Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Hunger Games, Canine Version
This is Bailey. Well, it's Bailey's face. Bailey is a medium sized dog, possibly a Beagle Mix if his bark is any indicator. Bailey has food issues. That's okay, I do too. However, Bailey's are really, really different from mine. If there is food in front of me, I eat it. Somewhat quickly and thoroughly. Bailey lets his sit there. Unless he has company. Then, he's all about the eating. This demands a break in the regular routine of dog care. Instead of putting Bailey in his kennel run to eat (like the REST of the dogs), I need to keep his door open and hang out with Bailey. I also can't look at him expectantly. Apparently Bailey also has performance anxiety issues as well. Instead, I find something to clean (there is never a lack of that) while Bailey goes to his food bowl, grabs a few bites, then walks out and eats them. Repeat. Since I'm meeting a friend for lunch today, I sure can't criticize Baiely. Eating with others is not only more fun, it's important. There's a reason that study upon study cites eating meals together as a family is better for children. I suspect it's better for adults too. And in Bailey's case, having a little company is a necessity for eating. Seriously, he will NOT eat unless we do this! He'd rather go hungry than not eat with someone. God designed us to be social with each other. Bailey understands this.