fun and games

For those of you that come here for anything other than to hear about my dog or the local wildlife, you might want to click away now.

I’m sure some of you are saying to yourselves, “for the love of all that’s holy, Susan…pick up a paintbrush, refab some thrift store crap, or even whip out the glue gun but PLEASE no more Riley stories.

Sorry folks. Here in the arctic tundra known as the Chicago burbs my creative veins are pretty much frozen solid.

And during the weekdays with my peeps at work and school, Riley’s the only one here to amuse and entertain me.

So it’s Riley or the highway.

And she is pretty darn cute.

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So this morning we played a fun little winter time version of Riley’s reason for living (chasing tennis balls).

The normal version involves me using a tennis racquet and hitting the tennis ball oh, let’s just ballpark it….FIFTY times before she gets tuckered out.

The WINTER version involves me throwing (the tennis racquet is buried somewhere under the snow) the tennis ball and having it quickly bury itself under several inches of snow.

The beauty of this little game is that it requires much less energy on my part, but the amusement factor goes up exponentially.

Instead of the ordinary throw, retrieve, throw, retrieve routine…

it becomes throw…wait for it…where’d it go…look left…look right…puzzlement…then she goes into a WHERE’S MY DANG BALL FRENZY mode…

The best part is watching her tail through the whole process. The back and forth and loopdeeloops crack me up.

Here’s a little video (ya know, just in case you are bored in an arctic tundra of your own).

You gotta sing Willow Smith’s “I Whip My TAIL back and forth…I whip my TAIL back and forth” in your head as you watch. It makes it ever so much more amusing.

Click the link below to watch the video:


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And when we’re finished playing, she gets a snowcone for dessert. 😉

Well, I’m off to do laundry…ya know it’s not ALL fun and games around here.

Happy Wednesday. 🙂


13 Responses to fun and games

  1. Laurel Stephens February 6, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Can’t have too much of Riley. My dog takes-off before he knows where the ball’s going, too! I guess he has me pretty well trained to throw it in the direction he’s already running. 🙂 He’s not nearly as good at finding it in the snow as Riley is, though. What a retriever! Love that happy waving tail.

  2. jean February 6, 2013 at 10:53 pm #

    I’m thrilled to have another RIley story. I miss when she’s not part of the blog. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Kat February 6, 2013 at 11:55 pm #

    I love Riley stories. She is so sweet. I think it is great that you enjoy her so much. Lucky you and lucky Riley.

  4. Elzabeth@ Blue Clear Sky February 7, 2013 at 12:47 am #

    She’s so sweet! Our Remi is good with the hunt for the ball in the snow, but not the brightest bulb to bring the ball back in good weather. She would rather chew on it and try to keep it away from you. I’m still chuckling at the creative veins being pretty much frozen solid part. I’m with you on that one!

  5. Rachel February 7, 2013 at 4:05 am #

    Too cute! I share a house with 2 Goldens (Baxter and Sadie) who love to play in the snow. Pretty much my source of entertainment the last few days too. Good news! Things are starting to thaw here in WV so I can deal with their muddy paws. Oh.spring where are you!

  6. Jan February 7, 2013 at 4:13 am #

    You go right ahead and talk about Riley, we love him! We have three dogs and they are special beyond words no snow here to play with them but, they are funny creatures and a joy. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Colleen February 7, 2013 at 5:29 am #

    Too cute!! I have a lab and totally understand your obsession.

    We dont get much snow in South Africa (LOL) but he loves swimming after the ball in the duck pond!!

  8. Jan February 7, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    I love Riley! I’m a dog lover so I enjoy Riley stories. The snow is beautiful. I’m in Florida so I don’t see it. Keep those stories coming.

  9. Rachel February 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm #

    Looks like fun to me. She’s beautiful!

  10. Virginia February 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    I love it!!! Our furbabies are a big part of our family and deserve to be bragged about also! Our family includes a resuced husky that we got a year ago. Wish we got more snow in Tennessee for him to play in.

  11. Jayni February 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

    I take LOTS of breaks with my little darlin’, Sarge, and I completely understand your love for Riley. She is beautiful AND playful looking.

    I always explain two things about Sarge:

    1. When I bought him I was told he was a mini rat terrier, but it turns out he is an attention hound; and

    2. If I had known him better when I named him, he would be Captain!

  12. Anne February 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    Riley is such a rock star!What a sweetie! I enjoy these little stories of her adventures and her sweet photos too!

  13. Erin February 11, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    I like the dog and wildlife stories, it is nice to know that someone else is amused by things like that too. Riley is too adorable!

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