Saturday, May 1, 2010
Playing in the yard is hard work. (Could this be counted as a Pekingese job?) The dogs can get quite an appetite out there.
They look like a herd-- all checking out Janey. She's being fostered in a home near me, but she was here a few days. They all run together outside, check out the fence, patrol the creek, watch the court in front of the house. Hard work means big appetites!
I just have six right now-- but a lot of different foods and needs. I have a desk in the laundry room which is really large. So, it's now the "dog desk." I line the bowls up...
There are two food containers under the desk.
Two on top of the desk...
Treat containers are on the washing machine. Different treats depending on the dog's diet. Special diet equals special cookie.
I always keep canned chicken on hand-- when I get a new dog or one doesn't feel well, this can encourage them to eat. If they're stressed coming into rescue, I can usually get them to eat this. It smells so good, I WANT TO EAT IT!
Of course, they all have their own eating spot-- Caleb eats by the door that goes outside. He eats small breed Blue Buffalo food. Jeanne told me what a great food this is, and Caleb does like it.
Scooter, Cranberry and Max eat together-- they're good about it. That's Caleb in front! Scooter and Cranberry have bladder issues, so they're on Royal Canin S.O. food. Max is on Blue Buffalo Light for lower fat content. He's not fat-- but he had a fat lipid in his eye, and the change of diet made it go away-- amazing!!!
Ty, aka Ty-Ty, is a slow eater, so sometimes I put him in the playpen so no one will bother him. He just likes to take his time. He's on the I.D. formula since he has a more sensitive stomach. Once they all have their food, I can get their pills ready-- thyroid pills, seizure pills, antibiotic pills, glucosamine pills...... We have a lot of pills!
And when we're all done, we can put the dishes in the sink, and relax. Caleb and Ty-Ty curl up together. They're always been together, but they probably won't be adopted together. It's just hard to keep pairs together. But, they usually do just fine after they adjust to new homes.