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Every morning I wake up with Curly, Larry and Moe, aka Townsend, Staci and Shelly.  We have this involved routine in the morning, and I'm the foolish ring leader of this ridiculousness.  It starts with them hitting the back door at top speed, racing outside and pretending to go potty, then racing back indoors for food.  Townsend, who gets fed first, is suffering from some form of Stockholm Syndrome where he identifies with prisoners.  He has to eat behind bars–no kidding, I've taken him on vacation and had to improvise and make him a little prison so he won't miss his breakfast.  He is a militant nutcase.  

Shelly is the easiest, she just spins and spins in circles, then snarfs down her food at warp speed–she suffers from OCD badly!! 

 Staci I save for last, she is my biggest challenge.  I put her food down, then I must sit in the chair beside her.  I'm not allowed to do anything else, or it upsets her routine.  I put down her little ounce of kibble, and she stares at it despondently.  I tell her what a "good girl" she is–big lie!   She forces herself to take a bite, then looks away in shame, and we have to go through the "good girl" routine another 10 or 12 times before she manages to choke down half of her one ounce of food.  Staci is and Italian Greyhound/Chihuahua mix.  Sounds cute, but not really–she is a neurotic anorexic hound, with the psychotic ,bitchy , possessiveness of the Chihuahua.  

I go through all of this even before my first cup of coffee!  Pretty silly right?  I love them all dearly though. Do any of you have pets that put you through crazy routines?


  • Kym
    June 29, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I have a dog who I love dearly (a big version of Staci), but our routine is pretty normal. I did have a friend, though, who’s dog was afraid of his own bowl. He’d want the food, tentatively approach, and then back away. For every single meal! There was another dog in the house as well who was the alpha, so not only did this poor thing have the challenge for being afraid of his bowl, but he was afraid the other dog would come in and eat his food.

  • Tiffany
    June 29, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel whose name is Star. She was abused for the first 2 years of her life so when I got her and turned her around she became very dependable on me.
    If I sit she has to be on my lap, when I sleep, she has to be touching me, when I stand she stands in front of me begging to be picked up. She only eats when I’m home and sits down to eat dinner. It’s cute but sometimes a pain. Try carting a tiny fur coat around that emits tons of heat all year long! I sleep with fans directed on me.
    Love your routine with your dogs as well πŸ™‚

  • Julie
    June 29, 2010 at 10:04 am

    My Maximus (an overgrown miniature Schnauzer) has his special breakfast on his resting pillow, he eats it super quickly and the goes back to sleep. During the day one member of the family has to go out and sit by his bowl so that he will eat his food. During the afternoon he is let into the house (he is a little menace who has to be watched constantly that’s why he stays in his backyard) and we play with him. At night when it’s bed time, he pretends to fall asleep inside so that we don’t put him outside but my mum gives him his special dinner and he goes into his house and falls asleep.

  • ainsleigh
    June 29, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Our dog Sophie, who happens to be a Corgi as well, has a very specific morning routine. She must be carried downstairs to be let out, and does not tolerate anyone watching while she eats. She will stop eating and snarl if a curious cat gets too close to the food bowl, even though I assure her the cats don’t want her food πŸ™‚ gotta love pets, they keep it interesting!

  • Pearl Westwood
    June 29, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Aw this is so great to read about everyones pets! I currently have 8 pomeranians (they arent all mine personally but other family members who are all in one house right now), so every minute of the day is pretty insane! Lucky my mum works from home! We dread the day they have to be split up which is how we have ended up living like the Waltons, they all just love each other so much. Bella is the fussy eater as she will only eat when perched on top of the sofa wrapped around someones neck. She doesnt like any one to look at her eat either.
    Simba likes to carry his last mouthfull around with him for the rest of the day, this is OK when its one big chunk but sometimes it is literally a mouth full of those really small kibbles, its so funny to see him put them down, then if he has to move he scoops them all up again! Everyone else just scoffs the food right down.

  • Mara
    June 29, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I have a precious papillon named Isla who has eating habits just like Staci’s! Every morning and night I have to tell her what a good girl she is while she eats, otherwise she couldn’t care less and would starve. Also, she won’t eat over the bowl, but insists on carrying her kibble onto to my good stuffed chair and eating there. Ahh, for the love of puppies!

