Monday, November 27, 2006

How We "Play"

Fu-Fu asked if the humans play with us. Well, they do, but its kind of a long story (which I'll interupt here to say that the human woman bought MORE sleepy pants today).

Unlike most dogs, we huskies are always plotting, planning, scheming, and thinking. We don't have time for "play" like other dogs who aren't trying to take over the world. We have devious things we want to do, so while we do "play" its actually covert training for our master plan.

For instance, some dogs like to play "tug o' war". Huskies will humor the humans for a bit, but generally we feel that if we want something, we'll just take it. There's no need to tug and fight over something with the humans, when eventually they'll go off and do something else, and we'll go steal a pot roast from a counter.

Some dogs play "fetch". Huskies feel that if the human didn't want the ball, they shouldn't have thrown it, and if they want it back, they can just walk over and get it themselves. Sure we may chase after the ball while its rolling, but that's part of our covert training to track down and kill small woodland creatures.

Here are some training techniques that are disguised as "games" that huskies will play:
  • Gut the squeeky toy (bonus points for fastest times)
  • Riccochet bed (leaping off and on the bed, using it as a springboard)
  • Dig to China or freedom (whichever comes first)
  • Sink Sucking (the humans leave so much good tasty things on their plates)
  • Important Paper Shred (if its put up somewhere, it must be important)
  • Cushy Hoarding (gather as many cloth items as possible and lay on it)
  • Drop Kong on Bare Feet
  • Wolf vs Caribou
Wolf vs Caribou is a very important training tool. In our case, we play Wolf vs Annoying Caribou. One husky is the wolf, the other husky is the caribou. In our case, Sam and I are the wolves, and Loki is the annoying caribou. The object of this game is to stalk, chase, drag down, and savage the annoying caribou. Per the human woman's rule, we can't savage him so much that he squeeks, so we'll give her that one, but sometimes its just too easy to get carried away with the game and we forget the rule.

So, the question was: "Do the humans play with us", and the answer is: sorta.
We like an audience when we do our training, so they are usually standing around watching us and saying things like "oh, look at them play, they're so happy". Meanwhile we're thinking "hehehe, we have them so fooled, we're on a training mission"

Meeshka
(Commander, HULA Forces)

9 comments:

cyber-sibes said...

That's a great photo, Mishka, it looks like Sam's airborne! We do our best here to train for the big takeover, when you command us to take over the world. Will it be much longer?
Awaiting orders....
Star and Sherman

JustMeCopper said...

cushy hoarding.... ha ha.

Turbo the Sibe said...

I think one of the best times to play wolf vs caribou is when my Human is on the phone!

Anonymous said...

We play with our dad! When his legs are up on the ottoman, we do zoomies and jump over him. We try to see how close we can get to touching him. Oddly, when we do, he puts an end to our game.
Stormy said your remark about Sibes not fetching is FURTHER proof that Dave's a Labrador wearing a Sibe costume. Ha roo roo roo!
Play bows,
Zim

MaPaw said...

You have as much grass a my foster mom and dad. I like to put a ball in a flower pot or hole and dig to get it back out. That helps me train to get burrowing woodland creatures.
-Lucky

Anonymous said...

Fight the good fight!

Anonymous said...

Hey Meeshka! I put up a cool Furniture Olympics picture today!
Ha roo and play bows,
Zim

Anonymous said...

Meeshka,
I don't think any non-husky/malamute can understand just how we play. There's no such thing as playing nice! As you stated, the object of the game is to NOT be nice. Dragging your partner around by the neck is perfectly acceptable. Just be sure to shake your head and grumble/growl loudly while the neck fur/skin is in your mouth.

Hollybollyboo

Fu Fu said...

Woh Meeshka... You Huskies are here on a mission.. *impressed*

~ fufu