A year in the life of our Miss Riley

The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

on January 14, 2015

Seriously, what IS it with dogs and poop? We’ve been walking Riley on a leash in our own yard so that we can make sure she doesn’t get into deer droppings or anything else out there, and doing so, we’ve realized just how much there is out there for her to get into. Today I steered her around two piles of deer droppings and something else I could not identify, except to say it wasn’t deer and it wasn’t hers — this latter one had me jumping quickly because she went from sniffing around it to actively trying to chomp it in seconds. Sure, she was always interested in it and would nibble on deer poop every now and then (in fact, that’s part of why she’s currently in recovery), but not to this degree of zeal.

Honestly, I think now she’s into it because we have her on a restricted diet — she’s had rice in chicken broth for two days now, and only this evening did I add cooked chicken back into the mix (which thrilled her). I hope the return of the chicken means a return to self-restriction on the poop. And if not, well, we’ll stick to keeping her on a leash.


Hmm, which do I like more: chicken or poop?

ETA: the very definition of “spoke too soon.” Not 5 minutes after I hit “post” on this, Riley’s digestive system let the laundry room floor know that it’s still not happy. I can only guess the cooked chicken was the culprit, so now I feel guilty as hell for trying to rush recovery. 😦


2 responses to “The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name

  1. livingonchi says:

    Oh gosh, my lab used to eat all kinds of good stuff like other dog droppings, and he had a sensitive stomach too. At another house we lived in, I discovered he was running next door and eating the horse compost like it was going out of style. He was on that chicken and rice diet several times. Once he was on a canned pumpkin diet. It was always a lot of fun cleaning up after him when he had his digestive issues.

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