Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Martini’s Big Mystery

I still have some plush toys that I bought for Murphy, even when he was just too old to care about them. He never played with them and after his death I just couldn’t part with them.

Saturday, Mr. Pop was using this computer to catch up on some reports that were due for his lab. While he worked, I got out all those little plush toys and gave them to Martini. He sniffed them and just sort of looked at them. I tossed one and he quickly brought it back to me. Okay, he seemed to say, if they are retrievable, maybe they just might be fun.

He and I were playing with one toy and about the third time he bit into it to pick it up, he hit the squeaker in the toy. The toy squeaked. Martini dropped the toy, jumped back and his ears perked up big time. He apparently had never in his two years of life had a squeaky toy. He quickly turned the toy over looking for the origin of the sound. He moved the toy and looked where the toy had been. His own little self imposed duty was to find out what made that noise and where was it.

By this time Mr. Pop had taken a breather from his work and joined in the fun. While Martini was still searching the one toy for the squeaking sound, Mr. Pop picked up one of the other toys and made it squeak. Martini quickly turned around and looked at Mr. Pop in total little dog confusion. While that was going on, I took another of the toys and showed him that one squeaked too. All of a sudden the tiny little tail started wagging at top speed. He started pouncing from one toy to another making each one squeak. It reminded me of a scene from that Tom Hanks movie where he is dancing on giant piano keys.

While it was fun and funny to watch the little pouncing dog making all sorts of toys squeak, it was sad to me that a squeaky toy would be so foreign to a little two year old dog. That in my opinion should be a rule. Every little dog should have a squeaky toy every year of its life.


Blogger Matty Boy said...

Innkeeper! Fresh horses for all my men, and squeaky toys for their dogs!

February 17, 2009 5:39 AM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

Well you just put some "puppy" back into your 2-yr old dog! The joy of discovery, the fun of doing something just because you discover you CAN...

Don't be sad for the missing-out, be happy as he is that you've given him something NEW and FUN and SPECIAL! That must have been a joy to watch, wish you'd had video.

February 17, 2009 6:33 AM  
Blogger Mauigirl said...

How adorable! I'm glad he has discovered the wonder of squeaky toys!

Our Diva loves squeaky toys; unfortunately she seems to think her main purpose in dealing with them after the first few fun squeaks is to rip them asunder and tear out the squeaky little heart of the toy. Hence, we don't give her that kind of toy very often, much as she enjoys the destruction!

February 17, 2009 9:01 AM  
Blogger Dean Wormer said...

Did you get him on of those mini teddy bears with squeekers in them?

Those are pretty adorable.

I'm there with Martini, though. I simply don't understand the technology.

February 17, 2009 10:31 AM  
Blogger Fixer said...

I'll remind you of how happy you are now when he does this at 2 in the morning. Heh ... Glad you're having so much fun with the little guy.

February 17, 2009 11:57 AM  
Blogger betmo said...

what a smart little dog to have made the connection so quickly. that's amazing :)

February 17, 2009 3:54 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

hi PoP--
I'm embarrassed to admit I got a little teary while reading this.

yes, ALL dogs should have squeakies.

February 17, 2009 5:26 PM  
Blogger Suzi Riot said...

What an adorable story! One of our rescued dogs had never played with any toys at all when we got him. Being two years old and a big athletic boy, he had no idea what to do with a ball, a rope, or a frisbee. I loved introducing toys to him and watching him have fun figuring them out but as you said, it was so sad to me that he had never played before. He's got more than enough toys now!

February 17, 2009 6:55 PM  
Blogger pidomon said...

this just proves Martini is in the right home!

February 17, 2009 6:59 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

That little guy is so lucky to have you.

February 17, 2009 7:45 PM  
Blogger TaraDharma said...

Martini's got many happy - squeaky - years ahead!

February 17, 2009 8:07 PM  
Blogger mommanator said...

my doggie snickerdoodle is 3 and has more than double that amount of squeaky toys!

February 18, 2009 7:32 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

even grown up peoples should play with squeaky toys. it's good for them.

February 18, 2009 7:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha.. This is a funny story. Maybe you should give him a middle name of Squeaky? I'm just sayin...

February 18, 2009 9:19 AM  

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