Saturday, June 23, 2007

Feeding time

Some of you have been asking about my new feeding regime. So here are a few pointers.

The cheese and tomato toasties and the hand-feeding of biscuits are carefully linked as part of an overall strategy. You can tell I'm doing my DMBA.

So, here we go. Stage 1. Do not appear particularly interested at breakfast time. (I think Wally is probably self-excluded from this strategy).

Do not, under any circs, stand there barking and demanding breakfast, rushing around like a demented idiot. (As I used to).

Find somewhere relaxing to lie down and wait patiently, preferably with a slightly long-suffering look on your face.

When master (or mistress) brings your food, look mildly interested.

Take your food delicately and appreciatively - but never greedily.

Occasionally pause - with a thoughtful look on your face, as if to say "Have I had enough? Do I want any more?"

They won't realise you do of course, but don't pause too long or they might clear off with what's left.

Always turn your nose up at the food in the tin. Insisting on hand-feeding is essential.

Stage 2. The good bit. When master gets his cheese and tomato toasties on the go - look alert.

When he brings them outside to eat - look very alert. You know the sort of thing, nose as close to the toastie as possible.

It shouldn't take long before you get some tasty toasties - so look very appreciative and chew noisily and happily.

Preferably with eyes shut.

Remember, this needs to be a good contrast to the way in which you take your normal dog breakfast. The whole point is to persuade them to give you as much toastie as possible because they can see you get such enjoyment from it. Easy really.

Dr Pippa PhD and DMBA in Food Persuasion and Manipulation Techniques.

PS Opy has told me I have been nominated for Awesome Blog Award. I had forgotten Dachsies nominated me last month, and then it was held over. Being a post-doctoral researcher I am not a celebrity seeker - but I don't want to be out for a duck either - so if one or two of my pals can go and vote for me I will be very grateful for that, and can then happily concentrate on my research.


Tasha & Eva said...

Hi Pippa. Your strategy for food is very effective! We don't have your patience or technique. We just say "Give Us Food NOW!" Thanks for your well wishes for our mom after her accident. She is a little more stiff and sore today, so she might go to the doctor to be sure everything is all right. Have a good weekend! Belly Rubs, Tasha & Eva.

Dachsies Rule said...

Pippa, we wish we had your control! We are standing at Mom's feet as she puts our meal together. It helps that she adds cottage cheese and come canned food so it isn't just dry kibble. But that tomato toastie looks so good! So, of course, our mom has this stupid rule that dogs do not get people food unless it cottage cheese or veggies or a little bit of fruit. Maybe we should come visit you so we can try tomato toastie??

Roxie, Sammy & Andy

Frasypoo said...

Great lessons Pippa,I have read it and i will follow.
Mommy had a problem with all the differant words here!Closet-wardrobe,pantry-laddar etc.She is from India and the speak British English there.She had to change though!

wally said...

COngratulations on your nomination--you do have a smashing blog.

Your strategy is a good one but there's one problem. I eat, and love, meatables but my apes DO NOT! So their food is not as exciting to me as MINE. I still get excited, though. Yesterday I got edamamae and orange. Today? Boca Burger and tomatoes.


Lorenza said...

Hola Pippa.
Felicidades por tu nominacion!!!!
Seguro tienes muy buenas tecnicas para la comida.
Yo no necesito que me den la comida de la mano pero seguro que si algun dia se requiere ya se como lo hare!!
Espero que te sientas mejor

Kerrio said...

Hmm - sounds like the dog food is not as tastey as the toasties.

We voted for you Pippadog!

Oscar Airedale said...

Thanks for the feeding time tips, I'm not sure it will work on my mean hoomans though.

Oscar x

Frasypoo said...

Hi Pippa,
where can we vote for you ?

Girasol said...

Thanks for the tips!! and that tomato and chesse looks gooooooood!

Dog Lover said...

Hi PippaDoggy!

Thank you for the great photos and the food strategy lessons! The cheese and tomato toastie looks soooooo good that I think I might start eating them as well! Ha ha!

I hope you are feeling 100% very, very soon! (After many more toasties, of course!)


Katherine and Pippa, said...

frasypoo - voting is at The Bone Zone - which is at the forums for Dogs With Blogs.

You need to be registered though, so it was really a comment to my pals who are already on. I wasn't asking dogs to sign up to vote for me as I think that is naff (ie bad form).

If you do want to join at any time, I am happy to nominate you as you now need a recommend. And as you have a cool dogblog an you read both my blog and mistress's, I am happy to do so.

Let me know if you want to do that.


Frasypoo said...
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Frasypoo said...

Hi Pippa,
My mommy just realised that she had an account onDWB and she just cast her vote for you...
Hope you win!

Bella said...

hee hee Pippa you have mastered the tactics for getting the best food and drool, drool, those toasties lokk soooooo yummy.