Do I Look Thin?

Written by Michelle O'Neil on January 4th, 2010

Jingle is having a riot. Her new BFF Glinda a couple doors down is a big fluffy black lab mix and they roll around in the snow, wrestling like bear cubs. She just loves other dogs. Jingle is a happy girl. Mostly.

A couple of times lately, she has stolen food off Riley and Seth’s plates (they were on a TV tray in the living room, shoot me, it was Saturday cartoons), and she’s been sniffing around the kitchen counters. Not good behavior, especially for a well trained service dog! I have corrected her with stern commands and have put her in her place. It’s just weird. She’s usually so well behaved. 

Today I spent a lot of time in the kitchen, and an “aha” moment occurred.

Why would Jingle suddenly be acting out?

What is the purpose of the behavior?

It’s all food related.

Could she be hungry?

Riley feeds her twice a day, religiously, I watch her do it from across the room, as I prepare breakfast and dinner. Riley takes the silver measuring cup out of the bag and gives her a full scoop.

But what’s this in my hand? Why, it’s the silver measuring cup! Somehow the measuring “cup” got replaced with the ”1/2″ cup.

Jingle’s food intake had been cut in half. For how many days? I don’t know.

At least since Saturday morning.

Poor dog.

Extra peanut butter in your kong today Jingle.

My apologies.


3 Comments so far ↓

  1. Dawn says:

    Aww poor jingle..nice catch though! Spirit’s been sneaking onto the bed since I got back from NY…a no no here. I can’t decide if it’s because he’s upset i was gone for a week or the marble floors are really cold in this weather …but he does have his OWN bed to retreat to and the kitties don’t appreciate him cuddling.

  2. Amanda says:

    That poor starved creature will surely be scared for life!! You can tell instantly by the shiny eyes and cold wet nose and the playfulness just gives away the cruelty she experiences every day…..

  3. Amanda says:

    and Dawn, maybe if it’s good for a cat it’s good for a dog? Got a bit of that going on in our house right now so have had to restrict cat movements – they’re now out in the utility room (they are working cats that snuck in!)