Treat Time!

imageDog spelled backwards is god.

I did not get my first dog until I was 17.

I was first trusted with the guppies I found in the nearby pond. Then, goldfish. Next, I had hamsters and a lone guinea pig, but had missed out on the companionship of a canine. My parents loved dogs. My mother grew-up with a train of chihuahuas, all named Pepe. My dad didn’t have a pet directly, but his aunt’s chow-chow was next door most of his childhood.

When I was a child, my dad worked for United Airlines and we did have lots of opportunity to travel. He didn’t want to have to kennel a dog and my mom really didn’t want to get stuck taking care of it either.

imageNow after having Breck & Oreo in my life, I seriously cannot live without them. They are so fulfilling to be around. Oreo isn’t the brightest bulb in the box, but he sure is full of gumption. Breck is a very smart boy. However, he only learns things for his own benefit.

He has my Monday through Friday routine down pat. He learned it by learning each step, backwards, from the time I gave him the treat. He knows I open the curtains directly before going to the treat door. Previous to that, I’ve put my coffee cup in the dishwasher, after brushing my teeth. While I’m brushing my teeth, he’s dancing with his tail swinging wide. Fwap, fwap, fwap! (Any other activity at the sink is ignored). Before that I was fixing my hair and dressing. Preceding that I showered. Breck loves the fact I use coconut oil before I dry off. He loves it. I have to wipe it on his paws so he doesn’t lick me. He’s usually wandered off to lick off the coconut and leaves me alone to dry off and dress.

Weekends are a whole nother schedule. He still gets confused, however knows how to work the system pretty well and still get what he wants.

 

Β© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

43 thoughts on “Treat Time!

  1. I started with guppies too … but I had a gerbil instead of a hamster :o) I loved it to read about your morning rituals, although sometimes I think OH-MAAAN! I will not miss one second with Easy… even when I probably never understand why he sits next to me when I’m in the bathroom… some things really need no company lol

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    • I so hear you on the need for ‘alone’ time in the pooper. They would scratch the door down if I didn’t let them in.
      I do look at it as a safety measure. .. most falls happen in the bathroom, I would most likely be saved by falling on them! Butt, I bet they would also be the ones that trip me 😦

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  2. Let’s face it, there are good and bad with different types of pets, including dogs. It’s tough to cuddle a guinea pig when you are feeling low, but guppies have never been accused of stealing a strawberry birthday cake from the kitchen table!

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  3. Dogs and cats love coconut oil. The kind you can cook with or eat. They go nuts over it. Just make sure you don’t give them too much or they can have some loose bowel movements…..
    I love cooking with it. It makes food taste a lot better even. And also good for your skin. And naturally medicinal too.

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    • It’s funny how many sources say coconut anything is bad for animals. Phooey! They only get about a tablespoon a day, and Breck goes bananas (coconuts? !) for it! Ha ha!
      I even found dried strips about 1/2″ thick, they work great for chew sticks.
      Yes, not too much. .. no one wants a dog with explosive bowels! 😨

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      • Dried strips of what? Coconut or banana?
        I have been looking for a chew replacement for my dogs. Everything seems to be made in one country and those are not really good for them.
        I didn’t know the kong toys came from there too.

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        • Really? Kongs from Hong Kong? Ha ha! Sorry, couldn’t pass that up! πŸ˜‚
          I give them dried coconut strips. Look like fries. It’s takes 4 mins to chew. I’m not sure where they are from, but obviously not the Midwest. 🌴

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