After recently losing our Springer Spaniel, Christmas will be a little subdued in our house, but our three Labradors were still happy to open their presents. I took three old gift bags, and put sellotape over the top so they had to work out how to get to the smelly bone inside. It was rather eventful and I thought I'd share some photos of the unwrapping.
Storm - Happy with the world!
Our Storm is about 8½ and an extremely affectionate dog. He loves toys, particularly furry ones, having dragged our Springer round the garden one evening, because he found the fur around the neck of his winter coat, and thought it was for him. When I gave him his gift bag with the bone in the bottom, he was simply happy to carry the gift bag around the garden for a bit before laying on his back for a tummy tickle.
When I attempted to take his gift bag off him, he then thought we were playing a game of tug before the bag began to give way. At that moment, he shredded the bag to pieces, enjoying every moment, and then grabbed the bone. He was off, leaving me to tidy up after him!
Haze - The greedy dog
Haze is 7 in January and an absolute gannet! He knew there was food in his gift bag, and desperate to get to it ignoring my calls of 'Sit' for the camera. He wasn't interested in playing with a gift bag that he had never seen before, he could smell food and that's all he cared about.
He ripped the bag only as much as he needed, before sticking his nose right in and pulling the bone out. I can tell you that it did not last long after that.
Switch aka Titch - A bit confused...
Titch is about 12 now and his eyesight isn't as good as it was. Having never seen a gift bag before, he had no idea what he was supposed to do with it. Should he chew it, avoid it or wee on it? He could hear me encouraging him to play with it so picked it up and tried to give it to me, knowing he usually gets a treat for such tasks.
After more coaxing he gently put his head in the bag...was he going to get the bone? No, he was somewhat confused because now the gift bag was stuck on his head, and took it a walk round the garden, banging into the dustbin before I took it off him and gave him his bone.
Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and all the best for 2019!
Karen M Berisford
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