Monday, 17 September 2007
Crime and Punishment
Here is another entry to 'Two Things Challenge'.
Eleanor has just started playing in a girls' football team and the other day I took Scamp along to watch.
Scamp does have a problem with stealing balls, and will regularly steal other dogs' balls (of course I always go and retrieve them). He does also sometimes try to run into a football game at the park and steal the ball, but I notice he chooses his targets very carefully, never the fully grown mens' games, only the little boys'.
I shouldn't really have taken him as I think he was frustrated at watching the ball pass to and fro in front of him for 45mins, so near yet so tantalisingly out of reach. He was also disconcerted at everybody jumping up and cheering as people scored a goal. I often try and see things from a dog's point of view and if you didn't understand the rules of football you would wonder why all of a sudden everyone jumped up and started cheering for, as you saw it, no reason. Anyway, he did pull from my grasp and run onto the pitch and hold up the game, alarming the girls. (This was not as bad as the time Tess ambled into a playgroup to find Eleanor). This was the second time he had done this as the previous Saturday I had just taken Eleanor and hadn't stayed, had let him off his lead on the way back home and he had run back to find Eleanor and invaded the pitch in the process. As you can see from the letter home he has been banned from going to further matches (No.6), in capitals to underline the seriousness of the matter.
This also works for 'Initiation/Termination' as Scamp's first football match was also his last.