Saturday, January 13, 2007

The Food Groups


One day last week, after eating cereal for breakfast, I placed the bowl in the sink to be washed later. To be honest, I thought about pouring the remaining milk into Zack’s bowl, but decided against it. It’s hard to remember what people food is good for the dog’s digestive system.

Zack came home this time from the trainer pretty lean and mean. He is treated well, and fed well, but it’s been a heavy bird hunting season, and our boy did inherit that running gene. Andy, our trainer, gives Zack “hot” feed when he’s training, insuring high energy and stamina. When it was time to bring Zack home, even our trainer was worried about him. He had lost a little bit of weight – and hunting dogs tend to lean anyway. Andy encouraged us to give Zack plenty of “gravy and biscuits.” We took Zack to the vet for his checkup, and all was well – Zack just needed some rest and a little fattening up.

The countertops in our kitchen are pretty high. And since we’ve started occasionally augmenting Zack’s food with some biscuits and gravy, he now thinks it’s okay to put his front feet on the countertop to check out whatever it is we’re cooking up (for him. Surely, we are cooking for him, right?).

It. Is. Not. Okay. To. Do. That. Ever.

ZAAAAAACCCCKKKKKK! BACK! BACK!

Back to the cereal for breakfast part. I put the bowl in the deep sink. An inch or two of milk remained in the bottom of the bowl.

I went to get into the shower. A second later, the pocket door to the bathroom slid open, and a liver-colored head poked in, as usual. I said, “What’s up, Zack? Need a shower?” I turned around to look at the boy, and started laughing.

From the tip of his nose, to the top of his ears, there were a million milk droplets. When I could finally breathe, I took a towel and wiped him off. I trekked back into the kitchen, and tried to figure out the geometry of Zack’s actions. As big as Zack is, getting the milk out of the bowl would have been a stretch. High counter. Deep sink. Low milk level.

We always laugh at Zack when he yawns, because he does the classical “Snoopy” yawn…his mouth opens wide, his very long tongue extends waaaaaay out of his mouth, and then does that little curly up thing.

The milk level in the bowl looked unchanged. Zack must have been just able to reach the milk with the very tip of his tongue, thus the beautiful milk artwork displayed on his head. He looked up at me, with that goofy grin of his, “Did I do good, Mom?”

And, yes, I caved.

I poured the remainder into his dog food – because…well, you know the drill.

Milk. It does a body good.

14 comments:

Rach said...

LOL - That was so funny! Typical dogs and we are just suckers aren't we?

Do you use Msn?

Janie said...

Rach - I don't use MSN, why do you ask?

Trace said...

Cute story. You'll have to post a picture of Zack.

Janie said...

Tracy, look under the Zack titles, there are some posted. I only wish I'd gotten a pix of this day!

Karen said...

Well, your Zack is as spoiled and well loved as our Max!
Never trust anyone who doesn't love animals is my motto.
Now I'm thinking biscuits and gravy would hit the spot for breakfast...

Rach said...

Apart from the fact that I do Janie, I just wondered about the little green man next to your blogger profile (because it looks like the little msn man)... :)

Winston said...

Oops... our vet said never give our dog milk because it causes diarrhea... Hope you and Zack did not have to contend with that...

Winston said...

Janie,

Would it be an imposition or problem for you to open up the comment options to allow comments from other than Blogger accounts? I finally had to get a blogger account just to comment on one or two blogs that did not allow it for some reason.

If it is a problem, I can continue to use it as is. Just thought I would ask...

Thanks.

Winston

http://nobodyasked.com

Anonymous said...

Winston...I'm new at this. I think I got it fixed, please let me know.

Janie said...

Winston, Zack fared well. No problems. I think I fixed the comments, please let me know otherwise.

Gwynne said...

Too cute. I'd love a picture of him standing with his front feet on the counter. We let our boys drink the left over milk all the time with no harmful consequences to our knowledge...the risk is that we leave the bowl in the sink and the teens think it's clean and reuse it later. ;-)

Janie said...

Gwynne, I'm trying out my dedicated flash, so I'm sure you'll soon see more pix of the Zackster.

Eric said...

Yeah, this is definitely one time when you wish you'd had a surveillance camera going in the kitchen. I'll bet Zack was hilarious!

It's too cute the way he then sought you out after The Incident.

Janie said...

Eric,

Zack is faithful. Faithful to come get us after almost every Incident. If he's quiet, we're in trouble.

Surveillance camera? Good idea.