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Friday, July 29, 2011

WOOF: Furry Friends Friday - Rocky's Food Challenge, by Rosie Battista

Rosie Battista recently visited the WOOFers Club Blog and now, gives some insight on her pug, Rocky, his eating habits and how we can learn from Rocky's new eating challenge!

I think my pug is in disguise. Underneath that adorable face is really a pig snout.

I don’t mean to be putting negative labels on pig’s (so you pig lovers out there, please do not get offended, just get my point). But if you could see (actually hear) the way he eats, you’d have to call him by the same name or better. Rocky (my 6 year old pug) is on a mission when he eats, to get the bowl of food into his stomach as quickly as possible and he just chows down in one full swoop, never stopping or even breathing. He’s focused on getting it in and nothing gets in the way of his dish and his mouth, at least that was until I discovered this new fantastical invention, probably invented by the mother of a pug as well.

This is Rocky’s new bowl.

It’s a slow feed bowl. Can you see the bumper type ridges in the bowl? The way it works is that he can’t get his mouth to the bottom of the bowl right away. He’s got to work on fitting his snout in around the ridges or bumpers. It takes a bit longer to eat this way.

He must be so frustrated at me although I am happy to report that have noticed no signs of hostility on his end. Although he did spend about 10 minutes this morning trying to get the last single kibble out of the center of the bottom of this “slow feed” dish. This bumper bowl got me thinking about us humans. What do we as human beings have to do for ourselves to get off the “PIG’ list.? How can we slow down without the aid of this type of devise (bowl)?

There are some ideas that we can try:

• Put your fork down between bites
• Chew each mouthful to a count of 30 times
• Set a timer and do not get up from the table till the timer rings.

Will you try one or all of these things? If Rocky can do it, we can at least try!


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