What Tino Refused to Eat

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Many years ago, my dad came to stay with us for a few months while my mom had back surgery and we prepared to move them both out to California to be closer to us. We still had Sally & Tino at the time and Tino and my dad were great friends…as you can see.


Both Sally & Tino also knew my dad was an easy mark at the dinner table and usually took positions on either side of him at the table. They didn’t beg from the table from me or Steve, but they knew dad was always good for a few tidbits.
One of my dad’s favorite meals was lamb chops, so I made sure to have them a couple of times while he was visiting. The first time I served them, Tino was nowhere to be found – he came in from his backyard but then immediately left again. I didn’t think much of it – I figured he had something more interesting going on in the backyard – like rabbits.
The next time I served them, Tino was in the house and joined us at the table but as soon as I brought the food out, he left. Odd I thought, but didn’t really think much of it.
When it happened a third time, he was in the house, but refused to come into the kitchen. I got the idea that maybe it was the lamb since it does have a strong odor and I tried to feed him some – he wouldn’t have it. He turned his nose up and he immediately left again. Now I wanted to get to the bottom of it and took a piece of lamb and a regular treat outside to him. He ate the treat, but refused the lamb.
Tino was NEVER picky about what he ate, so turning down a nicely grilled lamb chop was a pretty big surprise. We figured there was just something about the smell that turned him off and he never ate any of the lamb offered to him. Luckily, Sally was there to eat his share.
Have any of your dogs shown such an aversion to any meat? I can understand vegetables and even fruit…but meat?

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  1. That’s shocking, and funny! Rita has never refused meat but she has spit out lobster, and she *hates* peanut butter.
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  2. LOL that is funny and at the price of lamb chops!
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  3. Wow, what a strange reluctance? Perhaps Tino was friends with a lamb one time?

    Honey’s not normally fussy. But she’s started rejecting formerly favorite fruits (apples, cherries, blueberries). I guess it’s not a big deal. But I wonder why she’d eat something for years and suddenly go off it.
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    • You know, we rescued him from a very agricultural area. Before Bernie & him landed in the park, I wonder if he lived on a farm that had sheep or something?? Who knows.
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  4. Mom doesn’t like lamb, so we have never had it, but all other meats we have come in contact with have been wonderfully edible to all of us.
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  5. Whoever coined the phrase “dumb animals” didn’t have a dog at dinner time! My OES’s loved fruit, they’d even pick the raspberries from the garden themselves, but Sam hates fruit of any kind. Ditto for veggies. I guess he’s just a meat and meat kind of pup. 🙂
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  6. Tino must have had some refined sensibilities to turn that down. My two will eat anything edible, and most things inedible.

  7. I’ve never turned down meat, but I refuse vegetable unless they’re disguides well. I also refuse peanut butter.
    I never beg for food, but there is one person who never listened to my bipeds when I was a pup and always fed me – so when he visits and has food I know he wants to share it with me!
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  8. Never ever, not once refused meat!
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  9. I don’t think there is a meat that Bentley doesn’t like. He is game to try most everything after a thorough sniff. Pierre is our picky eater and doesn’t care for many of the fruits and veggies.
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  10. Very interesting……. never heard of a dog refusing meat! And my dogs love lamb chops, and that happens to be exactly what I picked up at the store today to eat! Maybe it’s a past life thing with Tino. LOL 😉

  11. Jasmine didn’t want to have anything to do with rabbit. Perhaps it didn’t smell distinctly enough. She had an offend on relationship with fish.

    Cookie looked funny at moose meat when she first encountered it. I had to smother it with beef broth to convince her it was food. Then she got a taste for it. It as similar with wild duck. Rabbit, deer, goose and partridge were accepted immediately
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  12. That is so strange – now I can’t stop wondering why he had such a strong reaction ( or inaction ) to lamb. It’s a fairly common ingredient too which makes it even more puzzling. I haven’t experienced any aversions to meat with Laika yet; if it happens I know I’ll be shocked.
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  13. How funny, I would of left the room too Tino!
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  14. You know – I would think (even though it’s rare) that smell of some meats could be a definite turnoff to some dogs. Lamb is not a fav to anyone in my house, and a lot of it has to be the smell.

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