Have you ever been so distracted that your mind was stuck on just one thing? That was me this week! At this time of the year when friends and office mates coordinate pot lucks and talk about great Thanksgiving meals (America’s Favorite Holiday)—oh boy! My mind starts churning. Yum! Mashed potatoes, home-made pies, dressings and stuffing of all varieties and other tasty treats and holiday goodies! Hard to focus and commit to work when in my mind I’m imagining the treats-to-come and just thinking about all those wonderful dishes!
This week I believe the girls were going through something like this! They seemed very distracted and their minds were not very interested in the morning kibble. Usually when this happens I try the Tricks for a Treat game. So I pulled out something new to them, a Chicken and Garlic crispy treat. I encouraged their ‘sit-downs’ and passed the new treat under their noses, and well, it was a No-Go! It’s fascinating to watch them non-verbally communicate that this treat was not up to their level of expectation! I broke it apart and tried again–Nope! I tried acting like I was going to eat it— not even an eyebrow raised in interest. Oh goodness!
Finally I gave up and headed to our favorite pet store. Oh for goodness sakes! Here there are just so many things to choose from! Some I really think are not the choice for me although Ruffles and Mae-be might not read the labels as closely. I wanted something made in America—Yes, that’s me–I am supportive of American Made products, especially after the many pet food and treat recalls for products made outside of the USA. I also wanted to purchase something with a minimum number ingredients, and hopefully ingredients that I actually recognize and can pronounce! And I actually just feel better when I can give them food and treats with natural ingredients. I do think they seem to notice the quality, too, and they reward my effort with displays of excitement and appreciation.
I know that some dogs go WILD for pigs’ ears or noses (okay snouts), but I must admit that I have trouble handling them and don’t enjoy watching them chewed on by my dogs. Funny, I know.
Suddenly I remembered the jerky-type treats I’d previously brought home from a big box store and they had been a huge hit! Off I went and SCORE! I found the big container of natural lamb and rice strips, easy to tear into smaller pieces with the added bonus of being a good bargain!
Wow! The girls were thrilled as I approached them and I wondered if they really did smell the treats through the sturdy container. Suddenly they began acting like the circus dogs I remember as a child! Stand up, Sit Pretty, Pounce on Mae-be’s Back— Oh wait! I didn’t teach Ruffles that!! Then Snatch the treat out of Mom’s hand as she is trying to get Mae-be to lie down too!!—Followed by the always sure-to-please, I’m showing you my belly—so where’s the treat?
You get the picture! They were not going to let me go until they were satisfied. It may have been a little out of hand—actually quite chaotic! Could I have picked up Doggy Dope and not even known it? Hmmm. I can see that Ruffles and Mae-be, just like me, have their tastes set for special treats!
May your Thanksgiving be filled with family and friends, as well as YOUR favorite treats! Blessings to you and your critters, too!
Beth and the Girls