For Christmas Gimme got 25 toys in a cozy cave bed. I started collecting them two months ago. She has so many it gets harder and harder to find unique toys. It turns out my idea of 25 unique toys included three skunk toys, so I might be failing on the uniqueness front. A store clerk told me I am spoiling her - which is a very rude thing to say. Gimme and I are both certain she deserves all these toys.
The next really hard thing is sneaking the toys in the house. Gimme ignores everything I bring in, but she always knows when it's something for her, and then she's all over the bag. I forgot a package of beef jerky in my work bag and she paid no attention to it even though it was easily accessible all weekend. So, to get them in the house, I bring them in the back porch and leave them there. Then I put Gimme outside through the front door and while she's out I bring them in, quickly clip the tags and then put them in my hide away drawer. It's really not a hiding place as you might think of it, since she knows there is stuff in there for her and she checks the edges of the drawer quite thoroughly with her nose. I'm sure she knows exactly how many toys I've added. Fortunately she can't get the drawer open.
So last night when I got up around 2:00 a.m. for my usual potty break, I removed the toys from the drawer and transferred them to the office where I'd put the cozy cave bed and then closed the door. Of course, when I went back to bed after my trip to the bathroom, I found Gimme sitting upright in the bed looking at me suspiciously. She also pointedly looked over at the drawer a couple of times. I so have to find another place to hide things.
In the morning when she was outside, I stuffed the toys in the bed and met her in the living room as she came in. We went back to bed - where she made a production of sniffing my hands. I was beginning to suspect she knew I was up to something. When I got up to start the day an hour later, I set up the video camera. Then moved the cozy cave package to the couch and called to Gimme, letting her know Santa had come.
She rushed in and immediately checked out her package - pulling out a toy. My plan had been to video her discoveries and fun, but it's a very long video. She played with the first toy for twenty minutes, excitedly squeaking it and batting it around. Then she suddenly stopped, got an expectant look on her face, leaped up and checked her package for more toys. She pulled them out one-by-one and played with each for awhile before going to get another one.
I thought about editing it down to just show her getting each toy out. Then I saw there was almost 2 hours of video I'd have to review and quickly decided you'd have to take my word for it. Gimme was very cute and had a blast. She didn't even mind discovering there were three skunks, though I noticed later, they ended up side-by-side on the floor. Of course, like any kid, when the party was over she plopped her poor pitiful self across the top of the cozy cave, looking depressed.
What's a poor girl to do? All those toys and not a thing fit to play with...
BTW she is completely unimpressed with the bed as a possible place to sleep. I'm hoping she will discover it's value when I go to work and am not here to hold the edge of the covers up for her. I'll let you know...