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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-04-2015, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
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Just Like A Kid!

Several nights ago, I was playing ball with Newlie in the house. I was sitting on the floor and he was lying close by and I was bouncing the ball to him and he would catch it in his mouth and lob it back. That part is not unusual. Anyway, I think by accident at one point he hit it with his nose and it came back to me. I made a big deal out of it and so that night and the next night, we had a pretty good little volleyball game going. Last night I decided I was going to try to do a little video of it and Newlie would not hit it with his nose for love or money. Just like a kid, you try to film them doing something cute and they won’t do it!
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McCoy can keep a balloon going by bopping it up in the air with his nose. But how in the heck did you get Newlie to lob the ball back? Thats impressive!
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Reminds me of that series of movies about the golden retriever that played basketball and other sports!Can't remember the name

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It wasn’t anything I deliberately taught him, if he learned it at all from me it was by accident. I really think maybe he lived in a home before I got him because some of the things he knows are not things that I feel like I taught him. Like lobbing the ball or acting like a goalie at a soccer game. He will stand there waiting for me and watching every move I make and then when I kick or roll the ball to him, he slaps his big paw down to try to keep it from getting past him.
We don’t know much about Newlie’s past. He was found as a stray, ended up in a high-kill shelter and was pulled by a rescue group. The rescue had him about a month before we adopted him. I don’t think he could have been on the street for long because he wasn’t sick, didn’t have parasites and was only slightly underweight. The rescue people had a suspicion that maybe he was a breeder dog but I honestly don’t think so. He knows too many things that dogs wouldn’t have been taught in that kind of environment.
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Reminds me of that series of movies about the golden retriever that played basketball and other sports!Can't remember the name
Air Buds!

That reminds me, I want to see if I can find one of those little kid basketball goals and see if Newlie will learn to make a basket!
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