I have this problem when I eat...

@Loverbear (4928)
United States
December 21, 2008 4:29am CST
I just grabbed a quick snack and I sat down and had 4 pair of big brown eyes staring at me...then three pair of blue and green eyes joined in. I have four dogs and three cats hoping for a taste of whatever that wonderful thing I am eating is. It really isn't a problem as I can say no to them. But it is kind of funny when you start to put a bite in your mouth and you have the "are you gonna eat that?" look. I had a burrito with Taco Bell hot sauce on it. Of course the dogs didn't care too much for the hot sauce. I did save them a little bite each without the hot sauce on it. But the riot was that the pitt/lab got the wrapper out of the garbage and started chewing it up until....she got some hot sauce in her mouth. I thought I heard some serious water lapping last night while I was in bed.. Before anyone gets too upset, I love my whole herd of animals, and it's really funny that they are this way. (when I eat turkey it is the worst time for that "LOOK".) My boy friend decided to get my boy mini Dachshund to like ice cream, so now he is the one who really drools and pesters for his little lick at the bottom of the bowl. Before he would get one smell and try to bury the bowl! Also the dogs don't get that much in the way of people food, but I had to share the fact that they are always there and "hoping".
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@AnakSuNamun (2084)
• United States
21 Dec 08
I had a dog who would always make sure you saw her whenever you ate. It was both hilarious and annoying. Most dogs stand in front of you and stare but if you shooed her away she would walk around and stand behind a table leg or something like that with that look of insulted royalty. And no matter where you moved or whatever impossible angles you used to turn away those eyes were always there!.. I have 2 dogs now but 4 must be a handful! Plus cats... Take care of all of them and don't let them intimidate you,they are not as unhappy as they look!
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
21 Dec 08
Three of the four dogs are mini Dachshunds. I wouldn't part with them for the world! This is my first experience with mini's and they are a riot! I hadn't seen much of the Dachshund world, but they never cease to amuse me. We have Dachshund races as a fund raiser for one of the humane societies, and I want to go!! It is so funny to see them RUN!! Monica is such a love and wants to be right with me constantly. When I wake up in the morning she is right at my head and snuggled up against me as tightly as she can snuggle. She and Little Bit were a gift from a breeder in January after I was forced to put my Rottweiler down by my daughter. This is the one year anniversary of the event and there will be a discussion post in a few minutes honoring Hannibal. Little Bit is a very reserved gentleman. He would be the CPA of the dog world! Every once in a while he lets loose and is a real clown, and those are the times you treasure. He too sleeps as close to me as possible. Katie is a shy little lady. She is new to the house hold and isn't quite sure of her position yet. But she doesn't hesitate to let my best friends Pitt/Lab mix know when she isn't happy or if the dog is getting too close. Also, the Pitt/Lab mix (Abby) happened to accidentally step on Katie, and Katie bit her in the ankle . The look on Abby's face was priceless!!! Abby is a sweet heart with the little guys so I wasn't worried about her biting Katie back. Katie is due to come heat in April and I am hoping that Little Bit and her can create a litter of puppies! Abby is staying with me until my sister gets into her own place with a yard. Sis is in the middle of breaking up with her husband and when everything comes together she is going to move into a little house with a fenced yard so she can have Abby back. It's been kind of tough on Abby, especially learning new house rules but she is doing so well! She is the funniest of the four when I eat. She will drool uncontrollably and there is a huge puddle around her feet... The whole herd isn't as big a handful as one would think. Right now the Dachshunds are sleeping in a "pile" beside me. Abby is outside and the cats are busily doing their thing in another part of the house. I wouldn't and couldn't give up any of them for all the money in the world. For animal haters, I send my sympathies. They don't know the joy of the antics of a companion animal wanting to make their owner laugh. They don't know the warmth of a furry body on their lap or next to them. They don't get to feel the unconditional love that comes from a companion animal that doesn't care whether you're rich or poor, if you have a home or not, if you're beautiful or ugly. They just love you for being you and loving them. They also don't know the pride when their companion animals protect them from an intruder or in one of my cat's cases; a snake. I look at those people with pity for they know no joy from the simple pleasure that a dog or cat or other pet can give.
• United States
21 Dec 08
Yes,mini dachshunds are very pretty. I'm a pug lover myself. Had a black pug that ideally matched my personality,that dog was a character! Unfortunately, I had to put her down in summer and since then I'm afraid I don't give enough attention to my other dogs. Can't say I tear up every time I see an animal but they do make your life brighter. I think lonely people that put themselves to sleep with TV should consider a life companion like that. They are very faithful.
