Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Animal lovers and owners, we've been called into service.

Chris just left me this comment-

I need advice re: my miniature poodle, Lizzie. We're converting to all hardwood floors and she won't eat on anything but carpet. (See hisunfinishedwork.blogspot.com)Any ideas? You were the first one I thought could help due to your obvious love of animals.

You all showed remarkable initiative, bravery and cunning on the whole "Pill the pet" issue. Besides keeping a small swatch of the carpet and placing it under the food bowl, what should Chris do?

7 Comments:

Blogger Janice said...

I appreciate how you have made the distinction between animal lovers and owners - we are not all necessarily both but many assume that if you own you must love. I am an owner because my husband is an animal lover. I tolerate our two dogs. One tolerates me back (because I feed her) the other is sure I love her, really, deep down.

I love your blog - thanks for sharing!

11:35 AM  
Blogger OHN said...

I am guessing that Lizzie needs her toenails trimmed. She probably doesn't feel secure on a slippery floor.

I would go with a rug that can be washed...give little Lizzie what she needs :)

4:34 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

The carpet swatch is a great idea - and it has the added bonus of preventing the bowl from skittering around the floor as Dog goes after the last imaginary bits of kibble. (I speak from experience on this.)

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Sara P said...

You can sometimes find dog bowls with a rubber ring around the bottom, which also helps keep the bowl from sliding.

Also, it might not be the carpet itself so much as the location of the slippery floor. She might like her bowl in a corner or an open room, etc, rather than kitchen or whatever. She might be perfectly fine with the slippery floor as long as the bowl is in the same location.

9:11 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

Carpet swatch...with a rubber backing OR with one of those under-rug rubbery thingamijiggy things.

You know...so it doesn't move.

5:55 PM  
Blogger ker said...

My dog does the same thing - and when we moved into a house with hardwood floors, she carried a mouthful of food onto the rug in the other room, spit it out, ate it piece by piece, and then repeated till the bowl was empty. My dog is half mini poodle, too, so maybe its a breed thing? But yeah, place some carpet nearby and she should be all set. :)

10:09 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Many thanks for all your suggestions!

Lizzie is eating in the dining room for now since it still has carpeting. A logical place, no?

We plan to save a square of the old carpet to use as her own special eating area once the floors are all refinished. This should save her from permanent psychological damage, and us from having to deal with a big problem.

Y'all are the best!

9:20 PM  

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