Why Dogs and Food?

Why Dogs and Food?

It's simple. Write about what you love. And what is better than dogs and food? If you are anything like me - and millions of other people - you will relate to and understand the unwavering love I have for my dogs and my passion for cooking - and eating - great food. I hope you will enjoy reading about my day to day experiences with good food and a couple of very special dogs.

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie ~ Charles Dickens

Whoever said "let sleeping dogs lie" didn't sleep with dogs. The first thing you discover when you bring a dog into your bed is the striking difference in weight between an alert, awake dog and a dog at rest.

We have a nice, roomy king-sized bed. And a good thing we do. With two 120-pound Golden Retrievers and an 8-pound cat, we need all the room we can get! Yes, there are times when all of us – Brian and me, Walter, Henry and Mac – are sleeping in the bed together. We even have a little stairway to help the boys climb up. It’s a bit crowded, to say the least, but we try our best to share the sleeping space until ultimately one of the boys gets too hot or crowded and jumps to the floor, providing a bit of relief and a patch of free space to stretch an arm or a leg.

Mac is usually on the pillow above my head, Henry scoots up between Brian and me and Walter…..well, Walter sprawls out across the bottom of the bed taking up so much room we find our feet all scrunched up just to accommodate him. And the worst part is, when Walter falls asleep, there is no waking him. It’s like he goes into a doggie coma and I don’t think even a 7.9 earthquake would rouse him from his slumber. It has gotten to the point where I am so uncomfortable at times that I have to try and move the 120-pound dead-weight, unconscious lug. Even if I try and lift him and reposition him, he remains deep in doggie dreamland. Doesn’t even open an eye! It’s one of the funny, little quirky things about our boy Walter. He gives a whole new meaning to the idiom Let Sleeping Dogs Lie.


Susan Campisi said...

Now that is true love!

They weigh 120 lbs. each?! Wow! That's twice the size of Tommy!

That's a great quote. It is amazing how they become like dead weight when they sleep.

Liz Berry said...

Yes, most recently they weighed that much and it is too much! They are bred big and will probably never weigh much less than 100 lbs. but surely 120 is too much! I have them on a diet and hopefully they will shed some of those pounds. With Henry's hip displasia he needs to be thinner to keep the weight off his back so we are working on it.

Susan Campisi said...

It's hard to put pets on diets! My vet says my cats should lose weight but I can't seem to make it happen.

By the way, your comment on my last post about wanting to open a dog sanctuary if you had lots of money... I want to do that too! Maybe we can do it together one day...

Liz Berry said...

Yes! Let's do it! I want to make it a fabulous place to be with homemade meals and treats, lots of fun activities and spa treatments! These wonderful creatures are only with us for a short time and should have the best life possible while they are here!