• China
21 Dec 08
I am also have a problem.sometimes then my just eating something.my dormitory have WC .That make me upset . you say how should i do with.
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
21 Dec 08
Okay you just made me spit out my coffee from laughing so hard..Especially when I read the, "are you gonna eat that?" My daughters cat is so picky, all she wants is her own food and body heat, but the White German Shepherd??She is on top of us whether we are eating or not..
@ElicBxn (60835)
• United States
21 Dec 08
I prefer to eat where the animals can't watch me, but even when I do, they pretty much leave me alone, because they know I won't give them a treat. They go and pester the roomie who does. I told her right from the start that if she didn't give the handouts, they'd leave her alone, but NOooooo....
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@GAUCI123 (1042)
• Malta
21 Dec 08
Well you sure have lots of pets, and I know what you are talking about. I have a small dog and he does the same same thing everytime when someone eats somethings he does not look at me, he cries stamms his feet until he is given some of what you are eating, whatever it is. He is really getting fat and I am getting worried regarding his health, it is not good to give too much food to pets, same like humans. However I love himn so much. :)
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
24 Dec 08
Mine are the same way, except my cat Whiskers happens to love hot sauce. He's a very strange kitten for sure. LOL! All of them, including my dogs will sit there and watch the fork go from the plate to my mouth every time. It's like they are saying "drop it, drop it, drop it!" And if I'm not looking, Whiskers will actually reach up with his paw and try to pull my plate off (we use tray tables so he doesn't have to reach very far).
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
24 Dec 08
Murphy loves mayonnaise! She will steal a sandwich just so she can eat the mayo off of it. I don't dare leave an open jar of the stuff because her paw will be in it up to her shoulder just to get that wonderful white stuff. Mayonnaise is second in her favorite list to whipped cream! I'd hate to have her cholesterol checked!!!
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@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
24 Dec 08
LOL! That's too funny! Nemo is the same way with margarine. We buy the tubs of the spread, and if a lid is even remotely loose, there goes the spread. I don't think his cholesterol levels would be very pretty either. LOL
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
31 Dec 08
Thanksgiving was a hoot! I couldn't believe that a little five pound cat, Murphy, would try to steal a 15 pound turkey!!! I had just washed it and set it in the sink to drain. I had my back turned for a couple of minutes and looked back to see Murphy had her teeth firmly attached to the leg and was dangling over the end of the sink!!! I am always in awe of what the herd will decide they will eat. When I first brought the doxies home, Little Bit wouldn't touch ice cream. Bill my BF couldn't stand it and had to get Little Bit to like ice cream. Now when I dish up the stuff I have to dish up two extra tiny scoops for the dogs. (I have four). But the cats are the funniest! They will steal something that looks soooo good, race away with it in their mouths and then realize that it looked better than it tastes! They will spit it out with a puttoot and make a sour face like I forced them to steal it. I really wish I had my camera handy to get a picture of Murphy with the turkey leg. She grabbed the bony end and there she swung, hanging on for dear life. If it had come out of the sink the open end would have come over her and she would have been turkey stuffing!!! When I was in the ER, I admitted to the animals I have in my "zoo". My BF and I were discussing one of the cats when the nurse walked in. She asked how many cats I had, and she was informed that I have four inside cats, five semi feral cats that I support and then three mini dachshunds and a Pit/Lab mix. It is rather funny to see this Goliath among all these short furry people. What's even more amazing about the Pit mix is when she came to stay with me she hated cats! My sister's husband doesn't like cats so he trained this dog to hate them. Well after a bit of patience on my part the dog now not only will wash the cats faces, but she also sleeps with them. My sister's husband (soon to be ex) is in awe that I was able to train her that cats are not to be chased or harmed, and that I was actually able to get her to like cats. I'm serving as a foster family for the Pit as my sister isn't able to walk the dog, and her soon to be ex isn't can't be relied on to get home and walk the dog. So, I have had her since the end of May, except for a couple of weeks where she got to go home. My BF looked at me while they were running tests and stated to them that one of the things that keeps me going is all the critters. They keep me amused, they love me, protect me and drive me nuts. But it's a happy nuts! Have a wonderful New Year, and I look forward to seeing more of your posts. Toni
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@uath13 (8207)
• United States
22 Dec 08
My dogs have always served as the prerinse for the dish washer. They've also learned the whole "are you gonna eat that?" won't work ( though they try it on my daughter if she's eating alone ). Most of they time they sit back on one of the dog beds & wait for us to put our plates on the kitchen floor them pounce.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
22 Dec 08
Your mentioning the dishwasher factor brings back to mind an anecdote our neighbor told us years ago. They had uninvited company drop in on them, and being the sweet people they are they put the family up. There were four of them, and they ate like horses (June, the wife neighbor was a wonderful cook!). While George and June were gone at work the family went through everything. Anyhow after three days George got fed up with the situation. So, when dinner was finished he took the dinner dishes and set them on the floor and called the family dog. The dog happily licked all the dishes clean as a whistle! Well George picked up the dishes, stacked them and then placed them back in the cupboard, with the remark "Now that the dishes are done, who is up for a game of cards?" Needless to say the uninvited family saw what he did and they were packed and gone that evening. Of course George got the dishes out of the cupboard and they were washed, but it was a riotous way to get rid of unwanted company! I almost wet myself when he told us that story
@uath13 (8207)
• United States
22 Dec 08
I'll have to remember that. It might come in handy someday.
