I know what you're thinking. You're thinking this is just another picture of a dog shamelessly begging for food. On the surface, at a quick glance, that could appear to be the case. If, however, you look at my perfect posture, and notice the respectful distance I'm keeping from the bowl, even as my Mom is holding it close to me, you might gain a different perspective.
"You're absolutely right, David. Things are not always what they seem."-Editor/Mom
I often hear the humans say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and I couldn't agree more, although I have to say I enjoy my dinner just as much. I was taught to stay away from the table and not to beg for food when I was very young, but I've since learned there is one exception, and I think I've figured it out. The humans seem to like having company when they eat.
"Yes, we are a social species."-Editor/Mom
Yeah, but there's only one time that hanging out close by without being in a "down" is allowed, and you've gotta know when all the signs are there, or else you get in big trouble. There are three things to look for that make it okay:
1) It's gotta be breakfast time.
2) Your Mom (or Dad) has to be alone
3) They have to be eating cereal
"Okay Mr. Smarty Pants. Now that you've figured out the Who, What, When and Where, what about the How? I mean, there has to be rules, right? You don't want your friends getting into trouble trying this."-Editor/Mom
Yup, there are always rules.
1) You've gotta watch and wait while your human prepares the cereal and sits down.
2) Then you sit next to them, but not too close.
3) You've gotta be patient. You can watch, but you've gotta be still. No barking, No whining, No drooling, No fidgeting, No nudging and No giving them your paw. You want them to know you're there, but you don't want to be in the way or interrupt.
If you do all of these things, your Mom or Dad will see what a good Boy or Girl you are, and you'll no doubt be rewarded with not only praise and some morning conversation, but the best part of all, they'll save just a little bit for you and let you lick the bowl. This is when you'll know you're true Cereal Buddies.
"You nailed it, David. And the kiss you always give me afterward helps, too. I have one more question for you: Obviously, this means a lot to you. Why do you think being Cereal Buddies is so important?"-Editor/Mom
Well, I can only speak for myself and guess what it's like for everybody else. Even though I'm lucky and get to spend lots of time with Mom and Auntie, we're really busy most of the day, and I know most dogs don't get to see their Moms and Dads as much. I firmly believe this five minutes of personal time and sharing food together whenever we get the chance makes us closer and strengthens our bond.
"Wow. I'm truly impressed with your grasp of the importance and benefit of this concept, David. I couldn't agree more, and always look forward to this time we share together over my Honey Nut Chex. You are indeed, a great Cereal Buddy."-Editor/Mom
Thanks Mom, and since we're talking about all this, can I make one request? Can we try a different cereal once in awhile? I mean, I eat the same food every day and night, a little variety would be nice. Maybe some Captain Crunch, or Cocoa Puffs? I hear they're delicious.
"Don't push your luck, David."-Editor/Mom