Picky Eater

We have been explaining how we are working to put more weight on Typhoon, but we really haven’t described how much of a picky eater he is.

Some days, Typhoon will just eat his kibble as given. Some days, he wants a little extra flavor added and refuses to eat. We tried lots of things – cheese, gravy, chicken – and finally found that the most reliable supplement was a couple of spoonfuls of beef and vegetable chunky soup.

But don’t dare buy the wrong brand of that chunky soup. Weirdly, we can’t buy the national brand name. We have to buy the local store brand.

And, to make things even more confusing, some days Hu-dad automatically adds the chunky soup and Typhoon refuses to eat it because he wants just dry kibble.

send it back to the chef

If my meal is not prepared properly, I will send it back to the chef.

And, yes, Hu-dad has always subscribed to the theory that we have so many minutes to eat a meal and then it is picked up with nothing offered until the next meal. While that works for the rest of us, unfortunately, Typhoon has been amazingly stubborn, so getting weight on him is a priority.

Fortunately, we have really hit a rhythm the last several weeks where Typhoon has been cleaning his bowl – sometimes with soup added and sometimes not. So imagine Hu-dad’s surprise last night when he collected bowls and saw this.

one kernel

One kernel of food?

Upon closer examination, Hu-dad discovered that this was Typhoon’s heartworm preventative. Yes, Typhoon had eaten his entire meal around the preventative while everyone else ate their’s without complaint.

smelled funny

I knew it smelled funny.

A cheese ball was made and pill was swallowed.

13 Comments

  1. Des on March 18, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Yes, we have a couple of those in our pack! Our GSD is ever so suspicious and spits out anything he deems foreign. Our three “street specials” wolf down everything presented in a butterball or fishpaste ball. Our oldest rescue mix describes himself as “discerning”!

  2. KJ Pierson on March 15, 2015 at 1:16 am

    I can’t remember for sure, but I think my Chloe did that once when we tried to hide the block or a pill. Yet when I said “Want a treat?”, she gobbled it down like it was pure gold. It is all in the presentation. Now Leena, you just hold it up, tell her to sit and it gets nom’d down faster than cake at a kids party.

  3. Donna Wolfe on March 13, 2015 at 12:10 am

    Chef Boy R Dee Ground beef (a pound) or pork or chicken, what ever is on sale. You want the fat in the meat for nice coats. In a large pan with a can of stock, a can of corn, carrots, green beans and sweet peas. Cook until meat is falling apart (I leave veggies out till meat is done, ) add a small bag of egg noodles. Keep in fridge, lasts about a week with my two. They feel so good, especially the old girl, Cocheta. Her coat is better too.

    • Donna Wolfe on March 13, 2015 at 12:12 am

      well, part of y post left hahahah. should have read “Chef Boy R Dee makes a cheesy mac dinner in a can that my kids love! But, I make ‘dog stew’ to spoil them – then on with the ground beef! sigh, long day 🙂

  4. The Ao4 on March 12, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    I have no idea why our mom is laughing! None whatsoever!
    Cammie!

  5. Sylv on March 12, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    We used to have a picky eater, until we switched to raw a few years ago (after a lot of research). Of course, that is not everyone’s choice.

    When it comes to administering pills, we picked up a pill grinder at the drugstore. It is much more difficult to eat around a powdered pill 🙂

  6. Linda on March 12, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Oh my. That face! LOL!

  7. Sentha on March 12, 2015 at 11:03 am

    LOL! Oh Typhoon! Bhodi and the 4 Crazy Sibes have similar issues…Creepy is too heavy…Misha the Terrible is too light…Spooky and Bhodi the Queen of Everything thankfully are just right…then there is the Princess…Layna will refuse her heart-worm preventative every time if it is just added to her kibble. The Princess MUST have special treatment… *sigh* (They have me right where they want me!

  8. Kimberly Parker on March 12, 2015 at 9:55 am

    that look on Typhoon’s face in the third picture is priceless! I sympathize with you, hu-dad–I have two that do exactly the same thing!

  9. DJ on March 12, 2015 at 9:51 am

    I am sitting here giggling while reading this. I do believe you have met my girl Cierra! We also have a time limit for meals and Cierra can go a couple of days skipping meals. She also eats around her Heartworm! A drop of peanut butter does wonders!

  10. Amanda on March 12, 2015 at 8:11 am

    My Briar does the same thing… Very picky eater. And of course you can never tell what kind of mood she’s going to be in when it comes to food on any particular day. The Vet has never said anything about her weight, she’s anywhere between 40 – 45 lbs but she also has long hair. Anyway, good luck with Typhoon!

  11. Mom, Ice & Ebony on March 12, 2015 at 4:20 am

    Mom sez: Yes, we’ve added a new name to our roster. “Debalys Ebony & Ivory” has joined our family. She is 3-years-old, and is Ice’s granddaughter, and our Ayla’s niece. We adopted her as a companion for Ice, and so far, I think he’s dropped about 3 years from his age. (He’ll be 13 in June).

    Anyway, Ice is as much of a problem to get medication into as Typhoon, and we’ve done the same thing as you have. Buried in a small “gob” of Cheez Whiz. Works wonders, no problem at all getting it down him. (Ice’s is for his arthritis).

    • D.K. Wall (Hu-dad) on March 12, 2015 at 6:32 am

      Congratulations on the new addition!

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