Speck was always starving. I limited his food because dachshunds shouldn’t be overweight due to back issues. Yes, I know . . no dogs or humans should be overweight due to many issues but, let’s not discuss that please . . not two days before Thanksgiving and just before Christmas cookies are baked!
Anyway . . one day I was talking to our vet and he commented that we were doing a good job keeping Speck trim. I said “He’s always hungry!” The vent said “He’s a hound. They think they’re always hungry!” Maybe I’m part hound! 🙂
Speck truly wanted to eat the moment his eyes popped open in the morning and he spent his day begging for food, til we all went to bed. Even when he was almost completely deaf, he could hear a candy wrapper being opened. He loved Smarties and I finally quit eating them because I knew it wasn’t good to share them with him and I didn’t have the heart to eat them in front of him and not give them to him. Speck could have been in a deep sleep and if he knew I was in the kitchen, he was coming in there. He was sure I would drop a crumb of something.
Once my parents were visiting and my mom said “Your kitchen floor is so clean!” I said “I have Speck”. He was like a little vacuum cleaner in the kitchen.
I divided Speck and Rita’s daily food allotment into three portions – a little at breakfast, most of it at lunch, and a little at night.
With Speck gone, Rita never mentions eating until lunch time. While I was gone, which always happens, I came home to Rita looking like she might need a little less to eat so I’m happy she isn’t checking her bowl for food til lunch. I’m just cutting out the small amount I give her in the morning and she’ll drop back to her slim, trim self in a week or so.
We kept a baby gate up going into the kitchen because Speck would gobble down his food and try to get Rita’s so we fed Rita in the kitchen and Speck just outside the kitchen. We’ve been able to take the baby gate down so that’s been nice. I almost left it up because Rita is used to stepping over the bottom rail. If we get another dog (doubtful at this point), we’ll probably need to separate them for feeding or at least keep a puppy locked in the kitchen at times but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. The gate is down for now and that makes cleaning the floor a whole lot easier . . but I sure miss Speck. I keep waiting for him to follow me into the kitchen, or come by my chair to be petted.