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
23 Dec 08
I do know how you feel.. Our "Baby" has to sit up on her hind legs and hold her paws in front of her while she watches us eat.. She can sit upright for as long as it takes or until we finish eating.. She watches every bite that we put in our mouths and as soon as she sees the plate getting close to empty, she starts getting vocal, she will whine and take her paw and hit at us like she is saying, "hey, I am here, don't forget my bite".. This goes on at every meal.. She never used to eat people food or we never fed her people food until my mother came to stay with us for awhile and we couldn't get her to stop feeding Baby.. Baby prefers people food now, she turns her nose up at the dog food.. She has also learned to like vegetables, like broccoli, brussel sprouts, corn, even lettuce, grapes and anything else that resembles food.. We are trying to get her back to eating her dog food but it is hard..
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
23 Dec 08
The veggies are great for the dog! You can be thrilled that she loves her veggies (too bad kids can't be that way!!! There is only one problem with the broccoli and Brussels sprouts, and that is what comes from the tail end of the dog...it's almost as bad as having them had eggs . What I do is mix the little tid bits in the dogs food so that they eat their dog food too. When they know there is people food in their dry, they gobble it down like crazy. You might give it a try. Also I have used the dry gravy mix to get my dogs to eat dry. It works because as you go along you reduce the amount of gravy until there isn't any being added.
• United States
22 Dec 08
At least the animals don't talk. My little zoo consists of my four children and my two nieces. First of all, they have super-human senses. They can hear me open up the carton of ice cream and smell cookies from anywhere in the house! I always make sure I have provided snacks for them in the hopes that I will get to enjoy my own. No such luck. As soon as I sit down to put the first bite in my mouth I am showered with comments like "That sure looks good", "I don't think I have tasted that before" or "Are you going to eat all of that?" I used to melt and just divide up whatever I was eating so they could all sample. Now I tell the greedy little ducks to back-off since I already gave them something else to enjoy!
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
22 Dec 08
In one way it's great that animals can't talk, but in another it would make things a bit easier! With a 70 pound Pit/Lab mix there is a lot of drool to clean up when the dog really wants something! Children at least won't stand there and drool huge puddles on your wood floor! Also they don't beg for things that they won't eat! Nothing like having the dog slobber all over something and then decide that they don't like it! Have a wonderful holiday season!
• United States
21 Dec 08
I know what your mean. We have four sets of eyes that intently stare at us whenever we eat. The funniest though is our cat Scooter...he can smell ice cream from the other end of the house and always comes running. He waits patiently at our feet or between us on the couch for his turn to lick the bowl. Of course this doesn't make the dog very happy, because he thinks that is his job. The dog however, will eat chips and salsa with hubby. The salsa is mild, but he loves it. Anything daddy eats, he wants, lol.
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
21 Dec 08
It sounds like my oldest cat Murphy. She was a birthday present from my Mom 14 years ago. That cat doesn't care too much for human food but she has this addiction to cream! Whipped or unwhipped. I swear she could hear a Redi Whip can from three states away!!!! The first time I did a piece of pie with Redi Whip on it I thought my boy friend was going to fall off the couch laughing. Murphy was sound asleep on his lap and when I shook the can she was wide awake and beside me in one leap! Of course to have a little peace I have to give her her own "shot" of whipped cream. And when she finishes it she makes a big production of "bathing" afterwards. I should get her on a Redi Whip commercial, thinking about it. In the winter we would have oatmeal with a touch of cream on it, and it got to the point that she was sitting in my chair waiting for her share of the warm cream...and she would get soooo upset if we took longer than she thought we should. Now, she has her own bit of cream in a bowl, and I have to warm it for exactally nine seconds. If it's warmed for 10 seconds she knows it and won't drink it. Talk about fussy! She isn't spoiled and she isn't queen of the house...
