PEOPLE WOULD BE IN BETTER SHAPE if they modeled their lives after dogs. Well, mostly anyway. If given a chance to run, chase, pursue, leap, or sprint, most dogs will go for it with a level of commitment that is quite dazzling. Now, this doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll do so with much grace, style, or even skill. But they will go for it.
Chasing balls was, without a doubt, one of Watson’s favorite passions. There were times when the look on his face told the story: “This is so great! I’m going to play until I cough up my spleen! Then, I’ll probably stop.” On one occasion, it wasn’t his spleen that gave him pause, but a toenail that he’d torn. Badly. Off to the veterinarian.
With his paw solidly wrapped up, it was obvious that Watson was more than willing to go full bore again. But we wouldn’t let him; we had our orders from his vet, after all. During his recovery, he settled for chasing rubber bones around the soft carpet. It seemed like he could tell from our body language that, while we certainly wanted him to play, we wanted him to do so carefully. Clearly, it wasn’t quite the same.
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