One of my favorite things to do when I get home is head out to the yard and play fetch with my girl McMuffin. It’s nice to engage in a mindless activity in the fresh air after a day at the office. Lucky for me, McMuffin is arguably the greatest fetcher I have ever played with. Her dedication to retrieving no matter where the ball goes (even if it gets lodged under the spider filled deck or scary rotating composter), speed and enthusiasm for bringing the ball back as fast as physically possible, and no-nonsense drop-ball-at-your-foot/back-up-sit/wait-for-next-toss without even needing a command make her an ideal partner.
It’s sorta hard to capture the spirit of this exchange with a camera while she is flying around at top speed, but I gave it a shot and this is what I ended up with. Before I go any further, I would like to formally thank McMuffin for her patience. She takes fetch very seriously and didn’t totally appreciate my attempt to multi-task during such a sacred activity, however, she did her best to let me try.
Step #1: I begin with the standard command … “Alright dudette, what are you waiting for? Where’s your ball?” And off she goes to find it in the yard.
Step #2: Ball located … time to rock. “Come on
fosterdad, let’s do this thing!”
And then the fun begins …
Here are a few other favorites of mine …
One thing I have noticed is that she will never stop playing on her own. At first I figured she must be fine since she never slowed down … that night I had to carry her to bed a few hours later when her sore legs couldn’t seem to find their own way. Her tail wagged the whole time loving the extra dad attention and fancy personalized bed delivery, but I knew I had overworked the poor girl and felt bad. Since then we made a few tweaks to our routine (no more throwing from the deck to prevent her from leaping and making hard impact with the ground as she darts off) and I try to limit the number of tosses.
So far it’s going well and I think it is better for her in the long run … doesn’t make it any easier to say “ok sweet girl, that’s enough for today” with this face looking at you …
Who am I kidding … she always gets one more toss out of me.