In a couple of weeks we’ll be dropping Max off with our neighbour so we can go have some fun in the sun. It’s just one less thing to worry about while we’re away. This week it’s our chance to return the favour. Our next-door-neighbours, Mike and Joanne, are in Jamaica this week, so I’ve been going over to get their dog to bring her to our house so her and Max can play for a few hours every afternoon.
We don’t actually have to look after Harley. Someone is staying at their place. I’m just bringing the dog over every day so the person looking after the house doesn’t have to come home at lunch to let the dog out to do its business.
Harley is a chocolate lab that is full of p*** and vinegar. That dog doesn’t slow down for a second and loves to eat everything she can get her paws on. Mike and Joanne only feed her once a day, which most dog owners will tell you is the correct way to do things. We don’t do it that way at our house. Our dog dish is constantly filled so Max can eat whenever he wants. He usually only eats just before bedtime, but the food is out there for him all day.
Well, when Harley comes over, the first thing she does is head for Max’s bowl, where she devours every morsel in the bowl in less than a minute. Max just looks up at me, as if to say,” Hey, that dog is eating all of my food and you’re not doing a darn thing about it!” It doesn’t stop at the dog food either. I lost track of Harley yesterday afternoon for a couple of seconds while I was in the kitchen. Then I heard her downstairs, eating all the food I had set out for the cat. What an appetite!
Monday afternoon I gave both dogs a rawhide bone to play with. Max will usually play with his for a week before it’s all eaten up. Harley had hers devoured in about an hour!
So today, before I go next door to bring Harley over for a few hours of fun with Max, I will hide every bowl that sits on the floor with food in it.
With an appetite like that, I might even have to put some locks on all the cupboards!