- Most of an Endangered Species-brand chocolate bar.
- Contents of a dish holding about a cup of roasted garlic mixed with olive oil.
- Shreds of plastic bag (mostly vomited, thank heaven).
- Yesterday, contents of a 9x9 baking dish full of freshly baked granola. "About $5 worth of walnuts," M. said.
Plus all of the normal disgusting things that a dog can find by running around in the woods.
After all of our former big dogs who respected counter-tops, now we have one that has not learned to do so. It's like having a raccoon loose in the house--except he does not open cupboards, yet. We must adapt.
Having seen a couple of references to the stuff-it-with-treats, give-it-to-the-dog Kong toy by the Atomic Nerds, I broke down and bought one. Eighteen dollars for something that looks like a new-model toilet flush valve--it's black, rubbery, and heavy, the "Extreme Kong" for large dogs.
The first evening, two nights ago, I loaded it with dog biscuits and some peanut butter, and it distracted him for about thirty minutes when he normally would be shadowing M. during dinner preparations.
Last night he discovered that the best way to get the biscuits out is to just drop the Kong repeatedly on the tile floor.
After that, he adopts the same method he uses with tennis balls outdoors. First find a human. Then drop the ball/Kong in front of or onto them. Step back and stare intently at the object. Repeat as needed.
And when you say, "Get that slimy thing off the sofa," pick up, and toss it on the floor, you have done exactly what he wanted you to do. Start again at step one.