Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Green Beans and Punkin Pie, Oh My!!

Just Harry and I have been training Mom, and we think it's working.

Our goal? Thirds for breakfast and dinner.

Our strategy?

Step 1. I, Jake, approach Mom (or Dogdad, as the situation demands), whack her arm with my paw, sit, and give her my most absolutely adorable wire pup stare. She stops what she's doing (either reading the paper in the morning or working at her computer in the afternoon) and asks if I'm hungry. As the spokesdog for me and my brother, I lick my chops to say yes, and run towards my bowl in the dining room. JH says "I'll have what he''s having." and runs towards his crate to wait for his food. We both get our ration of kibble and fresh water. This works every time.

Step 2. Mom resumes what she was doing. I scarf down the food and wait a minute until she is totally absorbed in her activity. Then I come over, sit down again, give her a low growl to get her attention and repeat that absolutely irresistible wirey stare. Mom says, "No, Jakey, you've already eaten. Don't you remember? Do you want to turn into a roly poly porky dog?" I repeat my growl. She repeats her "No!" I growl a little louder and more urgently. Sometimes I even add a bark, just to get the point across. She starts to say no again, but then -- I think -- concerned that she may have not given me enough to fill my tummy and that I might still be really hungry -- relents and gets up to give me a second helping. JH, not to be outdone, runs to his crate to wait for his share. Admittedly, it is much smaller, Mom's devious use of psychology to make us think we are getting our way. And this is why we are escalating our approach.

Step 3. (As yet untried.) Looking even cuter than before, we come back a third time and Mom, having caught that legendary 1.6-second canine memory, forgets that we have eaten and fills our bowls again. What are the odds of this happening? Stay tuned. I have gotten her to feed us at 4 pm instead of 5. But thirds? Our goal may be unattainable.

This is not to say that we have forgotten all the lusciousness of Thanksgiving. None of that great-smelling turkey for us -- but lots of green beans as treats, and little tastes of that yummy pumpkin pie. Oh my!! Maybe thirds would be a bit much after all.
Jake the Dog


Gus said...

Green Beans and Pumpkin Pie?
Yes Please, but Mommy Why
Can We not have some turkey too
Should all the good things go to you
And dog Dad - you will both be FAT
And goodness me, we don't want that


Peanut said...

oh we loved what Gus wrote. Yeah you two will be so fat if you keep that up that your won't be able to run to your bowl or into your crate. :)

Snowball said...

Brovo Jake! I growl and bark at my daddy when I feel that he hasn't gave me enough of treats. hee...


Lenny said...

That is very impressive strategy, guys! Very clever!!

Your friend, Lenny

William Tell said...

Do fox terriers get roly poly porky? I think we have too much energy to burn and none to put away as fat for the winter months. We need those calories and carbs!

William Tell

Agatha and Archie said...

Extremely clever strategy..We are going to see how this continues to work for you.If it does WE ARE ON IT!!!! Love A+A

Sophie Brador said...

Reach for the stars boys! It's always good to have goals. Especially if they include green beens and pumpkin pies.


Katherine and Pippa said...

Good moves. Sounds a bit like my strategies for a morning full of breakfasts. (Mine and theirs - but they eat at different times).

Suggestion for step 4 (or alternative step 3) - convince your mom she is hungry and then get her to share whatever she gets with you (and a little bit for JH too).

Good luck


Molly the Airedale said...

BRILLIANT!!!!! I think we'll give your strategy a try today!
Thanks guys!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Harry said...

Good luck with your plan and do let us know if it works!

Toodle pip,
Harry x

Jackson's J1 and J2 said...

I think you need to hold out for thirds! Good luck pals! J x

Sunshade said...

Dear Jake,

You together with my Sunshade would be bad news...hehe. There is just too much brain there. Of course, you each would have your own little sidekicks trying to score points off your hard work LOL!

Thank you and your mom so much for dropping by and wishing Jaffa a good recovery.

ps. Thank doG it was completely dark when I was dragged by my two 60 pounders LOL... tho i have fallen flat on my face before in broad daylight - a cat was the culprit.

Elaine & the Aire-kids

Maggie said...

Hello guyssss!

TAG, you're it!! Maggie have tagged you...Here's the RulesLink to your tagger and post these rules:List eight ( 8 ) random facts about yourself.Tag eight people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them ). Let them know they've been tagged by leaving them a comment on their blogs okay? licks and kisses..-Maggie-

Koobuss said...

I really like your approach, Jake. I have a similar one for treats, only I cry. It works every time.

Since you guys got your supper time moved up from 5 PM to 4 PM, maybe you can try your new trick around 8 or 9 at night and get fed something again. You must be hungry by then. Try it and see what happens.

Love and Koobuss Kisses,

Asta said...

I bet youw iwwesistable face wowks evewy time..i wouldn't be suwpwised if you get fifths,heheh...but watch out , cause you will be a rolly polly doggie . Those beans and pie look delish!
I'm so glad you two awe coming to my pawty, I can't wait to leawn youw hannukah songs!!! this should be gweat!
smoochie kisses

COL. Sam ASTA-fari Joe H. Pinkerton Peabody, Esq said...

Hey guys.. we always try to hold out for at least thirds, as well. Btw, You have been tagged. Check it out on our site. Fill it out, if you have a chance.

Stanley said...

Nice strategy, guys! Let me know if step 3 ever works for you. We're working on trying to train our girl to feed us on command too.

Goober love,