Elsie and Maggie were both given soft, chewy bones. (After the foreign obstruction scare, we threw away everything that chips, chards, or might get lodged in a tummy. If the vet listed it, we threw it away.)
Maggie attacks chews like it is a task she has been assigned at work. She lays down in a comfortable position, typically in the exact location she was in when you handed her the treat, and focuses solely on eating the chew as quickly, efficiently, and effectively as possible. Typically leaving bits in her beard and paws for later.
Elsie likes to carry her new treat around, she likes to set it in various locations, forget it, receive it again so she can carry it around, set it in new locations, forget it, and get it again.
Last night’s chew was a little big for her, but she has adult teeth and we figured she’d take her time with it. She did her usual routine but last night she just would not settle down and start chewing on it. She kept it in her grip, and would plop next to Maggie – once Mags had completely devoured her own chew – and still not gnaw on it.
Maggie was getting scratches on her chest, a favourite activity of hers. Elsie walked up so that her head was right next to Maggie’s and set the bone down. Being the fair parents we are, we picked up the bone – Mags had just eaten one. Elsie pounces to the bed and settles down, so we give her the bone again. She walks over to Maggie’s head, plops down with the bone in her mouth, and sets the chew down. This time, Donatello breaks the bone in half. He sets one side in front of Elsie.
Elsie sits and watches Donatello with the other half of her bone. She does not pick up the half in front of her, yet. So, Donatello gives Maggie the other half of the bone. As Maggie picks up the half in front of her, Elsie grabs her half and jumps on to the bed where she eats it all in one sitting.
Elsie would not eat the chew until it was shared with Maggie. I could not believe it. It seems difficult to deny that dogs are thoughtful, intentional creatures when you witness things like this.