I’m Puzzled–Not!Posted: January 14, 2014
A few days ago, I had a visit from After-Christmas Santa. Are you familiar with After-Christmas Santa? He’s the Santa who shops all the after-Christmas sales and then brings you twice as many surprises as regular Santa . . . at half the cost. Well, apparently After-Christmas Santa walked into my local pet supply store (I wonder if he was still wearing his Christmas outfit?) and right there, immediately inside the store, he saw a huge display of pet puzzles . . . ON SALE . . . HALF PRICE! Lucky, lucky for me!
My human mommy had been looking for a really good puzzle for me for a very long time, so I think she was just as excited as I was with After-Christmas Santa’s delivery. (Mommy is obsessed with exercising my body and my mind. You might recall the IQ test I took a few months ago.) Mommy helped me open the box (I don’t have opposable thumbs so, while I can open boxes, the result is usually a bit of a mess), and then showed my brand new Treat Hunter puzzle to me.
She then placed some super yummy extra special Christmas gift treats into each of the little slots while I watched, closed the sliders, looked at me, and said, “Get it, Miss Lee!” Game on!
In no time at all, I was shoving those little sliders to the side with my big nose, reaching into those little slots with my long tongue, and gobbling treats like there was no tomorrow. I’m not bragging–really, I’m not–but I must tell you that I caught on to it fairly quickly . . . and that’s when things took a bit of a turn. Instead of filling the little slots with my super yummy extra special Christmas gift treats, Mommy started to put one tiny morsel of my regular food into each little slot. I still raced through the puzzle, but it was a little less fun. Then my human daddy said, “Let’s put the one tiny morsel of regular food [he may not have used those exact words] into just a few of the little slots.” What? Leave it to the humans to take a really fun new toy and suddenly make it not so fun.
So, I’ve given this a little thought, and I have a plan: I think it’s time to play dumb. If I start pretending that I have absolutely no idea how to move those little sliders, my humans will go back to filling the little slots–every single slot–with my super yummy extra special Christmas gift treats. And then, if I play even dumber, they may just find something even better than my super yummy extra special Christmas gift treats to fill those little slots. Yes, I have a feeling that my new Treat Hunter puzzle from After-Christmas Santa is going to be a very, very good gift.