On the way back from Kings Heath Park this morning we stop at Ca.’s front garden to plant her Christmas present: three winter flowering cyclamen.
Back home, time for The Plan. As readers will know I have often expressed concerns about Isis’s voracious appetite. The ever supportive Kerry and Garry from Aeza (see footnote) advise:
“Our feeling is that you should feed her 250 grams initially and if she eats that within the day,* increase the quantity by 25 grams each day until she decides when she is satisfied and realises that there will be food available all the time.”
* The highlighting is mine: I’m being ironic. Please read on.
Today is the first day of the experiment.
I put 110 grams of Burns dry food into Hairy One’s bowl and she falls on it with her usual enthusiasm. Yoff, yoff. Within seconds it’s gone. I add another hundred. Yoff, yoff. Devoured just as quickly as the first. I add forty grams more. Yoff, yoff. No decrease in speed. As I add another fifty and then a final fifty which disappear at the same yoffing rate as the the rest, I become a little anxious. I might make her ill.
I gaze at Isis who is standing in the hall looking cheerful. Not a belch. Not a hiccup. No orifice emits any evidence of the huge meal.
Isis looks at me. She wags her tail and takes herself off upstairs.
I scuttle anxiously to my computer and e-mail Garry and Kelly. Garry kindly ‘phones.
They are amazed and amused. “We’ll soon have her up to 30 kilos,” jokes Garry. At least, I hope he is joking – I have to carry her down my steep stairs.
My Aeza friends suggest tomorrow I give Isis 250 grams in the morning and her Chappie on its own at tea time. Next day we’ll add another 25 grams and see how we go.
Upstairs, I check on the piglet impersonating a dog. She is, unsurprisingly, fast asleep.
She looks quite relaxed.
Isis came from the Aeza cat and dog rescue and adoption centre in Aljezur, Portugal. For information about adopting an animal from the centre, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or www.dogwatchuk.com