In contrast to a Post* a relatively short time ago in which I related Ray’s apparent reluctance to have much to do with snow, we have just seen a totally different side of him.
It started when we came back from a walk during which Ray had done his usual walk around and seemingly followed every scent that he could. Upon our return, and after we had let him through our back garden gate, he went bounding across the snow just being an over sized puppy! Whether he really was playing, or whether he was uncertain about the terrain he was on and simply trying to stay on top of it, we cannot know of course but he did seem to be having fun.
Carol, pretty much on impulse and to take advantage of his apparent high spirits, picked up an old football and threw it across the garden. The end result is below. It came back! Given that I was able to go inside, get my camera, and take this picture should be a pretty convincing argument that it was not a “one off” event for him. Way to go Ray! He quickly remembered the expectations, and the rewards, of Fetch** and proceeded to play just as he would with the Frisbee. It was so nice to watch him blast around the garden and clearly enjoyed chasing the ball down and, of course, getting his reward! Now where’s that tennis ball that we have been so unsuccessful with?
**Ray Fetch – Nov 26, 2014
**Fetch Round 2 – Feb 4, 2015
*A Snow Day – Feb 12, 2015