Sunday, November 30, 2008

Fetching Alanis, days eight and nine

Day eight
She ate indoors this morning, the usual mix of sardine, canned and dry food and water. She stopped and backed up every time I moved from one part of the kitchen to another. The food is presented on a purple plastic plate with sides high enough to contain a quarter inch of water.

Later I tapped the metal water bowl lightly. “This is water. Everybody drinks it, dogs and people.” I made no impression.

She followed me upstairs with only a verbal prompting for the first time.

Day nine
Last night she got hungry enough to eat kibble from the stainless steel bowl, though the favorite dish is the purple plastic dish with a high rim for food or water. She’ll eat canned food mixed with water from the cream soup style bowl. I don’t want to keep her water in a plastic bowl, having read all sorts of warnings about components of plastic that leach into the water.

Part of the problem is that she won’t eat from any bowl when it’s placed on the dog mat under the overhang of the kitchen island. The bowl must be pulled away from there and placed on the runner—i.e. in the line of traffic. Preferring not to walk on wood floor, she has never been in the kitchen or eating area. I miss having a dog dart in to clean up any food I drop on the floor.

I have to learn new routines, new interactions and so does she. The older you get, the harder it is.


  1. We're so happy to hear that you're making progress, Alanis! Take it one step at a time! You'll get there!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  2. Slowly but surely Alanis is coming out of her shell. She will learn to trust you. You're doing a great job with her, you're so patient. I had never heard of debarking. It sounds quite cruel. It is a lazy mans way to get a dog to stop barking.
    Love Ruby

  3. That is great news alanis is eating better.

    Molly and Taffy

  4. We think that a special rug for Alanis' dining area would be wonderful ... and you could color-coordinate her plastic dishes!