Mischief Memories

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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.
mischiefsallyOne 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.


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  1. Oh Donna is definitely a food stealer when she was still in the shelter. She has this awful habit of picking out the food she likes out of the food she didn’t like in her bowl. So she would eat all the chicken and ignore the rice in her bowl and then go look for more chicken in the other dog’s bowl. As a result, she got fatter and the senior dog she shared a cell with got thinner! Poor him!

    Now being the only dog in the flat, there’s no more food to steal! Haha!
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    • Donna, very smart of you.
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  2. There was only one thing Jasmine would steal from Bruin, until she found a better way of getting it – pre-chewed bully sticks. She just liked it better when it was all softened up. She’d wait for Bruin to work on it for a bit and then she’d sneak it away from him.

    She must have been aware of the risks, because soon she found a better way – distraction. She’d come over to my desk for biscuits = Bruin would come running over for biscuits = Jasmine would go and take now abandoned stick. Very clever.

    Cookie seems to have the same tendency – if a stick, then a pre-chewed one.

    JD would steal about anything from anybody but he learned to wait.
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  3. Mr. N never steals food from Onyxx. Onyxx will steal food from Mr. N every opportunity he gets. Even from his mouth!
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    • BOL…I can just picture that.
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  4. LOL. No food stealing here these days, though all three dogs check each others bowls when they’ve finished eating. I should amend that to say… before we put a stop to it, Rudy would let Rosie have his food if she wanted it. Rudy will let Rosie have anything – his favorite toys, treats, you name it.
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    • Jack is like that too, but Maggie never tries.
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  5. Mom doesn’t know why, but we have never stolen food from each other. We will have disputes over things like antlers…I wait until someone leaves it unattended for a moment and steal it, but food, no. We do go through and lick out each others bowls when we are done, just to make sure nothing was left behind.
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    • That’s my strategy too Emma…I sit back until Maggie isn’t looking and then swoop in.
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  6. I have to confess I have been known to take more than my fair share of the food! Unfortunately for me Mum warned our house sitter of this possibility and she fed Kasper and I totally separately so I couldn’t do it – doh!

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂
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  7. These guys are pretty good. They do lick each others bowls though, as if one of them would leave a crumb behind. LOL
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  8. Food thieving……thats what huskies do best! Counter surfing, food stealing dogs! Ha!
    I have to keep an eye on the 3 of them when they eat, because for some strange reason, each one of them always want to eat out of the others bowl!?! ah well 🙂

    ((husky hugz))
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  9. We have to separate our dogs when they eat. Other then Norbert they are all chow hounds

    retro rover
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  10. Haha! I like that innocent head tilt
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  11. Bentley will steal Pierre’s food immediately if we don’t watch him. Tucker, our Golden Retriever would actually leave several kibbles in his bowl for Bentley. They were the best of friends and Tucker just had the sweetest heart. <3
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  12. Our dogs are much like Jack and Maggie. And they rarely eat at the same time, since they wait till they’re hungry to eat. They’re weird dogs. But since I brought our new puppy home yesterday, they’ve been keeping their bowls empty to make sure the puppy doesn’t steal their food.
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  13. Whenever Luna and I travel with my parents, we always have this problem. Keto is the slowest eater. We have discovered that if you feed Keto, you can distract Luna by playing hide and seek with her food or catch.
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  14. With 3 dogs and 4 cats, you’d think someone would steal from someone, but everyone in my house has learned to mind their manners, with only one exception between two of my cats. Just as I set Dawn’s bowl down, Elsa Clair takes a quick mouthful before she eats her own food. Dawn is just too slow to do anything about; in fact, I’m not sure she even notices.

    –Woofs (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.
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  15. That is a cute story. We feed our dogs separately to avoid disputes. 🙂
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  16. Great mischief memory. When was Tino diagnosed with distemper? My boss and I were just talking about distemper last week and that we haven’t seen it in forever because of vaccinating but it may change as people are getting on the band wagon that pets don’t need vaccinations, so we may see it again. Glory is my food hog and hurry up and eat hers jump off couch and if gman isn’t eating his which he most time doesn’t then she will race over to his bowl take a big mouth full and run away and spit it out and then eat it. Clowns, all are clowns.
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    • It was ages ago – 1997. We found him (and his brother Bernie) abandoned in a park in LA. They were about a year old. We heard from locals that many people just left unwanted pets at this park. We rescued the both of them, figured we’d just clean them up and find them homes. Took them to the vet the next day and the vet said they both had distemper. Nursed them for 5-6 weeks before Bernie finally passed from it (we put him down when he started having seizures) but Tino pulled through. Strong like bull. Our theory is they probably got tossed out of wherever they came from with no vaccinations and after their mother’s immunity wore off…well they got it. They were living in a really overgrown construction site – it wasn’t really a park at the time, it was a dam under construction – lots of wildlife including coyotes, so not surprised they got sick.
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  17. Sampson is such a good boy. When we fed kibble he was a free feeder, but that changed once Delilah came. She would gobble her food up and then go push him out of the way and he wouldn’t fuss about it. The first time I gave her a snack she swallowed the treat without chewing, went over to Sampson and took his right from his mouth! Again, he did nothing. I on the other hand went over to her and took it away and gave it back to Sampson and she did it again. They then started getting separated when eating/snacking. Thankfully she’s come a long way since we go her, but she will still lick his bowl when he’s done.
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  18. They’re just like kids, aren’t they? Taking advantage of the poor baby sitter! Cricket will steal everyone else’s food given a chance. We have to watch her or she’ll eat her food, then run right over and push Sheba out of hers. Poor Sheba…her brother Moses used to do it to her too, she’s just too nice! Now Cricket is trying it with Luke too. Luke does love to lick the girls’ bowls when they’re done, and he used to try to get Kobi’s, because towards the end Kobi was eating so slow. Kobi would put him in his place with a snarl though, and so far Luke’s not trying it with the girls…that may be another lesson Kobi taught him before he left us!
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    • We feed Maggie outside and Jack inside although he’s pretty polite and will wait for her to walk away. She would never go near his bowl.
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