your dog runs as fast as he or she can off to some special spot to work on getting the treats out of that wadded up newspaper.
My favorite spot happens to be my bed by the window in the den. It took me about 30 seconds to shred that newspaper and get to those treats (I had absolutely no idea that shredding newspaper could be so much fun).
That was fun, Mommy. What do you have to keep me entertained now?
Next we did the treats-in-a-bag trick.
Simply take a couple of teats–this time we used our homemade 3mbakery Banana Oat Cookies–and toss them into a large paper grocery bag.
Yep, the treats are in there. Now, according to the human plan, I was supposed to stick my head all the way into the bag and get the treats out . . .
. . . but I decided why stick my head all the way into that bag when I can just very, very quickly pick the bag up and dump the treats onto the floor. This seems like a much easier way to do things.
Well, as you might imagine, that wasn’t Mommy’s plan, so she put the treats back into the bag and I grabbed the bag and ran to–you guessed it–my bed by the window in the den.
And there I proceeded to rip that paper bag into tiny little pieces so that I could get to the treats. Total elapsed time? About another 30 seconds.
So what, you might ask, did my mommy learn from this little adventure? I’ll tell you. While my guinea pig friends Nutty, Nacho, Buddy, and Basil have a very clever mummy who comes up with all kinds of fun activities to prevent their boredom, those ideas did not work for me. I am not a guinea pig. But my mommy, bless her heart (we say “bless her heart” in the South when someone is just so pitiful that there are no other words), still thinks that these two ideas could keep other dogs entertained. So she would love for you to try one or both of these activities and let us know how they work out for you. Bless your heart if you do!