Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Stop Thief!

Thief!
Zachary: "Stop, Thief!!!"
(That's Zachary's below Henry's chin, and Henry's tail on the far right)

Bitey-Face
(Slow-motion play begins)


Bitey-Face
Zachary prefers to play upside down!


Bitey-Face
Zachary has the ball again... 

Return of the Thief
.... for now.

Dog Blog Post #605: As these sorts of shots invariably seem to upset someone, I will break from Wordless with the comment I added to the original in flickr -

Keep in mind this is all for show and is performed in super-slow motion over the course of many seconds to minutes, showing lots of teeth but with the gentle mouths Goldens are famous for.

I can freely stick my hand in the middle of this - and often do - tickling whosever belly happens to be reachable at the time.

BTW: I get a kick out the Golden "rules" for playing - paws, legs, ruffs/necks, and muzzles are fair game. Ears are allowed, but are treated especially gently. Below the belt (those dangly bits) are completely off limits, as are tails.

It seems puppies don't come knowing the rules, and it's incumbent upon the elders to teach them.

Beau (my first golden) who was about 4 1/2 years old at the time, spent the first 3-4 months of Zachary's puppyhood with his thick, plumey tail firmly tucked between his legs while playing,in order to keep the dangly bits safe from puppy teeth. He was a very confident, outgoing dog, and that's the only time I ever saw his tail there.

Zachary did the same when Henry was a pup.


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8 comments:

houndstooth said...

I always love seeing pictures of the boys playing! Henry looks pretty proud to have possession of the ball today, at least for a little while!

Bailey said...

Play by play action.

Sue and Doug said...

nothing like a ball to create 'some fur a flying'!!.enjoy your day!

rottrover said...

Beautiful photographs!!

Rama's Mama said...

Wonderful photos!

24 Paws of Love said...

Interesting about that tail protection, don't know that I've ever witnessed that before, or if I did knew that was what it was.

And as usual, great shots. Like the black and white. Interesting.

Christine said...

The pictures and the pups are awesome!! I always laugh when the Cavaliers have wwf time!!

Kristin G. said...

Love those black and whites. Great texture!