Missy has invented her own version of Hide ’n Seek. Especially after a walk or a meal, she is quite playful. She’ll find her tennis ball, which is usually close by, just in case—and nudge it with her nose under anything—a chair, a couch, a table.
Then, tail moving like a metronome set for allegro, she dives, wiggles, and squirms her body under said object to get her ball. Her slender build definitely plays to her advantage, as she always wins!
When she’s not chasing down her ball or lounging in front of the fire, Missy loves her time outdoors. And the fresh snowfall over the weekend called for special play. She was so excited she invited a neighbor dog over. They romped and chased and, yes, sniffed—all in a dog’s day.
At one point Missy became protective of her ball, even though they had both played with it earlier. It was a good reminder that she will do best in a one-dog family. But with some training and more practice sharing, she might be less inclined to resource guard. She has not shown any of that behavior with me.
My new nickname for her is Missy Manners, as she continues to be the model dog, waiting patiently, but ever hopefully, for her forever family to bring her home.