Torso Boy has a low threshold of boredom.

But he wants it to be understood that he’s not trying to bother me. Unless I don’t take the hint and it becomes necessary.

He’s really not into this “sit around all afternoon while Uncle Joel reads a book” thing. He can put up with it for about two hours at a stretch, and then something must be done.

So first he rises, has a stretch, maybe gives himself a good scratch on the rug…

Checks to see if he has my attention…

If he’s not quite sure because I haven’t taken the bait he’ll check a little closer…

And this can go on for some time until I tire of the game and call him over, at which point…

And if I ask him if he wants a walkie, which is definitely what he wants, he flies into a dance like that’s just the greatest idea ever and how clever I am to have thought of it!

Sigh – and then I have to go through the time consuming rigmarole of putting my wet boots on so we can go plow some new paths in the snow and maybe have a squirt. We’ll be out for like two minutes and then he’s through until another two hours or so, when it’ll start all over.

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9 Responses to Torso Boy has a low threshold of boredom.

  1. Judy says:

    Are you sure he isn’t a cat?

  2. Joel says:

    He does prefer to take his half of the bed out of the precise middle, so it’s not out of the question.

  3. Ben says:

    His only logical function is to keep a certain hermit company. By that standard it sounds like the dog is doing an inspired job.

  4. travellingmanblog says:

    Have you tried the short distance fetch routine inside the cabin yet? Small stuffed animal or ball, toss gently to a far corner, gets retrieved, you wrestle it back and repeat. This seems to do the trick, after 5 or so repeats my terrier decides that it is time to go back to the couch and curl up for a nap. The bark and push leg is the “i really need to go out” signal.

  5. Mark Matis says:

    Look at it this way:
    If you ever run out of propane and firewood simultaneously in the winter, at least you’ll have a One Dog Night. Just think how much propane and firewood you’re saving with him in the house!

  6. Joel says:

    Have you tried the short distance fetch routine inside the cabin yet?

    Yes I have. Laddie seems genuinely uncomprehending about the whole concept of toys. We haven’t advanced as far as Fetch yet.

  7. bill says:

    That dog is very fond of you. You are a lucky guy.

  8. Zelda says:

    What bill and Ben said. He really is fond of you and taking care of you. Look at the expression on his face. And he’s so darned cute!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    and he really does hope you are not too daft to understand

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