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Please eat

Posted by laurie on March 5, 2012

This is a story about my neuroses. On Saturday morning, Sherman woke me up for breakfast. We went downstairs but Stanley didn’t follow. I shook the plastic container of kibble but still had only one diner. I figured he’d just slept in. That happens, right? But a half hour later when I went upstairs, there he was on the bed, wagging, but not moving. Phillip brought him downstairs and offered him food to no avail. Loss of beagle appetite accompanied the final illnesses of Clayton, Spenser and Scooter and that’s of course the first thing I thought of. I practically had poor Stan dead and buried. So, consumed with worry I went off to do the grocery shopping and on my way home got a call from Phillip – Stanley is eating!! Oh, the relief. I can’t even begin to explain it though I suspect you understand.

43 Responses to “Please eat”

  1. Luana, Cody, and Henry said

    I totally understand your feelings, Laurie, given your experiences with Clayton, Scooter, and Spenser.

    A few weeks ago I put down the boys’ food in the morning, as always. Henry usually tears into his right away, but this time he just sat there looking at me. As he’s quite a bit older than Cody, my first thought was “What’s wrong with him?” Then I saw that Cody wasn’t eating his food, either. Further investigation showed one of the open dog food bags (sitting on top of the dryer in the laundry room) tipped over, but no food was on the floor. Logical conclusion: One of the cats was on top of the dryer and tipped the food bag over so quite a lot of food spilled onto the floor. Always eager to help with clean-up, the boys were right there to gobble everything up. Since they had obviously already eaten, I picked up their food bowls. That evening I put the bowls down again and this time, everything was consumed immediately!

    I’m so glad Stanley is eating again!

    • Tam said

      Oh, we’ve had the bloated-belly beagle syndrome here, in three varieties:

      1. An overabundance of dog food, either by tearing into the food bag, or the old “Mom didn’t feed me, would you?” eyes that Heidi used to be so good at.

      2. Getting into human food. Nuff said.

      3. Biscuit box attack: Heidi ate an entire LARGE box of biscuits. She sat there looking green! And I swear I could see the outlines of the biscuits.

      We are so glad Stanley’s eating again! Yay!


  2. Jeri said

    I totally understand! 🙂 With each dog that passes and each new dog I get, I become more and more neurotic, worrying about this thing or that. I’m sure my vet thinks I’m nuts! 🙂

    • I completely understand this. Our family Westie is 12 in August and even though he runs around like a lunatic with my 2 year old Beagle, I’m still paranoid about how much time he has left. Westie;’s are notorious for keeping good until an old age and then declining rapidly. You’d never think Hamish was over 9 years older than Alfie though…and my insane, neurotic self will do anything to make sure it stays like this!!! Heehee. 😀

  3. Nancy J said

    Every cough, every sneeze, and every piece of kibble left unnoticed becomes a red flag. Oh, yes, the worry. I believe all of us understand the relief that comes when that flag goes away. I don’t worry about my own health as much as I do my pack’s.

  4. Darlene said

    in my house a non- eating beagle=sick beagle.

    • Sue ~ Barney & Jodi's Mom said

      Oh it certainly dose. AND I agree with everything that Nancy said. Oh how I worry…….

    • Cobalt & Onyx's mom said


    • Tam said

      Yep, same in this household. Right now, I’m starting to worry about Abbey. She’s approximately 10, and in recent months has started to really look like an old girl…thinning out (though the appetite is still a beagle one), moving slower particularly when it’s cold…and that white fur on her face. I just hug her tight all the time, as we’ve been down this route many many times.

  5. So glad stan is eating. I’d be going out of my mind if it was one of my guys. I have the opposite problem at the moment. Lately, all three–Lab, JRT, and especially the Beagle–are obsessed with food. I think it has to do with my partner who has been ill and hasn’t been sharing his meals with them, but also that I am trying to keep them on a diet and have cut down on the kibble. For most of the day, I get no peace because it’s barking at the shelf where I have the treats.

