This afternoon I was sitting in the backyard, sunning the cat (yes, she insists) and reading a terrific book called Follow My Lead.
It’s a good book with some great passages. For example, page 71: “Growing up in a suburb of Boston, we always played outside when it was raining, and I wondered when exactly I had stopped playing in the rain?”
Hmmm … play.
How often do we engage in spontaneous play, the human equivalent of frapping? Left to our own devices, I’d guess the answer is “not nearly enough”.
We get so SERIOUS about life. (Or is that just me?)
When we do play, we might find ourselves too earnest about it. (“Play to win!”) Or the word is used in a negative way. (“Quit playing around and get serious!”)
When did playing become optional, or worse, an afterthought?
I’ve got a friend who moved recently from Wisconsin to North Carolina. As she’s put down fresh roots in Southern soil, this friend has added two more dogs to her resident pack (one of whom just came along and never left. Which is fine, because he’s a goofy, delicious Big Love Dog).
They live near deep forests and a marvelous river made for splashing in. The dogs love it, and so does she. Together they play. Often. In the water and the woods. I can’t tell you how much fun it is just to hear about it, and not just because my friend is effortlessly droll and funny.
So … how does your Corgi keep you playing?
For most dogs, playing is as natural as eating and sleeping. They don’t have to fit it into their schedules, plan play dates (that’s your job) or worry about whether it’s appropriate behavior to play in public. Can you imagine a dog saying “I can’t do that, somebody might look at me funny!”
Uh, no. Especially not a Corgi.
In all the stories I’ve run here on the blog, there is one consistently clear theme: Corgis bring a whole lot of play (among other important things) into peoples’ lives. They don’t just invite play, they demand it. They’re nearly as smart (or smarter) than you, and that means you’d better be ready to join in on their fun.
I want to hear how your Corgi gets and keeps you playing, and how that makes your life better. I’m sure a whole book could be written (probably already has been) on the subject, but I want to hear from you …
… so let’s get interactive!
Tell me all about it in the comments section, or on the facebook page.
It might just show up in a future post.
p.s. The gorgeous Corgis in the photos are Scotty and Alice, Australian low-riders and Dogs of the Day back on March 4th.