|Life is So Hard When You Can't Find Your Ball|
It is common for potential Bouvier owners to search for a puppy with "ball drive." This is an inherited instinct to chase and retrieve objects, supposedly a positive sign that the dog will be good at herding, obedience, etc. That was what we wanted, too. And, when we first saw Milo at 6 weeks old, he excitedly fetched a little rolled up paper ball repeatedly for me.
I was smitten! What a cute little guy. And so responsive!
Well folks, I'm here to tell you there's a downside to a dog with lots of ball drive.
January 1, 1998, 6:15am. New Years Eve party ended just 4 hours earlier. Everyone's asleep and close to comatose.
Milo decides it's time to get up. More importantly, it's time to....PLAY BALL!!!
Milo jumps on the bed and drops his tennis ball at Mom's feet. Mom groans, having a bit of a hangover, and ignores him. Milo is, by now, standing at attention at the foot of the bed waiting for the ball to come flying thru the air so he can catch it. No luck. Mom and Dad are just not responding.
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