Apr 19, 2007
We Want People Food!
Celeste is on a hunger strike, I think. I made my lunch yesterday (squash, tomatoes, potatoes, and onions with minced garlic over rice) while she watched, as usual. Then I filled her bowl with her own food and put it in her room, filled mine and went into the dining room to eat mine. When lunch was over, mine was eaten and hers was still there...all over the floor. Last night, Celeste declined her dinner. This morning she turned her nose up at her breakfast. She hops all over the place when I make MY breakfast, but leaves HERS where it is. It's cut down dramatically on the amount of poop that I clean up, and her energy level hasn't dropped, so I imagine she'll eat when she's good and hungry. My Basset hound, Sunny, did a similar thing when he was a pup but he enjoys eating so much that his strike only lasted a day. By breakfast the next morning, he was ready to eat anything. I'll be keeping a close eye on Celeste to be sure we haven't got something ugly, like parvo, but for the moment, I don't see anything to indicate it.
I see people spoon feeding their school aged kids and begging them to eat when they aren't hungry. Maybe that has skewed my thinking, but I won't beg my dog to eat or spoonfeed her from my plate. She knows what food is, she tried to steal my apple this morning, and I imagine that when she's hungry enough, she'll go back to enjoying her own food. Until then, I have a cleaner laundry room.
This happens, of course, after the vet tells me that Celeste, at her age, needs to be eating 4 times a day, instead of 3 squares daily. Hmmm.
*Note* - If Celeste drops weight or becomes depressed or listless, she'll be off to the vet's office immediately. But for now, I think it's a battle of wills between a picky eater and a pig-headed food provider. I won't wait long, don't worry. I don't want anything to happen to my girl! But no spoonfeeding and she doesn't get to eat MY food.