My dog loves his toys.
His cuddle toy is probably his favorite.
He also likes this one
He loves his daybed
And he loves his winter coat which we put on him at night
as he sleeps outside.
He gets very excited when I say "time for bed" and I put on his coat.
In the morning he wriggles himself out of it and then drags it around to lie down with and snuggle.
He likes to gather a few of his toys and sit with them all within reach
He loves his bones too.
He has numerous toys, most of which live in the garden
As do the various bits of plastic he has stolen from inside the house,
until I collect them and throw them away.
He steals underwear from the laundry hamper and takes it to the garden, where I find it, wet and filthy, days later
Worse than that, he has stolen and destroyed many a rubber sandal, from KMart thongs (that's flip-flops, Americans!) to expensive Crocs and my favorite Ipanemas. : ((
Worse than THAT, he has caused heartache for the girls, by destroying toys, over and over again
But the toy that gets him MOST excited....
is this one:
a toilet paper roll
And I let him have them because when I give him one,
the joy and excitement on his face are irresistible.
Even though they very quickly end up like this:
He knows straightaway which items are HIS.
If I give him a new toy, he is thrilled with it immediately
and guards it jealously.
He worries when I pick up his toys to toss them outside,
and gets VERY upset when I put them in the washing machine.
He is happy and excited when he gets them back,
and doesn't even mind that they've been cleaned.
He knows what he's not allowed to take (anything that is not his).
He knows when he has done something bad (chewed a child's toy).
But he doesn't stop doing it.
We keep the girls' bedroom doors closed, and shoes in a box.
The girls know they can't leave anything lying around on the floor.
But he still manages to get stuff occasionally.
We have to hide the cat's toys so he won't destroy them.
So the cat only gets to play at night, when the dog is in bed outside.
She harbors resentment, and they have an uneasy relationship.
Somehow, though he's supposedly not allowed on furniture,
he has managed to make this chair his.
After a hard day's play, a boy does need his rest.