Eko’s Hungry? Just Add Food. And Twenty Minutes.

Eko always likes to keep an eye on me.  If I move from upstairs to downstairs (or vice versa) he likes to follow suit.  Generally it is a nonchalant attention that I’m paid, but around meal times Eko becomes hyper aware.  If I make any sudden movements near dinner time Eko will immediately spring up and run to his bowl.  If you didn’t know it, you would never guess my pup probably eats more than some miniature ponies.

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Before meals Eko has been known to flop and whine like he has not eaten in days.  But what is interesting is that after mealtimes Eko will still look at me with puppy dog eyes and do his best Oliver Twist – “Please sir, I want some more.”

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“Maybe if I look at the bowl long enough more dinner will appear!”

Friends who have been over around mealtime will ask, “Are you sure you feed him enough?”  Eko has them fooled.  But maybe he has himself fooled as well.  For about ten to twenty minutes after meals Eko will behave exactly as he had before he ate. Restless, energetic and searching.  Then, as it always does, Eko’s stomach sends him word that the belly is full and all is well.

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Full.

If you watch closely you can see the exact moment Eko gets the message.  His wagging tail drops, he gives a contented sigh and then Eko hops up on the couch to doze off. Like clockwork every single day!

Does anyone else have a pet who forgets they just ate? Or, and I can’t be the only one here, has anyone fed their pet a second time after someone else already did?  Eko fooled me on more than one occasion!

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Chloe usually doesn’t ask for more food but she’s moved her dinner time up to 2:30 in the afternoon. I’m not quite sure how she managed this, maybe by begging for supper a little earlier every day over the course of months. Really, she used to eat at 5:00. Now she tries for 1:30 but I tell her she has to wait an hour and that usually settles her to around 2:00. At 2:00 or so we have another little discussion which occasionally Chloe wins.
Breakfast is always the same, she’s up with Dad at 5:00 a.m. And there’s no sleeping in at our house!

Lapsi acted so starved that I I’d feed her again. I was certain she didn’t get enough to eat. Each night before bed we go “doors” ” doors doors doors.” All three jump up, run outside and go pee. Immediatly after, they run inside to get their cookie. Every now and then Fiona will have to pee before the announced doors. She will cry and moan. They have a doggie door and have no trouble using it. She makes a hug racket until we go outside with her to witness her pee. I guess it is her way of sayings those magic words. She won’t miss out on that post pee cookie. Smart girl. It really is all about the cookies.

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