I Spend All This Money On Toys and You Play With That?
So I’ll admit it…Dexter is spoiled rotten!
- He gets I don’t know how many walks a day and gets to go on hikes.
- He has a variety of treats to choose from and gets probably too many a day.
- He begs for table scraps and receives them.
- He gets the majority of the bed or couch for naps and bedtime.
- He eats more in a day than I do in three and doesn’t gain weight.
- He constantly throws his toys at us to play and we oblige him.
- He spends 2 to 6 hours outside on his leash a day enjoying the fresh air.
- He has become a master manipulator at conning a dozen belly rubs out of us a day.
Most of all he has more toys than most two-year-olds. I mean he has a pile on my bed, a tote full on our shelf and a bag full in our front storage compartment. We also have to keep at least half dozen tennis balls on hand at all times. He destroys 2-4 plushies a week so we have to keep a stockpile on hand for him. We try to buy as many as we can when we hit Goodwill stores or The Salvation Army because they are so cheap.
We also have to get specific plushies for him. There can be no squeaky toys and no stuffed animals with plastic eyes or noses. Dexter has a tendency to eat these pieces. He eats some fabric too, but he finally stopped doing that as much. The hard pieces though man it’s like a drug to him and he can’t get enough. So we are very specific with what he can play with.
When he is on his leash outside he has multiple toys. When we aren’t available for fetch he plays fetch with himself. It’s quite entertaining to watch actually. A couple weeks ago he acquired a new obsession. We have been spending a lot of time camping in pine forests lately and he seems to really, really, really like pine cones. I constantly catch him throwing them up in the air or across the yard. When that activity tires him out he lays down on the ground and chews on them for a while.
Sometimes I worry he is eating them too. While they aren’t toxic they could cause intestinal blockages or injury to his mouth. The dog eats everything when were outside and we just can’t seem to break him of the habit. While walking if there is a piece of trash he can pick up and chew on he will. I don’t know how many times he has picked up a bottle or candy wrapper and just trotted down the trail with it in his mouth.
All this money I spend on toys and he is more entertained with a pine cone. It’s the equivalent of buying your kitty a cat tree and they ignore it to play in the box. Guess were just lucky he doesn’t chew on anything in the pop up.