Thursday, July 23, 2009

Dempsey's gift

Because the winters in Minnesota are pretty brutal, Helping Paws has its annual holiday potluck in July. Dempsey was planning on going, but that morning he ate some flowers, which gave him diarrhea. We figured diarrhea is not a good thing to bring to a potluck, so we decided to stay home.

We were really looking forward to the doggie gift exchange, where the dogs can pick a present from a big box. Doreen had bought a bag of treats and wrapped it up, using two biscuits for a bow. Since we couldn't exchange it, we just gave it to Dempsey.

This is Dempsey's first present. It took him a while to figure out what to do with it. We're training him not to lunge after food, and the training seems to be working. Dempsey politely sat for pictures with his gift, the biscuits just inches from his face, but when we told him to open it, he wasn't sure what to do. He thought it was food he was supposed to ignore.

After a few tries, Dempsey realized the gift was for him, and he ran off as if he'd snagged some contraband. I tried getting a video of him opening the present, but he's fast. The biscuits were gone and the wrapping paper was off before our camera finished autofocusing.


  1. Cute! Fast and wiggly!
    Hope you are feeling better! No flowers, ok?
    (I have to remember too)

    Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
    Sierra Rose