Salisbury, MD—After taking a break, local dog Julius requested his owner let him outside in order to locate the tennis ball his owner had pretended to throw almost a month ago.
Last month Julius had been playing fetch when his owner, Michael Donaldson, ended the session by pretending to throw the ball. Julius searched for the fictional ball for several minutes in vain, and has since spent most of his outside time trying to locate it.
He had been searching earlier today when Donaldson called him back inside. After getting some water and taking a nap, he feels refreshed and ready to return to the hunt.
“I did not find the ball yet today,” Julius told a reporter for the Post, “but I think I know where it is, so I will keep looking.”
After Donaldson let Julius out once again into the 100×200-ft fenced in back yard, Julius headed for a spot he’d only searched 20 times so far and went to work, nose to the ground.
Watching through the blinds, Donaldson isn’t sure what to think of Julius’s behavior.
“Yeah, it’s weird,” said Donaldson. “He’s been wanting to go out a lot recently, but a lot of times he doesn’t even tinkle. He just sniffs around the perimeter for a while until I call him back in.”
Julius believes that this has become a team effort.
“Master is very mindful of my health,” Julius says. “He makes sure I take lots of breaks and come in to rest after I’ve been searching for a while. I am sure that together, we will find this ball.”
Though Donaldson has played fetch with him many times since then, Julius doesn’t want to give up.
“I am happy that Master keeps an extra ball around so that we can play fetch in the meantime. But I am sure he spent a great deal of human money on that other ball, so I will find it, and we will play catch with that one too!”