Bella the Thief?
Bella the Burgler?
(Dateline, September 10, 2003)
Bella the new greyhound beastie is a terror these days. I
hope it is a new and only a stage. She is just over a year
and a half. She is a thief and a right good one at that.
of Bella's theft of foods have grown to epidemic proportions. We
warn everyone doing our kitchen renovation (details
here) she is a thief, but ... well, first two donuts
on different days from Kevin (he learns slow I guess). Then
the big plumber John reported she got in thru the back of
his van, jumped into the front seat and was caught tearing
open a trash bag containing his lunch. Then at our
bbq party Saturday night Joan reported "I thought Bella
was pretty crafty because she would take a hamburger off
the platter, take it out onto the lawn and leave it there,
then return to the platter for something else!!! ...sort
of like burying a stash for later retrieval!"I told
Joan not to worry about Bella overeating ... even though
she had had to go out at 3 am the next morning ... but Joan
replied with this amazing story about her (past) dog Whiskey
a dog can overeat! Whiskey accompanied us to my sister-in-law's
Orthodox Christmas celebration ( Russian foods such as
stuffed cabbage, pierogies, etc). Whiskey begged all night
and then collapsed, unable to walk. She literally could
not move her hind legs - we thought she had been poisoned.
By the next morning, still unable to move the hind legs
(she just dragged them) and not eating or drinking anything,
we took her to the vets and she was diagnosed with "a
classic case of overeating"! It took her another day
or so before she was behaving normally. Maybe different
breeds are affected differently, but ours was one gluttonous