My puppy thinks he's human...

Meet my Benjie... - He was only 3 months old when this photo was taken...
Australia
June 28, 2008 4:06pm CST
I got a shi-tzu x silky maltese puppy named Benjie. When we first got him, he was into dog biscuits (dry food)and when his first bag ran out, I've introduced him to canned dog food and dog rolls. He liked them so much that he did not want to touch his dry food anymore. One time, when we went to a butcher, we got him some meaty lamb bones and my partner tried to give him one big bone that any normal dog would have ceased with gusto...but not my Benjie. He just sniffed it and gave my partner a surprised look, as if saying, "what do you think of me, a cannival of some sort?" My partner thought that we made a mistake of getting him those bones. However, when I cooked a small portion of it and gave it to him, he devoured it to the very last morsel. That's when we realized that he's not into "raw" meat...he prefers them "cooked". He's only going 8 months old but he's already twice the size and double the weight of adult dogs in his breed. Here's a photo of him, everybody says he's so gorgeous....
2 people like this
10 responses
@diansinta (7551)
• Indonesia
19 Aug 08
He is so cute pink_bunny! My Rado also don't like raw bone and meat. Funny dog! and he will ask for half of my pizza, half of my spagetti, half of my burger too. He only eat his biscuit when i'm not home LOL And he pretend that it wasn't him who was eating it because i always bring some food from work to eat while watching TV. I always know where he sit, little wave of his tail, stare and the hopping face at me while i enjoy my food. "can i have some??..please...please.." Hahaha Happy posting !!! oxoxox'dian from Bali island.
• Australia
19 Aug 08
Your dog sounds exactly like mine. Eventhough I'll give him his food say at dinner time, as soon as he sensed that we're eating at the table, he'll leave his own food and come to us and give each of us that sorrowful look that is enough to melt your heart...hahaha! And another funny thing with him, after say I've given him something, he will then go to my hubby...then to my daughter....then to my son. Anything he sees us eating, he wants to have a piece of it too.
1 person likes this
@diansinta (7551)
• Indonesia
22 Aug 08
Yea! that "sorrowful look" That's the perfect words of it. Hhaahhaha!! May be God trained them that way before they send them to us. I am glad that Rado is here. He is not mine, i can't afford to buy a dog, of buy him biscuit, But my bos have it, and He been buying 2 new more dogs a golden Ret and the other one is small and white color (i don't know the type) My bos doesn't want him anymore, and i ask can i take care of him, and he let me, so that I have company up there instead of alone. So, every day i got my food and his from the kitchen hotel. I am alone here at Bali and have friends but they all are busy. And Rado is a good companion. But sometimes he stole my brush and towel just to teas me to catch him runny around the water tower Thank you so much for sign up at isabel, means a lot to me. The whole family of mine back home thank to you also.
@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
29 Jun 08
I've heard that some meats are healthier when cooked, so perhaps dogs sence this. For instance if you buy paunch for your dog you have to cook it too. I do agree that a dog can be easily spoiled but concluding from your story you didn't give him cooked meat before so he couldn't be acting spoiled to get it from you. I go with my first explanation :) Your puppy is really gorgeous, I wanted to add a pic of mine but I'm not at my personal computer right now. I'll try and remember adding it later on!
• Australia
30 Jun 08
yes, i agree on that. i really don't mind cooking his meat for him anyway so, its really not a problem for me...for as long as he is happy. good thing he likes my cooking... lol! i'm looking forward to seeing a photo of your puppy too...pls post it and send me a message so i can see him/her.
1 person likes this
@cyberfluf (5005)
• Netherlands
30 Jun 08
Adding a piccie of my puppy now:) She's a cavalier king charles spaniel and I guess she IS a bit spoiled,.. lol! Not in an annoying way and she isn't picky or anything we just love her to pieces and that's why she gets a lot of cuddles and attention and sometimes treats.
• Philippines
29 Jun 08
good day.. your dog is cute but I didn't know up to now that we could feed our dogs raw meat. I never fed them that, I always cooked their food. My dogs eat dog food and most of the time our food not leftovers but what we currently eat and she's fine
• China
29 Jun 08
i haven't keep a dog as my mother don;t agreed .but i think this puppy is lovely.
1 person likes this
• Australia
29 Jun 08
i didn't know that too, that dogs can be fed raw meat. my daughter suggested it once but i declined saying that it might make him a bit vicious...like all the wild animals in the jungle who eats nothing but raw meat. i don't want my sweet, adorable baby to turn wild....no way!
1 person likes this
• United States
30 Jun 08
Oddly, sometimes dogs seem to imitate thier owners? I sit on the couch with my arm up on the side. And my basset hound dog sits on the other couch the same way! LOL! (We have photos of us both!-My kids think it's funny.) The younger a puppy comes to live with people and is taken from it's canine parents, the less likely it will learn canine behaviours form it's parents and more likely it may show human ones. When I got one dog, they said it was 8 weeks but had no papers to prove it. That dog is 6 now and still sucks MY thumb. (And she weighs 100 pounds now, so that's a SUCK!) Is it possible you may have gotten your puppy before it was at the 8 week mark in life? Breeders are not always honest. And the earlier you get your puppy..the more likely it will think it is human. (Frankly..I have bred bassets and think 8 weeks is too early for them to be seperated form theri parents? I keep them unitl they are house trained and raise them wiht the family in the living room. They do not go to owners unitl they are house trained!-About 12 weeks or so is plenty of time before they go. They make better pets for the ones that take them home that way.)
