I am not a food purist, heaven knows. But still. None of us needs much of that stuff.
It started with one small box of PupCorn. And then Newman's Own Peanut-butter dog cookies. And then Bacon-flavored Canine Carry-Outs. I can see it now, with the clarity of hindsight, how Lilly developed a discerning palate, one on-sale item at a time. She's slowly becoming a dog-snack snob.
When a food deity drops a sub-optimal treat into her gullet, the small dog spits the offending item to the floor and then turns her googling eyes back to the heavens.
"Eat it!" one of the gods tells her. Another roars, "That's a delicious snack!"
The dog looks momentarily distracted. Perhaps that WAS one of the good ones. She noses the dropped treat.
If she does not immediately set-to, there is a further round of hearty encouragement from the food gods.
If the treat still does not pass muster, she may bark her displeasure -- which calls for heavy artilliary.
We begin the shell game: I put a bare foot over the cookie and tell her that I would be delighted to receive such a treat. Denied access, she grows more interested. She does not like feet. Feet make her agitated and jumpy, which in turn gives her a less persnickety appetite for the forbidden fruit.
She feints toward my foot. I slide the dog-biscuit along the floor, flash her a sight of it, and then cover it again. Lilly finds this kind of thing intolerable. That biscuit must be eaten! Those feet will not keep her from her just reward! For f%$^# out loud, people!
Snorting and panting, she manages to zip in, get her mouth around the treat, and tear off to a safe distance, where she gobbles without evident relish, hurrying to get it safely stowed in her belly. Then she trots back to the couch to announce her requirement for a second course.
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