Periodically, Rex becomes disenchanted with his diet. Despite the fact his menu has remained consistent since his arrival, sometimes he relishes his breakfast and supper and other times, not so much.
When he’s in one of his, “this drek again, really?” moods, I make a few minor adjustments to entice him to eat – like crumbling a couple of tortilla chips on top. Usually he’ll acquiesce.
Then there are those times he reaches his own limits of dietary boredom and puts his foot, well, all four paws, down and refuses to eat. Then I have to resort to more drastic measures and bring out the “magic”. That’s what he and I call those tiny containers of single-serve, imitation artificial fake coffee creamer. I pour one of those on his “drek” and life is good again.
It took me a while to discover that Rex wasn’t a moody eater. He’s not especially fussy. But his food fascination starts to wane as he gets to the bottom of the bag. We buy him those less-exhorbinant, thirty-pound packages, so by the time he gets to the end of one it’s been around a while.
Rex Life Lesson #12: After a while even the good stuff can go stale!
We brought in a brand new bag yesterday, opened that up and he devoured his meal in seconds.
Rex Life Lesson Corollary: Fresh and New is Better.
See? The only way to get him happy with his old, stale offering was to add some magic to it! What a great reminder that no one wants to live life at the bottom of the bag. Fresh and new is what makes life worth living. In those times when you feel like you’re at the very end of your bag? Just remember that sometimes all it takes to enjoy life again is just a little magic!
-- Ellen Lambert is a motivational speaker and writer helping folks discover, uncover and recover their own, authentic voice. She steals most of her material from her fur-bearing writing partner, Rex (don’t call be a Doberman) the German Pincher. For more wisdom and life lessons go to: www.ellenoutloud.com. Also on Facebook - A New Way: Radmacher Focus Phrase.