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Feeding six hungry Siberians can be a challenge. We have a very specific routine.
2) Each dog must sit before their bowl is placed on the ground and must wait until verbally released to eat.
3) No dog may bother another dog until everyone is done eating.
Now despite rule #2, much vigor is applied to the Happy Dance that occurs before dinner is served. Howling, dancing, running in circles – all allowed until I am ready to start feeding.
So, I enter the dog room and feed Natasha and Rusty – both sit and wait on their bowls. I enter the den and Kodiak, Kiska and Qannik are racing around the room in Happy Dance mode. I am instructing Qannik to go sit in his spot, then Kiska and finally Kodiak – all before any of the three are fed.
Only Kodiak is doing a phenomenal Happy Dance. As I am backing away from the now sitting Qannik and Kiska, Kodiak does a final spin on his back legs and starts to plant his front legs so he can sit. Only I am wearing sweat pants and the string that holds them on is hanging out the front. Yep, Kodiak’s paw perfectly hooks right through the loop.
Now I am faced with a choice. Drop the dog bowls and save the sweat pants (and the chaos of dog food slung throughout the den), or hold onto the dog bowls. I did what any dog owner does – I held onto the bowls.
So Kodiak goes all the way into a sit mode – with my sweat pants under his front paws and I am noticing a significant draft.
Ok, he’s sitting, right? So I place the bowl, release him to eat, and recover the sweat pants. And then feed Kiska and Qannik who are calmly sitting and waiting on their food.
Good thing I don’t have any neighbors.
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