The Ball Stays Outside

Tucker loves to play ball. He lives to play ball.

Tucker from Life with Dogs and Cats with his favorite ball

Tucker with his favorite outdoor ball– the squeaky one. (He has three in case one gets lost.)

He would chase that squeaky, shlorby orb morning noon and night if he could convince someone to throw it for him.

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you want to do is play ball and I'll be there to throw it again

It doesn’t matter whether he’s in the yard or in the family room, Tucker is always happy to spew a ball at the closest person and wait for the throw.

In order to keep his hobby obsession from destroying the interior of our house, we have different balls for different locations: inside balls and outside balls. The outside ones stand up to being tossed around the yard collecting dirt and saliva–and the inevitable coating consisting of a sloppy mixture of the two.

The indoor balls are softer and less destructive, though they do get a bit slippery.

Tucker is not allowed to bring an outdoor ball inside–and he knows it. But when it’s time to come in, he carries that ball with him right up to the last minute.

I recorded the short (40 second) video of him below, once again hoping to bring the ball inside. The clip amuses me partly because of his reaction, but also comparing his appearance to that of Lilah and Jasper who come to the door so neat and tidy, followed by scruffy, muddy Tucker–and his ever-present ball.


Does your pet have different toys for inside and outside?

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14 Comments on "The Ball Stays Outside"

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  1. yep, there are inside toys and outside toys and Cole sometimes disagrees with me on which are which. He loves his duck best right now, so he takes care of it. He wants to collect sticks on walks, and bring them inside too. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  2. OMD, your dogs are just so cute, they just kill me. Love the video – so cute. Hope springs eternal to bring the ball inside! Rita has a stick that she’s not allowed to bring inside (she loves that stupid stick). I had to do a Mon. Mischief post once when she managed to sneak it inside so she could chew on it from the comfort of her bed. (So funny that you just left a comment on P.S. cuz I had JUST been on my way over to your blog!)

  3. The photos are awesome, we have inside balls and outside balls too and they each end up in the wrong place.

  4. I love the photo line up through all the seasons. My previous dog was obsessed with his ball. Max, not so much. He likes me to throw it and will run right past it and keep going

  5. easy rider says:

    how bad Tucker…. your mom noticed the illegal immigrant… hmmm well maybe next time? I have a prehistoric ball to what has to stay outside… butt I always try my luck too :o)

  6. Kitties Blue says:

    That was so super cute and funny. Mom wants to know if he will drop it on his own or if you always have to remind him? When our humans had doggies, they like frisbees best. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  7. Daisy says:

    What a sweet little character Tucker is! I love it when dogs have special toys they just can’t be without. Daisy doesn’t have outdoor toys – she has no use for the outdoors besides going for walks. She makes it very well known that walks are fine and visits to new places are okay too (until she decides she’s DONE with exploration), but when at home she wants to be indoors. Period. Go figure.

  8. Earl Lover says:

    We have that sort of indoor outdoor rule here too!

    And I LOVE Tucker – isn’t he a character and a sweetheart – not to mention a real beauty 🙂

    Woofs from Earl, Ethel and I at Earl’s World!

  9. Sandy says:

    Tucker is adorable, even if he does the sad “I would like to bring my outside ball inside please” look

  10. Jen Gabbard says:

    I love Tucker so much 🙂 He’s such a character, and he reminds me of my own little trouble maker Laika.

  11. Brian Frum says:

    Poor Tucker really would love to bring that ball inside. But he did make us smile!

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