In the snow, Rocky was prancing with the ball that he had won. He tossed his ball, his head, and his body every which way. He worked the ball until it was dead, then tossed it, and then tossed it some more. Taunting his foe.
Heh. It's not too often that Rocky beats Friday to the ball, and he played it up way better that I could possibly describe.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
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In the snow, Rocky was prancing with the ball that he had won. He tossed his ball, his head, and his body every which way. He worked the ball until it was dead, then tossed it, and then tossed it some more. Taunting his foe.

Pictures?
Heh. It's not too often that Rocky beats Friday to the ball, and he played it up way better that I could possibly describe.

Whatta ham!
Suja
In the snow, Rocky was prancing with the ball that he had won. He tossed his ball, his head, and his body every which way. He worked the ball until it was dead, then tossed it, and then tossed it some more. Taunting his foe.

LOL! Sounds like me trying to get Toklat to be toy motivated!

LOOK WHAT I HAVE! ISN'T IT GREAT! WOW, WHAT A GREAT BALL.
In the snow, Rocky was prancing with the ball that he had won. He tossed his ball, his head, and ... to the ball, and he played it up way better that I could possibly describe. Matt. Rocky's a Dog.

You just had to mention snow didn't you .. At least the frost has set in so the mud isn't so bad anymore. But we still want snow !
Lone
Heh. It's not too often that Rocky beats Friday to the ball, and he played it up way better that I could possibly describe.

What did Friday do?
Fly, being faster than a speeding bullet, always beats Solo to the toy, if they're both going for the same toy and Solo doesn't want it that badly. If he wants it badly, Fly doesn't dare beat him to it because, despite the fact that Solo appears to follow Fly's lead out in public or in situations where he is unsure, he's clearly top dog in their interpersonal relations.

Fly has been known to beat Solo to the toy, and then toss it so him so that she can enjoy watching him play with it. She likes to watch.

Solo has been known to squeak the toy in Fly's face just to get her all excited because he knows that she likes to watch. I think he finds her little freak-out dance as amusing as I do.
Once, Fly went for a toy that Solo really wanted, and he grabbed her by the facial hair and started slamming her against the wall. Fly started squealing, "Ow ow ow!" but Solo was really mad and didn't let up. I'm not a supporter of domestic violence, so I pulled him off of her, let him know that I didn't think that was very cool, and then gave him the toy once he said he was really sorry, since Fly normally defers to Solo about toys. Still not sure if I handled that correctly.
Would Rocky have beat Friday to the ball, pre-epilepsy?

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In the snow, Rocky was prancing with the ball that he had won. He tossed his ball, his head, and his body every which way. He worked the ball until it was dead, then tossed it, and then tossed it some more. Taunting his foe.

I love it. Coda has always been a prancer, however with Bodhi around he will flaunt just how great he thinks the toy is. Making all sorts of noises, tail up high, prancing around with the toy (especially if it's a flingy type toy like his kong on a rope). He will literally take squeaky toys and stick them right in Bodhi's face and squeaksqueaksqueak tease him with it. Sometimes he just sticks the toy in his face, sometimes he does his bulldozer imitation, toy in mouth, squeaking it the whole way. (He knows the terms, "Squeak It!" and makes the toys talk)
Heh. It's not too often that Rocky beats Friday to the ball, and he played it up way better that I could possibly describe.

Good for Rocky!
Coda almost always beats Bodhi to the toy. But, that is because Bodhi lets him. He'd rather chase Coda afterward while he's prancing and steal it. He's considerably faster, and corners much better than Coda. When he steals it, he runs around in large circles with his head cranked back to watch Coda chasing after. You can almost see the "Ha ha! I got yer toy!" grin on his face. (He doesn't watch where he's going very well, too busy watching Coda, and has run into me a couple of times!)
If* on the rare occasion that Bodhi gets to the toy first, Coda runs up and tells him in his own special way, "You'd better not be even *thinking of picking that toy up, little black brat." ("Raaraaraa...") He's never gotten really crappy about it, but so far Bodhi relents when Coda fusses at him.
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freak-out dance as amusing as I do.
Once, Fly went for a toy that Solo really wanted, and he grabbed her by the facial hair and started ... he was really sorry, since Fly normally defers to Solo about toys. Still not sure if I handled that correctly.

Hmm. I would definitely agree with the breaking it up. I've had the occasional episode like that with Rocsi and Morag (though in their case, it's mutual, and neither one will let up), and my response is to grab them by the scruffs, pull them apart, and say "Knock it off!" . They do. (There is never any attempt to do harm involved, just lots of noise-making, snapping, and shoving.)
Usually, scuffles occur when Rocsi is being Serious about something, and Morag interferes.
Scuffles over possession of toys/bones did happen a few times when Rocsi was little; in those cases I TOOK the bone of contention. Generally, I'd give it back to whoever had it first about five minutes later, giving the other one a similar object at the same time.
Now, when Morag takes toys away from Rocsi just to prove she can, and Rocsi lets her- which does happen quite a bit- my usual response is to let Mw play for a minute; then I ask her to give me the toy, return it to Rocsi, and give Mw a different toy.
All of these responses were instinctive, but since in all cases they've been effective (behaviour stopped immediately, lessened long-term, has never escalated) I have to presume that my instincts were correct. Thinking about it, I'm inclined to say that I'm sending the message that *I* am ultimately the one in charge, both of how far they're allowed to go with each other and in charge of the resource.
Sounds to me like the same message was sent in your episode.
In the snow, Rocky was prancing with the ball that he had won. He tossed his ball, his head, and ... often that Rocky beats Friday to the ball, and he played it up way better that I could possibly describe.

Yay Rocky! This one put a big smile on my face that won't easily be erased this morning.
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Heh. It's not too often that Rocky beats Friday to the ball, and he played it up way better that I could possibly describe.

SheBop doesn't deign to even notice Shammie's tennis ball; Sham patronizes SheBop by feigning total disinterest in a bumper.
GreeGree has thrown a monkey wrench into the ritual, but as her legs are about a fourth the length of the big girls', she doesn't often get there first to steal their toy and run away. Although, as The Gree points out each time she does, it only takes once to change the game from fetch to keep away!
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