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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Games Pets (and Pet People) play!


For those of you who get The Leaf-Chronicle in print, did you all see the Gift Guide that was in last Thursday's paper? More specifically, the section about pets?

Features writer Stacey Segovia (a longtime supporter of animal causes and area shelters) mentioned all kinds of gifts for pets for the holidays, but one caught my eye, because it sounded like fun--and a possibility for our next Pet People gathering.

There's a game called "Funagle" that's meant to be played with your dog. The first caveat is that your dog must know some basic commands (and if he doesn't, it's never to late to teach an old dog new tricks!). Players have a minute to "funagle" their dog, which means you have to get them to do something. There are movable tags on the game's board telling you what you have to get your dog to do such as do sit-ups (I have no idea!), stick out their tongues or crawl. You are allowed to use any type of hand gestures, voice commands, "bodily coercion" or treats to get your dog to perform.

The game is available online at www.darfinc.com/products_funagle.html for $35.50.

Now, those of us who've played Gestures for humans, this sounds like fun! Can you imagine all of us with our dogs, in the same room, drinking "refreshments" and playing this game! It would be a hoot! For those without dogs, the rest of us have extra, so we could loan them out for your teammate! And the dogs would probably think it great fun to be rolling around on the floor with us!

Speaking of pet gifts, are you buying and wrapping presents for your pets? I usually get a little something, because the dogs just love the excitement of tearing into something new. I know Peanut will be getting a ball for his massive collection and the others, probably just a special chewie treat.

And what is on your Santa wish list? I always like practical gifts, like my most favorite, the 5-foot-cat tree. This year, I told The Boss I want a generator, because living out here in the boonies, our electricity often goes kaput during storms. (Remember the ice storm of '94?).

Above is a picture from several years ago when Tramp was still with us. Daisy had sent Christmas presents for the dogs and they immediately pulled the stuffing from them all, but they sure had a grand time!

posted by Sandy at 11/27/2007 10:38:00 AM

14 Comments:

Blogger Skeeter said...

Since we dont all have dogs, why not play the game using our spouses? I can see the Saint now, laying on the floor trying to do a push-up! tee hee....

Girls get a treat or a new tree ornament each year as did our Skeeter...

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 12:36:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

I was searching dog breeds to try to figure out the predominant breeds in our late beloved Aimee, dog princess,was so that we could find some sort of Christmas ornament for our Christmas wreath. We knew whe was part Cairn terrier and part something else. On one of my searches Petfinder came up and I clicked the link and that brought me to the picture of Paquita, the dog we hope to adopt from Louisville. I still haven't been able to figure out what else besides Cairn terrier is in there. What we have decided to do is put a picture of Aimee in an ornament for the Christmas wreath.

We always get new plush toys for the boys since they get so cruddy looking after much chewing and carrying about. I usually go through the toys and pick out the most disgusting looking ones and chuck those. The cats do't tend to play a lot with toys but they love the boxes to play in.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 12:43:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Alice, you point out a disappointment I've always had--you can't find pet ornaments or ANYTHING if you have a mixed breed! I had a beagle once, so that was easy. But for Tramp, the only dog that looked a bit like her was a spaniel type dog. Peanut has hound, but he's all brown. Scooter is almost Spitz/golden retriever/Australian sheperd looking--try to find that! And Zoe is Zoe!

I guess you can get things on cups and such by sending photos, but that takes more work.

Maybe we should start a business for mutt stuff!

Both Aimee and Piquita I think are a variet of terrier mixes. I have a dog-breed book that is helpful. I think there's a lot of Australian terrier in them, because of the way their hair is and the gray color. The picture in my book looks more like them than the Cairn terrier. Or the Skye terrier has a gray sort of silky coat. Maybe a tad touch of Schnauzer even!

Zoe has a lot of terrier in her, like the Lakeland terrier. Why not search on terrier breeds and look at pictures?

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 1:10:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Oh, and Skeeter, I told you we'd lend you a dog for the game. The Boss would never play a game where I am even bossier than I already am!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 1:11:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Great info Sandy! I'll check out Australian terriers.

And a mixed breed business is a great idea. There is a webiste that lists all the "designer" dog breed names, like Cocka-poo, and Schnoodle. There are a zillion of them!

Another great idea for a new bisiness... petite men's clothing. Shopping for the professor is difficult. He is short but large boy's clothes doesn't fit right and small men's clothes don't either. The pockets on the men's shirts end up near his waist. And why is a 29 inseam mean that the man's waist has to be 36 or larger?

Larger size women have Lane Bryant or The Avenue. I even get plus size men's catalogs because I guess they think full-figured women have full-figured significant others.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 3:08:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

I have 4 dogs and would be glad to loan them out. I know the Foreman would never go for playing a game as my pet. LOL!

