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We installed a hummingbird feeder outside the dining room window. Talk about mooching monsters! They may be cute, but they are greedy! They dive bomb each other and squeek and squawk when their feeder runs out or has been moved.

I am going to put up another one next to my pear tree this year because last year they started sticking their little beaks into the ripe pears. Didn't make me very happy.

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Hmmm... apparently I need to learn to leave a space after I type so people can actually get the links to work without cutting and pasting. Thanks for fixing two of them, Lady Irish!


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I don't know. Some people get seriously weird about their pets. Here's a clickable link:

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Ha and everybody is worried about the zombie apocalypse, just watch out for the pigs emoticon

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I absolutely adored my sheep, goats and dogs, though. I guess I'm a fuzzy animal person. They can beg all they want. I'm happy to be a sucker.

However, I might not be quite THIS much of a sucker:
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I had pigs for a while (don't tell anyone since I'm Jewish - but those were the non-practicing years). I purposely bred animals to live in the woods - pigs, too. Most of them were very happy with their woodland home, with grain, grass and whatever they could forage to eat. Most stayed within their fences from birth until sale or processing.

However, a few wanted to hunt more widely for their food. One (Eleanor Pigby) would knock down electric or permanent fences and lead a band of other pigs on an adventure. Once they went trooping down the highway looking for roadkill. But her most favorite adventure of all was to lead her band across a creek and up a hill to a very nice Victorian house to knock on the back door with her snout. The woman inside was absolutely terrified of the 350-pounder outside her door and her merry band of babies to quarter-tonners, but Eleanor was just begging for handouts. She got them once from the husband and she never forgot it.

When I had sold or given away almost all the animals before moving west I had one very large breeding sow left. I was making Thanksgiving dinner and she was bored. She pushed at the front and back doors, tore siding off the house and broke the garage door trying to get in. She actually did get in at one point and it took my daughter, my brother and me, all screaming and throwing food, to get her back out again. We had planned to sell her as a breeder - she had routinely produced 14 Tamworth/Hampshire cross babies, which is amazing - but we didn't dare risk the liability. We had her butchered instead. The butcher came to help us load her up and even he was afraid of her, as she stood there chomping up the beef bones we threw in the trailer to help coax her up.

Naturally I had to fix all this damage before I could put the house on the market, and I had already readied it for market. No more pigs for me.

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4/28/13 10:05 A

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I used to live next to a pasture of sheep -- worst, most obnoxious mooches ever. Walk past them and they'd baa like, "WELL???"

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

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Too cute about the Steer!

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There's not an animal around (farmyard or domestic) that doesn't mooch if they can.

I had a pet steer that loved porridge, I'd make him some and give it to him in an empty ice cream container, when he'd finished he'd run around the paddock with the empty container in his mouth.

Chickens are little pigs, they will follow you all over the place if you have food. Goats are usually pretty picky with food, but that mouth of theirs can open doors and gates you'd never thought possible

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My adopted sister in Pennsylvania has a Siberian Husky that's the worst chocoholic you've ever seen. Baron should have gone to that Great Kennel In the Sky a long time ago. But somehow he keeps stealing chocolate and living to bark about it.

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

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4/28/13 12:35 A

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We also had a labrador that ate an entire birthday cake - right before the birthday party, of course, when there wasn't a bit of time to do a thing about it. We had a blue tick hound that stole a box of chocolates that was supposed to be for the teacher of the living room mantel.

But my favorite dog thievery story:
Every weekend for years, my mom would bake a loaf of brown bread and cook a roast for my father's lunches. She would slice the bread into ten slices and the roast into five slices. He would take it all downstairs and make his sandwiches while watching the news. After a couple of years with no complaints, suddenly one piece of bread started going missing week after week and Dad accused Mom of messing with him on purpose - or of getting Alzheimer's or something.

It was the cocker spaniel.

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The goat (Ashi) that liked the Old Bay spice mix went to live at a friend's house in her old age. I didn't think it was necessary to tell the friend about my back door problem. This friend lived on a hundred-plus acres and had a much wider variety of other animals to keep the old gal company.

WRONG.

The first day she decided she needed to check out the big house (my friend had 9 daughters and one son so it was a BIG house. Ashi apparently let herself out several gates and tried all the doors until she finally marched in the front door (and left it wide open). She pulled the tablecloth to the floor to help herself to a stick of butter, some crackers and some cheese. Apparently no one told her she was supposed to make it, not eat it.

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This seems appropriate here. Good doggie!

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A goat with a refined palate -- gotta love it!

"...there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for."

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Now, I am REALLY supposed to be doing my online math class. But I had to jump over here and add that I had a "wild" deer that used to come up on the front porch and beg for scraps once she figured out if she got to them before I took them to the chickens and goats, she might get the best stuff. My dad used to hand feed squirrels and they REALLY got to be a nuisance. They'd dive bomb him from trees!

I had goats that learned how to open the back door knob to get in the house and raid the pantry. They liked cereal, which they ate box and all. One of them had a fondness for Old Bay.

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4/27/13 11:28 A

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I don't have pets (landlord charges a fortune extra). Years ago my now-ex and I had a cat that must have read Garfield, because he loved lasagna. Whenever we had it, before I could clear the table he'd jump up on it and lick the plates.

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No dogs here, but -- trust me on this -- birds can be every bit as pushy when it comes to food as any other animal. The parrots get tiny portions of people food and they are not adverse to swooping in on plates. Poppy, the sun conure will shriek nonstop if someone is having an apple because he knows that the best part (the core) is in there and he should get to gnaw on it.

