This group of dogs is so different with their eating practices. Every dog that I've ever had expected to be fed at a specific time each evening. If I didn't fill the food bowl at precisely the appointed time the dog(s) would (a) sit by the bowl and stare at me or (b) run around me in circles until I got with the program and fed them. Then they would begin to eat as soon as the food was in the bowl. But not this group of dogs. I can feed them early or late and they don't care; they never get concerned about the empty food bowls unless it is getting really late. When I do fill the bowls they don't get too excited. Meal time is a leisurely experience. I know it is not a good practice but I just leave the bowls down for an hour or more until they have finished.
Last night I had school. And a final exam. Plus I was thinking about work, Thanksgiving, house cleaning, tree trimming and everything under the sun except what I was doing. I fed the dogs before I left for school, putting yogurt and oatmeal topping on top of each bowl of kibble. Before I left I looked in the kitchen and the bowls were almost empty. Bently and Blossom were just gobbling down the food. Wow, I thought, they must have been really hungry. So I went back to re-fill one of the bowls with a little more kibble just in case one of them didn't get enough.
And then I realized what I had done: I had filled their bowls with the kibble that Lacey eats. No wonder they were gobbling down their food. What a treat for them! I'm sure they were expecting the same tonight when I filled their bowls, how disappointed they were! No more kitty kibble for you, my dears!