  6. Kramer and Gandolf's mom said

    I absolutely understand. So glad he’s feeling like himself again. 🙂

  7. Karen S. said

    Boy, do I ever understand!!! You brought back the terrible memories of looking for food to tempt a sick beagle to eat! But Rowdy was different– he had cancer but he never lost his hearty appetite. That’s a little something to be thankful for.

    (I have the ashes of my late beagles in the other room, and when I fix breakfast for my current beagles I can swear the containers are rattling.)

  8. Marilyn Beebe said

    So glad hes eating!

  9. Jenny said

    What a relief! The only time my Baxter didn’t eat, we took him to the hospital immediately (and a good thing too as he was very sick). So I can totally understand the neuroses…

  10. C Siding said

    Stan has done this twice before so I was a little calmer than Laurie. At least Spenser had the manners to feverishly eat grass when all it was was upset stomach

  11. Fanniemae's mom said

    FannieMae does this every month or every-other-month (usually she skips a meal, or a day of meals totally). Initially, it worried me, now I just put it up to wanting to keep her girlish figure.

  12. Sam and Sweetums' Mom said

    How well I know and being a nurse makes it even worse!

  13. Harper said

    So happy to read that all is well with Stanley….
    Yes I echo all the comments about worry… I always check my pups doo doo when I clean to make sure they are healthy… Shotzes Girl has skipped 2 meals now (dinner last night and breakfast this morning)…. She does that sometimes…. It may be the change of weather here….It was high 70s over the weekend.

  14. Carol, Eddy's mom said

    Happy to hear that Stan is eating! Laurie, I know your heart was aching Saturday morning :(,
    Before Eddy, I’d had six beagles. Each one could inhale a bowl of food. Eddy never even goes to his bowl when we put food in it. He is a beagle mix, must be mixed with some kind of grazing animal.

  15. suepfox55 said

    Sometimes Cooper does not eat his breakfast until lunchtime and then he is starving at 5:00pm for supper. I think I have been putting too many ‘people food’ crumbs in the dish and he is expecting that at breakfast.
    At other times, he just wants someone to keep him company while he eats, so I sit in the kitchen with him as he eats.

    • lois said

      Sherry must be related to Cooper. She does the same things – & sometimes I think she’s waiting to see if I’ll add some people-goodies to her breakfast before she eats. Sometimes she just wants some company in the kitchen before she’ll eat.

  16. Scott and Scout said

    Gosh, there are so many things on a walk that I wish Scout wouldn’t eat! He tried PEA (Poop Eaters Anonymous) for a bit, but fell of the wagon.

    • Cathy, Gomez & Lily said

      Oh yes. I keep telling these two dorks that it’s a WALK, not a poop smorgasbord. I carefully buy the good quality dog food, provide fresh water, make sure they get their inoculations, and provide (or make) nutritious treats.

      But that’s only part of it – I make sure they get plenty of exercise . . . during which they quite happily eat all manner of crap they find on the sidewalk and gutter.

      • Luana, Cody, and Henry said

        I once considered getting a muzzle for Cody to try to keep him from eating all kinds of crap that he finds on a walk. The frustrating part is that he’s got it in his mouth faster than I can even realize something is there to grab! A few times I’ve managed to pry his mouth open and get it out before he swallows it (yucky!)

      • Cody and Henry's Aunt said

        Ooh, dead fish! Yum!

      • Scott and Scout said

        I’ve thought about using a muzzle, but it would be soooo embarrassing. After 11 years, I figure Scout’s poop buffets aren’t doing any harm and (I guess) are likely somewhat nutritious? For a while I used to pry his mouth open and pull it out, but… just wasn’t worth it. But, if I suspect a chicken bone, my fingers are down his throat in an instant.

  17. beaglemomx3 said

    I have three beagle girls. Two are round and one is very thin. We have rescued all of them. The two round beagles were rescued at two and three and both very starved when they came to us. Food is very important to them. The very thin beagle was rescued as a puppy and never been deprived of food and she eats very few kibbles at dinner. I think all the time she is going to starve to death but, she likes to keep her girlish figure I guess.

