For obvious reasons, we have a rule in our house about pets being fed table scraps or sharing our snacks with them. But of course, rules are made to be broken, and there is one exception – ice cream.
Allan indulges in a late night bowl of ice cream once or twice a week. He loves ice cream, and he has taught all of our dogs to love it, too. Casey, Nisha, and now Cyrus all learned to wait patiently to lick the bowl when Allan (or anybody else eating ice cream) was finished. An extra special treat was and is getting to lick the remnants of an emptied carton. Now, you just have to say the word “ice cream” and Cyrus’s ears perk up. But somehow he understands that ice cream is an exception to the rule because he never begs or waits in anticipation for any other food. In an effort to make sure Cyrus stays healthy, I started making doggie ice cream – yogurt, banana, peanut butter blended together and poured into small Dixie cups, then frozen. Cyrus enjoys these treats when it’s an ice cream night (although he still gets to lick the bowl).
The other night Allan and I decided a Dairy Queen treat was in order. Allan and Cyrus made the run, and when they returned, I was surprised to see that there were three items in the bag. Yes, Cyrus got his own small cup of vanilla soft serve! Call it what you will – an indulgence, spoiling, being well-loved – Cyrus is one lucky dog!