How to amuse a puppy on a hot day

September 28, 2010

It’s hot today. Really really hot. I spent yesterday inside in the AC with a 4-month-old puppy who wants to play. He was full of the dickens. He already had a bully stick. He had already tormented Archer, who was kind enough to play with him. Bashir told him off. Riker was ignoring him.

But…UPS delivery driver to the rescue! Woo hoo!

I gave Sisko the brown packing paper from my packages. He can rip it, make a mess, and I’ll be happy to clean it up.

See, there’s a method to my madness. I’ve noticed over the last two weeks that Sisko is a little leery of flapping things  –  not garbage bags but towels, newspaper and similar things. So we’ve been tossing the brown paper and crumpling it.

He has jumped in the middle of it from the sofa. He has torn it, shredded it, and I’m cheering him on. I bet the next time I flap the newspaper he won’t be worried at all. And you know what, if he wants to shred the newspaper later, that’s fine. It’s easier to deal with that than unreasonable fears.

In the meantime … here’s to some relief from the triple digits.

Filed under: pets, connected — Liz Palika @ 7:02 am


  1. See, he can shred just like a Flat-coat can. LOL Izzy was shredding paper this morning, too, only she pulled the box down from the counter to get to the paper. She didn’t wait for me to give it to her. :-)

    Comment by Jill — September 28, 2010 @ 8:24 am

  2. I confess to having a pile of that brown paper in one room for the cats – put a couple of toys and boxes under it and you’ve got an awesome play area!

    Comment by mikken — September 28, 2010 @ 10:15 am

  3. yesterday it was a large frozen marrow bone for my dog. the cats have claimed all paper round these parts :)

    Comment by straybaby — September 28, 2010 @ 10:54 am

  4. We took the dogs outside at dusk to try to burn a little of the energy off before bedtime. It was still hot at 8:00! They were only good for 15 minutes and then were happy to get back into the AC!

    Comment by Debra — September 28, 2010 @ 7:03 pm

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