While Dad has been gone, mom-mom has been taking care of Mongo; and this means taking care of Puppy also. Taking care of a dog who has favorite toys like Puppy adds an additional challenge.
Like most other toddlers, Mongo is very fond of his favorite toys, like Puppy and Bunny. And like a toddler, he drops them wherever he is if something more interesting catches his attention. So, it falls to whomever is accompanying Mongo so scoop Puppy up (and occasionally throw him in the washer) before he gets lost. Read More…
Mongo has a rubber orange Treat Ball. It is a hollow ball with an opening to the inside that allows Dad to put kibble into the middle of ball. As Mongo rolls the ball around, the ball meters out treats. Mongo LOVES Treat Ball.
However, Mongo is way to good at the treat ball game. This means Mongo eats way too much kibble, and Dad spends all his time filling up treat ball.
So Dad bought Mongo a Treat Bobber for his birthday. (Dad got Mongo’s at A DOG’S DREAM in Georgetown, WA)
Treat Bobber has adjustments to slow down the number of treats it issues. And since it doesn’t roll as easily as a ball, it takes longer for Mongo to empty the Treat Bobber, theoretically at least.
That theory does not assume that Mongo will learn how to make Treat Bobber roll down the driveway, thereby spewing treats all along its path. One or two trips down the driveway and Treat Bobber is empty. And then,when Mongo is done cleaning up after Treat Bobber, all he has to do is bring it back in to Dad for a refill.
After filling Mongo’s Treat Bobber repeatedly one day, Dad was heard to mutter to himself, “If only he would use his powers for good, instead of for appetizers.”
In Seattle, the fall season, when the days are shorter, but the winter rains have not yet descended on the city, it can be a wonderful time to go for a walk. There are plenty of beautiful sunsets, and scenic vistas to enjoy.
It was with these thoughts in mind that Dad and Mongo returned to Alki Beach. Dad knew the good weather would not be around much longer, and with several business trips in the offing, neither would he. So he had a special surprise treat planned for Mongo on this trip.
A week after their last trip to Alki Point, Dad had another errand to run on the North End of the peninsula. Mongo looked bored, so Dad plopped him into the back of the pick-up and off they went. After dropping off some things at the depot, Dad thought it might be nice to stroll on the Alki trail again. Read More…
Dad spent most of February in Atlanta this year. Mongo does not get to go to places like Atlanta with Dad. In fact fewer and fewer airlines are even accepting big dogs for carriage. So Dad goes on these trips solo.
At the beginning of the month, a snow storm was forecast for the weekend. Dad saw no good reason to stay in Atlanta if it was going to snow, especially, since he could get to the Florida Keys very easily. So he made the easy decision to take a quick hop to Key West.
On Friday, Dad jumped a flight heading south. The flight into Key West was almost empty. The lack of passengers on a Friday evening struck him as odd. He know there had to be a reason.
The plane arrived in Key West just after sun down. The few passengers walked out in the open towards the terminal.