Our dogs do not fetch the newspaper. They do not deliver your fuzzy slippers, nor do they catch the ball. Throw a soft rubber ball for them to run after to retrieve and you’ll get a look that says, “you want me to do what?” Under their dog breath I hear a mumbled doggy version of: “Pendejo, you threw it, you go get it!” Toss a stick up ahead as you’re walking, it will go completely ignored. Fling a frisbee and it will become part of the landscape. Labs, Retrievers, Setters, they all love the game of fetch and catch. Tirelessly. Endlessly. Dolce and Amore – NOT! Not even close!
What they will run after is another pooch pursuing the thrown object. Throw some balls and immediately the other visiting mutts sprint over to play. Throw a stick, and Amore and Dolce will run after the dog running after the stick. The game is in following the other canines, not racing after the ball. We’ll take the girls to our dog park, lob some tennis balls their way and they’ll sit at our feet watching us, their heads cocked at an angle, inquiring with a puzzled look, “wha’cha doing?” As soon as another dog moseys’ over for some fun, the girls perk up, ready to chase the some tail. Much more fun than chasing a ball!
They will however chase after food. Chuck an apple twenty yards and Dolce is on it. Pitch some broccoli out in the field and it’s a race to grab it first. Drop a bread crumb and it doesn’t even hit the floor, gone and gobbled before you can bend down to pick it up. The one and only ball they will fetch and catch is a meatball! Lob, toss, fling, throw or drop a tasty, rolled meatball and it’s caught mid-air in one gulp, down the hatch and in the gullet. Eyes alert and on the “ball”, they are ready for the next toss. Ready to catch it! Ready to race after it! Ready to eat it! Any kind of meatball, any kind of meat. It’s the only fetch and catch they’ll play!
Be careful not to drop any on the floor!
- 1 lb. finely ground beef
- 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1/4 cup minced onions
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. pepper
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
Mix together the above ingredients. Gently roll into small 1″ to 1 1/2″ balls. Brown in hot oil. Add about 1/4 cup hot water. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Serve hot with slightly thickened pan gravy.