We already have a chrstmas list for the kids. Stella is getting a new orthopedic bed, Hunter is getting new kennel bedding since he eat what he had. Mattie and Oscar will get matching sweaters. They all get knuckle bones that I get from the butcher and cook myself. We also get new toys for everyone. We also send presents to my furry siblings. Last year they all got t-shirts (which they love to wear) and a box of treats and toys.

This year I want DIAMONDS!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 5:10:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

The Saint and I were in Wally World today for some errands. While there we went into the pet department and were looking for some special treats for his sisters dog Jasper and Fluffy the bird a treat too. The Saint started looking at dog clothes! I could not believe it as he is like the Dragon when it comes to dogs wearing clothes. Not sure where he was going with that but the Military Flight Jacket was cute as heck as were the other military related items!

We were also looking at games in the toy department and I noticed some of the old games we grew up with are still out there. Operation, Dont Break the ice, Dont spill the Beans, Connect 4, Shoots and Ladders and Twister just to name a few....

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 8:26:00 PM  
Blogger Alice said...

Ewww... diamonds are for girls... the professor bought me a new computer... it is loaded for gaming! A rad burning hot video card, a terabyte hard drive, quad processors and 3 gig of RAM. This 'puter is locked and loaded and ready for gaming heaven!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 8:37:00 PM  
Blogger tina said...

lucky you alice! a new computer!

skeeter, all the games are still there and the kids even play them. jimmy likes operation, twister and scrabble. the more things change the more they stay the same...

that being said, the pet clothes in wally world are really cute this year. i dress my little dog only if it is cold outside as he doesn't have much fur. he is always embarrassed-but warm. bj and cece are probably envious.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007 9:41:00 PM  
Blogger Skeeter said...

Tina I am glad to see Jimmy enjoys some of the games we grew up with. Most kids today are too busy to sit and play a board game in the world of technology, no wonder.....

Congrats on the new toy Alice! When we got our computer, the Saint and I had an agreement. NO GAMES. I knew with my addictive personality, I would get hooked and the entire household would fall apart with my neglect! LOL.... You go Girl and have fun...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 9:17:00 AM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

This game sounds like a lot of fun..unfortunately my Rocky doesn't know very much in the way of commands. He is very out of control it seems. Still sounds like fun tho.

He and the cats have enjoyed undressing the tree over the last 3 days. I have swept up more broken ornaments over the last few days than I can count. It will be bare by the end of the week haha.

Hubby and I got our present the day before he left. We bought land out in your area ( I think) Sandy so one day when we are not smothered in debt we can build a house. I am not holding my breath.

We usually give the cats and dog something small to open. Kitty pot (haha..my brothers name for cat nip)for the kitties and usually a chew of some sort for the dog. Rocky is not picky nor very bright so, I could ball up some tinfoil and give it to him and he would be sooo excited. I am just kidding of course, eating tinfoil is a no-no. Last night he wounded his unicorn beanie baby and we had little tiny balls rolling all over the floor. I thought I had them all swept up but he keeps finding them and is walking around like a cow chewing cud. Again, not very bright but he is a sweet big baby.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 7:47:00 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

Shannon, where exactly did you buy land? I'm out in the boonies off of Hwy 13 in the Shiloh area.

And an out of control dog would be the most fun to play the game with!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 8:37:00 PM  
Blogger O'Malley said...

As the crow flies not too far from you...I would say we are in the boonies too. Reddick Rd area. Right now we are just going to try to clear a path thru the woods so our girls can fish on the creek that borders the land. It is really pretty but VERY hilly. I would imagine it is beautiful in the fall when the leaves are changing. I am not an out doorsy type as far as camping out but I think it will be a nice place for our girls to enjoy right now and us one day when we are old and gray. Wait a minute...I think I am already old and gray.

Yes, out of control dogs are extremely entertaining when they are yours and no one else is around..hhaha. We have SO enjoyed my out of control Rocky the boxer playing with itty bitty Pete my daughters rat terrier. I tried to get pics of them but they were too busy chewing, chasing and barking. Lots of fun, made me want to get a playmate for cocky Rocky but looked around at the 5 cats and figured it was a no go with you should !

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 9:11:00 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

O'Malley, I know this sounds strange, But we hang set mouse traps on the bottom of the tree. It only takes a couple of snaps for then the stay out of it.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 11:15:00 PM  

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Sandy Britt, an animal welfare advocate and volunteer with Clarksville rescue organizations, takes care of three dogs: Zoe, Scooter and Peanut; two cats: Catfish and Tarzan; and one husband, Glen, and according to him she takes care of them in that order.
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