Sunday, May 16, 2004

Mojo has a new game! We've been playing it for days, but this is the 2nd time I've written about it.

Basically, the game is fetch...I take a bunch of rolled-up socks and throw them, and Mojo chases them and brings them back to me. Then he either drops it (then we keep throwing socks) or we get into a tug-of-war with it. Yeah, it's just fetch, but it's fun! Consider that only a few weeks ago if we tried to get him to fetch something he'd just look at us, as if to say "are you going to get that?"

He also can use his nose to find us, if he's not too lazy. If we do a hide-and-seek, the first thing he does is look at all the places we've hid before in the room he's in. So downstairs he looks behind the chairs, on the chairs, then behind the TV (not sure why he does that). He looks downstairs towards the front door, the does all that about three times. Then he goes upstairs to check.

Maybe his sense of smell will become more primary in his later years, but for now he's very sight-dependent.

He also knows the names for certain things. We realized that he knew what things were when I threw something and I accidentally said "get the sock" and instead of chasing that thing he went and got a sock! Our dream is to get him to do a "find the keys" thing, where if we lose something we can ask him to find it and bring it to us. The other trick we read was for the dog to go to the fridge, open it, get a soda, close the fridge, and bring it to us. Unfortunately, Mojo's too short to reach the soda :(

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