Posts Tagged ‘coprophagy’

Good thing they are cute…

Friday, May 21st, 2010

bathtub sad eyesMaybe it is those big sad eyes, or the excess of skin that make the girls so endearing.  Family and friends nearby who have been following our struggles will often say something along the lines of “awww how can you be mad at them when they are so cute?”

Yes, they are cute.  Adorable most of the time.  But there are times they are less than adorable.  This morning would have been one of those times.

I was on my way out the door to work, running late.  After I went through the feeding routine, I let the girls out of their beds to go out back to potty.  I no sooner had my handle on the front door when I heard the tell-tale snarling and fighting coming form the yard.  Good thing the windows were open or I may not have known they are full-on fighting. 

What were they fighting over, you ask?

Shit

Yes, they BOTH now race out to the yard looking for an after breakfast nibble.  The logical person in me knows they are not hungry because they just ate a good sized bowl of food. 

It seems they both honed in on something fairly fresh from one of the other dogs.  I was able to get out there and pull them apart, but not after they managed to step in the post breakfast goodie while they were fighting over it.

pull hair outI have been assured they do NOT need any more food.  They are not going after it because they are hungry.  So what gives?

On the bright side – as proclaimed by the kids who pick up the nibbles before lawn mowing – there seems to be less to scoop.

What a way to start a Friday…

Potty mouth

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

soap in mouthMy grandmother used to complain about people who curse, saying they have a ‘potty mouth.’  I wish our challenge was as easy as threatening a mouth washing with a bar of soap. 

Heck, eating soap would be preferable to what Zoey (and Daisy the Shih Tzu) have taken to feasting on.

My mom calls them ‘tootsie rolls.’   I call it poo.

Apparently this phenomenon of eating the excrement is not uncommon for some breeds.  Guess we are doubly lucky since we have two of them.  To my surprise, there is a preference in this non-approved dining.  One never eats her own, or when it is too fresh.  Guess the steamy ones are better left for later.  Sometimes one tries to bring them in the house for future dining.  All the time this act is met with loud words and water bottle squirting, followed by a not-so-gentle mouth wiping and timeout in a crate.

potty-mouth-coprophagia-treatmentWe have tried the various recommendations from the vet, including mixing frozen spinach in the food or adding small pieces of carrot.  This is supposed to change the acidity of the end product.  We have spent money on a few of the different  coprophagy (poop eating) treatments.  Last night we tried to make it unpalatable (as if eating it is palatable in the first place!)

 

tobascoWe started with red chili powder, hoping the smell alone would be a deterrent.  Nope.   Then we doused the chili covered nuggets with tobasco.  She still snatched it up as if it was a new treat.

So now what?  The salivating pup did spend some time at the water bowl and licking her muzzle, as if to get the bad taste out.  She didn’t seem too put out by it, so I doubt her spicy encounter will leave a lasting impression.

No Zoey smooches for me thank you very much!