The chickens come tearing when we walk out the backdoor. Things they're waiting for: dinnerplate scrapings, the seeds that the parrots have left in their cups from the day before, or that greatest of all gustatory delight, collards. If I throw 3 leaves of collards out one at a time, they will race to the first that hits the dirt, drop it in a hot flash to go after the second, and all three will fight over the third (ignoring the other two). They are very competitive when it comes to food.

Squirrels. We live in Squirrelville. They drop from the trees when they hear the back door open, certain that the caterers have arrived. They sneak into the chicken run and eat their food while the chickens are out. They will eat ANYTHING. Their absolute favorite stuff, though, is the seeds that fall from the bird feeders. If the wild birds want seed, they have to be up on the birdfeeders; anything that hits the ground is on squirrel territory.

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Well, we had two old (I mean old) dogs that not only did not beg, or were near the table when we were eating, but they were not allowed in the kitchen either. With Bart and Derek you could put a plate of food on the coffee table and they would not touch it. Derek died at 17 (in 2008) and Bart at 20 years old (last year).

Now we have two puppies, well they already weight 35 pounds, but are not 4 month old yet, and we are trying hard to teach them manners. Eventually we will get there, but it has been a tough ride. Every time we re eating Dante whines non stop and runs around the table. It is very annoying. Isha, more classy and educated, just lays down since she knows she is not getting anything.

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Don't we spoil them like crazy? hehe
When we eat, Dennis (who started the whole begging thing) has the troop sitting around him. He always throws them the last 4 bites of his food, since we have 4 dogs. When Dennis is done eating, Alice and Munchie comes and sit by me. Alice is the funny one. Every time I take a bit of food, she actually gasps. I guess she just can't understand why I am not giving her my food. I do let them lick the plate after I am done eating. I have to break it up in two's. Munchie does not believe in sharing with Henley the Hound. I guess his nose is just to big lol.

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LOL and here I thought my dogs were moochers. they don't even come close to the crawlers you have!!

One thing they have in common with yours is the "whinge" factor. My Bruno can whinge with the best of them, he's like a crowd of whining two year olds, in the end you give him what he wants because you just want some peace.

Now after reading this I suspect you don't want children????? you've already go 2 albeit 4 legged, but they have the Mum Mum Mum I want I want I want down pat
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Everyone I know has completely different standards of table manners for their dogs. My grandmother, by the time she was ancient, was putting her poodle in a high chair like he was a baby human. My father, who already disliked poodles because his sister had 42,568,793 mini poodles and you could never find a place to sit in her house, finally found a little humor in grandma's little poodle, who took his role as baby human very, very seriously. Somewhere in this house, I have a picture of my father pretending to feed it "milk" from a "baby bottle" that was really a wine bottle. He was a bit warped.

When my kids and my brother - and my ex husband - still lived with me - it was very clear that even the dogs were ready for him to go. I had one Samoyed then who was just tall enough to place her nose on the table but she was ordinarily very polite. My ex got up to use the bathroom right before any of us got to take even one bite and he expected every single one of us to wait for him to come back. When he closed the door, the Samoyed grabbed a bite of coleslaw off his plate, sat back down and swallowed it. No one made a single sound. Not even one giggle or cough. The dog didn't fidget or lick her lips. We waited for him to come back and then we ate like nothing happened.

My (happy to be married to new) husband, before he moved in with me, used to let his Boston Terror lick his plate clean after dinner. When we joined households, the Boston apparently couldn't contain himself over the thought that he might get his choice of TWO plates instead of one... and he would start whining as soon as I set the plates down on the table. This whine increased in frequency whole time we ate. He'd start shivering and shaking and drooling like he had a terrible disease and his head would dart back and forth between us. He'd suck in his belly to look emaciated. When we got Solly andboth dogs only got one plate, the Boston would lick one plate as fast as he could and knock Solly's head away from the other, then when Solly would go lick up the first plate, he'd knock Solly's head away from that. So I wrote up a memo saying no dogs could lick plates anymore. But Earl never read it and two years later, he's still whining and drooling and sucking in his belly.

I do save two pieces of food off my plate for them at every meal. I put them aside and they have to wait until I am DONE. They don't get them by jumping up and down and being ridiculous. Solly does run his head under my elbow and peak at the food, though. He wants a good advance look at his treat. Sometimes he'll look two or three times during my meal.

After I'm done eating, I make them sit, lie down, roll over or shake or do something else before they get their treat. There's a bit of competition between them; Earl wants to grab his first before Solly gets his (he still thinks he might get two pieces, I think) and Solly tries to run through the whole repertoire of tricks like he might get better treats. Sometiems I ask them to lie down and Solly sits, shakes, lies down and rolls over before he finally just lies down and stays down. Then he eats.

At my mom's house, Charlie just stares at her, but does not get any food at all from her at the table or after she eats. But when I come over, he senses a dog sucker and he barks and fidgets the whole time. She says he doesn't do that with anyone else. She is positive I sneak him things under the table, but I don't.

At my work, I am officially a home health and hospice aide, but I have two houses where mostly I cook for the family for the whole week. This even includes the dogs. I make up a week's worth of meals, portion them up in plates with lids. Even the dogs get itty bitty little plates. At one house I make omelettes three different ways as soon as I get there... one for him, one for her and one for the chihuahua, who likes hers with cheese filling and CRISPY eggs. I am NOT kidding. Don't give her a nice, shaken French omelette that's not quite browning on the bottom, ohno (Lady Irish will know what I mean). She will bark at you to put it back in the pan until it is done to her satisfaction. She is quite the little restaurant critic. She also won't eat her dog food from either of her parents, but if I take it away and pretend to eat it, she jumps up in my lap and starts eating it with gusto. If I like it, it must be pretty good.

(By the way, I mostly cut and pasted this off where I started a discussion on the poodle forum because I LOVE hearing dog stories. So if it seems familiar... it is.)

So what happens at your house?


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