Should Westie’s headbanging worry owners?
By MONICA COLLINS www.askdoglady.com February 26, 2013 9:07AM
Updated: February 26, 2013 2:09PM
Q. Lately, our 13-year-old Westie (West Highland white terrier) Desmond exhibits a strange behavior when his stomach is acting up. He eats from a compartmentalized food and water bowl set into a wrought-iron frame close to the floor. When his stomach is off, he walks over to his bowls with the food and water and refuses to eat anything. But he makes a sweeping motion with his head by moving his head and hitting the outside of the bowl so hard that he spills the water in the adjacent bowl. Have you seen this performance before or can you suggest a reason for it?
As long as Desmond is not wrecking anything or biting anyone, his behavior is benign. Be happy you have this comic character in your midst.
Q. My friend has hired many dog walkers; none seem to last. His last dog walker claimed to be walking the dog, but he wasn’t. Is there an Angie’s List for dog walkers?
Spread the word through your neighborhood’s dog pack; they’re always swapping information about the care and feeding of their animals. They also know pooch politics. If a shyster dog walker is working the neighborhood, the network will mete out its own brand of Dogpatch justice and isolate the walker.