Saturday, June 14, 2014

Dogs 'n Pills

So our three dogs all get pills of some type or another with their meals.  The Missus' approach is no nonsense:  she pries the dog's mouth open like a lion tamer preparing for the stick-your- head-in-the-lion's-mouth routine at the circus but in her case it is about to be her hand.  Then the hand and the pill go down the dog's throat, seemingly past her elbow, the hand is withdrawn and the dog is left with a dazed look on its face wondering what had just happened.

I don't have the time or inclination to do that act, so at each meal I lace the food with the required pills.  One of the dogs get a glucosimine pill, one gets the glucosimine pill and a baby asprin, and all three have been getting an anti-itch allergy capsule.  They are allergic to something and spend the better part of the day scratching depending on the season of the year and the capsule is supposed to solve the itching.

Kerby, our youngest dog who is a rescue Australian shepherd/Border Collie mix has an amazing talent:  without the use of hands she is able, while eating, to seperate out the capsule from her food and spit it out, unchewed, onto the floor.  I find the pill laying on the floor after she is done and marvel over this talent of hers.  I pitch it back into her bowl where it is probably consumed by Roscoe our senior dog, who feels it is his duty and his right to visit each dog's bowl and lick it for any remaining flavor for easily 5 minutes or until I tell him to knock it off and move on.  He always looks at me reproachfully and wanders off to wait until I leave the room to resume his bowl licking.

Kerby's ability to separate the pill from her food has never been observed, only the result.  In practice this is reminiscent of the mysterious sliding rocks of Death Valley that move across a dry lake bed under unknown and unseen locomotion, leaving a trail in the dust but not seen by human eyes to move. Who knew that we have a similar mystery in our very house, the unseen separation of the pill from the food!

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