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Happy Birthday, Klondike! 犬の誕生日

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Happy 2nd Birthday (with us) Klondike! From today, he is going to be “between 3 and 4.” As has become our tradition, dinner was shared for this special occasion. He had two of these beautiful lamb shoulder blade chops (1 lb total) raw, of course. Disappeared in about 30 seconds for each piece. Our dinner, smaller pieces cooked medium rare and some veggies.

犬の誕生日を祝っています。クロンダイクがうちへ来てから2年経ちました。今夜のごはんは人間も犬もラムチョップ。犬は写真のをふたつ、全部で1ポンド(450グラムくらい)を生のままあっという間に食べ、人間はもう少し小さいのを焼いて付け合わせと共に。これでクロンダイクは「3歳と4歳の間くらい」になります。時間が経つのははやいです。

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おやつの技術革新

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シロクマ通信です。今日はおやつの技術革新について。

写真は生食の訓練用おやつ。ええ、牛肉です。鶏肉のほうが安いに決まっていますが、生の鶏肉をぺたぺた触るのは犬はともかく人間のために非常にまずいですから、牛のほうが少しは安全だろう、と。細かく一口サイズに刻んで、60グラムずつのパックにしています。訓練用のおやつの半分くらいをこれでまかない、その分ごはんの量を減らしました。

また学校へ行っているので、訓練用のおやつが大量に必要になっているからです。芸ができれば「えらいね」と一口もらい、できなければ難易度を落として「えらいね」と言われながらまた一口もらって訓練を進めるので、どちらにしてもシロクマはおやつをたくさんもらえるのです。犬にとっては純粋にいい話です。

しかしこれでは一日に複数回訓練の時間をとるとけっこうな量になってしまいます。集中訓練期間中は体重を増やしてしまうのが悩みです。

じゃあごはんの量を減らせばいいかというとそうでもありません。市民犬クロンダイクは図体のわりに小食で、あまりにちょっとしか食べないのでごはんの量を減らすと栄養のバランスが心配なのです。ちょっとというのは、体重ベースで普通の犬の半分くらいです。前に書きましたがローフード犬ですし。

というわけで色々考えた末の生肉おやつ。下の写真は普段用の生じゃないおやつです。錠剤はエビオス。赤っぽいのはドライクランベリー。チーズの切れ端が入っていることもあります。

まったくいい家に来たよね、この犬は。

また書きます。

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Fall colors = more pizza – Klondike’s food blog

IMG_7474Mr. Klondike has generously taken time out of his busy schedule to personally write the following entry:

I have eaten two full slices of pizza last week, just because I was sniffing. People can’t see the pizza slices on the sidewalk because the scattered leaves work as camouflage.

I go on a walk with my person,  sniff, find the pizza piece, start eating. My people only realize what’s going on after the entire piece has gone into my mouth. I swallow. Score!

I am closer to the ground, but that’s not really why. It’s incredible that people seem to rely on their sight when scanning for food on the sidewalk. That’s dumb. They should use their noses.

Rating: ★★★★★

Comment: More!

 

 

 

The Three Stages of Requesting Dinner

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Stage One. Klondike is politely asking how I’m doing. Because, you know, he’s concerned about my welfare. What with me forgetting dinner time and all, could be early onset Alzheimer’s.

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Stage Two, well known to Pyrenees lovers as Pyre Paw.

Klondike is politely saying “Hey, Hey! You OK?” because there’s obviously something wrong with me or I would have gotten him dinner. It’s just possible that something in the water has caused a massive fall in IQ and Klonbeast wouldn’t want that for me.

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Stage Three. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Not having fed him yet I’m clearly in either dangerously bad shape or the slacking beyond belief. In either case it’s time for Nuzzle Herd. This is a last resort, used where all reason has failed and it’s necessary to push some poor excuse for a human in the appropriate direction. I’m not sure it worked… I think Klonbeast got ejected from my study for his efforts. The good news is he also got fed shortly afterwards, so all was right with the world in the end.

When life gives you cabbage… Klondike’s food blog

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Mr. Klondike has generously taken time out of his busy schedule to personally write the following entry:

I am particularly partial to the smell of fermented foods.

Cheese is an excellent example. I can detect it coming out of the fridge even while in deep slumber upstairs. I run down the stairs to remind my Catering Department (aka Mieko) that she needs to let me taste a new variety. The best kinds are overripe and gooey. They smell like my version of heaven.

I love miso and soy sauce, too, but Catering doesn’t let me lick much because of some problem that has to do with too much sodium. It’s her problem, though. I am totally fine with them. I’d definitely explore more if she’d let me.

