When I got Hannah as a puppy, I was determined that she would never hover around the table while I was eating, nor would she allowed to beg for hand-outs. So, from day one which is when training really begins, Hannah was NEVER fed from the table. But as time went on, I found that I wanted to share slices of apple or bits of carrots with her while I was eating. She was already well established in lying quietly in the corner of the kitchen while I ate, nor did she beg for handouts from the refrigerator.
So, one autumn day while I was eating a delicious and huge Honey Crisp apple, I cut a bite sized piece and slid it off the opposite end of the table. Hannah heard it drop and lunged for it. I nonchalantly continued to eat but reserved another little piece for Hannah. When she was least expecting it, another piece of apple suddenly dropped to the floor far away from where I was sitting. Again, she happily dove for it and gobbled it.
Other times a baby carrot would mysteriously drop in a far corner of the kitchen where I’d secretly flipped it while getting something out of the refrigerator.
When this became somewhat routine, Hannah developed a stance. She would alertly stare at the floor and watch for a tasty morsel to appear. And I started calling them “apples/carrots from heaven.”
Naturally, when Heidi joined the family, she also quickly discovered that wonderful tidbits dropped from the sky.
When I traveled to Iceland, my friends Sharon and Tom kindly offered to take care of Hannah and Heidi. It didn’t take them long to figure out that Tom had a special connection to heaven. Anytime he was around, carrots and apples would rain from the sky. Sharon was much more disciplined in her offerings, but she was the chief cook, so she also had an inside line to heaven’s offerings of tasty morsels. (Sharon even bakes the most delicious cheese flavored dog biscuits cut into mini-bones.)
Then Leia arrived. Leia developed a love of ice cubes, and she comes running to the fridge every time she hears ice cubes dropping from the chute. I knew if I began feeding them to her right from the dispenser I would be in trouble, so I never started it. Besides, she’s so smart I was afraid she would learn how to put those huge paws on the lever and dispense ice cubes all over the kitchen floor.
So, I resorted to the heaven foolery. After dispensing ice cubes into my glass or water bottle, I reserve a few bits and drop them randomly away from the refrigerator when Leia is least expecting it. Oh joy! But she’s still trying to figure out why and how they appear out of nowhere.
It won’t be long until she realizes they are ice cubes from heaven.