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January 3, 2010

It's very curious.

Plum had shown no interest in toys until about a month ago.

I wondered if she had maybe never been given toys in her former life and just didn't know what they were for. Or maybe she didn't feel safe and secure enough to let her guard down, kick back and enjoy some toys. Like maybe she was afraid she would get into trouble if she did.

What's kind of sad about Plum is you can tell she was a dog who was never loved enough in her past. I know this because she is never fully content or at ease unless a part of her body is touching mine. My guess is she was crated all the time and deprived of human contact.

You can imagine then how excited I was the day she finally meandered over to Pugsley's old toy box (I kept a couple of his special toys out for future fosters and rescues to play with) a couple weeks back, taking careful sniffing consideration to decide on the one she wanted and quite unexpectedly proceeded to pull out one of his ratty old bug toys with crooked antennae that still smells like the Sausage. The fur on it is matted from his years of licking and sucking obsessively on the toy. He had a bit of doggy OCD.

Now out of nowhere Plum has become obsessed with this toy. Its her favorite thing, even foregoing opportunities to sit next to me and pin me down in favor of playing independently with this toy. It was kind of a break through.

Excited at the prospect of her now taking comfort and joy in something other than me after 6 long months - I went out and got her a couple new toys for Christmas thinking she could now have some of her very own. I got her a pretty pink squeaky heart that says "Princess" and a plum colored pull toy and a purple frisbee.

The curious thing is she has zero interest in the new toys. She won't even look at them or entertain the idea of squeaking one.

She is only interested in Pugsley's ratty old toy. She sleeps with it at night and has to have it next to her during the day in her cuddle bed, when we are chill'axing on the couch, basically at all times.

Plum even sleeps with the toy clutched in her mouth - jaws clamped down while she snores away, guarding it closely so nobody can take it from her when she isn't looking...

Very curious indeed.

Posted by Lori on January 3, 2010 5:20 PM permalink Comments (6)



Trudy commented January 3, 2010 6:22 PM

A lovely story! Thanks for sharing!



pugdude commented January 3, 2010 6:39 PM

LOL! once again; who adopted who?? Bugs likes golf balls,they fit in his mouth and he cant destroy em'.



Linda commented January 3, 2010 6:51 PM

very cute! happy new year to you both!



emily the biker pug commented January 3, 2010 10:13 PM

Emily is a fuzzy stuffed toy pug. When she was very young we bought a new ball to play with, upon arrival big chucky and emily waited for the new toy, the ball was tossed and both ran for it well big chucky looked at emily and gave this serious growel and to this day she will not even attempt to go after a ball but she goes ape over a stuffed toy.

Plum looks very content reminds me of emily who is 13 now



Lex commented January 4, 2010 1:42 PM

My mom has a dog who we have found didn't even know what a toy was let alone how to play. She is 8 years old now i think and in the last 2 or 3 years she has finally learned to play tug of war with her 'brother' and to play with stuffies independantly. We think she was neglected as a puppy before her owner dumped her at our breeders.

Gus (my pug) loves to sleep with toys in his mouth like that and his jaws are firmly clamped down too. But every week or so he changes it up, but it is usually a soft ikea stuffed ball or his lamby he stole from me from bath and body works. :) I love pugs, they are so quirky and fun.

Happy New Year!



Casey commented January 4, 2010 3:11 PM

Yet another reminder from the Sausage that he is still with you :)
So happy for Plum...


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