After futile attempts, he gave up and found a piece of squash on the hay. It was a large chunk and he had to work a bit to pick it up. He tasted it and quickly decided that it paled in comparison to the peanut butter.
Moke moved towards mom and she collected him and climbed into the upper chute for some quiet solitude with her son. When Calaya was finished with the peanut butter-filled hose, she put it down. Only then was Moke allowed to take possession of the hose. You may wonder why we do not give Moke his own hose at this age. It is because it would barely touch his fingers before Calaya would snatch it up!
Rest assured, though, that we do manage to slip treats to Moke when mom is preoccupied with her own enrichment and treats.
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