Friday, November 16, 2007

Regression Obsession

I know I've posted quite a bit lately about Mabel's behavior and I've complained to friends that I think she is regressing back to puppy-hood.

And now, I have MORE proof. Yesterday, she did something she hasn't done since she was about five months old. She stole my food!

I should explain here that, in some ways, I'm still five years old. I still, grownup, arthritic soul that I am, prefer to eat sitting on the floor in front of the t.v. I've always trained my dogs to leave me and my plate alone while I'm there.

But, back to the thief. When Mabel was a pup, I was prepping three steaks to cook on the grill. I always take the meat packaging straight outside to the trash. I pushed the plate back near the stove and went outside, knowing that Mabel was very tall puppy, capable of placing her head on the counter. Maybe because it was a blazing July day and I shut the wood door, she felt a little safe in stealing.

When I came back in, not even a minute later, there was one steak on the plate, one hanging off the edge of the counter and one was MIA. Mabel's tail was disappearing into the den as I entered. I followed and discovered the other steak, "hidden" under the edge of her bed!

She never tried to steal from me again... until yesterday.

I had fixed a plate of leftover orange chicken, brown rice and chicken satay. Only, the Godson had shown up to do some yard work and clean the pool. I stepped out on the porch to talk to him for a moment. And when I walked back in, Mabel had eaten a satay skewer, including the stick!*

I'm trying my original punishment - not a morsel off my plate for a long, long time.

I'm almost afraid of what's next...submissive peeing, incessant barking or chewing the spine off every book I'm reading.

*Mabel regularly ate sticks as a puppy so I'm not worried.

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Linda@VS said...

First you don't let her eat kittens, then you begrudge her a little chicken satay...Geesh! You'd better hope Mabel doesn't have a MySpace page, or your ears will be burning in the next day or two.

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...


LOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!! Thanks for the giggle! I sure needed it today!

Anonymous said...

LOL, Velvet!

are you letting her watch Animal Planet? she might be picking up ideas there. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...


I want my own My Space... but I can't get Mom off the 'puter.

Love to Butch & Kadi!!!

Mabel Lou

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Janet, Isn't that Velvet a card???

Happy Thanksgiving to you, your mom and the rest of the family!

Linda@VS said...

Mabel, bide your time. She can't watch you every minute.

Becky said...

Holly! I miss your cooking so much! I don't blame my honey at all. Mabel couldn't resist.

Anonymous said...

Holly, is the latest fire near your house? Let us know you're OK!

CreekHiker / HollysFolly said...

Velvet, You're going to end up in the dog house with Mabel Lou!

Becky, Miss you too! Can't wait til CHA! I've got so many beads to show you! LOL!

Hey Janet, I'm fine... I live no where near Malibu.