@jdyrj777 (6558)
• United States
3 Jan 09
Lol! I have 3 manx (tailess) cats. So i really understand your feelings there. Fish is the only meat i eat so you can imagine. Sometimes i cook extra cause i know whats gonna happen when i sit down to eat. Miss Kitty is very agressive. She will never take no for an answer. I have to give her some. I have no options. Then here comes her overgrown kids, Bubba and Sissy. Thats a whole extra piece of fish right there. I found out that Kitty also likes mashed potatoes and pudding, any flavor.
@gtdonna (1740)
30 Dec 08
My daughter have a dog and what we do is while we eat we also give Pamela (her dog) food as well...this way eveyrone si eating and Pamela is a contented puppy. If we are snackign and it is not her food time, what we do is go elsewhere in the house ot have our snacks. Works for us, so maybe it would work for you!
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
23 Dec 08
I have two cats, a dog and a bird. The bird is not a problem but the others do like to long for whatever I am eating and it breaks my heart not to share even though a lot of the time my food is not necessarily the best thing for them. I have resolved the problem by not eating in front of them. The dog has a kennel outside and the cats have their own room at the back of the house. I just make sure everybody is in their designated place so we can enjoy mealtimes.
@minx267 (14047)
• Hartford, Connecticut
23 Dec 08
I have 4 dogs and over a dozen cats and have the very same problem. the dogs sit and watch and all know to wait for the end I may or may not give them something (when I had just 2 dogs I always saved the last bite for them but now that there is 4 it is only a rare treat if I give them some- or they would be eating my whole meal. lol the cats are the hardest because they just don't get the 'NO' very well and I have to keep "beating them back" lol well, it's more like a quick bit of food push the cat back and say no , repeat. eventually after like a dozen times they sit still and just stare at me. I may let them lick the bowl when I am done.. I have been known to buy my Taco bell or KFC and eat it in the car in the driveway just so I don't have to fight off the "always hungry" masses. :)
@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
22 Dec 08
Tukay - Checking out the empty cup to see if anything was left.
I know exactly what you're saying! We have two chihuahuas and two cats who love to stare while we eat. We generally don't give them much either, although sometimes they get to lick the plate before washing. Sure doesn't stop them from hoping though, does it? I think it's funny to watch their eyes follow the fork from your plate up to your mouth. And if they see that you know they're begging, they can sure look away quickly and give a good 'non-challant' look. Sometimes for holidays they get their own little dinner as a treat, especially if it's something that's good for them. Thanks for sharing!
@ladybug565 (2217)
• United States
22 Dec 08
lol. I have 1 dog and 3 cats and I get the same thing. I have trouble saying no though. unless it is something really bad for them. they are so cute when they get that hopefull look.
@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
22 Dec 08
Funny you brought this up, the other day I was eating at my computer, I turned around to get up and lo and behold there were two pairs of eyes silently looking at me. My cats loves chicken, and will sit and stare and silently ask for a piece. For some reason, they always know when I am preparing chicken in the kitchen, because the same thing will happen, I will turn from the counter and look down and there they are. Silly felines.
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
22 Dec 08
LOL! That is so cute how they do that. I'm not sure if it annoys but for someone else to see that, it's funny! My cat loves yogurt so whenever I take a yogurt out of the fridge, he's right there meowing at me to give him some and I'll just let him lap up the last of it because I always save him some. It's out little bond we have I guess lol. Have a nice night and merry christmas
• China
22 Dec 08
how lovely they are :p
@SomeCowgirl (32271)
• United States
21 Dec 08
Dogs and cats are the worst to want food from their owners. We have a cat that will sometimes sit at the table with us, peering over and looking and waiting for food. Then there are times when she sits on the bar. As for the chihuahua's, they are trying to get up in our laps as we eat, and even if they bump their head their hard fast to try again. My fiance and I live with his parent's, and our chairs rock. So it is easy to bend back and have it harder for them to get up on the chair with us.