As some of you may already know, I, Jake, am the spokesdog for our family. I am the one who comes to ask Mom for breakfast in the morning (or Dad on some occasions). Just Harry just hangs around until he sees Mom get up in response to my request. Then he runs to his own food bowl as I go to mine. He also depends on me to use my wiles to trick Mom into giving us seconds. (Still working on thirds...)
Ditto for dinner. Unless I ask, it doesn't happen.
Well, this evening, it was almost five and Mom was working at her computer. I wasn't really hungry, so I was just looking out the window and pondering the results of the New Hampshire election last night. (Mom and Dogdad stayed up until the very end and were pretty happy at the results!)
All of a sudden, Just Harry decided to take matters into his own paws. He ran over to Mom and when she asked him if he was hungry, he turned and ran to his bowl. (Talk about dogs learning from each other, as the whippets were discussing yesterday!)
Mom got up and gave me my portion; but being sleep-deprived and distracted, she actually forgot about Just Harry, whose bowl is around the corner in his crate, and went back to her computer. So after a minute or two, Just Harry came to see what was wrong. Mom got up again, saw me standing by my bowl, my food untouched, and discovered JH with an empty bowl
Mom realizing what she had done, quickly gave JH his food. And then she also realized that the reason I hadn't touched my food was because I didn't want to start until JH was fed too.