You were expecting something different?
I don’t know about you. These are the balls I’m excited about.
See the big green ball? That’s actually half a ball. It goes with the purple other-half. You fill this one with treats, snap it shut, and then Bugs gets to push it around and food comes out the purple-side hole, bit by bit.
You can imagine what a hit this is with Mr. Treat Monster. The drool-marks on the floor are worth it.
Now I know it’s safe to laugh when I hear Bugs crashing around in the other room. It’s not the priceless family heirlooms hitting the deck. It’s the Bugs Bell-Ball massacre.
It’s possible that Bugs’s newfound independence is attributable to clicker-training we’re doing with the Stripey-Ball. He showed no interest in Stripey-Ball until I laced it with babyfood (chicken and gravy). Now, with that Treat-Monster assist, we’re learning to bat Stripey-Ball back and forth between the two of us.
Hedgehog Expert Theory Warning: It may be that this interactive play cements the bond between him and me. He feels more confident of the object-constancy of my love. So now, even if I’m not actually there in the room with him, he can still express his newfound security by playing independently.
It’s just a theory.
If you were to accuse me of unscrupulous optimism at this point, I wouldn’t argue with you.
And speaking of unscrupulous Hedgehog Expert Theory Warnings, here’s one more ball-related matter I want to bring to your attention.
The other day a friend of mine posted an article on FaceBook.
The article contains this masterpiece of understatement. I especially like the “said to be” and “may be livelier” hedges:
“Gray Cat Personality: Blue-gray fur is associated with a quiet, mellow temperament. Cats with gray coats are said to be affectionate, peaceful, calm, and gentle, though if the blue has cream tones, the disposition may be livelier.”