So I sit down in my Office/Library/Craft room/Dog room to get some writing done. I fire up my computer, set up my notes, plug in my back up drive, wait for the cats to realize I’m not succumbing to their flirtatious suggestions to pay attention to them instead of the computer and finally leave, and then start to type when…
My beautiful Zander boy (that’s the black beauty in the picture below) decides he wants his bone back. Somewhere in between the time I let the boys out this morning to when I sat down to write, Alex (the tantalizing tan lad in the picture below) had stolen his brother’s precious bone.
Well, I quickly become entranced as I watch Zander try to figure out how he’s going to get his property back without instigating a fight. He first stands there, staring into the kennel, probably wondering when his brother had found the time to gather three (yes, three) bones and stash them in his bed (the kennel).
Then he realizes that two of the bones are in one corner while his bone, his precious bone, is all by its lonesome in the opposite corner. I’m sure he would have jumped for joy at that moment except it was a covert operation and stealth was imperative, which cannot be accomplished if one is jumping up and down with glee.
So, he eyes it for a moment. His gaze flickers over to his brother, who is happily chewing on his own bone. When he determines its safe enough he carefully moves in. But of course the moment his mouth opens to take the prize, Alex swoops in like a hawk to reclaim it.
In a very gentlemanly manner, Zander backs off and re-evaluates. He doesn’t get upset. He doesn’t snap or brood. He simply watches. Then an idea pops into his head.
He goes for the abandoned bone. I figure he really doesn’t care which bone he has, so long as he just has one of them. To my surprise, when he reaches the bone he doesn’t try to take it. Instead he nuzzles it, and as he does so, one eye is always on his brother.
It takes a second, but as soon as Alex realizes Zander is interested in one of the bones, of course he wants that one now too. So, as before, he dives for the bone, which of course Zander quickly relinquishes.
Now it seems he had learned from his previous mistake, for he doesn’t try stealth mode anymore, but quick as a flash snatches back his property before Alex even knew what hit him.
The old bait and switch worked like a charm. Both boys are happily chewing on their own bones with their person looking on in awe, realizing she just witnessed the williness of a very determined dog.
I’m feeling so blessed to have these boys. They provide such comical distractions.