Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The short-lived doggy dish floor mat.

I was walking through Walmart today, fresh from buying more treats and toys for my dogs.  I passed a display of rubberized place mats to place under your dog's dishes.

Now, the dishes I use for the dry food are ceramic.  I was told that plastic makes both my dogs break out in pimples on their chins.   Who knew?

So, I use a couple of ceramic bowls.  One is in the family room and one is in the laundry room.  I have two so there isn't any fighting if they both want to eat at the same time.

Only, I have ceramic tile floors.  Bogie likes to drag the bowl across the floor.  He only moves it a few inches, but the sound of ceramic on ceramic gives me the crawlies.

I tried gluing cork to the bottom of the bowls, but that falls off when I wash the bowls.

The rubberized place mat seemed like the ideal solution.  I bought one to try, in a nice tan color to match my floor.

I put it under the bowl in the family room.  It looked kind of nice and I figured it would be easier to pick up the dropped pieces.

Angel eyed it suspiciously, left to go outside, came back and ate out of the bowl.  Success.  With one dog at least.

Bogie watched me put the mat down, but ignored the bowl and mat while we watched some morning television.

I went upstairs to check my job searches.  I heard a ceramic on ceramic scraping, louder than usual.  I assumed Bogie preferred the unmatted bowl in the laundry room.  I made a mental note to buy a second mat.

That's when he came loping up the stairs with the placement dangling from his mouth.  He came right over and proudly handed the mat to me.

Apparently, Bogie thinks he is a budding magician and pulled the mat out from under the bowl.  The dog food was dumped in a pile on the floor.

So, no tidy place mats for me.

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