A Little Help – Please

January 19, 2009

You’ll remember Chester.  

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He’s our sweet dog – saved from the dark confines of the local animal shelter.  He’s been a great companion.  He’s alway eager to greet us when we return from our day at work, a morning at church, or a dinner out.  I even took him to Montgomery Bell for a run recently.  Other than a few minor mishaps with the leash – he ran the trail with ease.  Yesterday, as the temperature rose above freezing – I decided to join Chester for a game of fetch.

Here’s the ultra-cool, glow-in-the-dark ball that we used.

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And here is Chester’s response.  Webster defines fetch: to go or come after and bring or take back.  

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We need to work on the “bring or take back” part.  He’s fast.  He’s quick to close the gap between himself and the ball.  It’s the returning the ball to me component that we’re lacking.  Any ideas?  Do you have to teach a retriever to retrieve.  Or is our dog a little slow?  A little help – please.

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3 Responses to “A Little Help – Please”

  1. Ladybird said

    Sorry that I can’t be of much help. My dogs run and get the ball, but then play with it and won’t let me have it back. Chester is such a handsome guy!

  2. Laurie said

    Lucy likes to play tag more than fetch so I am in the same boat. Maybe we need a community group for people in our situation. We can call it man, beast and the bible…

  3. Jim A said

    Sorry dude, but retrieving is supposed to be a built in response for a “retriever”. I am afraid that you are just going to have to accept the fact that your newest family member is just a little challenged in the “things I should automatically know how to do” department. Good luck!

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