Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Master of the House

What does this look like to you?

A full bowl of dog food, you say? Funny, that's what it looks like to me too.

"Au contraire, Mama!", says Master Oliver. "Completely unacceptable."

Hear that? That is the noise Oliver makes when the food in his bowl does not meet his liking. You see, Picky Pom here only likes the red (meat) and green (veggie) pieces that come in his food. The tan (barley) and brown (wheat) simply aren't acceptable to his palate. So after he eats all of the red and green pieces, he will sit by the bowl and make this woofing noise until you come and: a) stir the bowl to reveal more red and green OR b) replace the offending tan and brown with a new helping loaded with red and green.

Spoiled much?

Nate says this is all my fault. He only does it when I'm around. Never when Nate is home alone. This happens at least once a week, usually more often. Yes, I know that I should not give in. I know this in the sane part of my brain. I never give in immediately. I am always going to STAND MY GROUND and SHOW HIM WHO'S BOSS. This turns into a Stand-off of Epic Proportions, where I continually scream, "Oliver, knock it off!" while chasing him away from the bowl and he defiantly returns bowl-side and continues carrying on.

The longest stand-off to date? 45 minutes. He can keep this up for 45 minutes!! Why is it that when we play fetch, he has the attention span of a gnat, but he won't be lured away from the food bowl with anything less than brute force?

Needless to say, 20 minutes into most stand-offs, the sane part of my brain is no longer functioning and the Dear-God-make-it-stop part has taken over. At which point, I stomp into the laundry room, slap food in the bowl and hurl it at him, muttering "Stupid dog!" under my breath.

Oliver 101, Mommy 0


heene said...

there is no video.

Sarah Wyland said...

The video didn't work for me either, but how funny is Oliver? My cocker spaniel seems to think she should eat people food like we do. She will eventually go eat her food, but she gives dirty looks the whole time she does it. We do spoil them, but they love us so much it's hard not to!

Cookie Crums said...

Oh just wait! You think it's bad now..... wait until you have that child your wanting so bad! :) Then tell me this story again except your child will be driving you bananas over something. :) My sweet, precious little boy turnins into a whining monster as soon as I walk through the door. My mom and husband can confirm this.... drives me bonkers.

Crazy Shenanigans said...

The video worked for me and that's hilarious! I wouldn't be able to take the barking either and I'd probably give in and fix the food again too lol.

Anonymous said...

He has definitely got you trained! Way to go Ollie!

heene said...

nothing a good kick to the face wouldn't fix.

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