  • sU
    June 29, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I have two pinschers (mini) and two cats… The dogs love each other, as well as the cats. They just don’t have that feeling between them. So first things first, they eat separately, dogs in one room and cats in another. My cats only eat in a very high place, the first couple of bites have to be hand fed and I have to put a finger on the water and let them lick it before they drink(but I have to say Mia and Maggie are the best cats I could ever ask for). The dogs, well… one is easier. Pepper eats everything at any time of the day, as long it’s cat food. Bella is the hard one. She doesn’t like to eat, if anyone comes near her she makes an awful sound. But I have to stay there, say what a good little girl she is and then I start to feed her by hand… at this time she starts to eat and then in a few minutes it’s all out. Love them as much as anyone can, they make my life happy every single they just by being with me. They’re the cutest pets ever and so funny…

  • cara
    June 29, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I have a chocolate lab who is almost 3 named Rookie. He waits for you to come out of your room in the morning and as you do his big tail wags and bangs on the floor, sooooo cute, and then he proceeds to walk through you legs about 10 times making sure you pet him A LOT. You have to kiss him and hug him a lot before he run to the door to go the bathroom and then races back in to where his food is stored and the jumps 5 times very high as you are taking it out a putting it in his bowl, then we tell him to stay and set the food down, when we say its ok he jumps and eats it all in 30 seconds. Then he drinks, and then you must pet him for the rest of the day as he follows you around the house just to make sure. He is like my baby, I love him too much!!!!

  • Jiji
    June 29, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I feed our Alfie, a wire-haired jack russell terrier a raw diet! Raw chicken, beef, fish, lamb, whatever’s on sale or discounted at the butcher’s with guts and bones and all… Needless to say, it’s a lot more work (not necessarily more expensive, thankfully) but well worth it! He’s completely transformed from the rescue dog he once was.
    I would HIGHLY recommend researching into it for any pet owner!! rawlearning.com is one of the best! And, don’t believe it when your vet tells you it’s a bad idea! He/she knows better but is probably getting a kickback from Purina, no joke!!

  • Alyssa
    June 29, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Staci sounds a lot like my pup, Bella. She is terrified of every little noise and movement and will not eat or go potty when people are watching. She shakes at the slightest quake. She is part chihuahua part whippet… I am very curious: What does your greyhound/chihuahua mix look like?
    This is a picture of Bella if you are interested in what a whippet/chihuahua ends up looking like:

  • Vivian
    June 29, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I have a shihtzu, Nina, and a lhasa apso, Peepow. Peepow used to belong to my mom and he was pretty much like Staci with his food. He would only eat if my mom was in the kitchen with him. When he started living with me when she passed away, since he had other behavior problems (he was 1y3m and Nina was 6m old), I hired a trainer. That was the best thing ever.
    This thing with the food is pretty much the dog trying (and succeding!) to control us. The best thing to do is: eat first, since the leader of dogs in the wild (so to speak) is the first to eat. Then place the food only after ordering something, like “sit!”. The last thing is allowing something like 30 minutes for them to eat and then removing the food. Eventually they start eating as soon as you place the food down.
    Maybe it could help Staci. πŸ™‚
    Would you mind posting pictures of these funny “kids” of yours?

  • Belinda
    June 29, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Oh, gosh, I SO totally completely relate to the craziness! πŸ™‚ My Oliver (Corgi Chihuahua mix) is the most finicky diva boy ever, and I think he must be a lot like your Staci in the meal time neurosis department!

  • Kim
    June 29, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    My dog Bella, a blue heeler/staffordshire Bull Terrier cross weighs about 50lbs. She sleeps on my bed with me, and my other smaller dog. while I’m watching TV, or on the computer she likes to sleep just below the top of the duvet, right across where I sleep. Come bedtime she acts like I’m the meanest person ever, and groans and stretches and huffs her way over to her corner, and then glares at me!

