Oscar does usually eat on the couch, so Meya can't take his food.
Before I adopted Meya and Oscar, I assumed that most dogs were like vacuum cleaners, inhaling whatever food they were given. Our family dog was like that for most of his life, only when he was old and sick did he stop eating. My dogs are not like that. Put food in front of them and they may ignore it and wait for a better option, or do anything of a range of silly food related actions. Both of the dogs will sometimes not eat for two or more days, to the point where they throw up stomach bile. I can’t leave food out all the time any more, because Gilly the cat eats it and then throws up all over the place. So the dogs get food only when the cat is out of the room.
Meya is a mover. When she finally eats she’ll take a mouthful of food to a corner, eat it and run back and grab more. If she had her way, she’d eat from both bowls, running back and forth. She doesn’t much like the food, and will eat it from her bowl, but if I give her a bit, she’ll take it and put it on the ground.
Oscar is a dog food monster, like the cookie monster. He doesn’t use his teeth much to eat, rather taking food and rolling it around his mouth and every couple of pieces he spits it out. Lately he’ll only eat after he spills the food on the carpet or if he is handed it a piece at a time.
Since the two are so picky, I’ve come up with a couple of ways to get them to eat. They are stuck with this food, but I do my best to make it more delicious:
- Add water and heat it for 15 seconds. It makes it smelly and easier to eat.
- Add a little pumpkin, you can also heat it. Make sure to stir well so the dogs don’t just eat the pumpkin.
- Add some plain yogurt and stir well.
- Other things can also be added to make the food more delicious: creamed meats like baby foods or some soft dog foods.
The benefit to adding the yogurt and pumpkin is that it also can help with digestive issues, as well as being tasty. I’ve tried adding pieces of chicken or veggies, but the dogs eat those and not the food.
Looking for something tasty to start the week? Here are three delicious non-fiction picture books to get you on the road!
Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum by Meghan Mccarthy. This is a delightful confection of a book, with bright cheerful illustrations, and an interesting story that will keep kids interested. I don’t even LIKE gum and I loved this book. It would make a great read aloud or book talk for 2nd and 3rd graders.
George Crum and the Saratoga Chip by Gaylia Taylor. Potatoes are one of my favorite foods ever, and potato chips are a wonderful invention (says my taste buds, not my hips). Since much of America agrees with me, I have to assume that they will also agree that the story of how they came to be is good reading. Like the snack, there isn’t much substance to the story as little is known, but it still manages to provide a good reading experience. The idea that a demanding customer led a chef to make chips just seems right, especially after a long day working with the public. Another fun idea for 2nd and 3rd grades, who are looking for another great food story.
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman is a classic for a reason, it shows how the ingredients that go into a traditionally American treat really come from all over the world. This book is probably suitable for a younger audience, but when combined with the other two present an interesting look at the history of some of our favorite treats.
And because I couldn’t end with just an apple pie after traveling the world, I wanted to include one of my all time favorite non-fiction books: What the World Eats, by Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio. Taking readers around the world, this book share’s profiles of families in different parts of the world. Each family is pictured with a week’s worth of food, with the quantities and prices listed out. The book also discusses where the food was obtained, how it was cooked, where it was stored, and includes stories for each family. There is something addictive about this book that just fascinates people, draws them in again and again. I once placed this book on display and everyday I’d see the same people reading through it. They were amazed they could check it out (it sounds strange, but it is a public library, so not the strangest thing I’ve heard).
What the World Eats
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