Then there’s the stuff she takes out of the fridge, takes off the lid and makes a face, then throws away. Those things smell reeeeeaaaalllly intriguing! But she always says something about people standards in our household when I ask for samples and never lets me have any.

Today, I discovered a new thing, and it is made of cabbage. I have tasted cabbage stems before and didn’t approve. Boring. Strangely crunchy. I didn’t see the point.

However, this time it was wonderful. Catering told me it was called sauerkraut, and that it had partially been eaten by little bugs that break up the cabbage cells. She had made a small batch to feed herself and my friend and Agent, Bill. I would like some more, too, but not with salads, please.

Probiotics, yea!

Rating: ★★★★★

Comment: More!

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Note from Catering: Sorry, Klonbeast, sauerkraut is another case of too much sodium. I know because I made it. Very small samples only for you. How about some organic apple cider vinegar?

ぽんぽん痛い。多分。

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シロクマ通信です。

シロクマ、今日はお腹の調子が悪く、エビオス飲んでおとなしくしています。なんにも言わないからわかりにくいのですが、これはお腹痛いと思います。お散歩も休んでいます。

だからさあ、道ばたで変な物拾って食べるなって言ったじゃんよ。まったくもう。

英語なんでお気づきでないかもしれませんが、最近シロクマの食べ物ブログがはじまってるのですよ。

鱈の皮とかサンドイッチとかラクダとか食べたレポートです。

まあシロクマが食べ物に関して言うことなど「味見さしてください」と「もっと!」以外にほとんどないので、さほど面白くはないような気がしますが、なにしろヤツは食べ物への関心がものすごーく高いもので。

またすぐ書きます。こないだコマーシャルに出演したときの報告の日本語版作らないといけないし。

では。

Snoop, broken – Klondike’s food blog

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Mr. Klondike has generously taken time out of his busy schedule to personally write the following entry:

My Catering Department (aka Mieko) sometimes puts treats in chewy toys, thinking that doing so would amuse me. I say she is wrong. If she wants me entertained, she should just give me more treats! And more often! It’s simple!

She’s not entirely dumb, though. She immediately noticed when I destroyed my brand new Snoop this morning. She took it upstairs to my friend and Agent (aka Bill) asking to replace it with an extra large Kong when he gets to PFE next time. Which probably means I will get more peanut butter. Always a great idea!

I’m a little disappointed about losing the Snoop, though. I actually liked the way the treats rolled around while I worked on it.

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Zoo animals – Klondike’s food blog

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Mr. Klondike has generously taken time out of his busy schedule to personally write the following entry:

Excellent dietary supplements are to be found on the sidewalk and in the bushes while walking the neighborhood. My people do not want me to forage, and they often try to open my mouth and take out the food. Which is in itself a great game, but I’d like to be able to swallow. I beat them about half the time.

I was exploring the Western territories (area west of house) this morning with Catering (aka Mieko), and found these. I understand they are called animal crackers. I smelled them, quickly turned around and got one animal before Catering even understood what I was up to.

Excellent flavors! Great mouthfeel! I am not even sure which creature I got to sample, it was maybe a camel. Or perhaps a bear. In either case, it was the first time I ate an exotic animal whole. I got pulled away from the the pile a moment later. Too very bad Catering has such conservative views on my diet.

★★★★★ More!

Near the end of this same walk I found an acorn on the ground. I picked it up, even cracked the hard slippery shell, but then it fell out of my mouth and Catering stopped me. Too very bad again.

☆☆☆☆☆ No stars. Didn’t get to taste it.

Picnic prep – Klondike’s food blog

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Mr. Klondike has generously taken time out of his busy schedule to personally write the following entry:

The Catering Department, often referred to by others in the house as Mieko, often has good stuff in the kitchen. I park myself right in the far corner of the kitchen, where Catering works, to sample as many items as she’ll let me. I do this to expand my culinary horizons and to show my support for all the hard work Catering puts in. There is some grumbling about me being in the way, but that is her problem.

Today’s bites, consumed while Catering was prepping for a picnic, included sourdough bread, smoked salmon, smoked salmon spread, mozzarella cheese, poached chicken, dates, peanut butter. All excellent. I also had a strawberry at the picnic site.

★★★★★ More!

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Bad snack! – Klondike’s food blog

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Mr. Klondike has generously taken time out of his busy schedule to personally write the following entry:

Bad snack! Meh! Bleh! Catering told me the fish stick was good, but it turned out to be rancid. Still ate about a third of it, though, because I’m always a good sport.

Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Comment: Bleh!

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Note from Catering: Sorry… It was sitting in the pantry a bit too long. Will not repeat this mistake. It is one of Klondike’s favorite light snacks if the package is freshly opened.