Lucky likes to chase apples as much... or more... than chasing a ball. Maybe he likes the taste!
I've decided that he is a Norwegian Elkhound. Here's a photo.... what do you think? The indoor photo is a different dog but is a representative photo of a Norwegian Elkhound. Looks a lot like Lucky
I think he's pretty smart, but the breed standard is supposed to be just average. I've seen him catch sight of a ball or toy in the small dog section over at Silver Springs park and then realize he has to run down to the water, swim around the end of the fence and then come back out if he wants that toy.
Obviously he can't read (I think!) but he knows that space is for the small dogs and he's not allowed in it.