A crime of passion occurred in our house last Sunday. The result of a love so strong she would risk everything including her health and her place in society. The best of the beasts crafted and succeeded in pulling off this caper. But which beast?
It started with a brilliant plan. It would have worked if she had only covered her tracks. She fooled all of us, for a while.
First she lulled us in a relaxed setting.
She used an accomplice as a decoy.
While we paddled in the pond, the culprit took action. The sun had set and it became too dark to navigate. We went back inside for dessert.
My daughter, Courtney, gasped when discovering the decoy, Piglet, licking pieces of a broken butter plate. My son, Kelly, had brought her along for a visit. One of the dogs had jumped onto the table and knocked the plate onto the floor. The butter had vanished. An entire stick!
Neither dog pleaded guilty. Roxy kept a straight face. So did Piglet. I accused Piglet. After all, she had been caught with the goods. She is only a one-year-old and Roxy is seven. She knows better.
Which dog ate the butter and broke the dish? How would I ever figure it out? I needed evidence. The search had begun. I put on my detective’s hat and sniffed their snouts.
Only one dog smelled like a butter vat at the Sun Prairie Corn Festival. ROXY! She had let her guest, Piglet, take the fall.
Now that the mystery was solved, I sprang to my computer to find out if she would survive the night. The first question that came up when Googling “eating butter,” was “Will I die from eating a stick of butter?” More than one person had asked that question. That is so sad in so many ways.
I looked further and found out most dogs would get sick, but would survive to eat butter another day.
Our dog was quiet all night. I wondered if she had buried the stick of butter somewhere, like in the yard or in our couch. Maybe she didn’t eat it at all.
Yes she did. I found out later in the afternoon, when butter took its revenge.
Another classic canine caper case closed.
Have you ever been in denial over your pet’s behavior? Has your pet ever eaten anything they shouldn’t have?