Teddy, the Bone Hunter

I’m not sure if you know, but The Bear is a champion bone hunter. How do I know? Well, he showed up at the Brentwood Doggie Bone Hunt on Saturday morning with his ears all perked up, tail wagging madly and his sniffer ready for some serious sniffing. And when the bone hunt supervisors literally released the hounds, The Bear dominated the expansive green space with bones strewn left and right like a boss.

Need proof? Watch and be wowed.

Did you catch the part at the end there where we thought Teddy was choking on a bone? Yeah, he kind of always forgets to chew when he’s excited.

So if you haven’t already figured it out, the Brentwood Doggie Bone Hunt is an annual event, where dog lovers bring their four-legged children to Memorial Park on a Saturday morning in the spring. Bones (treats) are placed all throughout the grass. When the dogs are given the go-ahead, owners walk out into the grass with their leashed pooches, encouraging the dogs to sniff out the bones and eat them on the spot. There are also brightly-colored plastic eggs with more treats inside for owners to pick up and stash away.

It usually lasts for about 15 or 20 minutes. And at the end of the hunt, they announce the winners of the raffle prizes (which I’m happy to say The Bear won one of this year — a stash of treats and a portable water bowl).

The one thing Teddy does not enjoy about this annual event is the Easter bunny that always shows up. Bears don’t understand the concept of a large super fuzzy something or other dressed up as one of the many things they like to chase in the backyard. So naturally, Teddy proceeded to give him the death stare and sound his vocal alarm whenever Mr. Rabbit walked his way. At least we know that if a robber dressed in a bunny costume ever tried to lay a finger on our house, The Bear would handle him like a pro.

This was Teddy’s third consecutive bone hunt (see last year’s photos here), and I’m sure this won’t be his last. We get such a kick out of watching him use his sniffer for something fun. And fun is truly what it is. Unlike that aggressive egg hunting nonsense that’s been making headlines these days. All the dogs at the Doggie Bone Hunt combined are probably more well-behaved than these parents.

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