Play Ball!

That's the order I get from Choco and Lucy on a regular basis.  They don't actually say it, mind you, but they let me know when they're "in the mood."  It's usually something subtle, like one of them will saunter up with an enormous ball in their mouth and throw their paw over my arm and look me right in the eyes, as if to ask: "Do you get the hint, Nimrod?"  Much like the way women tend to make overtures, when they realize the guy they're with doesn't seem to have antennae. 

Choco (short for Chocolate) is a Cockapoo (a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle), named, of course, because of his chocolate brown fur.  It fits him, because he thinks of himself as "Sexual Chocolate."  All the girls love Choco.  If I have a party and cannot locate him for any length of time, I know that I need to go and check all the ladies in the house, because he is bound to be found in one of their laps, being massaged. He is small in stature, but he is scrappy, let me assure you.

Lucy (short for Lucy Fur) is, as far as I can tell, a cross between a Sharpei (those wrinkly looking dogs from China) and a Boxer, aptly named because they use their paws all the time.  I guess she could be called either a "Barpei" or a "Shoxer."  She has a condition common to Cocker Spaniels and Sharpeis, which causes their third eyelids (canines have a third eyelid, which closes sideways across the eye, I guess for protection when they sleep) to protrude.  It is very strange looking, but, according to my vet, does not cause her pain, it's more of a minor annoyance when it first happens.   It's also $ 400 to fix.

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Play Ball 1

Waiting in anxious anticipation, while Choco comes in for a closer look.

Play Ball 2

You have to play hard to get, to keep them interested.

Play Ball 3

I've got it.

Play Ball 4

I do.

Play Ball 5

The remnants of a tiger toy.

Play Ball 6

Sitting.  Staying.

Play Ball 7

Play Ball 8

Play Ball 10

Play Ball 9

MINE!