Let's get him!
This past weekend Duke came to visit us, as his parents went away this time. Duke and Emmy certainly had a lot of fun together and were VERY active! Luckily we had some great weather so we were able to take them both for walks, play outside, etc. While both dogs are definitely very familiar with each other by now, they still were both fighting "only child syndrome". They were constantly playing give and take with each other's toys and both got a little fiesty with each other when they were tired and wanted some quiet time.
Duke has caught on, being the "older, wiser one", that Emmy just wants to do what ever he is doing or play with whatever he is playing with. Therefore, Duke learned that if he wanted the toy Emmy was playing with, he could bring her another toy, drop it in front of her so that she would start playing with that, and then he could grab the toy he wanted from her. It was like clockwork! But don't worry, Emmy was pretty smart too. She has learned that Duke LOVES playing fetch (we're pretty sure he would do it all day if he was allowed to) and would hardly ever allow her the chance to catch the ball (her legs are still just a little to short to out run him!). Therefore, Emmy started her own game of crowtching down (I think she thought he couldn't see her...) by us, waiting for Duke to run back with the ball, and then POUNCE! Because of this we nicknamed them both Simba (Emmy) and Mufasa (Duke) from The Lion King, because that's what they looked like!
Training time was also fun, because we had two dogs to work with. We caught some great pictures of them doing their commands together, which is great that Emmy was focused enough to do her commands with Duke right next to her (although it probably helped that Duke was doing them too!). This certainly made meal and bed times easier knowing that they would each still listen to commands so that we could do things in an orderly fashion!
Duke went home yesterday afternoon and I think both dogs are exhausted from the weekend's adventures. While they enjoy playing, I'm sure that they are both happy to have their parents to themselves and their own homes to play in. (Emmy had to search our entire apartment for Duke before she was satifsied that he was gone). Emmy did get a new toy though...a new bone that Barb and Carl brought back from their trip. It is from the company West Paw Design . Their toys are virtually indistructable and made from all recycled materials. Emmy has a Zogoflex bone which floats and bounces too. She just loves it and has been carrying it all over the place. Check out their website by clicking on their company name above! Barb also referred us to another company that makes great dog toys and I think they have a little mint in them that dogs find irrististable. They are Planet Dog .