What Tino Refused to Eat
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?