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Al fresco

Posted by laurie on April 26, 2013


I usually get home from work before Phillip and the routine is like this: open the door and greet two beagles jumping up on me. Sherman then runs up the three steps, howls and comes back down. (I’ve only ever heard that howl in this context.) I put down my bag and phone and keys, then let Sherman jump up some more. Stanley has already gone into the kitchen to sit in front of his bowl. I take a spoon and pull out a can of dog food from the pantry, pick up their bowls and do my best to dole it out 50/50. Sherman gets his first. Stanley has to siiiit and waaaaiit, then gets his. Lots of rules.

You can imagine the anarchy that resulted from taking this picture. Before the kitchen I had to detour into the dining room to get the camera and pre-open the sliding glass door. They followed me in utter confusion. Back to the kitchen where I doled out their food. They sat in their positions, waiting, waiting, waiting. But no, I put the camera around my neck and brought the bowls outside. They were beside themselves with excitement, but once they started eating peace and harmony were restored to their world. That was my exciting Thursday night.

14 Responses to “Al fresco”

  1. Libby and Emily's mom said

    So fun!! It’s funny, my getting home routine is very similar. Except while Libby is jumping on me, Emily runs up FOUR stairs, howls and comes back down!!!

    • Susan in DE said

      Josie has to jump up on me, and either moos and moans, or if she’s really excited, shrieks like a banshee. Then I need to pet her head for like 10 minutes. No running up and down steps, though.

      • Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

        Lily does some weird vocalizations too. They’re kind of halfway between a whine and a howl, and sound vaguely like a Siamese cat in heat. Fortunately they’re extreme greeting or food excitement noises, so most of the time we hear the standard Roooooo from her.

      • Susan in DE said

        LOL!! We’re going to have to get some video/recordings. Josie doesn’t Rooooo too much (Our housesitters said she didn’t bark the whole week we were away, I’m actually not surprised), but she has another odd vocalization when she sees other dogs she wants to visit with;; it kind of sounds like a chimpanzee, like “Oooh! Ooooh! Aaah! Aaaah!”

    • Kate (Gandolf's mom, w/ memories of Kramer) said

      Kramer used to howl/bark if we took to long to get his food. It was funny. Never did the stairs thing tho. 🙂

  2. Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

    Boy, can I ever imagine the chaos when the normal routine was not followed. There is no form of confusion that can compare with any number of beagles concerned about where and when their food will appear!

  3. Sam and Sweetums' Mom said

    That is so funny the routines we and our dogs get into. Sweetums goes into her cage and we close the door afterwards. I used to think it was because the younger one, Sam would eat hers but now I think it is to keep her from eating his since she is sooooo food driven. We went to an animal communicator once who told us that Sweetums would like her food first since she is the oldest so we do it that way!! Sam actually prances with his front paws because he is sooo excited!!

    • Sue ~ Barney , Jodi, & Huggy Bear's Mom said

      I have always wanted to go to an aminal communicator. Think it would be interesting but haven’t been willing to part with the cash for it. Yes, our bowls have to be set down in certain order or all heck breaks loose too. Love those fur babies. Hope everyone has a great weekend with their babies.

      • Susan in DE said

        I use an awesome communicator somewhat regularly (over the phone), and it’s only $1 a minute … she takes PayPal or you can mail her a check. Even if you don’t believe, it’s worth it for the novelty/entertainment value.

        We had her tell Josie we were going on vacation and having friends watch her while we were gone (because in the past 5 years, she has always gone with us, so this was a big change), and she was okay with it, and said she was sure she could get extra food out of them. :->

  4. Gunner and Bailey's mom Anne said

    Ha Gunner does a little dance too and lots of barking, since he is first dog, he gets his first. Bailey does a cute little whine and eats second. Getting home depends on if I take them out of their puppy room or not. When ‘unleashing’ them from the puppy room, the barking and howling is VERY loud and Gunner brings a stuffed animal out too. He doesn’t ever play with them, I guess they are presents for us that release him from his window bed confinement!

    Laurie, you look great too! Glad you had a nice trip to get some sun and are feeling better!

  5. Beaglemom to Ben & Tito said

    Ben gets really gets going with the barking and dancing when I start preparing their dinners. Tito gets exicted and puts his front paws up on the counter.

    Ben’s bowl goes down first on the far side of the kitchen. Tito always does the trip to Ben’s bowl and then follows me back to his bowl.

    I love that little routine. I complain about Ben’s loud barking, but I wouldn’t give it up for the world 🙂

    • Susan in DE said

      When we had both Josie and Jordan, we would feed them side by side out of a raised double bowl feeder (their “dinner table”). It lived under the breakfast bar when not in use, so when we’d pull it out to the middle of the kitchen floor, the two of them would run around the two bar stools and follow the table out to its final destination. Then both bowls were deposited into the feeder at the same time, and it was like a pie eating contest at the state fair! When done, they’d swap bowls for a more thorough licking, just in case the other dog missed something (as if!).

      • Julie - JB & Cassie's Mum in England said

        Our two also eat side by side from a double raised feeder. We have to let JB get a head start on Cassie though – she eats so quickly she would finish way before him and would then try to steal!! So she gets her food second, but she sits and waits patiently, looking soooo cute. We also put four largish stones in her bowl, to stop her gobbling too quickly and that works really well. The only thing is that the bowls are metal and so is the raised feeder, so when they lick their (and each other’s) bowls out, the noise is amazing. I’m sure the neighbours at the end of the road can hear them!!! When JB was much younger, his personal best time for clearing his bowl was less than two minutes! He’s a bit slower now he’s older (9 in June) but can still clear it in a respectable three or four minutes!

  6. Carol, Eddy's mom said

    My first thought when I saw this picture was, ‘nothing cuter than a beagle eating”. My second thought was, ‘that was a dumb thing to think.”

    I might get booted from the beagle club here, but Eddy doesn’t care at all when I put food in his bowl. When we get home, we’re treated to a wild drum solo from his tail thumping on his crate. Love that boy 🙂

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