THE DOG SAID "FEED ME!!!"
by Hope Andrews
We were having a problem getting our 12 year old son to take the responsibility
of feeding the family dog.
He loves the dog, sneaks it to bed when he can, etc., but he was more into the
computer and play and stuffing his own face than remembering to feed his dog.
Looking for a way to have his son understand that this wasn't just a question of
obeying his parents, my husband reached for pen and paper.
First on the top of the page he drew a picture of a dog. The dog had tears
coming out of his eyes.
Next to the dog he drew two dog bowls which on
the front of each bowl read “empty!!”
Then there was the dog saying, "cry, cry, I’m so hungry, nobody loves me!! I
wish I could feed myself!!"
Now on with the rest of the story!!
The dog appears to say "I want to eat all day and night. I love food. But I am
only fed once a day between four and six p.m. So you know how much I look
forward to my only meal. I know there are some wonderful foods I would love to
eat. Oh to have such a variety of foods to taste and eat like you have, the
smells coming from your plate almost drives me insane.
"But all I have to look
forward to all night and all day till 6 p.m. is my one bowl of plain dog food. I
don’t even get dessert.
"But you know, I really only look forward to it because I have to eat it for I
will die without it.
"I love you and always have. I protect you, defend you, sleep under your window
when you can’t sneak me into your bed. I play with you. I ask only one thing
from you. FEED ME so I don’t suffer."
It did the trick! Now our son understands why we nag him so much about taking
care of his dog. He never forgets to feed the dog!
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