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Wimbledon for dogs

June 28, 2013

Tennis is fascinating. No, really. That little yellow ball whizzing about on the television (and local lad Andy Murray whizzing about too). We could watch it for hours., 28.6.13-1



Unless you want to play a ball game of our own, of course?, 28.6.13-2




(Our endlessly energetic young cocker spaniel also starred in Tarka the puppy discovers snow.)

13 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2013 9:55 pm

    Those expressions tell of bated breath, suspense and appreciation of the finer points of the game.
    Is it only tennis, or do rugby and football get similar reactions?

    • June 28, 2013 11:26 pm

      Oh yes, they are true aficionados of lawn tennis. Rugby is mildly interesting, mostly because of their master’s antics while watching it (much leaping off sofa and shouting at the telly when Scotland is playing). We are not a footballing household, so I couldn’t say whether the dogs have a grasp of the offside rule.

      • June 30, 2013 9:48 am

        Sounds like our household when Scotland is playing in rugby – much male tribal behaviour. Come to think of it, I don’t think a football match has ever been on TV in our house – or only for a nanosecond before the channel is switched to something more interesting.
        We’ve never had any sport-watching pets – as a city & working full-time household we chose not to have pets apart from a hamster stage, and they weren’t much interested in Wimbledon. I would have been rather spooked if they had been.
        I have been watching Wimbledon, but now it’s shunted aside for my true love – Le Tour de France.

  2. June 28, 2013 11:13 pm

    How funny. Our dog loves to watch birds on TV or dogs running – once their image leaves the screen, she runs to look around back of the set to see if they are there.
    Golf, though holds no interest for her.
    Have a nice weekend

    • June 28, 2013 11:29 pm

      Hah, I just love it when dogs run around the back like that! I remember our last spaniel trying to find the cheetah that had dashed offscreen as David Attenborough waxed lyrical.
      Golf: time for a nap. 🙂
      Have a good weekend!

  3. June 28, 2013 11:47 pm

    They do not look very impressed. Was it a boring match?

    • June 29, 2013 6:47 pm

      On the contrary. I’m sure they were just deep in concentration at this moment. 😉

  4. June 29, 2013 11:09 am

    (Our two were snoozing while Andy played yesterday, but perhaps they’ll pay more attention as the tournament progresses.)

  5. Erika W. permalink
    June 30, 2013 9:32 pm

    Our black and white cat, Pancho, spends Wimbledon lurching from the top of the TV set. He knows that one day he will be able to catch that pesky yellow ball. The other two don’t even seem aware of the action on screen.

  6. July 1, 2013 8:34 pm

    I’m chortling here, DB. That top picture is a study in absorption. 🙂 Isn’t Tarka a bonny dog?

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