Post by Steve Hague
We have hosted our friend's dog Sam a couple of times in the past. Sam
is a medium sized cockapoo, very friendly and good natured. He lives
with three cats, so knows how to behave himself in feline company. Our
cat has been wary of him on his previous visits, but this time there's
been much mutual sniffing and touching of noses. They appear to have
become friends, which is heart warming to see. We have to put the cat's
food on the table though, or Sam will gobble it up in seconds. He seems
to much prefer it to his own.
Parson lives with 2 dogs (and a cat) and does NOT know how to behave
herself in any company. She is a very greedy feeder so gets fed first
to get her out of the way and attacks the food with huge gusto. But as
soon as she sees that the others have food she is convinced that what
they have must be better than hers. Even when she was tiny, Feisty's
large pieces were no deterrent and not was Feisty who carries on
chomping regardless of a small feline person with its head in her bowl.
(This has to be discouraged because Feisty is on medication.) Foiled
there, she turns her attention to Plummy's dish. Plum requires peace
and quiet when feeding, so she will immediately abandon her meal. Sorry
is fed further away so is the last one to be bothered, but Pardon is no
respecter of her elders and betters. Sorry is far too well-mannered and
will just back off and let her get on with it.
While all this is going on I am constantly scooping Parson up and
returning her to her own dish, although nowadays it is often enough just
to point a stern finger and demand "DON'T YOU DARE!"
Jenny M Benson