  • Debra
    June 29, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    We had a poodle named Porkchop! When my sisters and I moved out he slept in my mom and dad’s room. He would wait for my dad to get up and make toast for breakfast. As soon as the toaster would pop you would hear him jump off the bed and come trotting downstairs for his crust of toast. It was the cutest thing. πŸ™‚

  • Amee
    June 29, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Omgosh, I thought my dogs Java and Zoe were the only ones who race out of my bedroom early in the morning to the backyard and “pretend” to go potty. It’s so silly! Sometimes, they stand by the door and whine and I watch them after I let them out…only to see them stand at the edge of the patio and stare into the distance. Silly puppies. Zoe has a case of surrendering all of the time as well. She always thinks that she did something wrong. Love your dogs Judy! Hope you have been doing well =)

  • Trinity
    June 29, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I have two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels… Ralph is lovable, very energetic but a bit anxious. We learned since he was a pup that if you don’t give him constant -constant attention he howls or bites his bottom raw. He eats his breakfast in a nano-second and we have to shut our other dog, Abby, in her pen so that she will be able to eat in peace… Abby is different, she is sweet and shy but has a conniving side to her… she loves it when Ralph gets into mischief… she moves quickly to our sides to make sure that we know she is the good doggie. She eats soooo slow, she nibbles and picks at her food. She has also tried to get me to sit by her side while she ate, but then it began to interfere with getting my kids ready for school -so, luckily, she seemed to understand that it wasn’t going to go her way and she stopped. Love my pups, they are with me always, all day, everyday. They are unique and fun like my own two kids, but in their doggie personalities. I can see that yours are so happy and loved tremendously also. I always enjoy their pix.

  • Rhea
    June 30, 2010 at 1:12 am

    I have a Golden Retriever, Sparky, he wouldn’t touch his food, unless someone is near him, sitting nearby, watching him. Especially in the mornings..agh.. Afternoon is almost the same but much faster, guess he’s hungry. To speed up the process, I have top touch or hug or kiss my other doggies just to get him envious enough to eat his food. Gaaaahhhh….All for the love of our doggies…

  • Nikki
    June 30, 2010 at 4:23 am

    My Sindy (doxie) is a real foodie who’s more than a bit round. I give her some Obese Management food and my little Athena (norwich terrier mix) her Senior food. Sindy will literally stalk Athena to make sure she doesn’t leave anything left in the bowl. When I say No, Sindy looks at me so pitifully…and (I’m not lying) looks back at Athena and growls.

  • Looby
    June 30, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Ha! I’ve loved reading everyone’s stories, I love dog’s funny characteristics.
    Do you not have trouble with Denise also Judy? She lives with you too, no? Love her -she’s my fave…that face πŸ™‚

  • judy@judyaldridge.com
    June 30, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Thanks so much for all of the crazy dog stories! I really enjoyed reading them over coffee this morning. I will post a picture of Staci–she’s not very pretty, but she’s cute. I would love to see a picture of the Corgi/Chi mix–we have one that lives in my neighborhood and she is so cute!!
    Looby-Denise lives with the girls dad. We all adore her, and she is such a good girl.
    Amee–So good to hear from you!

  • judy@judyaldridge.com
    June 30, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Alyssa–Thanks for the picture–she is so cute!! Staci does look a bit like that but she is red–more like clay colored. I’ll get a pic of her posted.

  • merlin513
    June 30, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Love your description of a Chihuahua’s personality, that is spot on! We’ve always just called them ‘rats on acid’.
    My aunt had a tiny terror named Angel that was anything but! should have been named Bezelbub! I’m afraid Angel ruined me for that breed, but I am jonesing for a greyhound rescue.
    My household consists of an 11 yr. old 13 lb. Maine Coon (Uma), a 2 yr. old Japanese Bobtail (Fidget) and a 1 yr. old Tabby Abyssinian (Hei) mix that i talked out of the woods last July. Uma is a totally laid back grande dame, Fidget is a Jack Russell terrier in a cat suit and Hei’s just a juvenile delinquent. Thankfully they all eat without paw holding and co-exist mostly well. Mornings start at 5:30 whether i want them to or not with a combination of NASCAR & horseracing thru the halls ending with a pounce on mom (Fidget & Hei) & leisurely conversations (Uma) until the alarm goes off at 6:30.

  • Gigi
    June 30, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Haha, I’m glad I’m not the only one who is at the mercy of her pets! My siamese-mix, Kanga (a former stray), becomes absolutely despondent if the gravity feeder is not full at all times. Even if she has no interest in eating she’ll sit next to it crying until I fill it and then will then walk away. I must also give the feeder a “shake down” for her several times a day.
    My tabby, Winnie, will not eat the same food more than twice in a row. She’ll sniff it about 50 times and then turn her back to me until I give her something else. My cupboard looks like the cat food aisle at the grocery.
    I love, love, love your new closets, BTW! Seeing your bedroom makes me realize that mine is much too spartan!

