Our dogs eat at the same time every afternoon. About fifteen minutes before that time, both of them stick like glue to my husband. We wondered how they could possibly know the time. Then we realized they didn't know the time, but were taking cues from our behavior. Almost every afternoon, my husband and I sit and watch "Law and Order" reruns. [OK, so we don't have a life!] It occurred to us that the dogs began to recognize that when both of us were sitting together in the afternoon, supper would soon follow. I do think they recognize the "Law and Order" theme music, and I know they understand when the commercials come on.
Lucy lies sleeping, knowing that Ellie is keeping watch right underfoot.
The instant my husband starts to put on his shoes, both dogs come alive, watching him eagerly.
Ellie stands right by his side as if to remind him that it is dinnertime.
Lucy, on the other hand, flies down the stairs to wait for them.
Each dog gets a cup of food. Lucy always jumps on the table to watch, while Ellie sticks next to the food bin.
Ellie eats like a normal, proper dog.
Lucy has a special food dish, designed to slow down the manner in which she gulps her food. (The gulping often causes her GI discomfort.) She had become so expert at wrapping her tongue around the nubs of the dish that we still have to feed her the one cup of food in three portions. Otherwise she will still eat too fast.
She has a very skilled tongue and learned to conquer the obstacles too quickly.
She has to sit and wait for another third of her portion.
The duration of the entire session is less than five minutes. But the new dish is working. Lucy has not had any GI problems since we started using it. Both dogs will have a little adjustment to do when we return to Standard Time.
This weekend is very special here in town. After all, we are in Transylvania County and pull all stops when it comes to celebrating Halloween.
Whatever you plan to do, please have a safe and happy weekend. If you haven't already voted early, don't forget to vote.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND, EVERYONE