In our little corner of the world, this is the time of year for acorns.
Living in a town called Oakville should provide a clue as to what trees tend to dominate here (well at least in the older park areas) and so acorns are everywhere. Ray’s interest in them was noted in one of the early Posts* but it never ceases to amaze us how little he seems to recall from one year to the next.
Back in 2013, he behaved as if he had just discovered them. In 2014, he was so excited when he found acorns all over the ground that he must have thought that he had just discovered them. A few days ago, Ray clearly just discovered acorns! He really is a joy to watch when he picks up the scent of acorns. His tail goes up; his head goes down, and his leash goes tight. Ray is on a mission!
The other day, we were out walking and he homed-in on one nice shiny green one and pushed it around with his nose. Whatever messages he was getting from that clearly did not inspire him so he hunted down another shiny green one. He even licked that one, but clearly it was not too his taste. The next green one was obviously equally unimpressive.
He then looked around and found another acorn harvest. “Oh look ……….. he’s found a nice shiny green one” (which clearly did not tempt him). He then found a nice brown one and took it in his mouth, only to promptly spit it out.
We could not envisage how any part of an acorn could be remotely palatable**, but Ray kept trying. Perhaps he was so taken by their appearance that he could only rationalize that they must be tasty? “Oh look! He’s found another really fresh looking brown one” (which he promptly spat out). The brown ones were certainly very attractive when freshly fallen as they displayed such warmth from the rich brown coloring.
“It looks like we’re off on another mission!” Within a few minutes we were in the middle of more acorns. “Look! He‘s checking out one with a mix of green and brown coloring.” He inspected it but, whatever he was looking for, it did not have it.
Perhaps he has a terrible memory, but I am more inclined to believe that it is his opportunistic side coming out. “That first green one tasted bad, but perhaps the next green one will be yummy?” “Those browns don’t taste anywhere near as good as they look, but what about that green and brown one over there?” “Oh look ………… another green one. I‘d better check it out just in case!”
What a great attitude! Now how do we get people (the higher intellect) to be as positive?
*See Post “Ray discovers acorns” – Oct 26, 2014
**But squirrels love them. Perhaps that is the basis for Ray’s interest?