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Are You Going to Eat That?

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You stopped eating! That means you’re done. My turn!

I’m not done eating, Doodle.  I’m looking at the computer.

But you stopped! You must be full. I’m starving. Give me the rest!

People don’t eat like dogs. We take our time.

Maybe that’s because you never been starving. I thought I was going to die in the before time.

You’re okay now, Doodle. David says you’re getting fat.

Bowooooo!  No way! Are you going to eat that or not?

I’m still eating. Be patient.

You’re staring at that thing like there’s food in there. You’re gonna save me some right? You have to. That’s the deal.

I’ll save you some Doodle. I always do.

Because I’m a good dog.

Yeah, right. Okay.

Save me all of it. And let me lick the bowl.

Just a minute. See, I’m eating.

Well, why are you taking so long? Just give me a bite.

You know you’re not supposed to eat from the table. I’m almost done.

Don’t let Mary have any. I’m the best dog. See, I’m in my room. I’m waiting.

Marigold’s sleeping. I guess you can have the rest in your room.

In my room! Yes! See, I”m sitting. I’m good!

Okay, Doodle, here you go. Clean it up good.

Yes! Yes!

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My step dog, Doodle, was rescued from the streets of starvation nine years ago by my husband David. When she watches me eat, her eyes shift back and forth from my food to my face. She does the same thing looking at the dog biscuits on top of the refrigerator when she thinks it’s time for a “cookie.” (Yes, I know she’s spoiled.) She loves people, but being obsessed with food, she is competitive with other dogs. Her coon hound baying is so loud, it can even wake up Marigold the mutt who is 16 and practically deaf.

If you like dogs, you’ll find a pack of ’em (including Doodle and Mary) in my book,

Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again.

Doodle and Mary

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Did I hear the refrigerator door open?

This post was inspired by Mary Melange and her talk with Ziva:

https://maryjmelange.wordpress.com/2018/05/19/socs-miss-downtrodden/


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Dog ESP

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Sometimes I put a pot on the floor for one of my pets to help me clean up after dinner. Some people might think that’s gross. Well, I don’t care. I don’t do it all the time, because we have three dogs (we used to have 5) and they can get pretty competitive. The step dogs, the two my husband brought into our marriage, even get into knock down drag out fights.We have to watch them.

Doodle was literally starving when he rescued her, and she’s food aggressive. She’s the first to come into the kitchen when I’m cleaning up and she hears me scraping a pot of sauce or soup into the storage container. She might be the first one to hear this, because at around 8 years old, she’s the youngest of our pack. The other dogs are 14 and 12, so they don’t hear as well as Doodle. But you can bet that if I put down that pot for Doodle to help me clean up, I will soon hear the pitter-patter of dogs nails on the floor sauntering into the kitchen. The only thing that prevents that from happening is if I put on some background noise like the radio, or washing machine, or sing loud, so the other dogs don’t hear. If the other dogs do come in, I have to get them a treat too. A pat on the head won’t do it. Are they spoiled? You bet.

I wonder if the other dogs know when Doodle is getting a treat because they have doggy ESP.  When my husband and I talk quietly about taking the dogs for a you know what, without saying the W word, they start to pay closer attention. If one of them sees me go into the bedroom to put on my sneakers, her ears perk up and she watches me closely. Then one of the other dogs, who didn’t even see me go in my room, and who was sound asleep when my husband and I started talking about the you know what, comes in to where the excited dog is. We don’t even have to touch the leashes, and it’s like they can sense us thinking about going for a walk.  Then they start dancing and prancing around with infectious excitement, and they all get worked up into a minor frenzy.

Dogs are really good at noticing things that precede eating and going for a walk. They don’t have so much clutter to distract their minds from the important things in life.

The prompt for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday Post was: “pat/pet/pit/pot/put”  If you’d like to join in the fun, visit: http://lindaghill.com/2015/03/13/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-march-1415/

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!