Beep, beep, beep goes the alarm. Thump, umph, lick goes the dog. Grunt. “OK Dallas,” I say to my Shetland Sheepdog. “We can go outside as soon as you eat.” Dallas hurried through her breakfast. As soon as she was done eating I slipped on her harness, and we ran outside. “Oh! Hang on Dallas!” I slipped back inside and grabbed the tennis ball. “OK, now we can go.”
At the park, after about 50 throws of the tennis ball, Dallas was still ready for more. “Well, how about we run?” I knew if Dallas ran she would be ready to go home, only it wouldn’t be long till she wanted to go out again.
And I was right! An hour later Dallas looked at me with big energetic eyes. “What?” I asked. She kept looking at me. “Okay, fine.” This time I grabbed the Frisbee. “Okay, let’s play!” Once again we ran to the park. I threw and threw and threw the Frisbee, and just to top it off, I threw it some more until this time she plopped down on the grass panting. “Do you think you can make it home?” I asked. She stood up and started prancing toward the house.
When we got inside, she first stopped at the water bowl and then laid down on her bed. I plopped down on the couch. “Dallas, you have worn me out!” She just licked my hand. I knew I better enjoy this break because her nap wouldn’t last too long before she was ready to go out and play some more!