Sunday, 7 November 2010

Daylight Saving

Daylight Starving, some call it.

When the clocks go back an hour each autumn, it takes me a day or two to grow accustomed to the change.


It takes some folk almost a week.


They don't agree with dog dinnertime being an hour later than their stomachs say it is. The Dinner Now! performance begins at 4 pm, not the usual 5 pm.

There are silent pleas of imminent starvation; there is anxious hopping about around the dinner dishes, there is a little drooling, there is that clever hypnosis trick from across the room.


There is no mistaking their meaning. Dinner is the most important event of the day. (Just like breakfast. And snack time.) It shouldn't be tampered with!

Note: And when the clocks go forward next Spring? No such delicate adjustment required - early dinnertime is just fine by them. They wouldn't want to be a nuisance.

19 comments:

Jinksy said...

My stomach takes a while to adjust, too, same as your dogs! :)

liZZie said...

Oh those canine sisters are ganging up on you are they? I always thought Tosca had the ring leader look about her on the quiet! Give her kisses from her Aunty Lizzie xxx

flwrjane said...

It's early morning here and the lab is still sleeping, so I have not experienced the longing yet. But I'm so hypnotized by your pictures I feel the need to nourish.

Oh, here's the cat I'll feed her. Thanks for the heads up.

xo Jane

Karen said...

We just went back to standard time last night; I guess the States were a week behind you guys.

No soulful looks from my three. They just attempt assassination as they wind their way between my legs as I'm going downstairs.

Kate on Clinton said...

Oh yes, there was no sleeping in and enjoying the "extra" hour this morning.

Susan said...

Here at Black Street we early birds love an excuse to have coffee in bed at 4:10am instead of 5:10 am. Seriously !

Love "the sisters" - too sweet !!! xo les Gang

the veg artist said...

When the clocks change, I just go by my belly for a few days so I adjust slowly. Trouble is, if they were allowed to go by their bellies, it would be Dinner Now! every hour!

Floridagirl said...

Same at our house. One bulldog looks pitiful and the other is barking.

Deleilan said...

I have to move RD's breakfast and dinner time by 15-minute increments over 4 days to avoid constant harassment. A full hour all at once would verge on torture for the poor, undernourished baby!

rachel said...

Yes, I forgot to say that I had to do that too. DInner at 4 on Day 1, at 4.15 on Day 2, and so on. They weren't fooled, but they're more or less resigned now.

Molly said...

You mean they don't enjoy that extra hour of sleep? Or at least let you enjoy it?

Lucille said...

So funny. I hadn't ever considered that the animals might have something to say about punctuality. Do the cats trouble you? Ours was constantly starving so we couldn't tell the difference.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

My tum is obviously canine ! I find the hour's wait takes me a while to get used to , too . Olives help .You can suggest them to the soulfully-starving duo , perhaps .

Rattling On said...

Ahh yes, same here. The staring treatment is the hardest to cope with. The`cats never bother and don't really moan for food ever.
I never get any extra sleep anyway, I'm incapable of sleeping more than 7 hours maximum. Very annoying.

frayedattheedge said...

How can you resist those two obviously half-starved little dogs (ok, one little, one slightly bigger!!)

Isabelle said...

Give them watches - the obvious solution.

"Sunshine" said...

Oh how sad to look at those empty bowls. How could you mommy??!!

Poshyarns said...

Ha ha yes, my two dogs are only just beginning to adjust now, with full melancholic expression at the hard times before them.

Bee said...

My cat just likes a full bowl of on-demand food.
I have more trouble adjusting to the sleeping bit than the eating bit.

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