Saturday, November 28, 2015

Puppy feeding frenzy

One of the first lessons in puppy-raising: Feeding a Lab without losing an arm.

Puppy feeding frenzy

Sparkle's feeding time Video: Sparkle's feeding time

Sparkle's a pretty sensible pup for the most part, but when food enters the equation, she just plain loses her mind. She leaps wildly in every direction, barks, whines, and tries to get the food any way she can. I'm always trying to stay a step ahead, shutting the baby gate to the kitchen so that she's on one side and the other two dogs are on the other. She's been known to gobble up her food and then try to poach the other dogs' portions before they can finish. When she barrels in face-first, they wisely move aside.

This video shows how we are able to control the chaos by keeping her in check until the food and bowl are securely on the floor. This was  taken two weeks ago, and she's eating lunch. We've since reduced her meals to two a day, according to the Seeing Eye guidelines.

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George Carter, The Inquirer's weekend national/foreign editor, has always counted dogs among his closest companions. According to family lore, he learned to walk by clinging to the side of a saintly patient mutt named Spanker. In turn, one of his earliest hazy memories is of tossing treats to the family dogs gathered expectantly on the porch of their Maryland farmhouse. It was only natural then, that when George saw a newspaper ad looking for families to raise puppies for the Seeing Eye of Morristown, N.J., he bit at the chance. From the start, it has been a family project, with teenage daughter Betsy as the official puppy-raiser. First there was Porter, a big-hearted yellow Lab born on Memorial Day 2004. A few years later, the Carters raised Velma, a gorgeous Lab/golden cross. Just a couple weeks ago, Velma's 7-week-old daughter Sparkle arrived as the latest family charge. George, Betsy and mom Cathy are thrilled that Sparkle is from Velma's very first litter. You can reach George Carter at 215-854-2411 or by clicking here. Reach George at

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