Thursday, May 13, 2010

New Purpose

Katie's primary role is to clean out Kongs. Extracting vittles out of Kongs is a vital task to our family. I think Katie can clean out a frozen, tightly packed Kong in less time than it takes me to stuff it. It keeps the world going round (at least in Katie's mind) and she can be quite the "female dog" about demanding she get to work.... early if possible and she appreciates overtime.However, Katie has a new job. Along with being a Kong Extraordinaire, she also keeps Reagan company when Riley and I leave her behind. It makes me feel better to know that there is at least one dog at home with Reagan when I am not."Katie, I know you are nearly 12, but it would be really helpful if you could outlive, Reagan (3 years)."

5 comments:

Samantha said...

Oh that's funny! We're a bit (LOT) late in revisiting - just wanted to stop by to say a quick hi before work - know how hard it is to leave dogs home while playing/working with the others! Kongs are great though - Katie sounds like a whiz at boring into the vital parts swiftly!
Hugs xo
Sammie

Sandy ~~~ said...

Stuffed Kongs rock...as does Katie!

Ginny said...

Katie and Reagan are so cute together. Bet Katie is the best Kong cleaner around since she takes her work very seriously. Just a thought after seeing what appears to be a very strong bond between Katie and Reagan...do you think that there is any possibility that their fear/phobia issues could be related in any way? Do you think there is a chance that once Katie became homebound that Reagan's issues became worse? Could Reagan's phobias have been fueled by Katie's fears? Could Katie be a security blanket for Reagan, that she somewhat lost once Katie became fearful and then homebound ? I may be way off base but it was a question that came to mind after seeing these pictures and reviewing some of your posts. If looking at a timeline of their behaviors, it does appear that there may be a connection, there might be treatment alternatives. I too am glad they have each other when they are left at home. I know I feel much better when I don't have to leave a hound home alone.

houndstooth said...

They look so sweet together! Everybody has a job, and it looks like Katie always rises to the occasion!

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Ginny, it has crossed my mind. They are actually not very close. Katie, especially, cares nothing about Reagan. Reagan tends to lay on or against anyone that makes a convenient pillow. She does not seek Katie out. But even without a close relationship I do wonder if riding in the van next to Katie when Katie first started her problem might have rubbed off on Reagan. Katie does have some noise issues now due to old dog hearing changes, but she wasn't hiking with us when Reagan developed the phobia to the train or anything else outside the home. And the household noises that Katie does not like, Reagan has been conditioned to come check out because I throw treats down. So the short answer is maybe there is a connection, but just not sure.