Table scraps have always been a no-no for Charlie, until Thanksgiving rolled around.
He arrived with a solid strategy that relied on the cute factor and an element of surprise.
At first he was all nonchalant. Chasing the ball. Sitting pretty. But he clearly had big plans. And he was fixing to change up the rules big time.
Charlie waited until everyone sat down to eat, then slid under the table, darting back and forth looking for a friendly pair of legs. That’s when he sprang his plan into action. Charlie nuzzled his snout into someone’s lap, then pushed his nose so it peeked under the tablecloth. Over and over again he pushed his disembodied, freckled nose into someone’s lap, and he trotted away with a mouthful of bounty. He scored turkey skin, handfuls of stuffing, broccoli florets.
Of course, this kind of behavior is hardly tolerated in most households, even in the most liberal dog-loving families. It’s not even allowed in our home.
But this Thanksgiving was no normal holiday. It was a virtual cornucopia of canine energy, with five dogs in attendance. In addition to Charlie, we had Tippy and Coochie (who belong to Matt’s cousin Emily and her husband Loren), Spike (who owns Matt’s uncle, Joel) and Roxy (Matt’s mom’s dog). I think this chaos was made somewhat manageable because Tippy, Coochie and Spike each weigh less than 10 pounds, and we left Miss Lexie at home so she could have the couch to herself for the evening.
Charlie was a quick study. He wasted no time figuring out who would slip him tasty treats, and he made repeat visits. It also helped that none of the other dogs caught on to his ruse. The table scraps were his for the taking!
When the dinner was over, Charlie wandered off, content to defluff a squeaky duck. Roxy may or may not have licked all of the salted chocolates. Since people I really, really like had one or two, I’ll never tell.
When we got home, our arms full of wrapped leftovers, we found Lex exactly where we left her: snoozing on the couch. Her chunky holistic senior wet dog food — we left it out for Lex to eat at her leisure — remained untouched.
Charlie, with his full belly, could hardly keep his eyes open. Soon he was snoring, of course on the couch. I took this cue to encourage Lex to eat a holiday meal. She humored me for a while, then decided she would rather be sleeping as well.
I think all the turkey I ate was starting to kick in, and suddenly catching some shut-eye sounded like a great idea. I slipped into my pajamas, ate one last chocolate chip cookie then kissed the pups goodnight.
We had a big day, and a pile of leftovers ahead of us.
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Sounds like a wonderful time for dogs and people alike.
I have to say the holiday felt so much richer because our canine buddies were there!
Nothing like high days and holidays for puppy’s to push the boundaries 😉 What people don’t know won’t hurt them!
Charlie agrees. He’s great at keeping a secret, especially when turkey is involved!!!
Charlie had such a great strategy. Smartie! When Mom gives me the tiniest, itty-bittiest, microscopic piece of table food (or allows someone else to), I swallow it so fast, I don’t even know I ate it and check the floor thinking it fell. I am a pathetic chow hound….
Love and licks,
The same thing happens to Charlie!!! Ha.
Doggy tries hard to get scraps, he doesn’t get them off the table but when I’m cooking, he would be there ready to at least try to eat whatever it falls, from onion and garlic to apples and potatoes.
I do share table scraps, especially veggies. They think they’re getting a real treat and I’m giving ’em carrots or asparagus. *snicker*
Haha! We couldn’t believe Charlie was loving broccoli. He would mow off the top, then gobble the stalk like a biscuit. 😉
Who goy the wish bone?
We just realized no one did! What a shame….
How great that all the dogs get on so well.
Yes, we are so lucky. It’s hard to believe not one of them ran off with the turkey!