Friday, January 8, 2010

Swedish Chocolate

I have a good friend who happens to live in Sweden.  On occasion, we send each other boxes in the mail.  When I get a package from him, it's an unusual event as the stuff in the box is for me and not the greyhounds.  The girls sniffed his latest box when I opened it and then became disinterested since it didn't contain any of the stuff they've gotten accustomed to inside.  (Is it unusual for the post master down at the post office to know my dog's names, but not mine?)  Anyhow, usually I send him comic books that he can't get over in Sweden and he sends me candy and music that I can't get here in the cornfield.  It's always a fun exchange, since we never know exactly what will be inside until it arrives.  I usually put the candy away and just eat a little bit of it at a time since I am trying to lose a little weight and because Mr. Taleteller has a particular weakness for chocolate.  (One of the few rare arguments that we have ever had was over a box of chocolate covered caramels that I recieved as a gift which he devoured without even saving me one.  We've both learned a lot since then.) 

Last night, I thought I'd try this one particular bar of chocolate that had been sent.  I forgot one very important thing.  Our girls, particularly Bunny, are mad for yogurt.  This chocolate bar has yogurt and raspberry inside.  No sooner did I peel open the wrapper than Bunny and Blueberry appeared in the bedroom like some sort of tempest.  I couldn't give them any, I mean, we all know chocolate is dangerous for dogs.  I ate a few bites and put it back in the drawer.  Blueberry stalked off to the living room in disgust.  Bunny didn't give in so easily.  For the first time that I can remember, when I climbed into bed, Bunny was curled up on my side.  This is unusual.  She normally sleeps against my husband under the quilt he piles on to the bed.  She was willing to sleep on my side of the bed for the possibility of getting a bite of that chocolate.

A few minutes later, Mr. Taleteller came to bed.  He noticed Bunny gazing adoringly at me on my side of the bed.  He commented on how unusual it was.  He even held up the side of the quilt and offered her a spot.  She was not budging.  I began to laugh.

Me:  I think I know why she wants to stay over here.

Mr. Taleteller:  Oh?  Why is that?

Me:  I had a bite of chocolate.  She's hoping for a taste.

Mr. Taleteller:  You had chocolate?  (He turns his own puppy dog eyes on me.)

Me:  Well, yes...  It has yogurt and raspberry in it.

Mr. Taleteller and Bunny:  I love you!

Me:  You want a taste?

Mr. Taleteller and Bunny:  YES!

So, I climb out of bed and get the chocolate bar out and break off a few more pieces.  Mr. Taleteller sniffs at it and arches his eyebrow.  He tentatively nibbles off a little corner.  He chews it and then grins like a kid in a candy store.  Bunny turns her doe eye on first him and then me as she sees him eat the whole thing.  She lets out a sigh of disgust as she realizes that each of us ate some more and she still didn't get any.

After the reaction everyone has had to it, I think I better find a good hiding spot for it.  I've noticed that they've taken to stalking me lately.  I wonder why that is.  I never thought I'd be nearly knocked down by my dogs and husband over a piece of chocolate.

Psssst!  A note here from Bunny -- send more chocolate and yogurt!  I almost got her to give me a taste!  I was this close! 

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  1. I just don't understand why that yummy chocolate is "supposed" to be bad for US and fine for two leggers. I think it is an evil TAIL they have spread to keep it all for themselves.

  2. Ahhh the lure of Swedish chocolate affects not just women but men and hounds alike!

    Fun entry gal, and love the pic at the end!

  3. I have to do the same thing. My husband has an incredible metabolism and will demolish any treat in one sitting. So, if I get a special treat, I hide it!!!!

    And, my dogs are nuts for yogurt just like yours!

  4. Now we know where you keep the good stuff! ;-)

  5. Okay, that picture had me laughing out loud...!!! Talk about shameless. :-)

    Dogs love chocolate and yet it is bad for them. Why is that? I have a friend whose dog discovered some chocolate in a cupboard, actually managed to open the cupboard door, ripped open the plastic bag it was in and ate the whole thing. The dog was rushed off to the vet, and everything turned out okay, except my friend didn't get any chocolate.

    Dogs are a hoot, aren't they!?

  6. Ask your Swedish friend to send some reindeer meat and boner! Doggies love it! The reindeer...not so much.

  7. Oooohhh that chocolate sounds NUMMERS!'re probably better off without it. We're sure that YOUR mom doesn't have to worry about it...but MY mom says that chocolate is bad for her gives her something called "junk in the trunk", "back rolls" and "butterface". Eeeesh.

    You are SUCH a pretty girl!!!


  8. Heeeeeee, Bunny, you stinker! You sure would love to get a taste of that now wouldn't you! I think maybe perhaps you need some dog friendly yogurt to appease the BunnyMonster! Heeeeee!

  9. Hi we are just dropping by to meet you Bunny!
    We have never tasted yohurt or chocolate but have just had some pizza tonight - we love that!
    love and kisses
    Martha & bailey xxx

  10. BOL what a pathetic and sweet story. I can see the daw eyes. Funny thing is, last night we had something similar take place in our home and it was over Red Velvet Cake from the Cheesecake Factory. Needless to say, our mom didn't enjoy eating it much.

  11. It sounds yummie
    chocolate is my Mommy's favorite
    She can eat it the whole day :-)

    Kareltje =^.^=

  12. Bunny I hear that yogurt when kept near chocolate is icky anyways!!


  13. You better find a good hiding spot! My Macy once ate a whole box of dark chocolate truffles while I was in the shower (which of course had me worried sick so I induced vomiting on her before there was time for any toxic effects). She was fine (though very upset with me for making her throw up her decadent treat!), but now she REALLY has an eye and nose out for any chocolate so we have to be careful!

  14. I think you could use this to your advantage! A perfect motivational tool!! :p

  15. The eyes.... all in the eyes pleading for a treat!

  16. Oh, look at Bunny's sweet face! How can you resist her? I know, I know, you can't give them chocolate. But Sid has had it, I know he has, because never have I had a dog who appears when chocolate comes out and begs so hard for it. Somebody in his previous home was very naughty.

    I do occasionally get him the 'safe' dog chocolate bones. Mostly they're made with carob, but to him they're better than nothing. And there's no point in the 'don't give him the taste for it' theory because he already KNOWS he loves the stuff.

    I have to keep my supply in a drawer. It's the only thing I'm afraid he'll steal.


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