What? My Dad said I have about a half-hour to finish this post. My Dad has a soccer match to officiate in Grayslake this morning…something about an AYSO coach who needs to be monitored, who needs to be enlightened. So, we will be leaving about 10:30, the key word being “WE.” I get to go bye-bye in the Scion xB this morning! The weather has cooled down, so I am getting more car rides. My rough coat is fully grown out, the last cut was back in April, so I am ready for any kind of weather.
When I am out on walks with My Dad, I really enjoy eating grass…not just any grass, not from cut lawns, but from the long ornamental grasses and the wild grasses that are uncut. I eat this grass because it tastes good – not because it makes me throw-up.
But as long as we’re on that topic of throwing-up, let me tell you about re-cycling a BusyBone (registered trademark) that My Dad had given me last week. My Dad has noticed that when I consume a BusyBone, I can usually finish one off in about five to six minutes. My Dad keeps telling me that BusyBones are to be savored, they’re supposed to last several hours. Well, I can enjoy a BusyBone very quickly. My loyal followers are aware that I have a large throat and when I am eating, a lot of chewing is not necessary. So BusyBones can be compared to a thick branch, and my rear teeth can be compare to pruning shears. The BusyBone is snipped into 3/4 inch segments and swallowed whole. But sometimes this can cause (My Dad refers to it as) gastro-intestinal distress. I am very good about waking My Dad up if I have a “let’s go out NOW” emergency. But last week, My Dad had given me a BusyBone that he had placed in hot water for about 10 minutes, to soften it up a bit. But, unbeknownst to My Dad, I had swallowed a piece of BusyBone that was about three inches long, and later that day, My Dad saw me throw-up on the carpet, and guess what was part of that material? Yes, the three inch section of BusyBone. Stop making faces! This is when a BusyBone is at it’s best…soft, sort of fermented, a bit more chewy. I had that mess cleaned up in about five minutes. My Dad even said, “Good boy, Cody.” Go figure.
So, remember the gorgeous, beautiful, wonderful Brandy? Yes, our neighbor’s black female, the tall, lanky one, gorgeous golden brown eyes…blah, blah, blah. So My Dad, the wizard that he is, has been walking her and then BRINGING HER OVER HERE thinking that I am going to entertain her. Think again. Sure, a couple of times she walks over to me, gets in the LETS PLAY position and then starts running around my place like a crazy female. She soon realized that she was not my type, I just look away…boring, so boring. Then, Brandy figures out on the second day that it is OK to sleep on My Dad’s king-size bed. Yeah, perfect, just make yourself at home. Oh, yeah, Brandy’s nickname is “stretch.” Weird position.
Two days ago, Brandy found an empty BusyBone bag in the garbage and carried it into the living room. My Dad saw her starting to eat the bag and he casually reached down to take it from her as he said, “Brandy, you can’t have that.”
Well, much to the surprise of My Dad, Brandy obviously did not understand the “can’t have that” portion of My Dad’s comment, and she went after his hand, tried to bite him! (Laughing) I have NEVER done anything like that with My Dad or any other person, so I knew Brandy was about get lectured. But every time My Dad put Brandy in a sit-stay (such an easy command for a Border collie), she would go right back to the empty BusyBone bag and bark at My Dad – and she meant it! I’m watching this interaction (still laughing) and My Dad trying to match wits with Brandy. So, My dad finally realizes that a diversion technique is going to work best…”Brandy, come here, let’s get a cookie.” So, Brandy eats her cookie in the kitchen and My Dad retrieved the BusyBone bag without any additional drama. My Dad then repeated the sit-stay command, gave Brandy a briefing on NO BITING. I must commend Brandy for then approaching My Dad, nuzzling his hand and giving him a kiss…obviously a “sorry ’bout that little misunderstanding, Cody’s Dad.”
What? OK. Gotta go, soon! My Dad took me a park last Saturday morning. I got to say HI! to a bunch of people who were running some sort of Walk-Run for a Literacy Group – people who mentor and tutor those who have trouble reading. Mmm…maybe I can get in on that activity, I have some experience with children reading to me. What? OK, gotta go. Later.