All Roads Lead To Food

For three years I have fed Eko twice a day, every day.  But apparently three years is not enough time to inspire faith in Eko that I will remain vigilant in providing him food.  Eko is the ultimate guard dog, as long as your goal is to prevent mealtime from being stolen by time.

Ever vigilant, Eko has a multitude of fail-safes in place to ensure he is well fed.

 Eko has the ultimate selective hearing. No matter what time of day or night and no matter how deep his sleep might be, Eko will jolt upright if anyone so much as whispers the “H-word”  

For a time I would spell out h-u-n-g-r-y but Eko quickly caught on to that game as well. If I accidentally say “hungry” it usually means I will be pestered until I feed Eko.

In addition to explicit verbal cues, Eko also uses some implicit cues to cajole me into feeding him earlier in the evening.  I used to buy dog food and fill up the container whenever I got home.

However, Eko perfected his “Don’t be a jerk and do this in front of me” face.  I guess it was unfair to torture him like that so now I only fill up his container during meal time

Situational awareness is another strong point of Eko’s.  The first time Emily worked the night shift, she happened to wake up for work every day right around Eko’s dinner time. So before she left she would feed him.  This was all well and good until Eko realized that whenever Emily woke up, he got food.  So Eko took matters into his own paws and started breaking into the bedroom to wake Emily hours ahead of schedule.

I give Eko credit for creativity, but he and I were both in the dog house for a while because of that stunt.

Eko’s “But it was a good plan!” mopey face

While Eko will poke or paw me if he thinks I’ve forgotten dinner time, my favorite is when he uses “psychic” powers to compel me to feed him.


Eko will quietly sit by his food bowl and stare at it with such intensity I can only assume he attempts to conjure food with mental powers alone

You might think Eko’s psychic powers are fake, but he hasn’t missed a meal in three years!

Do your pets have any friendly reminders or cues for you when it’s time for a meal?

45 thoughts on “All Roads Lead To Food”

  1. omg ARE YOU KIDDING? I have a dog AND a cat here and they are a tag team! lol! One starts and then the other does……everything from meowing, to barking, to spinning to staring….the list goes on and on!

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  2. In our house Walter keeps the schedule. He even reminds us to eat our lunch just so he can get some treats from us (we know…bad habit, but it works for us). Millie on the other hand could wait until we felt like feeding her and wouldn’t care if we forgot either.

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  3. Audi recognizes words like hungry, eat, food and all of their spellings. Instead of staring at her bowl to magically conjure food, she’ll stare at me with such intensity I can physically feel her gaze on my face. In the mornings, she’ll army crawl to the top of the bed and lay on my pillows until I move a fraction of an inch and then she hover over me breathing stinky dog breath in my face until I get out of bed. And yet she’s still so easy to love 🙂

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  4. The cats gang up on us over the weekend. One heads in to our room to let us know the bowls are empty, then another and then a third. By then we are outnumbered and going back to sleep is impossible. Then they jog down the hall ahead of us, to make sure we don’t get sidetracked on the way to the kitchen.

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