Luke always wants to play not long after he finishes his supper. He will whine at me until I give in and entertain him. Since I don’t want him running hard outside right after eating, I think it’s best to play with him inside where he’s a little less intense.
When our golden Sheba was still alive and feeling well, I could often get her to take over for me and play with him for a while. With her gone, I am the one; Cricket doesn’t play after dinner, she goes straight to the couch or her bed for a nap. With the nicer weather, she might wander around in the yard some, but she’s not interested in any intense activity (this week I’ll be telling you about something funny she has been doing in the evenings though).
I’ve said it before, Luke loses interest in toys quickly, and always wants something new. A while ago we saw some cute rubber toys on our friend Emma’s blog, that are her sister Bailie’s favorite. I thought they looked like something Luke would like since they squeak so I ordered a set from amazon.
The set came with two different pigs and a chicken (I love that they are farm animals!). He chose one of the pigs initially and quickly killed the squeaker in it with some obsessive chewing (which is what he does if I don’t continually throw it for him!).
The next time I got the toys out he wasn’t so interested. He’d take one at first and then just drop it. The three toys came inside a mesh bag and after he rejected all three, I put them back in the bag…..and that piqued his interest. He wanted the whole bag so I gave it to him and that turned out to be the key.
In the video below you will see what fun he has flinging the bag around until all the toys fly out. Lately he has ironically been choosing the chicken to play with after that (uh-oh, I hope that’s not a bad sign for OUR chickens!). But he is still not interested unless he gets them all in the bag first, and gets to toss them out. Or, as seen in the video, sometimes he chooses to just chew on one while it’s still in the bag.
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