• Australia
2 Jul 08
We got Benjie from a pet shop and he came with a card where his date of birth was recorded as Nov 7, 2007. But the very first time I saw him, I've noticed straight away how big his paws are...much bigger than normal small breed dogs. But then again, knowing he's a cross breed, who knows what else he got in his genes. I really don't care, I'm loving it as a matter of fact coz I was really after getting a Golden Retriever anyway. Thank you for your comment.
1 person likes this
@foxyknox (18)
29 Jun 08
Speaking of dogs that think they are human My dog , dot, when its late and we are all relaxing on the stee watching tellie she will sit up and shout 'I Love You' It is the cutest thing i have ever seen or heard :)
• Australia
30 Jun 08
aawwwww, that's really nice of your dog. she really knows when to make her mark and get noticed. benjie shows his affection as soon as we walk inside the house, being away for the whole day....he would offer his belly for a nice belly rub and don't ignore him, for he would be following you like a shadow and will keep on rolling on his back with legs spread apart until he gets what he's been asking for.....belly rub!!! YAY!!!
1 person likes this
• United States
29 Jun 08
What a cutie! I love puppies too. Is he an indoor dog? Do you know how big the dog will get? I am wondering cause I'm thinking about getting a small dog for inside the house. But I don't know which kind we should get. I think he's adorable. We don't have dogs, now. But we do have cats. Sometimes I feel the same way about my cats. They are just too real, sometimes and act almost human. I really do know what you mean!
• Australia
30 Jun 08
yes, we try to keep him indoor most of the time. he's only allowed to go out when he needs to do his "business" and when we take him for a walk which he really love. if you're wanting an inside dog, go for the smaller, laid-back breeds. something that would be happy and contented to sit on your lap or beside you when you're watching TV. bigger breeds are more active and requires a lot of attention and exercise too. and oh yes, don't forget, it should be "cat-friendly" too since you said you got some cats in your house.
1 person likes this
• United States
29 Jun 08
This is not uncommon. Animals are doing their best to keep up with humans nowadays. My cats do their best to be human as well. My cats love human food. I do my best to give it to them when I can.
• Australia
29 Jun 08
i honestly don't see anything wrong if we give our pets human foods, for as long as it will not upset their digestion and make them sick in their tummy. giving them human food would mean savings for us owners as we will not need to spend extra for their food. i guess, it will depend on the breed and the upbringing coz where i was from, we never bothered buying special dog food for our dogs..they just eat our leftovers and morsels...and none of my previous dogs ever complained really! (lol) thank you for your comment and God bless.
1 person likes this
@banadux (630)
• United States
29 Jun 08
The idea of a giant shitzu is kind of interesting, one that only eats cooked meat is probably pretty rare. My dog doesn't care if meat is cooked or not. If you drop it she will eat it. In her old age uncertain of what is or is not food she'll occasionally eat something that isn't even edible.
• Australia
29 Jun 08
Actually, if you will judge him by his size and age, you'd think that he's a golden retriever or labrador puppy. He's so rounded and plump. Because he's got big paws too for his breed, I'm actually thinking that he might have a bit of golden retriever in him too and not just shi-tzu and maltese. Thank you for your comment and warm cuddles to your dog.
1 person likes this
@lingli_78 (12846)
• Australia
29 Jun 08
i used to have a pomenarian dog in the past and my mum always tells me not to feed her with human food as it is not good to her... it will cause her feathers to drop and also make her sick... there is one time that my brother feeds her with human food and those things really happen... she gets sick and we have to bring her to a vet... after that, no more human food for her... take care and have a nice day...
• Australia
29 Jun 08
oh, poor little thing. yes, maybe its better to just stick to normal dog food with her. dogs are like babies when they get sick...they're so helpless and you just don't know what to do to help them. thank you for your comment and give your little darling a warm cuddle from me.
1 person likes this
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
28 Jun 08
My Chihuahua Mandy - Here she is enjoying a belly rub.
Dogs get easily spoiled and they will turn their nose up at their own food when they offered "human" food. I try really hard not to give either one of my dogs whatever I'm eating as my vet keeps warning me what a bad idea it is. Also, human food will tend to make dogs gain weight and that's not good for their health. However, I do like to give my own dogs a little treat every once in a while, just because I love them so much!
• Australia
29 Jun 08
I honestly think that Benjie have already developed his taste for human food these days coz even if he had just eaten with his own food, as soon as he sees us sitting on the dining table and having dinner...he would go whimpering and asking all of us to give him something. Its even funnier when he do his "rounds" to each of us, myself, my partner, my daughter and then my son...cheeky little thing. I'm trying to refrain myself on giving in to his whimpering but sometimes, I just could not help myself not to taken in by those "pleading looks" that he gives us. Thank you for your comment and God bless...
1 person likes this