but I've never known one to do it like Caleb. He not only lick the bottom and around the bottom of the sides (where his food touches), he licks the entire bowl, including all around the top edge, and sometimes the outside of his bowl. Yeah, he's a strange one, my Caleb is. LOL
Theo does this, too. I mean, of course!--there might be some molecules of food around the outside. Or on the floor. Oh, or on the wall behind the bowl.
Does Caleb check on his bowl throughout the day to see if food has just magically appeared there?
All three of mine lick their bowls and then they go to each others' bowls and lick them as well. It is quite the site to see -- it's like musical chairs, they go from bowl to bowl until each one has licked every bowl.
Seamus, Flynn, Darwin all do this. And on the nights they get *drizzle* (leftover broth and bits of meat from my gruel pot)? Seamus KNOWS he's getting the drizzle pot. He knows. He waits. He lifts those pleading Labrador eyes to me... "Now, mom? May I have the pot now?" And only when he has finished with the pot do the rest of them come in to finish up the rim, the outer sides, the handles, the surrounding floor area.
I love dog life. I really do.
Seamus and Flynn
My girls do that too. I have even seen them lick the floor around their bowls. Who knows, might be a crumb or two.
Maxx polishes his entire bowl, the placemat and area around where the bowl sits and then does the same to Emma's bowl and placemat. Emma eats what is in her bowl and could care less about the cleaning.
Maxx & Emma Jean
Ozzy - 10/16/02 - 06/28/11 - Always in my heart.
Sometimes the hardest part isn't letting go - but learning to start over.
Oh this has been fun to read!! Mya does the same and licks it multiple times during the day.....just in case!! Every now and then I will put it up on top of her feed bin and she leaves it alone.
We must all just starve our poor labs to death!!
Debi and Bauer
Some people are like slinkies. Not really good for much, but bring a smile to your face when pushed down the stairs.
Both of our labs lick bowls very clean. Mo also chases that one piece of kibble that went under the dry sink and waits until I retrieve it.