Greetings to all! It's me, Maggie. Sorry for the "Feelin' Groovy" throwback/earworm there, but it ties in to the recent torture my mom's been putting me through. Bear with me.
Some people around here think I eat too fast. Others just think I'm a really good eater - a nice, healthy puppy with a nice, healthy appetite - right? I do admit, sometimes I get a little bit of the regurgitation thingie going after a meal, but I don't happen to think it's a big deal. Mom does, though, and has gone about making me slow down.
Yes, there are all kinds of cool bowls on the market to help a pup eat more slowly (click here to see a sampling), but this is what my mom did:
|"Mom? There's something in my bowl. And it's not kibble!"|
Yep, the ol'upside-down bowl-in-a-bowl maneuver. She even used one of her nice Villeroy & Boch bowls she bought in Luxembourg. It'd be a shame if I broke that, wouldn't it? Relax. Mom is still the only one who's broken anything since I got here.
Anyway - here's a video of how it works for your amusement.
(Please click here to view on YouTube if the vid won't play.)
So ... yeah. It slowed me down. Way down.
|"What kind of cruel joke is this?"|
I didn't want to break the V&B bowl, but I showed my mom that I could have very easily if I had wanted to. This prompted her to go through 87 million different bowl choices before coming up with this option:
|My food in a spare water bowl and my dinner bowl turned upside-down|
Hmm. Well played, Mom. Well played. But of course, I am a Siberian Husky and it only takes me a meal or two with a new bowl choice to figure out a work-around. The option above - the stainless steel in the stainless steel? Oh, do they ever make a racket when overturned on the tile floor! YEAH! Didn't stay with that configuration very long.
Anyway, Mom keeps changing the bowl insert - it's good that I can challenge her like that. Helps to keep her mind sharp. And she's running out of bowls.
How about you all? Are any of you good eaters like me?
"Doot-in' doo-doo, doo-doo, feelin' groovy..."
NOTE from our mom: I just wanted to throw this out there as an idea for any of you who might have dogs who eat too fast. There are all kinds of options (the bowls Maggie linked to, spreading the food out on a sheet pan, toys that dispense the food) but this is working quite well for us.