Saturday, April 30, 2011
You were playing with my favorite toy and I wanted it.
Karen Jo: Herman, you have 12 or so of those favorite toys.
But you only get them out one at a time.
Karen Jo: You still didn't have to whap Emma over it.
You were tossing toys to Emma and she was playing with all of them for a little while, then waiting for the next one. The last one you tossed her was one of my favorite balls. She was playing and playing with it. I decided that I wanted it and I whapped her.
Emma: I hissed at you, but then I jumped up on the sofa to get away from you.
That was exactly what I wanted to happen. I got the ball and started playing with it.
Karen Jo: If you had waited for another minute or two, Emma would probably have stopped playing with the ball and you could have had it without whapping her.
But I wanted it right then. I didn't hurt her or anything.
Karen Jo: At least you mostly get along. You got Emma to play THoE with you this morning.
That was fun. I chased Emma down the hall into Mom's bedroom. Then I crouched down at the foot of the bed and started teasing Emma with my paw, waving it at her.
Emma: I crouched down at the side of the bed and started doing my wiggle-butt.
When I saw Emma was ready to pounce, I started running up the hall.
Emma: When I saw Herman running, I chased him all the way up the hall. I like it that I can chase him now sometimes and not always be the one being chased.
I had been trying to get you to chase me back for weeks. It just took you a while to catch on that chasing me back was part of the game.
Karen Jo: I love seeing Herman and Emma playing together. Emma has been so good for Herman. He has even started playing with his toys by himself again. He had stopped playing unless I played with him and even then his interest flagged quickly. Now he will sometimes spot a ball and start batting it around and chasing it. Tonight he even joined in playing with Da Bird. They weren't trying to catch it together, but I would swing it near Emma for a while and let her play with it, then I would swing it near Herman and he would play with it, too. He hasn't played with Da Bird in a long time.