  • CharlieG
    June 30, 2010 at 11:45 am

    My huskie/shepherd/retriever cross will not TOUCH his breakfast unless I sit in a specific chair in the living room, where he can’t see me, whilst I make ‘crunching’ sounds, as if I’m also eating. If he doesn’t finish his breakfast, he will guard his food like crazy, until I repeat the chair/crunching routine.
    Dogs are funny.

  • judy@judyaldridge.com
    June 30, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Charlie–Fake crunching sounds? That is hilarious!!

  • The Photodiarist
    June 30, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    I am still laughing out loud about your morning routine. You poor thing!

  • Yael Snir
    July 1, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Aw! More pet posts, please!
    I have a 10 months old puppy, named Julia. But up until a year ago, I had a dog named Happy. She passed away at 18 years old! <3

  • Mary
    July 1, 2010 at 8:37 am

    I had a beautiful lady Basset Hound growing up named Daphney. She loved getting her morning cookie but she NEVER ate them. She would hide them around the house, and move them if she thought you were looking. It’s been five years since she passed and we’re still finding her cookies around the house, in couches, drawers, kitchen cabinets and other random spots. We also had a Bouvier des Flandres named Jack and he and Daphney were like Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor without the drama. He loved to gently gum her long ears in his mouth, it was the oddest sight! He also knew when the mail man was coming and would lie under the mail slot and let the mail fall into his mouth and eat it, it drove my father crazy!

  • Dulcie
    July 2, 2010 at 1:45 am

    So funny to hear all these stories!
    I have a springer spaniel called Charlie, he went through 8 foster homes and was about to be put down when we got him. He has severe OCD and used to be anorexic. I’m not joking my parents had him diagnosed by a dog psychiatrist. Our other dog – Dougal – is a cross between a chocolate labrador and a german wire-haired pointer and is huge. His favorite thing to do is stand on his hind legs and give you a hug. But it’s these quirks that make them so lovable isn’t it!
    Judy your dogs are all gorgeous.

  • TheBohemianLife
    July 3, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I absolutely enjoyed reading this because YES my two cats are just redick. My little chihuahua is SO easy compared to them! Apparently their mother overfed them as kittens and so they were overweight just about from the start, but after we had them for two years they began puking up after EVERY meal. The vet actually said it was BULEMIA. Apparently it’s not in the sense of poor, ashamed Staci- but they gorge themselves to the point where the food becomes so miserably heavy in their bodies (along with all the other weight) that they force themselves to vomit so they can move around again. So really, classically binging and purging. Can’t believe I’m actually talking about cats, here!. However, one of the cats recently developed hyperthyroidism, so she’s lost half of her bodyweight in a year and NOW is ALWAYS hungry. She’s got this ADORABLE little habit of hopping into the bread basket, chewing through the plastic to get into the bread. Kind of funny until you realized there’s cat kooties all over your sandwich.

  • Ana Curto
    July 9, 2010 at 3:36 am

    All cats here, as stray and fit as they come! πŸ™‚
    Mab, 4 years old, only shuts up and stops when my husband sits down taking his breakfast cereal and allows her to get on his lap (she doesn’t make this fuss with me… :-p). Then its paradise for her!
    One of the eldest, when sick, has to be “chaperonned” and “cheered” when eating (just like Stacy!), along with some back petting… And if we leave the kitchen he comes along…. Frustrating!
    And one of them just goes nut with potato crisps! :-=
    And roasted chestnuts…. πŸ™‚

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  • Barbara
    July 28, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Too funny!! Our Olde English Bulldog has her morning routine as well. She has to go on the back patio and sniff around for a minute, then comes back inside and wants to go out in the front yard to tinkle, then goes around to the back to leave her presents and tinkle some more. After this, she is ready to come back inside. If you try to make her go in the back first, she just turns around and goes right back to the door to go inside. She is about 60 pounds of pure muscle, so there is no sense trying to force her to do something else. Yeah, you could call that spoiled! LOL!