Welcome to our blog about life with six alpaca "fiber boys" in the Colorado foothills! We post once a week, usually on the weekend, when life slows down to sweet, slow dance. ~ Gib & Lisa

Sunday, October 14, 2012

REAL Dog Toys

Our poor dogs.  They have no REAL dog toys, so they've had to make do with what they could find around the barn.  That would be their food dishes. (If you look carefully at the picture below, you can see the two dishes inside the pen, with the boys hiding as I ask, "Who brought THOSE out?")

"What bowl?"

"Oh, you mean THIS bowl?"

"He did it."

It really IS kind of cute, until you have to play "find-the-food-dish-again" EVERY night. Sigh.

So, I was complaining to telling my neighbor Belinda about the dogs' annoying habit, and she decided to play Santa; she brought over P.F. Chang's bagful of used toys she thought the boys might enjoy.  They took turns checking it out...

...then politely waited for me to pull out the toys.

Hank chose his favorite toy right away...

...but Rodeo had trouble choosing.

At one point, Rodeo considered "sharing" Hank's favorite.  That was NOT an option.

So, Rodeo found another toy...for a while.

With the attention span of a gnat, Rodeo was soon on to other things, like irritating Hank.

"Must you? Now? Really?"

"I mean it. Stay AWAY from the toy."

"Mom, can't you please DO something?"

"What a nut job."

Soon, however, Rodeo lost complete interest in the toys, so I carried them to the inside pen, where Hank could enjoy them all day long.

He thought I said "destroy" them all day long.

So, back in the bag they went (the toys, not the dogs).

Now, all I need to do is write a truthful thank-you note to our sweet neighbor Belinda:

"Hank and Rodeo just tore into those new toys ~ thank you!"


"The dogs just loved their new toys to pieces!"


"You shouldn't have. Really."


  1. Your dog toys last about as long as ours!
    Jake and Sweetie
    from Loveland
    P.S. Mom (Penni) says she is enjoying your blog after discovering it through the Reporter Herald!

  2. Penni, thanks for your kind comment! It sounds like Jake and Sweetie keep you as busy trying to find something suitable to play with as our crazy boys do! If you ever find anything they don't destroy right away, please let me know, and I'll share that information on the blog. :)