Mabel has quite the distinguished pallet. She loves all food. She eats everything. And as hard evidence I present to you this photo which displays her shapely figure. Don't worry, Matt has started taking her running. But you know that old saying that pets and pet owners start to resemble each other after a while? Well, I'll put it to you this way; I sure as heck dont gain weight in my upper body either.
Mabel's one trick, the 'hold it' trick, has been perfected since Rebecca moved in with us. Rebecca and Mabel have a connection. They get each other. Therefore Mabel is willing to submit to Rebecca's training, while she just mouths and complains at me. So much for all that malarkey about pet loyalty.
The 'hold it' trick involves Rebecca taking a piece of food and placing it on Mabel's nose, at which time she says, "Hold it." And Mabel holds it. Pure rocket science, I know. She stays as still as a statue, her little schnauzer nose sucking air in and out as she tries to detect the exact aroma of the treat on the end of her nose.
On this particular occasion it was a fresh green bean.
For all of Mabel's smart-mouthed attitude and continued insistence on trying to bite passing joggers and bicyclist who get too close to me, I will say this much: she is smart.
She'll stay just like this for as long as Rebecca ignores her. Stock still, eyes huge and unblinking.
The other night we started talking about an HGTV show and forgot poor Mabel. She stood with a treat on the end of her nose for over 10 minutes. Whoops.