When a Pug is a Pig

I think my pug is in disguise. Underneath that adorable face is really a pig snout.

When a Pug is a Pig

I don’t mean to be putting negative labels on pig’s (so you pig lovers out there, please do not get offended, just get my point). But if you could see (actually hear) the way he eats, you’d have to call him by the same name or better. Rocky (my 6 year old pug) is on a mission when he eats, to get the bowl of food into his stomach as quickly as possible and he just chows down in one full swoop, never stopping or even breathing.  He’s focused on getting it in and nothing gets in the way of his dish and his mouth, at least that was until I discovered this new fantastical invention, probably invented by the mother of a pug as well.

This is Rocks new bowl.

When a Pug is a Pig

It’s a slow feed bowl. Can you see the bumper type ridges in the bowl? The way it works is that he can’t get his mouth to the bottom of the bowl right away. He’s got to work on fitting his snout in around the ridges or bumpers.  It takes a bit longer to eat this way.

When a Pug is a Pig

He must be so frustrated at me although I am happy to report that  have noticed no signs of hostility on his end. Although he did spend about 10 minutes this morning trying to get the last single kibble out of the center of the bottom of this “slow feed” dish. This bumper bowl got me thinking about us humans. What do we as human beings have to do for ourselves to get off the “PIG’ list.? How can we slow down with out the aid of this type of devise (bowl)?

There are some ideas that we can try:

  • Put your fork down between bites
  • Chew each mouthful to a count of 30 times
  • Set a timer and do not get up from the table till the timer rings.

Will you try one or all of these things?

Do you have another idea for us out there that are caught in the fast frenzy rush of everyday eating?

Rosie Battista

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  1. Hi Rosie,
    Here are some other great ideas on how to be more mindful when eating:
    1) NO TV or Computer….
    2) No eating standing up
    3) No eating in any moving object ( unless of course you are on a plane to somewhere warm, where you will be wearing a bathing suit and that’s enough motivation )
    4)No eating in bed ( there are exceptions to this rule.. but this is not the blog to go into that… so I’ll stop now)
    5) Only eat things that grows from the ground ( yes trees grow in the ground!) or has a mother… Only exception… seaweed .. which grows in the ocean….
    6)You owe it to yourself to eat warm food warmed up… NOTHING COLD out of the fridge from a take out carton!
    7) MY FAVORITE- If you can’t pronouce it … why the hell would you eat it?!?!