Adorable, no? Boarder-line angelic, no? Kissable, no? More stubborn than a prom queen looking for the "just right" shade of lip gloss to match her Britney Speers pink ensemble? YES.
Its not uncommon for a dog to throw up if their stomach stays empty for too long. It is very manageable as long as you make sure he gets something to eat at the right times. If I am not to be held prisoner in my house of puke I have to convince Buster to eat on my schedule. The common scenario is I want to go out to eat and I have to make sure he eats before I leave because:
a - he's staying at home and I know he refuses to eat if someone is not there or
b - I'm taking him with me and he lacks the foresight to know that he will not be partaking of the kibble until we get back home.
We usually play a little game of chase the kibble. I sit on the floor next to his bowl and toss out a few pieces of food at a time for him to "hunt down" and eat. This usually requires a lot of animation on my part to convince him it is fun and that the food is not arsenic and should be eaten. It is usally quite sucessful.
Last night we (my cousins / roommates and I) reached a new all time low. The great and mighty "Boston canine of prey" game was not working and we were hungry. We were reduced to sticking our faces in his bowl acting like we coveted his crunchy morsels like chocolate. He still wouldn't fall for it. I picked up the bowl and proceed to offer some to all present but him. All of us making loud smacking noises fighting over the bowl as if we couldn't get enough. He looked up at us like an 8 year old gazing at birthday cake he can't touch. I waved it in front of his face to see that he was curious about what could be so tasty in his bowl. I wasn't going to give in just yet....I knew he had the full potential of taking one bite realizing the ruse and walking away. I used my ultimate trump card. I dipped a human...HUMAN...spoon into the kibble and brought it to my lips in pure ecstasy. Only then did I relinquish this newly fond manna.
He scarfed it down in 3.5 seconds......
I think he does it just to get a dinner and show.
(Crossposted on my journal)