Savoring The Sameness Of It All

How do dogs do it?

photo-92How do dogs maintain the same zeal for eating when they consume the same food, served in the same bowl, morning and night, day after day after day?  Imagine if you were required to eat the same bowl of kibble, moistened to form a limp, fake quasi-gravy, and needed to shove your head into the wet food in order to chow it down.  No rational person would tolerate, much less want, such a diet.  We don’t even feed death row prisoners the same food, day after day.

And yet, our dogs act like they’ve just been seated at the highest-class five-star restaurant when you prepare their food every day.  Their tails are wagging.  Their eyes are blazing with feverish excitement.  They move frantically back and forth, drool cascading from their mouths.  And when you set the same damp shapes in front of them, they put their head in the bowl and gobble the food down with absolute gusto.  And there is no doubt that, if you put more of the same slop before them, they would polish that off, too, and then turn, eyes shining and tail beating like a metronome, pathetically grateful and hoping that you give them even more.

So, how do dogs do it?

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