I am Stella, Queen of the Olde English Bulldogges – calm, collected, cool Queen Stella. Snoopey, however…
Me: Very tense today.
Stella: And why not? All those machine noises all day long.
Me: With all the storms and rain lately, there has been a lot to clean up. Chain saws, mowers, tree mulchers…
Stella: All day long. And the big rumbly truck in the alley.
Me: Trash truck. That was today, too.
Stella: I don’t like the big rumbly truck. It always wakes me up from my 2nd morning nap after my 1st morning nap, the one that comes right before breakfast and my 3rd morning nap.
Me: I’m glad for the trash truck. Otherwise, we would be hip deep in garbage in no time.
Stella: That’s because you don’t let us bulldogs eat the garbage. We could take care of it in no time.
Me: Nope. Remember Miss Sweetie and the Greasy Paper Towel Incident.
Stella: Oh, yeah. But Sweetie was young. She did not have my discriminating tastes.
Me: So today, every time there was a loud noise or big truck or machine, Snoopey barked and then dove into her leftover food.
Snoopey: Food is good. Food is every day. Food makes me feel normal.
Me: I have been a stress eater in my time as well.
Snoopey: Really, Lady Human? That makes me feel better. More normal.
Me: Stress eating is pretty common among humans. We have what we call ‘comfort foods’.
Snoopey: Like what?
Me: For my tastes – mmmm, tacos, pizza, potato chips, ice cream…
Snoopey: I will take all of those, please.
Me: I think that you had better stick with your regular food and treats.
Stella: Mmmm, treats. I’ll have two, please.
Me: Later, Stella.
Me: Even if you eat when you are stressed, Snoopey, you are still only eating your recommended daily food allowance. You are not overeating. I just wish that you would trust me when I tell you that everything is all right. When you hear loud noises, there is nothing to fear.
Snoopey: That is hard.
Me: For humans, too.
Stella: Uhhh, somebody mentioned treats. I am standing here. Waiting. Patiently. No stress eating here. Just eating. Okay?
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