Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Baguette is the Irish Russell Terrier I’m watching for my son while he is on vacation. I enjoy my walks with him because he gets so much attention and it gives me a chance to engage with people who ordinarily wouldn’t pay me any mind.
Last week we went to the dog park. He had a great time with Bo, a dog that walked into a house whose front door was left open. The residents wondered whose dog it was so they posted flyers around the neighborhood with their phone number and when no one called to claim the dog, they kept him. Bo is a four year old terrier with so much patience that Baguette took advantage of it by wrestling with him for over an hour. When we were about to leave, I told Bo’s caretaker that I hoped Baguette hadn’t worn Bo out. His kind response was that Baguette had given him his best day at the dog park.
One thing that amazes me about Baguette is that when I leave his bowl of food for him, sometimes he’ll take a couple of sniffs and then walk away. As a child, I grew up with a Cocker Spaniel. Whenever we put his bowl of food down, he dug into it as if he hadn’t been fed in weeks. So I was surprised to witness Baguette’s passivity when confronted with his bowl of food. Later, about 30 minutes or so, he'll return to the bowl and take a few nibbles then leave the rest for later.
Hmmm … I started to think that an interesting experiment would be to do that with my own eating. To face my plate of food, take a few bites from it, then leave it alone for 30 minutes or an entire hour, then take a few more bites. Would the scale needle move to a lower number by week’s end? I may try it and blog about that some time.