A table meant for dogs

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“The only food he has ever stolen has been down on a coffee table. He claims that he genuinely believed it to be a table meant for dogs.”

— Jean Little

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In the aftermath of the Thanksgiving holiday here in the United States: Do you have to worry about your dogs stealing food from low places? Ours are incorrigible thieves and would snatch any opportunity to grab food if left unattended. But I have met some extremely self-controlled dogs who wouldn’t dare nibble from a cheese plate on a low table. They astound me.

What about your pups? Pinnacle of politeness or perpetual pilferer?

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6 thoughts on “A table meant for dogs

  1. Ru actually has amazing table manners. We have a small living space, so we often eat at our coffee table. I can leave my plate on the table to run to the bathroom or whatever and he has never even attempted to snatch anything up. He may be a flawed pup, but his table manners are pretty wonderful.

  2. Last night we caught Max after he stole a king crab leg (shell only) from a bag waiting to go to the trash. This was right after he enjoyed a big special dinner. He’s a chow hound of the first order.

  3. Years ago I had a German Shepherd, Lady, who showed excellent manners and restraint with all kinds of food except butter. If the butter dish was anywhere near the edge of the table or kitchen counter when I left the room, it would be gone when I returned.

  4. The only thing that has ever stopped Emmett from snitching food? Arthritis. Sad, but true. He is the World Champion Counter Surfer, and he’s a master people-watcher. He knows his moments. Now, with stiff hips, we trust that he won’t get anything off the higher counter. The lower one, though, is still fair game (in his opinion).

  5. Oh no, our dogs don’t steal from low places. They go straight to the counter top or kitchen table. We have a bar height dining room table, so they can’t reach it. Yet.

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