Missing the Obvious

An Easter tradition at my house is an egg hunt for Darling Doggie Dallas.

Like so:

It's in here somewhere!

It’s in here somewhere!

I shoo him outside (weather permitting), then tuck tiny dog treats into a dozen or so plastic eggs and hide them for him to find. When I let him back in, he races around the house, sniffing out treats, breaking into the eggs, and making me squeal with glee.

It’s fun and noisy!

But something outside caught his attention this year, and he paused to gaze out the window — missing what was “hidden” right beneath his nose.

Aren’t we all a bit like that at times?!

Where's that last egg, Mama??

Where’s that last egg, Mama??

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25 thoughts on “Missing the Obvious

  1. “then tuck tiny dog treats into a dozen or so plastic eggs and hide them for him to find. When I let him back in, he races around the house, sniffing out treats, breaking into the eggs, and making me squeal with glee.”

    Oh, Debbie, how precious! Yes, that would make me squeal with delight as well!

    “But something outside caught his attention this year, and he paused to gaze out the window — missing what was “hidden” right beneath his nose.”

    Bwhahahahahahaha! OMG, that photograph is so CUTE!

    And let me tell ya, if Dallas were my dog, I would be hugging and kissing him all the time because is absolutely adorable!

    Thanks for sharing such a sweet post, my friend!

    X to you and Dallas

    • Aw, gee, glad you liked it, Ron! And I know just what you mean about fighting the temptation to hug and kiss on him all day long — he’s just a hugging sort of dog! Domer is forever telling me — when I complain about Dallas getting on my nerves — that “all he needs is more hugs.” Yeah, right. Hard to work at home with all that going on, ha!! Hope your week is shaping up nicely!

    • Love the picture of you sitting by Dallas — and he does, too! Oscar is adept at hide-and-seek also?? Aren’t they just the cleverest doggies in the world?! Dallas, of course, has to be careful when he turns his head NOT to slam it into the furniture (I think he sometimes forgets he has a nose, ha!)

  2. Such Fun. And yes guilty as charged. My pups love to play hide and seek, too! You know the same game can be played with car keys, phones, and other various and sundry objects. It keeps their mind sharp and in a pinch can be useful. Start with a reward on the object and once Dallas gets the idea reward after the object has been located.

    • Great idea — thanks! He’s so smart, I’m sure he’d pick it up fast. When Domer’s home, he likes to play Hide-and-Seek with Dallas. Talk about a NOISY game then, ha! Especially since it’s my “job” to help Dallas do the finding without giving away Domer’s hidey-spot!!

  3. Awww! I love that how you connected the doggie Easter hunt to our own unperceptive actions – mind you, I’d rather have chocolate in the eggs I find than dog treats hehe :) I find the obvious is just that, it seems too easy sometimes to us and so we don’t pay attention to it. Well I’ll pay attention to the message in your post then! Have a great weekend ahead, sweet Debbie <3

    • I’m glad you can relate to this one, dear Christy! Yes, too often, I’m afraid, we completely overlook the obvious. Whether we’re trying to read a “secret” message into something, or whether we just don’t hear the words, we can miss what’s right beneath our noses. Here’s to celebrating the obvious — here’s to a fabulous weekend, too!

    • When we got Dallas, Domer was too old for egg hunts, but he wasn’t too old to hide them for others. Dallas got to be our guinea pig. When it turned out to be so much fun, we just kept it up. Hope your sis’s dog enjoys them as much as we all do!!

  4. What an adorable idea! Does he ever try to eat the plastic egg or chew on it? I’d be afraid that Oliver might want to do that. Nevertheless, I love that you do that for Dallas, and may have to try it myself. I can hear all the squealing now. Only it’s coming from me! Lol. ;)

    • Dallas is a food kind of guy, Monica. He’s not particularly interested in the “trappings,” just what’s inside. I don’t know how other dogs would react, but I suspect most of them would need to be taught (as Dallas did). At first, he didn’t “get” the idea that he was supposed to sniff out the eggs, break into them, and enjoy the treats. Once that was established (with a lot of encouragement from us — and a bit of actual pointing out of location!), he was all for it — and I was pleased to see that this year, he actually remembered from the get-go!!

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