I took him out with me to run some errands today, and the poor fella had all sorts of bad luck.
First, he followed in the pawsteps of German Shepherds past when he pulled his head back inside the car but didn't get his ear clear as the power window was put up. Every one of my Shepherds has done that once or twice, and now Murphy has a little bare patch on the tip of HIS ear where the window got him. It'll grow back, but the loud yelp broke a few decibel records.
And then not ten minutes later, as I got out of the vehicle and specifically told him to stay out of the front seat, he stepped up into the front seats anyway, and put his paw down on top of my coffee cup, with predictable results. I was almost into the auto parts store when I heard that scream, signifying that someone had just dunked his paw into a hot cup of coffee.
Poor Murphy...he just was not having a good day.
So I took him to the park and we played with his toy. And here's a clip of him engaging in problem-solving when I "accidentally" toss his toy up onto the playset.
OK, I tossed it up there on purpose to see how long it would take him to figure out how to get it. And as you can see, it didn't take him long at all. He immediately realized that it was up there and found a way to go get it. Good boy!
He also contemplated the little twisty slide when I threw his toy down it, but wisely he decided that it probably wasn't his best option. He ran back to the steps and went around to get the toy. Smart dog.