Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Feeding Two Dogs

It sounds easy. Put out two bowls of dog food. I can't put them beside each other because Seymour will block Zooey's way to either bowl and try to eat them both. So I put out two bowls of food and two bowls of water in different parts of the kitchen. The bigger bowl with the most food goes to the bigger dog, 6 1/2 pound Seymour. The smaller bowl goes to 3 pound Zooey. Same food, different amounts. Invariably Seymour thinks I am giving better food to his sister so he goes for her bowl first. I could probably put a steak in his bowl and he would still think that Zooey had the more gourmet meal and head to her bowl.

Seymour has been with me for over five years, so if he had some problem with favoritism in the past, it shouldn't affect him now. Cesar says that dogs live in the "now". No one told that to my dog! I now have to put Zooey's food in her crate but Seymour eats his food and then lurks outside of Zooey's crate waiting to lick the bowl clean when she is done. Is is a little heart breaking hearing him licking and pushing each bowl around the floors while trying to get the last dried moral of dogfood into his tummy. Anyone who didn't know the situation would think i was starving him. But today they both went to the vets and Seymour has gained 10 ounces, up to a slightly chubby 7 pounds 2 ounces in less than a month. Zooey gained some much needed weight, up to 3 pounds 8 ounces. I am gaining flexibility from moving bowls around so they both get food!

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