The piles of leaves are getting smaller and the fallen tree limbs are finally disappearing–the stuff from the Big Wind Storm! Almost everyone has power again and cable, gas pilots, and telephones are being re-connected. Roof and gate repairs provide some businesses pre-holiday revenue and more people are out walking their dogs. To us that is always a good sign! Considering it all I think we are doing well!
Mae-be has discovered the fallen leaves and debris and you can see the impression of her body indented in the piles. And Ruffles acts like fallen leaves and branches are the best hiding places EVER! I’ve found well-chewed alongside brand new rawhide bones in the stacks on the concrete. It makes me wonder what I will find farther out by the back fence!
It reminds me that at this time of the year lots of folks are looking for hiding places. Not for chewed upon bones perhaps–sorry Girls! But more for those small people searching for evidence of holiday and Christmas wishes fulfilled! Who hasn’t tried disguising packages by hiding them in the hall closet, under the bed, or wrapped in a different box. Or even wrapped and under the tree in plain sight!
My older sibling was so good at guessing what was in the presents that it started taking all the fun out of trying to surprise him Christmas morning. My parents and I tried different tricks hoping to surprise him. See if you have ever tried one of our strategies.
Have you tried wrapping in a different box? Since some people try to sneak a peek by lifting a piece of tape or making a small tear in the paper so they can read the box labeling, the art of package disguise comes into play. We started saving boxes throughout the year (usually in the garage) along with the paper, ribbons, and other decorations. But, just having a new box did not deter him from using his senses to sleuth-out package contents. So more strategies were added.
We started finding rocks or broken bricks to put in the boxes. Bags of beans were also used. Loose items were included to create uneven weight, and we put bells inside to disguise the sounds that some gifts make! I even tried putting a different name on the outside to fool him.
With the girls it is even harder, of course, because of their great sense of smell–plus, half the fun for one dog is taking items from the other! Oh what glee when having snatched the treat the thief charges away. The treats that last the longest have been stolen back and forth several times– sometimes even buried (I promise I never tried that one on my Sherlock Sib).
So, as your holidays get closer and your furry family members get even more curious do know that if the gift has a smell or a sound, it may be found! And found again!
And believe me the Girls aren’t talking!!
But I do watch where they run to!!
Blessings to you and yours! Beth & the Girls