Dog Thief

Otis, the Boston Terrier!  He is such a jerk!  And he is also a pathological thief!  Last week some boys were playing with a soccer ball next door and Otis watched them, waiting to make his move.  He then tore over there to steal their ball right out from under them!  Well, they thought this was the funniest thing, and it was. 

I think this dog does some serious astral traveling when he is sleeping and always knows when there are dog toys lying around the yard up on the hill.  He has stolen more toys from up there than I can count.  He went through a long, plastic bottle fetish because they keep their recyclables on their porch and he was forever sneaking up there when no one was looking to grab another one.  Then he pranced proudly down the hill, most pleased with his new “toys.”

One time he went up there to steal a ball and because it was too big for him to get his teeth into, it took him 45 minutes to arrive down here with the ball — a walk of one minute or less.  He was so exhausted and panting so hard, I thought he would have a heart attack.

Yesterday he went fishing up on the hill and proudly came back with a stuffed, toy rainbow trout.  Any soft toys are immediately annihilated until they are unrecognizable and slimy, and yet he still wants someone to throw them so he can play fetch.



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15 Responses to Dog Thief

  1. Sily says:

    Otis — good Saturday morning to you! I send you tail-wagging good wishes for today!

  2. pollyann says:

    Cute story. Otis says he ran out of toys to steal for the time being. He is on stand-by.

  3. Sily says:

    I’d send you ALL my toys if I could! I wanted to tell you a story Otis, I think you may enjoy — one Christmas, below the Christmas tree were about 50 gifts. Well, our beloved cock-a-poo/Keeshond mix/mutt walked into the room and within 30 seconds picked out his Christmas present out of all the gifts there and started to unwrap it. It was wrapped treats. Otis, your kind are amazing! Did you know dog backwards is god. Have a great day, stay out of trouble, but have fun!

  4. pollyann says:

    Well, Otis showed up this morning with a soccer ball. I let him have it for the day and he had a ball! He never did manage to deflate it which is always his main agenda when he steals a ball with air in it. He’d make a great goalie.

  5. pollyann says:

    Otis says hi, Sily. He wants to know if you have any toys for him.

  6. pollyann says:

    Ha, ha. I gave Otis a bath today and when I was drying him off in the bathroom, he jumped up on the toilet seat cover because he smelled something. It was none other than the golf ball I had hidden in the medicine cabinet two days ago.

  7. pollyann says:

    He found another golf ball yesterday afternoon. When he ate dinner I took it and soaked it in the sink with some soap for a while so he couldn’t smell it. Then I hid it in the bathroom for the time being.

  8. Sily says:

    Otis, I’m getting ready to turn in for the night – but I’m sending good thoughts your way tonight. Treat your mommy Polly good and behave. At least, stay safe! (I have 3 dogs of my own, Otis. I just love your species).

  9. pollyann says:

    I’m going to have to pass out flyers to the neighbors to warn them about Otis. If he ever gets it in his bullheaded head to cross the street looking for toys to steal I will personally roast him over an open pit!!!

  10. pollyann says:

    Yes, and guess who just showed up with more contraband after disappearing on me this morning?

  11. Sily says:

    Otis, god bless you, you have become a star on the internet. And don’t forget Otis, all good dogs go to heaven. Keep having fun!

  12. pollyann says:

    Otis has stolen five balls (two golf balls, two hard rubber balls and one small beach ball) and one toy monkey in two days! That is a record for him!

  13. pollyann says:

    Anything that has the scent of “Made in China” is a potential, sought after toy for this dog but the epitome of all toys he favors, the one he will drop any other prize for, is a golf ball. He will go berserk for one of these.

    Unfortunately, our neighbors on the other side have a golfing green in their yard and the boys over there like to knock their golf balls over the woods and into our yard.

    Many a golf ball has had to be taken away from Otis because he either shreds them to smithereens or he plays this annoying game in which he makes a golf ball roll under something in the house and then barks incessantly until someone comes and tells him to get it. No one likes that game but him.

  14. Anonymous says:

    I quit buying toys for my dog because his favorites are smashed 1 gallon water bottles.

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