Maybe it’s because Rugby is a huge barker in general, but he has always liked really noisy toys. He seems to thrive on the loudest and most obnoxious sounds in his toys. And for whatever reason, those noises have never really bothered me a whole lot, I think because of the tremendous joy I see on his face when he is playing with a toy. Rugby loves toys. He really does…more so than any other dog I’ve ever owned.
Rugby has been a HUGE fan of polka dottie piggies since 2009. That’s when I saw that first adorable little blue toy with the goofy grin in a local store, and picked it up to see what kind of noise it made! Oh my goodness! These little pig toys honk and grunt just like the sounds I’ve heard real pigs make, and I stood in the toy aisle of the store, laughing out loud and not really caring if anyone heard me or not!
Initially, we only gave Rugby one pig toy. He had a good assortment of other toys, and I had never gotten him more than one of anything….I guess because the thought never occurred to me…the exception being tennis balls and Nylabone Wishbones. What I noticed, however, was that once Rugby made peace with his piggie, he consistently chose that specific toy over all of the others in his toy box. He was rarely seen without his piggie, and if I happened to put it away, he was looking for it, leaving his other toys behind.
It got to the point where I realized how much Rugby really did love these little piggie toys! And because I sometimes couldn’t find them in local stores, I decided that if they ever stopped selling or making them, my goose would be cooked, because Rugby was just smitten with that toy! The thought of disappointing him was too much for me, because he already had such a small world, and he was just crazy about his piggie toys!
So, when I found them, I got extras, and I let him have two, for which he was very pleased, and extremely happy! When he gets a new piggie, the very first thing he has to do is take it to his bed. He always takes anything that’s precious to him to his bed. And he lovingly licks it, and sniffs it and looks it over, just like a new mama does with a new baby….counting fingers and toes!
And then he grunts it, and grunts it, and grunts it some more. But not just any grunts, mind you. Rugby grunts his piggies like a celebrated cellist bringing out the various tones and sounds from his new piggie, almost like he’s playing a symphony with it. It’s almost like he enjoys listening to the new piggie, getting to know what the little nuances are in this new piggie’s voice that makes this one different from the others.
So, for your listening pleasure, is a Rugby James symphony played on the brand new, common orange polka dottie piggie. The last note is worth waiting for! Enjoy. And if you want a few encores, trust me….Rugby will happily comply!!