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Playing Balls

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Not just one ball. Asher was holding one ball in his mouth while kicking another one around like he was in a game of soccer. I think he would be pretty good at futsal. The video below has a quality problem between 18-28 seconds. I apologize for my inability to solve the glitch. It plays fine on my computer but something must be failing during the upload.



I am thrilled that Asher can catch almost every throw I send his way, that is when he doesn’t have another ball already clenched in his jaws. We are going to have a lot of fun sporting around together.

Yesterday afternoon, I let go of his leash and let it drag in the grass as we killed some time in the backyard. I’m happy to see that he is showing promising signs of not being a flight risk when outside without being tethered. We will get a little bolder about experimenting with him once his identification tag arrives. If he takes off for one of our neighbor’s properties, we don’t want him to have the appearance of being a stray.

We’ve only had him here since Monday, so he won’t be familiar to folks around here yet.

Some of them may have heard a new bark resonating in our valley. We think we’ve discovered a trigger that upsets him. He doesn’t like being tied on a short leash. Even though we were near him, he yelped until we fixed the situation. He was more satisfied being loose in the house and watching us through the windows than finding himself tied near us outside.

I got the labyrinth mowed using the push mower and also did some other cutting with the new zero-turn mower. Navigating slopes did not go well for me. I need to start cutting differently than I used to.

The landscape is ready for World Labyrinth Day tomorrow (Saturday). Cyndie will be baking treats today in preparation. The only thing left to make it a perfect day is out of our control: The weather. Hopefully, the 50/50 chance of precipitation will be in our favor until later in the afternoon.

While mowing the pathway of our north loop trail, I came upon a pheasant standing fully exposed in broad daylight. He calmly walked away from me as the tractor approached him for about 5-10 yards before turning and heading into the brush for cover.

I learned it is impossible to take a hand off one of the steering levers to take a picture while the mower is still rolling along. Playing ball with Asher is much easier for me than steering a zero-turn mower.



Written by johnwhays

May 5, 2023 at 6:00 am

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  1. He has some sick skills! Can’t wait to meet him!


    May 5, 2023 at 11:08 am

  2. That’s cute. I wonder if he had his own toys before? If not, maybe that’s why he holds the ball in his mouth. “This one’s mine! I don’t have to share it.”.
    The glitch in your video turned Asher into ‘Robot Dog’!


    May 5, 2023 at 8:38 am

    • He was fostered with other dogs. Maybe they challenged each other for possession of balls. He’s king of the castle now.
      Love it: “Robot Dog!” Thanks!


      May 5, 2023 at 10:22 am

  3. It looks like the playful lab of his gene mix coming out. It also looks like the “Hays” blood with a passion for floor hockey is coming out! 😀


    May 5, 2023 at 7:26 am

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