This morning Viktor played with the dogs more than ever. All the dogs were interested in watching me eat a piece of bread, so they didn’t play right away, but Viktor joined the group and stayed close. Tino found a piece of cardboard from the recycle bin and he shook it at Viktor to invite him to play. Viktor seemed interested, but he didn’t quite know what to do next. Tino got distracted and dropped the cardboard, and Viktor pounced and grabbed it up and scampered off to a corner to chew on it. A bit later, when Viktor had torn off a piece, Sky came and got the main chunk of cardboard and took it away. Viktor followed her to get it back. In the middle of the pack, he did a few play bows and little woofs. Tino did a play bow back at him and then bopped him on the head with his huge paw. Sky also did play bows with happy wiggles. Then Viktor grabbed the cardboard back and scampered away to his corner again. Some time later, Mu was going to take Viktor’s cardboard, and Viktor ran over to it, with his little chest puffed out, and whuffed at Mu to guard his cardboard. Mu wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, so he didn’t take the cardboard. Viktor is playing more and more, and he really seems to enjoy being with the pack, in the middle of the commotion. He’s not ready to wrestle or play hard like the big dogs do, but he plays in his own way. Mostly, Viktor likes to steal things, toys and cardboard and unguarded boxes of cookies. Sometimes I will set up a cookie box with just one or two cookies in it, and I will say, “I hope no one steals this box of cookies sitting here on the floor,” and then I turn my back and Viktor runs over and grabs the box and carries it away to destroy it and get the prize. Viktor is short, so he has to hold his head way up so he doesn’t trip on the box as he runs.
July 12th, 2019
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Principal at Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue, volunteer at Useless Bay Sanctuary, author of A Voice for the Lost