Little Togo and his fav ball
The girls always in deference of Togo
Kid has an assortment of toys, of course, but Togo has had no interest in most of them. Except for this lot of little brightly colored balls which he's constantly trying to collect and hoard.
Kid's colorful balls
He picked up a little blue ball, and immediately Togo sprang up and went to bully him into surrendering it. Babies are essentially self-centered creatures, for they are in the center of their limited world. Kid didn't want to give up the ball, and Togo tried to take it from his hand**, puzzled that Kid is not backing down like the girls usually do. It was interesting to watch the clash of egos, both staring eye to eye, being the same height, haha. Kid then threw down the ball and laughed gleefully when Togo danced maniacally around it. So Togo kept the ball and played with it after that.
Togo victorious with the blue ball
Uh-oh. Now you should know that taking anything from Kid while he's focused on it will set him off in a whine. Kid set off after Togo, whingeing his most annoying whine. He tried taking the ball from Togo but Togo fended him off. Kid then when into full tantrum, stamping his foot and whining whining whining whining whining whining ...
Two annoying minutes later Kid is still whining and stamping his foot. I wanted to intercede but I thought to let it be, partly from interest, and partly from trying to ignore Kid and teach him that tantrums don't get you your way. So kid annoyingly continued on stamping and whining whining whining whining
And Togo rolled the ball back to Kid.
Kid happily took the blue ball and continued playing. I think Togo gave up the ball just to make him stop the terrible noise. I laughed so hard at this - Togo the tyrant finally met a tyrant to match!
* Alpha dog, that is. In this house I am the Alpha. You should never let your dog be the alpha in your family, in your place.
** Under very close supervision. Regardless of how much you trust your dogs, they still have teeth so always be careful around kids.