Thursday, September 24, 2009

When Did I Lose Control?

A year ago things seemed to be under control. Rob would leave for work, picking up a cup of coffee and a doughnut on the way. When I woke up, after feeding the dogs, I would fix myself a cup of coffee and sit in the living room to watch the news and drink it. Occasionally I would make myself some toast.
When I finished my breakfast, each dog would get a biscuit. They were happy with the situation.


Then Rob retired.

At first we went out for breakfast regularly and Morgan went with us. As you know she became very fond of bacon. She started demanding bacon daily until we decided to break her habit by eating at home. She went thru withdrawal over several weeks, but now we don't have the whining and pacing at the door anymore.



Now Rob and I have fruit and bagels most mornings.


Rob felt sorry for the furry little beggars gathered around the table watching us eat, so he started making toast for them each morning. He buttered their toast and cut the slices into the appropriate number of pieces and each dog got two small pieces of toast.



I like cream cheese on my bagel and at some point Tsar realized that what I was eating was different from the buttered toast he was getting.

One morning a few weeks ago he nudged me with his paw, then put his big head in my lap. I made a terrible mistake. I gave him a tiny piece of my bagel.


Since that day Tsar has decided that he doesn't want buttered toast. At first he settled for cream cheese on his toast, but after a few days of that he refused it and made it clear that he wanted a bagel with cream cheese.


This morning Rob cut up an apple for the dogs and birds to enjoy, but Tsar refused it. Normally he loves apples, but he stood staring at the bowl of strawberries until Rob gave him one. He sat there obviously enjoying his berry and bagel.



What has happened here? From a pack of pups who were happy with a biscuit to fussy little gourmets who want bacon and strawberries and bagels covered with cream cheese, I've obviously lost control of the situation.


Tsar has a message for you dogs out there in cyberspace. There are good things to eat if you pay attention and know how to ask.

27 comments:

knittinwolf said...

My doggies only get dog food otherwise I have a big mess to clean up!:) Fuji will sometimes get a crumb bite of white rice, or a bit of pancake....Very cute post...Happy DOT!

dogquilter said...

Sounds like our house :) now I feel better knowing I'm not the only one with persnickety beasties :) Great DOT post!

Nichole said...

LOL, sounds like our house! They all have their own little likes - and lusts - and different ways of begging for what they want, lol

LizzieJane said...

Actually I think Tsar's message is "Come to our house, it's great living here!"
This made me giggle. They sure do have their ways of getting us to do what they want, don't they!
x

the 4 Bs said...

you just have to know how to train your humans!

woofs.

The OP Pack said...

Time to send Rob back to work - ha rooo roooooo!!! The huDad here is very guilty of sharing his morning toast with us too. TD eats it plain, but I demand butter, real butter, and lots of it:)

Tail wags, Phantom

Stella said...

From a dog who gets pushy over strawberries to a cat who insists on deli ham for breakfast, I know right where you're coming from!

Cheers,
Jo and Stella and Ali Z

Patience-please said...

Ha ha ah aha hahah ahahaha you are sooooooo not in control!!!

ahahahahhhhhahahahahahahaaaaa

silfert said...

Funny! I don't have the whining and pawing, but I do have two little hands signing madly while a small face with big eyes tries the Kreskin routine...

Marjie said...

Yes. Thor will not eat his dinner unless some human food is added to his Bites & Bones. They do figure out how to control their people; it's like having stupid slaves.

Nicki said...

That's funny. Looks they are good people trainers!

Hero said...

I'm the same way. Before I used to be quite content with your regular sliced American cheese, but after tasting a block of cheddar cheese and some really tasty Azorean cheese I walk away with a huff whenever offered American cheese. Tagpi doesn't care and will eat anything.

gaylen said...

Love Tsar. He does look like he knows what he wants. Mine would eat the toast and then continue nudge for the bagel. g

charlie girl said...

My Max says the same thing, He knows a good meal when he sees it, and makes sure he's always close enough to my heals so he doesnt miss anything! Although he's never missed a biscuit he doesnt like.

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

Lilly and Java have to have their morning piece of bacon to get their day going. Thankfully Piper and Carrleigh are still sleeping.

XOXO
Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Channon said...

Tsar's face gets me every time. A picture really is worth a thousand words.

My girls are far pickier than the boys. Gretchen - of course - is choosier than Sissy.

Tee said...

Hello there connoisuer Tsar ... We at dog woods are a fussy bunch too. We only want to eat what the chief is munching on ...nothing less!

licks and wags

THe Dog Woods Pack

julieknitsjuliesews said...

They have us wrapped around there little paws don't they, just like my bonnie. I think you know your not on your own. Thanks for leaving a comment at my blog Sue. I would suggest for a first time knitter that you mentioned, this book would be a bit too much for a first one. But one I know thats called, LEARN TO KNIT by PENNY HILL published by Connaught is a good beginner one with a step by step guide, with 80pages hardback. Hope this helps. best wishes Julie.C

Bitsy said...

Great picture of Tsar....I always knew that he is a dog of Good Taste!

Dianne said...

That is hilarious! Tsar is definitely a dog who knows what he wants!

RILEY AND STAR said...

Wow,
We're coming to your house! We're not picky about anything and we luv gourmet food! You are sooo lucky!

Great Post!

Come see us soon.

Luv,
Riley and Star.

soulbrush said...

roflol another funny post. snuffs only gets doggie food, but every now and then i slip her a green pea or a bit of roast potato, then hubby glares at me, and i look very innocent... so what's next for your bunch, caviar?

Sam said...

LOL Tsar! How observant of him.

Min said...

Ahh...the head on the lap trick gets us every time! I just discovered your blog today and have enjoyed reading your stories and seeing your pics!

RILEY AND STAR said...

Hi Sue,

Thanks for stopp'n by our blog and for your support. Glad we can be frends.

See ya next week and please vote for us!

Luv,
Riley and Star.

Maggie and Mitch said...

haha - you doggies are too smart! You have your hoomans trained, just like we do! *wink wink*

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Martha Basset said...

Sounds exactly like our house! I blame my husband - he never makes toast without making some for the dogs.
Both have gained weight since being spayed and I am the one who has to face the vet.
They have both perfected the starving look which my husband given into all the time........