Last weekend we attended the Michigan Chesapeake Bay Retriever Club’s annual fun day.  It was held at a picnic shelter in a state park.  Since we are a dog club, it was a dog friendly event.  Club member Leslie came up with the idea of apple bobbing for the dogs.

It went something like this:

chesapeake bay retriever apple bobbing

chesapeake bay retriever apple bobbing

chesapeake bay retriever apple bobbing

chesapeake bay retriever apple bobbing

chesapeake bay retriever apple bobbing

The dogs had a blast apple bobbing.  It was a picnic game just for them.  You could really see the thought wheels turning as the dogs sized up the best way to “get it”.  For some of the dogs we tossed the apples into the tub to encourage them to “fetch”.

Then there was Frank.

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Frank

Frank just happens to be Storm’s grandson.  He dove into the apple bobbing with all the abandonment of a puppy.

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Frank Trying To Get The Apple
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Can’t Reach
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So Close
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Frank Working It While Grandma Storm Gives Advice From The Sideline

So how did the brown dawgs do?

Thunder carefully calculated how to grab the apples.  He had the game figured out in no time.

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Thunder

Freighter took one look and said: “I’m not doing that!”

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Freighter

I think Storm had the most fun of all.

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Storm Picking The Apple She Wants

Because once she got them out, she grabbed bites out of the apples.

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Yummy

Thanks Leslie for such an entertaining game.

After the humans ate lunch, it was off to the lake with the dogs for some water training.  I will have those pictures in another post.

7 thoughts on “Apple Bobbing Doggie Style

  1. We’ve seen that before, but having zero retriever in our blood, we have no interest. It’s fun to see little Frank working on the project!

  2. oh what a fab event… grandson Frank is beautiful!!! do you think it could be an idea to have an apple bobbing for phenny to encourage him to like water? … bet he probably thinks the same like Freighter LOL

  3. I bet that was really fun and to see the different ways each tried. I would never thought of that as a dog game. Looks like they all had fun (except Freighter)

  4. That is so much fun! Great pictures, I entertained bobbing for hot dogs at my fun day but I like the apples better as they would be less Likly to eat them.

  5. Good job, Storm! What fun for the dogs. I know Luke would absolutely love that. I’m going to have to get some apples for him to try this fall!

  6. Hello Friends! It has been way, way too long since I stopped by your blog – And this evening when I was going through my blog-list, I thought I would to let you know that I’m thinking about you! I hope all is well, and your summer ended on a good note! And by the way, I LOVE the apple-bobbing. I don’t know if the Goldens could figure it out, but we have a chocolate lab right now that I know could! 🙂

    Take care, and enjoy your weekend!

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