Monday, June 25, 2012

How Ben learned to fetch.

Would like to say it was me but, honestly I very little to do with. Since Ben came to live with us Owen has been Ben's  best buddy. Owen is our friend and neighbor Lisse's dog who loves to play fetch and tug of war. When Lisse goes out of town we get to take care of him, he is wonderful and easy going little man. On Owen's first visit we were playing and Ben was just watching, Owen starting running around me and gave the toy to Ben who used it as a pillow. Owen did this until Ben had all the toys and was sound asleep on top of them. Over Father's day weekend Owen stayed over again, much to my surprise as Owen and were playing Ben started to join in, the three of us playing fetch and tug of war. It's great watching Ben feeling safe enough to have fun being a dog.

With play Ben is getting stronger and growing more confident. The shaking in fear is being replaced with curiosity. Hes warming up to Jane too that's making it easier on both of us, since I've been sick he's learned that without Jane's help I'm stuck! So instead of growling and showing his sharp white teeth at her, he wines softly to her, what a good dog hes becoming.  


kmilyun said...

Yeah Ben - and I suspect all the love and care her receives living with you has a lot to do with it. Owen sounds like a great teacher -

Mary K. Mennenga said...

Thank's kmilyun, Yes Owen is, guess some times it take a dog to train a Now Ben is playing and checking everything out acting like a dog then a mouse! Ben's returns all the love he gets, he's come a long way from then we got him.

kmilyun said...

Catfish taught Annie how to play. When she first came to live with us she had no idea how to "dog" play.

She went from a cowering pup in the corner to a 78 pound lap dog :)