Sonny has been back with me for almost 13 days and he is doing very well. He warmed up to be almost immediately, and is back to licking my face, play-snuggling, and just running about like the goofy dog that he is. Sonny has always been semi-interested in playing fetch, and he's not biased towards tennis balls -- he wants me to throw whatever toy has caught his attention at the time, regardless of what it is. So he's been bringing me the rope tug toy, the Kong Wubba, tennis balls, and these tennis-ball-sized squeaky toys that are shaped like gummy bears. I've been throwing everything he drops for me to throw and he's been having a blast doing it.
But last night when I came home from work, it was different. Sonny didn't want to just fetch the rope toy, he wanted to TUG. He ran towards me, rope dangling from his mouth, and he was prancing his little paws around, instigating me to grab the rope. The moment I grabbed on, he started walking backwards with the rope, attempting to tug. I was encouraging him to tug and play and he started to tug back, tail wagging like crazy the whole time.
So, of course, I captured it on video just so I could see the difference from earlier on... in the beginning, if you went to grab the rope toy while he had it, he would drop it immediately and run the other way. Now, he's playing tug and waiting around for me to throw it for him, too.
Last night, before bed, Sonny got a case of the zoomies and was running around like a madman, wiggling and jumping around with toys in his mouth. We were in a different room than the rope toy, but he discovered the Kong Wubba in the corner and he and Sugar began playing tug. I turned to watch, and he stopped immediately. I thought I'd ruined the moment and he was done playing....
But he only stopped playing for a moment. Then he wagged his tail in full-speed Sonny fashion, and latched onto the Wubba harder. Then he proceeded to use the Wubba to drag Sugar towards me, where he placed the bit of toy that was not occupied by a dog's mouth directly into my hand. He wagged his tail, full wiggle-butt style, and waited patiently.
So, although he was enjoying playing with Sugar, he really wanted to play with ME.