Merlin sai eilen ison kopallisen uusia leluja. Mikähän niistä onkaan paras? No tietenkin... lelukoppa! Siinä on vastusta isompaankin painiotteluun. Sitä voi myös heittää seinään, kanniskella ympäriinsä, kaivaa, sen päälle voi heittää kuperkeikan ja siinä voi yrittää seistä päällään.

Koska Merlin on hyvin kätevä ja tekninen koira, oli lelukopasta yön aikana näprätty liukuesteet irti. Mikä ihme tuossa koirassa onkaan, että sen täytyy purkaa kaikki esineet osiin? Ja nytkin liukuesteet oli näprätty siististi irti, ilman naarmuakaan. Ei se mitään osiin purkamiaan juttuja siis syö, vaan näprää vaan kaikki irrotettavissa olevat osat erilleen. Jos Merlin olisi mies, olisi se varmasti insinööri.

Älykäs se kyllä on. Merlinistä tulee vielä todella viisas koira. Kun se aamulla klo 7.40 alkoi vinguttaa kaikista pahimman äänen omaavaa uutta lelua, sanoin sille tosi nätisti (kuin ihmiselle): Merlin, valitsepa joku muu lelu. Ja niin se teki.​

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Merlin got a big pile of new toys yesterday. Two big bags full of soft and stuffed toys - the kind that he doesn't have at all because he tears them up immediately. The same reason he still doesn't have a soft doggy bed, mattress or pillow. These toys were a gift from a friend who thought Merlin would like them – warm thanks. <3

I gave Merlin yesterday a big basket full of new toys (the rest of the new toys were put away for another day). Guess which Merlin finds the best of them all? The BASKET. He wretles the basket, digs it, carries it around and throws it on the wall. He even seems to try to stand on his head in it.

As Merlin is a very technical dog he had removed the basket's non-slip pads during the night. All four of them neatly next to each other on the floor in the morning, no chew marks on any of them. He is such a skilled boy. I am sure he would be an engineer if he was human.

Merlin seems to be an intelligent dog. I think he is going to become one of those very wise dogs who make excellent company when they grow up. This morning I woke up at 7.40 to the sound of Merlin playing with the loudest squeeky toy among the new ones. Just like talking to a person, I said: Merlin, try choosing another toy. And he did.