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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Purple Maze

Greetings to all!  It's me, Maggie. So... I have this   super-power  ongoing issue -- it would appear that I'm still a really fast eater.  I've blogged about it before. I always come up with a fun solution to any of the things Mom tries -- then I snarf everything down "too fast" and do a little burp/regurgitation.  She basically gave up.

She tried the "upside-down bowl in a bowl".  I showed her I could have but didn't break a small glass bowl in my bowl. When she tried it with two stainless steel bowls, I put my paw in and flipped them!   Wow, what a racket they made on the tile floor!  It was really fun!

She tried spreading my kibble out on a cookie sheet. That was awesome!  The first couple of times, I used my nose to push all the food into a pile, then snarfed it all up. Then I decided to get really creative!  You all know what catapults are, right?!?!?  Just one little paw on the edge of the sheet pan and wowzers!  The kibble went flying!!! It. Was. So cool!  Even Cammie liked that!  Mom decided not to repeat that.

Next, she got out a muffin pan and put a little bit of my kibble in each cup. I gathered it all into one cup, then snarfed it down. That wasn't as dramatic as the other attempts to slow me down, but Mom was impressed by my problem-solving skills.

She tried putting a ball in the bowl, so I'd "have to eat around it".  Right. Like I can't reach in, grab the ball, and toss it into the living room?  That was so easy, it was almost a let down. I mean, I like a good challenge!

Mom also thought about a divided tray. All she had was a crystal relish tray, but hey. She's the only one who actually breaks things (including herself) around here, so she decided to give it a try. It worked semi-well until I stepped on the edge to flip it. I mean, it wouldn't have been as dramatic as the metal catapult-sheet pan, but what the hey. Same principle. Mom caught it mid-flip and decided that wasn’t the best idea she’d ever had.  I haven't dined off crystal since, for whatever reason.

And then ... after I thought she had given up ... she decided to go ahead and buy one of those "slow feeder" bowls. She saw that Misty, over at the OP Pack, uses one effectively, sooooooo after studying all the different ones out there ...

"What the fluff is this thing supposed to be?"

Yep. It's like I'm eating out of some kind of purple maze.

Mom says I don't do the regurgitating thing as much, so she's happy. I have worked out a way to push a bunch of the kibble through the maze into a small pile, so I can do some major snarfing. And I'm getting faster and faster with it. Sort of a compromise, I guess. 

It's like that Jimi Hendrix dude sang:

"Purple maze, all in my brain
Lately things they don't seem the same
Actin' funny, but I don't know why
Excuse me while I kiss the sky..."

Or was that "Purple Haze"? Whatever.

Yours sincerely,
Margaret Thatcher


  1. Oh Maggie...you are so clever!

  2. You are so smart and so creative, Maggie, but this purple maze does look like it's going to be a little bit tougher for you. It sure is a pretty color!

  3. Maggie you are challenging your mom and giving her other things to concentrate on besides her sore paw. OMCs that is some fancy smancy purple hazy mazy. Your mom has tried every other method for sure.
    Purple is a very nice Easter color too
    Hugs and kitty kisses and bunny kicks
    madi your bfff

  4. Oh Maggie ! You'll never be invited to dine with the Queen, unless you learn to eat like a lady ! That's one very fancy bowl but I expect you'll soon master a quick way to snarf up your kibble.

    Inca xx

  5. Maggie, Maggie, Maggie - what is in that kibble you are getting - purple HAZE - oh wait, it says purple Maze:) We are glad this new dish is helping you. We Sibes do have a way of keeping our Moms on their toes. We may have to get one for Misty too as she seems to be figuring out how to work her way around the blue one pretty quickly. Maybe she needs some purple haze, oops, maze too.

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  6. You are so very smart. You'll figure this one out too.

  7. Anonymous6:05 PM

    Maggie, oh my goodness you are having so much fun! I bet it won't be long before you figure out the purple hazy thing. Keep us posted. ~Bess Pup

  8. Miss Maggie, Your mom is just trying to prevent you from having major issues with your kibble. Short of just feeding you a tiny bit, then waiting for ten minutes and giving you a tiny bit more, I can't think of anything to help.
    Happy Easter from our house to yours.
    Noreen and Hunter

  9. Hailey has the same problem and the same bowl. She also has an orange one. It does help her slow down too!

  10. I've seen that "snuffle mat" thingy making the rounds..but something tells us you would figure that our REAL quickly Maggie!

  11. We would have loved to see your catapult moves. You are just too smart to be fooled.

  12. OMD....CATAPULT!!!! OMD, that sounds FABulous!!! Kibbles all overs! Oh man, I gots to find a way to try that one! BOL
    I do tend to eats kinda fast, butts luckily so far there has been no problems, knock on Ma's head...I means ~ knock on wood.
    I hopes it works for you, cause it sounds groooooovy gurl! ☺
    Ruby ♥

  13. Loving your intelligent eating style Maggie. Keep up the excellent gobbling work. Happy Easter.

  14. Our mom is thinking she needs to get one of those for me. Oh no! I LIKE scarfing my food.

    Your hungry friend Kiki