It’s Aristotle here and our Mistress has tasked me with seeing if you have any suggestions about Alfie. He seems to be going through a bad patch. His food rations have not changed, but suddenly he’s very hungry. Not just normal ‘eat if there’s a chance’ hungry, but ‘get up on the work surface and raid the bin’ hungry. So far this week he has opened and eaten two bags of crisps that were on the kitchen table, half a loaf of bread from off the kitchen counter and the empty wrappers from chocolate bars on two separate occasions. He has also been more unsettled again. However, the worst thing was when someone came to our house and his behaviour was utterly out of character. Those of you who know Alfie will know that whilst he has issues with other dogs he has always been very gentle with any human. Even as a puppy he didn’t nip or try biting. Ok, so he pinned our aunt in a corner late at night at Granny and Grandpa’s house when he thought she was a burglar, but he just made sure she was cornered until he was satisfied she was safe. For the first time he started jumping up and nipping at the lady’s sleeve. Our Mistress has never seen him react like that. The only thing that she can think is that because the lady has a Jack Russell and a Labrador, the two breeds that Alfie does not get on with, he was holding that against her. However, it’s left our Mistress worried. He is the one of us that she has always been most comfortable to give free roaming of the house too as he has been the most trustworthy. She had to make him sit in the car that day and is now concerned in case it happens again.
Him having, what our Mistress calls, his ‘dementia’ days when he just seems confused is one thing, but this week has been a whole different pattern of behaviour and she doesn’t know what to think. She says it’s a good job the rest of us are behaving as he is taking all her energy.
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