  18. Susan in DE said

    I know how you feel, Laurie. Some comedian once said, “There are only two kinds of dogs … hungry dogs, and dead dogs.” It’s sad and funny at the same time. With Jordan’s chronic renal failure, he goes through spells of not wanting to eat (Like he refused breakfast this morning, no matter what was offered — even his all-time favorite, sharing my post-workout banana). I always worry somewhat until he actually consumes a meal, because someday that will signal the beginning of the end with him. Here’s hoping we can hang onto him for a while longer — 6 months since diagnosis and counting. The bad numbers in his blood tests do keep creeping up, and that’s the best we can hope for … a slow progression of the disease.

  19. Cathy, Gomez & Lily said

    You know, I don’t even think that qualifies as neurotic Laurie. It’s a well-documented fact that beagles eat – it’s what they DO. It’s ALL they do. Okay, that was from Terminator 2, but you know what I mean.

    So if a beagle for some reason *doesn’t* eat, it’s certainly reasonable to worry. And I’m glad he’s eating again!

  20. Vivian said

    I can certainly agree. If any of my beagles doesn’t want to eat for two meals I get a little panicky. Like my old girl Annie who has Cushings. I got really concerned when she turned her nose away and walked away from her meals, three times in a row. I got really worried then I thought maybe she’s just sick of the same food. So I gave her something I know she’s enjoyed eating in the past. Sure enough it was that. She began eating right away and hasn’t missed a meal since! I also watch to make sure they are peeing and pooping on a daily basis as well. Especially Suzie, who occasionally eats things. So I watch to see when it comes out. Recently though, I slipped. I knew she had eaten the ear off of one of her stuffed animals but I didn’t look out for it in her poop. What made me realize I slipped. She vomited it up days later, the entire whole ear. Not even in pieces. The previous days she ate good, pooped every day so I was shocked to see it come back up days later. I’m glad it did and was a little scared what might have happened is if it got stuck in her intestines or in her stomach. Thankfully my little girl is fine. Phew! They can worry us so much sometimes. They are our kids for sure!

  21. C Siding said

    OK confession, while I wasn’t that worried about Mr. Stanleykins I was mentally working the vet visit into my schedule.

    • Susan in DE said

      Oh good, now I don’t feel so alone …. Then there was the time that Jordan first got diagnosed with CRF and an hour after I talked to the vet and scheduled a follow up blood test for that evening, we had the East Coast earthquake of 8/23/11. After we all left our office building and were milling around in the parking lot, all that I was thinking was, “There had better not be any aftershocks or anything, this stupid earthquake BETTER not cause the cancelation of this vet appointment tonight. I do NOT need this crap!”

      Natural disasters …. they’re so freakin’ inconvenient.

  22. ChristyACB said

    I think we are all in agreement here: Beagles eating = no worry. Beagles not eating = hand wringing worry combined with checking the vets emergency number for validity.

    Beagles are eaters…Stan still okay?

  23. Gretchen L. said

    I understand too. Laurie. When we first brought Midgie home, she stopped eating, rushed her to the dr. and the dr said, she is full and she is okay. Thank fully I have a vet who understands…

  24. Cindy T. said

    Laurie, your worry is understandable by anyone who has had a beagle in their life! Today, while we were out for a little while, Izzy decided to polish off the dry cat food on the front porch of our house. Uh huh…never thought to pick it up since none of our other beagles had ever even tried to get out there! So much for the food trial…beagles are usually naturally drawn to anything they can sink their cute little teeth into. Glad to know Stanley is eating just fine now. I honestly don’t think the worry ever ends.

  25. Karen S. said

    This could be a trick you know! Perhaps Stan bet Sherm 5 doggie cookies that he could get you guys to offer him a whole roasted turkey to tempt him to eat?

  26. Scott and Scout said

    FWIW: Scout (picture a tan beagle with white chest) in his 11 years has never refused breakfast or dinner once. The day that happens pigs will fly!

  27. Angela said

    I agree with everyone, so not neurotic at all. Beagles eat, period. If I notice even a slight difference in Truman’s eating habits, I worry. So happy that Stan is eating!

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