Gifts from the Outside

January 7, 2010

A never-ending battle in a home with a dog door is limiting what the dogs bring inside.  Until very recently, the dogs took toys outside.  Periodically I make a swing of the yard, pick up all the salvageable toys, bring them in, wash them and lay them out on the dryer.  Once dry, they are again inside toys.  Things are different with Holmes having access to the dog door — he is a carrier.  He has begun rescuing the toys from outside and bringing them back in.  They come in with pieces of leaves and twigs, dirt . . . an occasional small rock.  Perhaps this is the puppy I can teach to put toys back in the toy box?

Toys from the outside 1-7-2010

“Stuff” really shows up on the white tile.

Just a note:  Holmes now understands the concept of the outhouse (as opposed to the in-house).  Thank goodness!


  1. dawn says:

    He is a smart boy! Good luck on the putting away toys thing. It wouldnt matter in my house if one put them away, the others just drag them back out.

  2. Julie says:

    Yay, Holmes!!!

  3. Sharrie Brockhaus says:

    It could be worse.—-He could be bringing in “real” dead stuff.

  4. C-Myste says:

    Useful. The dogs here also only carry toys one direction: out. Into the rain/muck.

  5. Taryn says:

    Yea for Holmes and his housebreaking. It’s interesting how all of the sudden they just “get it”.

    Funny how some dogs love toys and some don’t. My guys could care less about toys. They have a basket full from agility trial prizes and never even look at them. Tennis balls and a small red squeaky ball with legs are all they ever pick up.

  6. Dennis and Tucker do this too. I think it’s a retriever thing.

  7. Sandy says:

    Uh….time to start tracking wouldn’t ya say?

  8. Alden says:

    Watson’s in the flora and fauna stage.His motto is: If it grows, it goes…into the living room. I can’t wait until Spring?

    Is your kitchen fixed yet? I still have goodies to send.