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16 September 2005 @ 03:31 pm
look what I can make her do  
Kiss those lips

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.

Happy cuz someone's cookin'

(Crossposted on my journal)
saltinesgirl on September 16th, 2005 03:50 pm (UTC)
I feel so vindicated.

My dog refuses to eat from time to time. I didn't want to change her food, since she's got allergies. I tried everything! I tried pretending that I was going to eat it. I tried showing her that Truman, the pug, was going to eat it. Finally, she get MAGIC SPRINKLES. What are MAGIC SPRINKLES? Water from my glass that keep by the sink. She loves it.

I'm so glad I'm not the only one.

Elevated718elevated718 on September 16th, 2005 04:00 pm (UTC)
hahahahaha magic sprinkles. Thank goodness we have found these tricks. Could you imagine if we had no final resort to resort to?
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Elevated718elevated718 on September 16th, 2005 04:01 pm (UTC)
I'm just glad other people can relate because sometime I think I am loony for succumbing to such foolish bribery:P
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Elevated718elevated718 on September 16th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
They can't control the TV so they just use us for entertainment :P
corinne davinacorinnadavina on September 16th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
Emma used to be like that with her dry food. She would not eat it unless I fed it to her piece by piece. My brother just started to pretend to eat it and she would run over and eat it, so he couldn't get it. She still refuses to eat out of a bowl but I put handfuls on the floor for her to eat.
Elevated718elevated718 on September 16th, 2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
The bowl is just a temporary holding spot in our house too. He takes his little piggy nose and acts like a pig rooting for truffles and tips it over so he can eat it off the floor.
stageii: Obistageii on September 16th, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
Buster is one handsome, charismatic looking dude. What we do for our babes, huh?
Elevated718elevated718 on September 16th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
aww thanks....yes it is a little disgusting at times what we will do for them, no? :P
Melindamindy1024 on September 16th, 2005 04:47 pm (UTC)
Kermie occasionally doesn't eat too much either. Some days she eats all her food, other days she doesn't. She was getting sick and throwing up every morning - due to an empty stomach. The vet told us to give her either food or a biscuit right before bed and one right when we get up. She also gave us some medicine (doggy verison of Tagment - people med used to treat upset tummy and acid reflux) to help reduce acid. It has not totally cured it but it has helped a lot.
Another "trick" we use to get her to eat is take kibble right out of the bowl and fill up her kong, seal it with a little bit of peanut butter (not a lot but enough to fill the hole) and she gobbles everything right up!
Elevated718elevated718 on September 16th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
I wish they could understand that they need to eat. Well if they could do that they might figure out how to remove their own eye boogers and would have no use for us :P
Melindamindy1024 on September 16th, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
well, I believe with dogs - that no dog will strave itself when food is available....they will eat when they are hungry. I don't worry about it. In fact in some respects giving in and giving treats or hand feeding might be teaching them the wrong things...you know. Picture a kid in the store, he asks mom for a piece of candy. She says no. He crys, pitchs a fit, and makes a scene. She gives him candy to stop it. He has just been rewarded and taught crying gets me what I want. So I try to not give her special treats just so she eats - because then why would she ever want to eat the regular stuff! Attention and better food! I wouldn't :)
My vet said getting sick is something to worry about obviously, but throwing up on a full tummy is more worrisome then from an empty tummy.
I have heard they can grown out it ...so I am hoping and waiting :)
Sorry this is so long!!
Sheri: lulusmile by honeybeegbooksaremyhabit on September 18th, 2005 08:38 am (UTC)
omg that made me laugh LOLOLOLOL
my dogs love to eat! haha
but sometimes they will not eat for a day or so but then they seem to make up for it later
Elevated718elevated718 on September 19th, 2005 09:56 am (UTC)
Maybe I need to get another one for him to feel some "competition" lol