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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Oops, I Ate It!

Look what I got from Andrea at Arise2Write! Mum says I should feel very honored since Andrea's blog is such an inspiration.

As I mentioned last post, I've also been tagged by Paco, Milo and Maya.

"When accepting this award, you must blog about the food you have stolen when your humans were not watching.
If you have never stolen any food, you must have been a really good pup!
You can accept this yummy tray of cookies as your reward!
Next add the logo of this award to your blog (optional), then nominate at least 5 other furry blogs and let them know by leaving a message on their blogs."

I couldn't remember any occasion when I've taken food I wasn't supposed to, so I was ready to chow down on my reward of the tray of cookies, but Mum said I've got a selective memory and that I should tell you these stories:

When I was quite young and had only been living with Mum for a couple of months, we had been on one of our training walks. These were a lot of fun and we did them nearly every day. Mum would take treats in her pocket and along the way, she would give them to me when I followed her commands. I learned to "walk to heel", "leave it!", "stay" and "release". These last two I loved because Mum would make me lie down on the trail and tell me to "stay", then she'd walk or run away and I'd have to stay there until she called "release". At that point, I would go tearing along the trail to catch up with her.

On this day when we got home, Mum forgot she hadn't given me all the treats. I knew the treat was meant for me, so I just went ahead and chewed a hole through her jacket pocket and ate it right up! Mum was quite cross with me, but also couldn't help laughing because I'd figured out the easiest way to get the treat out of the pocket.

After that I was very good and learned my "leave it!" command very well. Mum was very proud that she could leave her food within my reach and go out of the room and I wouldn't touch it.

She told Dad this when he came to live with us, so he completely trusted me around food, but sometimes forgot that if he didn't tell me to "leave it!" then all bets were off. He found this out one time when he took me on a trip to the store to pick up a cooked chicken. Now, you need to know that when Mum & Dad buy a cooked chicken, it's usually for my dinner. How was I supposed to know that this cooked chicken was for Mum & Dad's dinner?

Dad had to run another errand, so he left the bag of chicken in the front of the car, and left me to guard the car while he went into another store. My head was so deeply into the bag of chicken when he came back that I didn't even hear him! But boy, was it tasty! I do remember this incident well and even wrote a post about it some time ago.

My best defense, as always, when anything like this happens, is to put on my best "butter wouldn't melt in my mouth" look. And no, I hadn't just sipped out of that cup in this picture!

At least I've never done anything like Mum's other dog, Nelson, who once stole a sandwich out of a man's hand at the beach, just as he was about to eat it!

I know a lot of you out there have some stories you've been sitting on about food you've stolen. Don't worry, if you write about it in your blog, your humans will never need to know! So I'd like to know what Baby Rocket Dog & Hootie, Moose, Sedona, Frankie and Hoover have eaten in the food department that maybe they weren't meant to.


MAX said...

Firstly, Congratulations on all your awards! Its always fun to get them, isn't it. Well done!
So...you are into chicken too. Well it is also a firm favourite amongst the pooches in this household!
Lots of licks

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Ahhhh! You're a better behaved dog than we are. Hope the chicken bones didn't make you choke.
- The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties (TBH&K)

Frankie said...

First of all, WOW you are well trained! I am SO impressed!

I can't believe Nelson - oh my goodness, that must have been hilarious.

Now, I will have to think of something I have eaten when I wasn't supposed to... the things I get scolded for are usually not food but for chewing on toys that (supposedly) aren't my own! :)


Andrea said...

I am honored to count you as a furry friend. Continue blessings others.
Blessings, andrea

dewdana said...

Hey Ruby! Nice to meet you, thanks for tagging us and we just posted now! Way to go on scoring the chicken on a technicality! (they did not tell you to leave it... how could you know?). It really keeps the hoomans thinking! No 'leave it' would stop Moose, so you are obviously a good doggie! One time I went back into a restaurant to get a straw and found him with his whole head in the bag of food from the drive thru! I should have posted about that one but really there are just too many to include them all!
Thanks and nice to meet you!
Moose + Dana

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

So you're a very very very well mannered girl dear Ruby!!!
Clap clap clap!!
We're soooooooooo impressed and proud of you!!
And we love read some secrets of you!!!!
HAve a wonderful day sweet Ruby!!!
We love youuuuuuuuu!!!
Tons of love and kisses

Dory and the Mama said...

What wonderful awards Ruby!!

Fun thieving stories too!!


SEDONA said...

Thanks for the award, Ruby!
You are one sneaky pooch, chewing a hole in the pocket like that--hee-hee! Gotta remember that one.
I have become highly specialized in the food burglary dept.; I'll write about it soon!
Your pal,

Ms. ~K said...

Wrooo wrooo Ruby,
We enjoyed ou visit to your doggie bloggie!!!
Congrats on the awards...
We're headed through Arizona on our way to Oregon...we'll bark as we go through.
Zack, Sassy and Buddy