Downeast Dog News

Human Food Rituals and how to benefit from them

[Note: this column is based on one from June, 2010]
By Baxter | Jun 01, 2015

Before we begin, let’s review how we eat: 1. Our humans pour food into our bowls; 2. We eat. Not so with humans. They make a ritual of eating. However, this ritual gives you several opportunities to join in.

First, they have to prepare the food: they make sure it is dead by cutting it and poking it with sharp objects, then shake things onto it and mix things into it. Meanwhile your nose is in overdrive. Once they prepare it, humans feel they have to heat it. While they are distracted heating and stirring, you might want to take a walk around looking for tasty treats that may have hit the floor or have been left within reach.

OK, now they’ve made sure their food is dead and they’ve heated it up. Next they sit down at a table to eat it. Do you suppose eating would be simple? No. For some reason, they won’t use their mouths directly. They won’t even use their precious thumbs. No, instead they use something they call utensils to move food from the table to their mouths. There is an upside to this for us: these utensils make noise. A dog can safely lie near the table, snooze a bit, wait for the noise to stop, then make the rounds looking for treats.

Finally they must clean up. I’ve trained my humans to put their dishes down so I can help. Once I’m done they could easily be put back in the cupboard, though that never seems to happen. Only one thing left: the pans. I park in front of their stove, count the pans and wait. Cleaning pans can be hard work but it’s where the best tastes are. Once the pans are complete I can go back to bed knowing my job here is done.

Thought for the month: Bad human food is better than the best dog food