As Max bounded after the ball, he didn’t notice a group of squirrels watching him from a nearby tree. The squirrels, feeling mischievous, decided to have a little fun at Max’s expense.
One of the squirrels leaped down from the tree and grabbed the tennis ball in its tiny paws. Max, still running at full speed, was so focused on the ball that he didn’t notice the squirrel darting back up the tree with it.
Confused, Max looked around for the ball and couldn’t find it anywhere. That’s when he saw the squirrels up in the tree, chattering and teasing him with the ball.
Max barked and jumped, trying to get the squirrels to come down and give him back his precious ball. But the squirrels just laughed and tossed the ball back and forth between them, always staying just out of Max’s reach.
Finally, Max had had enough. He took a deep breath and let out the loudest, most ferocious bark he could manage. The squirrels, startled by the sudden noise, dropped the ball and scurried back up the tree.
Max grinned triumphantly as he retrieved his beloved tennis ball. From that day on, he made sure to keep a closer eye on his toys, knowing that mischievous squirrels were always on the prowl.