Our shepherd/border collie mix Ranger never ceases to amaze. A soccer ball that ended up in our yard courtesy the kids next door led to me tossing it in Rangerâ€™s direction Saturday, which revealed her rather amazing and consistent inate ability to â€œtossâ€ it back to me.
I say “inate” because how she immediately and repeatedly responded to a large ball being tossed directlyÂ at her head isn’t something we taught her. Nor is it something dogs typically know. In fact, I’d wager that if I tossed a ball at 100 random dogs’ heads for the first time, a few larger breeds might try to catch it in their mouths, but the rest would shy away from the projectile and none would do what Ranger did.
So weâ€™re not only at a complete jaw-dropped loss as to how she picked up such a behavior, but also how itâ€™s so second nature for her.
Perhaps she’s part seal?