Viran the food maniac.
Viran was like most other dogs when it came to food, she took what she reached whether she was allowed to or not🙂 That is, she was until she got puppies, after that she was a food maniac and ate anything that could, with a big imagination, be edible. Even though she got three times as much food than she needed she still wanted more and I had hoped it would pass when the puppies had left, but she remained the same for the rest of her life🙂 The vet never could find anything wrong with her, her brain just kept on telling her that she had to get more food all the time.
Back then I didn’t have any pantry but I did have a lot of space above the kitchen cabinets and that was where I had all dry goods and my bread. To reach anything of it I had to stand on a chair to even be close to reach the things closest to the wall behind. Viran that always studied what I did realized that there were lots of goodies up there but how to reach it?
One day when I came home after being to the grocery store I realized that there were a lot of small pieces of spaghetti on the floor in the entrance. That’s never a good sign🙂🙂 Then I looked in to my living room and saw a lot of torn packages of müsli, flour, macaronies and the list could go on for ever🙂 Unfortunately I didn’t look just in front of me so the first thing I did was to put my foot in a huge pile of something she had thrown up🙂 (we swedes never wear shoes indoors).
Viran were just as happy as always and there was really no use in getting angry when I slowly walked the way to the kitchen trying to avoid the mess on the floors🙂🙂 As I remember it (still can’t find my notes from those days) she had eaten 8 bread rolls, two packages of müsli, two huge packages of cat food, 8 pounds of flour, four packages of macaronies/spaghetti, several packages of dried soup and tried to eat a can or two as well. Nothing much of this stayed in her stomach though, plastic doesn’t go well in any stomach, so naturally I could find her piles all over the cottage.
She had simply done like I always did, pushed a chair close to the kitchen counter, jumped up on the counter, stood on her back legs and reached everything up there🙂🙂🙂 I knew this would happen again if I didn’t do anything so I thought it would be a good idea to put everything behind the china in the cupboards. She wouldn’t have much space to open up the cupboards while standing on the counter. I thought I had outsmart her🙂🙂🙂
Of course I hadn’t🙂 I don’t know how she did it but the next day when I came home after walking my other dog Sickan I understood what a fool I had been🙂 The scene was much the same when I opened the door and when I came in to the kitchen I realized that I had no china left. It all was laying broken on the floor. Unfortunately there was a puppy lying there too, Viran had managed to hit him with a huge tureen. He did survive but it took a long time until he could walk properly again.
With no china left I now had lots more space for groceries🙂🙂 But now I used the ultimate weapon, ground white pepper! I spread it all over the counter and on the groceries in the cupboard as well. Not even Viran was mad enough to fight that more than one time🙂🙂🙂 Finally I had my food left alone and I thought I had won the war, so wrong one can be. She knew she wanted food and she knew where to find it🙂 Her next target was the refrigerator but that is another story to tell later🙂🙂🙂