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Old 12-23-2012, 11:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Lexi has several toys that squeek. Her bear doesn not squeek anymore and is by far her favorite. I keep her toys up and they are only down when we are playing. Our other dog had a toy basket but seriously only played with one toy in the whole basket. I decided today that I would make a toy basket for Lexi. I put all her toys in it. She has one that she has picked out that still squeeks, but she pounces on it, throws it around, paws and it but makes crying noises the whole time she is playing with it. I have no idea what that is about. She always has done this with this toy only. It is soft, squeeks, and she like to play with it, but she gets very persistent with the crying noises. Any idea what could be up with this? She looks like she is having fun, why the noise?
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There is theory that squeaky toys are embodiments of a prey animal that is still alive - and therefore a toy that continues to squeak embodies prey that refuses to die even after it has been "killed" (think horrible unkillable zombies!). I don't know how true this is, but if it is making her anxious I think I would remove the squeaker and see if this makes her less anxious about it.
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Not sure what it might mean but at least she is playing with it. My one girl (Morgan) will take a chewie and carry it around the house crying as she hunts for a spot to stash. The first time she did this routine she scared me to death, I thought something was wrong with her. She sounded like she was in pain or something she sounded so pitiful! I warned my mom when she visited but she was still shocked when the crying started. Now I think it's kind of funny that she does this, but in the beginning boy I wanted to throttle her for giving me such a heart attack!
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Indy acts like that sometimes when she's really, really having fun with other dogs. I think it's just that she's having the time of her life and getting a bit overexcited, but same as you, the first few times I found it was a bit unnerving!
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The first time she started crying, dh and ds were convinced her mouth hurt. You should have seen the two of them trying to look in her mouth to check her out. The toy she does this with is by far the softest one of the bunch. I put it up for now until I can figure out how to de-sqeek it without tearing it up. She does get very enthusiastic with playing with it. I could see her trying to "kill" it!
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Matrix will whimper on occasion while playing with his favourite toy. I thought he was just weird, but it seems somewhat common.
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One of my coworker's golden retriever does this with just his one favorite toy. It doesn't squeak either. He loves it very much, is careful not to tear or otherwise damage it even though he rips everything else up. But he whimpers when he plays with it. I always thought it was because he was happy to be playing with it.
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Poppy and Sophy make little whimpering whines when they are playing a really good game of mouth wrestling - I always think of it as giggling!
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After playing with his friends at Doggie Daycare---Louie whimpers and cries when he is holding his Cucumber & Hedgehog toys. Those are happy sounds! At Daycare, he loves to hoard all of the toys and walk away from his friends and hope that they follow him.

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Winslow used to whimper, cry, wine and howl at his talking toys. He would pounce on them and howl. His favorite talking rooster would set him off howling. He seemed to have fun and was happy playing with his talking toys. He also howled like a wolf at the sound of a police siren, fire siren, ambulance siren and train whistle.
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