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Friday, January 04, 2008

Ms. Penny Wiggles

I'm quite conscious of the fact that I frequently mention Penny in my blog. But she just has this personality that demands to be noticed! I rechristened her this stay, because 'Ms Penny Wiggles' is just too fitting to not stick.

Ms. Penny has no concept that other dogs may want to play - without her input. Particularly when a ball is involved, and even more so when her favorite big blue rubber ball is involved. I don't think she was with us for even a day before we went and got a second of those blue balls off of our retail rack so she could have one all to herself. And that worked great, for a day. She'd hoard the ball, and when it was in her mouth she really couldn't bark. (hurrah!) Or see out of more than one eye, for that matter, for whichever side of her mouth she carried the ball in squished her cheek wrinkles up into that eye closing it shut. But she'd waddle around, following the action - either in her own yard or the adjacent one. Frequently it was the adjacent one.

I say she waddles, because she is an English Bulldog after all. All told I think there is more torsional action around her ribcage when she moves than actual forward progress. And she's got this little stubby tail that when it gets is a blur but her whole back end is waging as well. But she's not slow - throw a ball and she's after it like spitfire and not terribly gracious in wrestling with competitors to get it in the end.

Eventually she tired of carrying the ball with her, so she'd put it down to take a rest - put her paw on top of it, and commence 'commentating' on all the action around her.

Listen, You. Step AWAY from my ball!

I wish we had gotten a pic of her with the booties on. Her first day her feet were sore (because as you might imagine of a BULLdog, she always spends her first few play times running full speed, everywhere, and wears her pads raw.) Knowing that she'd do this, we put booties on her for her second playtime. Dogs in booties are always funny, but Ms. Penny was downright hysterical. Picking up each of her feet as high as they'd go, which on such a short legged dog made her look like a little 4-legged Russian soldier. To top it of, they were extra slick on the snow, so she couldn't get enough traction to run around without wiping out frequently.

The wonderful thing about Penny, though, is that she always tires herself out so much in the yard that she instantly falls asleep in her kennel - and snores to boot!

Not wiggling so much now, are you?



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Ms. Penny Wiggles!! What a riot she sounds like!


2/4/08, 4:10 PM  

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