The names below have been changed to protect the innocent!
In my studio I have a small bin with all sorts of dog toys in it. There are plush toys, tug toys, hard rubber toys, tennis balls, plastic balls, rope toys and more. Some of the plush toys are torn open and some have some of the stuffing ripped out of them. Some are missing their squeakers. Basically, dogs have played with them.
When clients come to visit, they know their dogs can play with the toys, even if that means the toys are ripped open and destroyed. After all, isn’t that what a dog toy is all about? It’s the fun of tearing them up!
So one day a client came to visit and she told me about something they do with their dog toys. Their dogs had plush toys that were some of their favorites. They weren’t totally destroyed but they were, let’s say, “well used”. The dogs loved to play with the toys, carry them around, tug with them and chew them. They gave the their toys names. No, not names like “the squirrel” , “the bone” or “the duck”, but names like “John” and “Roger” and “Kathleen”. You see, they named the dog toys after bosses they didn’t like. They might be their current or former bosses, or their friends bosses, but all bosses they didn’t like. I think everyone has at one time or another worked for a boss they didn’t like. They had great fun telling their dog to go fetch “Roger”, the dog would get the toy and they would then play tug with the toy, chew on it, tear it up and otherwise have fun. What a way to get out your frustrations and play with your dog at the same time!
The photograph is my dog Molly with client toys that don’t have any names. I guess I’ll have to think about that. Do your dog’s toys have names?