Jack & Maggie are seniors and don’t get into too much mischief (other than the occasional scone grab). That’s not to say there hasn’t been a lot of mischief in our lives with our Sally and her brother Tino. We had Sally from when she was a puppy, and Tino was estimated to be about one year old when we rescued him – so lots of youngster mischief.
One of our favorite Sally stories occurred shortly after we rescued Tino. Tino’s rescue story is told here, but this concerns the first time we left them alone with our dog sitter. Our dog sitter at the time was also our cleaning lady, so she knew the dogs and they knew her. We were just going away for the weekend, so we left instructions for MaryAnn and off we went.
This was shortly after we had gotten Tino and after spending his first 2 months outdoors (he had distemper and we couldn’t bring him inside), he had begun to sleep in the front hallway in our multi-level home. The kitchen, living room and bedrooms were on the upper level. Tino was quite content down there – he actually probably would have preferred being outside, but we had no dog door at the time so we had to close him in.
We had an enjoyable, but uneventful weekend and come home to hear a tale of Sally mischief. It really wasn’t too surprising to us, but poor MaryAnn was a bit taken aback!
Normally we fed Sally in the kitchen, put her food down for her and then proceeded downstairs to put Tino’s food down for him. Well, little smarty-pants Sally, decided to take advantage of mom and dad being gone and she waited for MaryAnn to come back upstairs after putting Tino’s bowl down, and then bolted downstairs, muscled Tino out of the way, gobbled up all of his dinner and scooted back upstairs to eat her own. Tino, poor guy, just stood by and watched – he always did what his big sister told him. Luckily, MaryAnn caught on to her game and gave poor Tino another meal. And the next time she fed them she blocked Sally, the thief from making her way to Tino’s bowl before him.
Do your dogs steal each others food? Jack is pretty polite – he will stand close by until Maggie walks away from her bowl, but as soon as she turns away, he’s on her bowl licking every scrap she left. She never goes near his. Interesting.