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The lunch crowd

Posted by laurie on June 9, 2014


Bear and Roscoe have become semi-regulars, staying with us for another weekend. This time I got Roscoe to eat three whole meals, by feeding him by hand. Naturally I had four other dogs in close proximity, sort of like here when I was trying to eat a sandwich, but hey, whatever works.

12 Responses to “The lunch crowd”

  1. Eleanore, Lucky and Heidi said

    Really cute picture. Lucky dogs staying with “guys.”

  2. Laurie- I’ll bet you were this popular in high school too ! 😉

  3. justjenny said

    You need to pretend to start eating from Roscoe’s bowl, and see if he tries to take it from you! (Although I suppose you don’t want to condition him to taking food from people…)

  4. Carol, Eddy's mom said

    Cute picture, at first glance it looks like you’re reading them a story

  5. Sue - Barney, Jodi & Huggy's Mom said

    All seem to be staying at a respectful distance. Mine aren’t as well mannered.

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

    Being beagles, all of my dogs are of course intensely interested in food, and are a bit rude while we’re eating. Of the three Lily has always been the worst food hound by far, and that, combined with some other symptoms aroused suspicion with me that she might have Cushings syndrome (hyperadrenocorticism). I took her in Friday for a low-dose dexamethasone test that revealed that she does in fact have occult (not diagnosed through standard testing) Cushings disease.

    Classic signs and symptoms of Cushings include ravenous hunger, a pot-bellied body shape, excess thirst and frequent urination. I suspect Lily may have had this for some time – maybe years, since ravenous hunger is also a symptom of being a beagle, and a pot belly is often the result of that ravenous hunger. With multiple dogs, multiple water bowls and a doggy door, it’s hard to spot heavy drinking. The only reason I suspected anything is because our first beagle, the late Kichwa Tembo, also had Cushings.

    Our vet has ordered medication that we’ll start this week and she should start feeling better shortly. Cushings causes muscle weakness and stiffness, among other things, and with medication she’ll be able to get around better. Which of course means she’ll be more easily able to get food off the counter – yay baby Lily!

    • Sue - Barney, Jodi & Huggy's Mom said

      hmmmm, wondering about my Barney, that boy is always hungry and drinking water….

      • Cathy, Gomez, Lily and Mr. Peabz said

        I’d definitely check out the water drinking. It’s a symptom of a lot of stuff that needs attention. The good appetite could be just a symptom of being a beagle. :), but certainly worth mentioning to your vet also especially if this is a change for Barney.

        Hopefully he’s just a hungry thirsty beagle!

  7. All Laurie needs in this picture is The Squirrel!!

    • Spunky's Mom said

      OK – so what did I miss? I keep seeing references to The Squirrel…… in the movie “Up”? (sorry, I know that should be bold or underlined, but don’t know how to do that here.) Or was there a squirrel story that passed me by?

  8. Amy~Cobalt & Onyx's mom said

    I think I’ve mentioned before that we don’t eat at the table. Usually the hounds climb on Erich, or sit next to him and drool on him (they don’t bother me unless he isn’t here). The other night, Onyx let out one loud “WOOF” while he was eating, which startled us both and spilled his dinner. Tricky little hounds.

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