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Just have to rant

I had two generous slices of raw beef steaks that I left on the kitchen counter to let the salt and pepper rub sink in before I throw them in the pan.

Then I left the kitchen for a few minutes to answer the door.

Amber was sitting in the furthest corner of the living room and looking downright guilty when I passed her by. I thought -- I wonder what she's done.

I heated up the pan and turned to where I last left the beef and found...nothing! She had gobbled them all up!!! I'm so upset to have to order in chinese food on a monday evening!!! last minute! And then of course, I wonder what raw meat will do to her stomach tonight since she has never had that before!

I know I should have known better...I just didn't think she would dare! grrrr.

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Oh dogs :/ so mischievous. Her tummy might be a little upset because she ate so much but I wouldn't worry. She shouldn't suffer too much from her opportunistic indulgence, if there were no bones.



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My husband and I were just discussing this very subject. Our last Golden had a hard time controlling himself when it came to jumping up on people ... or paws up on the counter at the Vet's office ... or the counter at the groomer. But he never, ever took food off of the table, which he could easily reach, or the kitchen counter. Now we have a new puppy who is big for his age (9 weeks tomorrow), and when we sit down to have our dinner he is already putting his paws up on my chair. I said to my husband "if we don't do something, when he gets to be much bigger he will be putting his paws up on the table and stealing food." I wish I could remember what we did to make our last dog so well behaved when it came to that!
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Our older Golden is a Saint and never tried to "counter surf." Our youngest, who's almost 2 now, is terrible! As soon as she figured out that food was kept up there she was constantly checking it out.



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Oh dogs :/ so mischievous. Her tummy might be a little upset because she ate so much but I wouldn't worry. She shouldn't suffer too much from her opportunistic indulgence, if there were no bones.
I agree. I know how disappointed you must have been, a similar thing happened to us years ago. In hindsight we think the dog that had a steak on us was a flat coated retriever (not just a mutt from the SPCA). Hope the chinese food was good.
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Great score Amber!!!! Now that she has found out that yummy stuff is put there she will always be looking for another awesome opportunity. Don't leave anything on the counter, if you are not supervising it put it in the fridge or microwave with a closed door and she won't be able to practice what she learned. Does Amber like chinese?

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Good times Sorry you had to learn she's not a saint the hard way.... And as mentioned, she was rewarded so richly for her naughtiness that you will never truly be safe with anything left on the counter again. My little girl Ellie is a very good girl. She would never steal food or get on counters. Or so I thought until I was traveling last year and my husband left dinner out on the island to go walk our daughter home from a friend's house, he returned to find Ellie had eaten it. Now she will occasionally look for food up there when I'm not home. Just last week I came home from the store and found a tomato on the floor with a tooth mark in it. Sorry for your aggravation, it's not just you


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Maya has expressed interest in items on the kitchen counter before, but only once has she done something similar.

It started with the juiciest, sweetest mango you can imagine. Having grown up in the tropics we have a penchant for mangoes. So i cut this one up, try a piece, and happily set it aside for my wife and I to devour later. Except when later arrived, much to my chagrin (and then amusement), I see Maya on her hind legs, neck strained as far as possible, tongue lashing back and forth across the bowl of fruit. With every lick I swear I heard a "mine! mine! mine!" voice from her. I had taken precautions to push the bowl far away from the edge of the counter, but where there's a will...

So Maya enjoyed the mango over the next week and my wife and I took solace in the fact that delicious piece of fruit did not go to waste.
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Caesar got a Ham off the counter, and several years later Jenni took a big tub of butter. They both ate the whole thing. We learned our lesson. Actually, I thought it was really funny, my wife did not share in the humor with me.

Triton has not discovered the counter yet, not that I know of. He is a big boy though and can easily see over the top of the counter without straining at all. The day will probably come!

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Duke loves Vermont Cheddar Cheese. I had shredded some the other night for tacos and left them on the island while I did something else quickly. I returned to find him; two paws on the island a mouth full of cheddar cheese....naughty boy! :-)


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