We’ve finally had nice springtime weather after several days of gross, spritzy rain. What a fantastic opportunity to run the pups (and humans) around the yard to burn off some cabin-fever energy.
On May 6, I read a great blog post from celebripup Johnnie Cash’s fostermom, in which we were introduced to quite possibly the greatest yard toy ever imagined: the flirt pole. Our dogs like to run in circles and chase things. We’ll try it!
James, being the handy hubby that he is, happened to have all of the ingredients (he called them materials) necessary to make our own. Got some PVC? Rope? Fancy Duct Tape? Puppy Lure? You’ve got yourself the makings of a flirt pole. He toiled long and hard in the garage (35 minutes!), surfacing with a pseudo-fishing rod taller than moi.
So, two dogs, two humans, and one flirt pole bounded out the back door and into the sunlight. Here we go!
Attempt 1: MJ saw a squirrel running along the fence. Squirrels are far more interesting than Daddy today, so she’s off hunting. Zozo is being a great boy, sitting and waiting to play…(pardon my giggles)
Attempt 2: The little girl catches on. Zozo still hasn’t quite figured things out yet, but he sure is interested in the tennis ball at the end of the pole. Again, stupid giggles.
Attempt 3: All in! And more giggles!
Ok, so my laugh is sort of annoying. My bad. But here’s what we learned:
1. Zozo is singularly focused on tennis balls.
2. Someone shorter than 6′ tall (ahem) may manage the flirt pole, but at the peril of being tackled by an 80lb Pupper-Doodle. Thankfully, there is no video footage of this pummeling.
3. MJ is an excellent jumper. Maybe we’ll try a frisbee.
4. Easy and rather inexpensive to make, the flirt pole will keep even the most ADHD’d dog’s attention (unless there is a squirrel, naturally).
100% worth the effort. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a little flirting?