Monday, July 23, 2012
Alvin Finally Has a Toy!
I have wanted to find a toy for Alvin to play with because there are videos of him playing with toys in his former foster home. In the videos he clearly observed and imitated the other dogs in the home but because I don't have any dogs here that play with toys, Alvin hasn't shown an interest in anything I offer him, other than my hand. But my wish has finally come true and Alvin has a toy!!! Okay, so the toy turns out to be a gait belt. If you don't know what that is, don't feel bad. It's the cloth belt that is used in physical therapy and nursing homes that is wrapped around the waist of the patient and used to help hold up their weight. I have the one that we used to use for my grandma and Alvin recently discovered it. Why would a dog use a cloth belt as a toy? Beats me! I now leave it on the floor in his favorite place to rest and he loves to do that odd, light chewing thing he used to do on my hand. He then does his odd neck lunge and then again lightly bites the belt. This keeps him busy for quite some time every day. I want very much to video him doing this, as well as many other things, but the minute I get the camera out, he stops what he is doing and runs to examine the camera. Unfortunately, his curiosity doesn't go away after a few minutes, but instead he will doing a staring stand off with me until I give up. So, when considering a new toy for your dog, consider stopping by your local nursing home and requesting a gait belt because it seems to provide hours and hours of entertainment for at least one dog.