Good morning everyone!
My sweet and gentle Tyra called me a name yesterday. It was the kind of look she usually reserves for those times when, after three days of rain, we are forced to throw her out into a downpour whether she likes it or not so she can take care of essentials. My crime?
I failed to share a banana with her.
Unlike humans, dogs have a limited sense of taste, but one of the flavors they can taste is sweet. Apparently, a banana hits Tyra’s taste buds in just the right way, because I have never met a dog that is as crazy for them as she is.
In spite of the slight dulling of some senses that comes as dogs age, (Tyra is 10 now), she still is super-sensitive to bananas. For example, I will be asleep in one room, with the door closed and Tyra and Mandy asleep with me. Mark, in the other room, will tip-toe into the kitchen, grab a lone banana from the fruit bowl and tip-toe back to the den to get ready to eat it. Before he even begins to peel it, Tyra is awake, prancing by my bedside, and sending Mandy up on the bed to walk on my hair to wake me up so that Tyra can go claim her share. (Darwin is a non-factor because he usually sleeps in the den anyhow.)
Whenever Tyra is about to get a piece of banana, she does a little tap/river dance as the banana piece is broken off and handed to her. Therefore the maximum entertainment value in providing Tyra with a piece of banana is obtained when you give it to her while she is standing on the wooden floor.
Darwin and Mandy are not as wild about bananas, but they do expect the Rule of Three (one for Tyra, one for Mandy, one for Darwin) to be followed, so normally in our family when someone wants a banana, they have to get two – one for themselves, and one to share with the dogs. Kayla, never having known anything else, finds that to be quite normal, but Mark and I are still bemused by it. My mother, when she visits, loves to buy bananas simply to have some to give to Tyra.
Fortunately, Tyra doesn’t hold a grudge, so shortly after I finished the banana she forgave me. However, a trip to the store will soon be in order, as we are now down to three bananas, and I’m not sure if she’ll be willing to forgive me a second time!
Have a great day everyone!