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What do green beans and kibble have in common? They are two examples of us playing with our food.
Queen Natasha is currently suffering through the green bean diet. For those of you who are unfamiliar with that diet, the amount of kibble is reduced by 1/4 to 1/2 and an equal quantity of green beans are added to the meal. Thus, the lucky dieting dog is eating the same quantity of food, so is not hungry, but is consuming less calories, so is losing weight. Because of a flair up in her arthritis a month ago, Natasha is losing a few pounds.
As we have mentioned in a previous post, she is not pleased with this diet plan. To express her displeasure, she has been leaving a single green bean in her bowl – a symbolic protest against The Man (aka, the Hu-Dad).
Yesterday morning, Hu-Dad went to retrieve breakfast bowls. When he removed Natasha’s bowl, the single green bean fell to the deck floor. The ever starving Qannik (the champion eater as explained in this post just the other day), raced for the rejected green bean and swallowed it.
That, of course, upset the Queen who yelled at Q-Tip for interfering with her protest and yelled at the Hu-Dad for dropping the green bean. Didn’t matter that she had rejected it, that was her green bean.
We have also posted repeatedly about the trials of getting Typhoon to eat regularly (see this recent post). We have an example from yesterday evening which really illustrates his pickiness.
We get a couple of different types of treats, but one of those is Fromm Four-Star Salmon Tunalini Dog Food***. It is a very small kibble, so perfect for training and rewards. Since it is so small, we often get 3-4 pieces at a time.
Understand, Typhoon often refuses any sort of treat, including these. And, sometimes, he decides it is ok and eats the offered treat. So when Hu-Dad offered four pieces of kibble in his outstretched hand, he was not sure if Typhoon would take it or not.
The Prince of Picky walked over, sniffed the kibble, selected two of the four pieces, ate those, and walked away. That’s right, he ate half of what was offered.
And now you know how green beans and kibble are perfect examples of us playing with our food.
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