- Lesson from Tom: Dogs are creative!
- Tom says, “I like to arrange a rug into a cozy shape for me to lay on”
we’re making dinner or otherwise ignoring Tom, he likes to scratch and dig on the rug in the dining room. He keeps at it until he bunches it up into a creative shape that’s comfortable for resting. This shape will usually have some wrinkle that supports his back and side…
- Lesson from Sugi: Dogs like fruit
- Sugi says, “in the evening, after a long day, I like to have a snack of banana cut up into bite-size pieces”
Sugi’s pretty fussy about his food. He’ll just sit and look at me with disdain if I give him a bowl of food he doesn’t like. Recently, I’ve discovered that he likes an evening snack of banana. I cut up a whole banana into slices and share it between Tom and Sugi. They love this in the evening before bed. We now have a special “banana time!” that they have come to love and expect each evening.
Banana is a good ‘cooling’ food according to TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) that will cool you down if you’re having too much heat. This is good for Sugi when he’s hot after coming indoors from an evening walk.
- Lesson from Tom: Dog’s like a cozy place to sleep
- Sugi says, “sometimes I like to get small!”
I like to photograph Tom and Sugi when they’re napping. Like humans, dogs can seem more vulnerable when they’re asleep. Inspired by my recent interest in Zen (I think there’s a connection but not sure what it is yet…), here Tom is trying to make himself small.
- Lesson from Sugi: Dogs like freshly cooked veggies
- Sugi says, “I’m growing to like a variety of veggies, who knew?!.”
Every wondered what to do with those beet tops attached to the fresh beets you’ve just bought from the farmer’s market? Sometimes the beets come with the full leaves attached (which are good to eat stir fried with some garlic), or they come with a little of the leaf stem attached. I discovered that I can steam these stems and cut them up to put into Tom and Sugi’s food. They like them! They taste like beets and are nutritious…
- Lesson from Sugi: Dogs need loving kindness too!
- Sugi says, “When I’m feeling safe I can relax into a cuddle.”
Lately, Sugi has been less fearful (of flies, noises, etc.) and this seems to coincide with his ability to be happier and more relaxed. When he’s feeling this way he even asks for affection! Sometimes, he even comes over and rests his head on my leg while I’m working at the computer, in this way asking to be picked up in my lap.