Our excellent study subject, Socks, likes to fetch his favorite toy multiple times. It looks like a stuffed felt fortune cookie. Today, while taking a break from deleting emails, I wondered if he could surpass his record number of 36 fetches. So I threw and he fetched. Threw, fetched, threw, fetched. . . At 34 rounds, a pain in my shoulder immobilized my arm and I told the boy as he dropped his fortune cookie at my feet — No more. Ah, the guilt I felt in not being able to let him break his own record.
The experiment will have to wait for another day or two or three.