Ice Cream — It’s Everywhere

by Houndstooth on

Last night found us visiting the nursing home again.  I like that the girls are comfortable enough with it now that I can relax and not stand on tiptoe worrying about what they might do.  For the most part, Bunny and Blueberry comport themselves like well-behaved young ladies.  Morgan likes to keep Mr. Taleteller on his toes a bit, but she’s generally well-behaved as well.

Hello, Ice Cream!Last night presented a new challenge for us, though.  For some reason, they were playing a movie in the main lounge of the nursing home.  Normally, this isn’t something I’ve seen them do there, although the television is usually on for those who wish to watch.  The challenge came in when we realized that all of the residents were holding cups of ice cream and each also had a cookie.

Now, most of the time, I don’t worry about the girls being there around food.  Ice cream is Bunny’s kryptonite, however.  She finds it hard to resist, and while most of the time at home she won’t even beg us for our food, when ice cream comes out, she will pull out all the stops to get a taste.  Finding ourselves in a roomful of people with small cups of ice cream at Bunny nose level was more than a little daunting.  Add to that the fact that I also had Blueberry with me and it gets even more dicey.

The really hard part is that most of the residents think that she should have some ice cream.  When I tell  her “leave it,” they immediately tip the cup down a little more and tell me that it’s okay for her to have some.  It’s not okay for her to have some, even though she’s licking her little chops and practically tap dancing on the linoleum.  I don’t want her to think she can take food from the residents there when she feels like it, and often, they have things with medications in them.  You never know what might be in some of the food they have.

I think I said “leave it” fifty times if I said it once.  Fortunately, she did leave it every time, although she employed a lot of lip licking, doe eyes and meaningful looks.  I was really proud of her.  Heck, it’s not even easy for me to resist ice cream.

We left that part of the nursing home rather quickly and made our way to the Alzheimer’s wing where things are a bit calmer.  Bunny learned that I had liver treats in my bait bag.  Her attention became focused on me once again and she got back into the groove of visiting.

I am proud to say that she made it out without taking one bite of ice cream from anyone.  It was a really good night for her.  So, to celebrate, we stopped by Dairy Queen on the way home and had some ice cream.  After staring at everyone else eating it, we all wanted some in a pretty big way, even though none of us needed it.  It was definitely an evening that made me see how far she’s come.

Glitter Photos

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  • Oh….poor you!!! Bunny was such a good girl for leaving it though.
    Good thing Eva doesn’t know how yummy ice cream is because we just don’t feed any table scraps to her. She has her own treats…

    I think the girls were glad they still got some Ice cream in the end!

  • Sounds like Bunny did really well listening to you and was probably even more pleased for the Diary Queen stop. What a cute story, I can just picture her dancing on the linoleum!!

  • Sue

    I adore ice cream. Hope Bunny got to lick that bowl:)

  • angus

    Despite the worries it is just so good that you let the girls visit the old folks home. It must make a huge difference to them.

  • There you go, you didn’t need to worry at all:) It’s wonderful when they pleasantly surprise us, isn’t it! And I can understand the residents wanting to give the girls some icecream, I don’t think I could resist those doe eyes, especially if there was some toe tapping to go with the looks! The video was very cute.

    Yes, they definitely deserved their treat on the way home:)

  • You definitely hit a home run today, with Bunny on the beach!

  • jet

    well done Bunny!!!

  • He he he! Love the video and accompanying music! Did she get some in the end?

    When Grandmother was in the rehab center, we realized how important pet visits are to the residents. You all provide a very special part of their recovery. Hats off!

    Hu-mom would not take Mack for visits to the old folks home….she’s afraid he would “mark”. We girls don’t do that!

    Drools and licks,
    Minnie and Mack

  • Roo

    Ice cream is very hard to resist! Bunny I applaud you 🙂 Maybe Mom will bring some Frosty Paws for you next time 😉

    Waggin at ya,
    Roo

  • Amiee was offered Ice Cream as well last night. She looked up at the one gentlemen and just licked her lips. He was funny because he kept trying to lean it down for her to reach it. She did very good resisting the temptation. It was a great time and Amiee is getting so much better once we get her out of the BUV. She is a little upset with me finding out that your clan got Dairy Queen and she didn’t. BOL…..Sniffs, The HoundDogs

  • Oh, that’s such a nice story, and well done ot Bunny for resisting the temptation. George loves ice-cream, too, and so do I. Out of the two of us, I think it’s me who finds it the hardest to fight the crave.
    Love the video!

  • I loved that video clip with the scarey “Jaws” music.

    I really admire Bunny’s self-control and I’m glad she made you proud. xx

  • Sounds like your little Bunny is a grown up now. You must be so proud of her!

    And good for you for not making the temptation any greater. It sounds like moving to a quieter wing after a short visit was a good plan.

  • Sara & Oreo

    Bunny is such a good girl! All that temptation. How nice that you rewarded her later with the best treat ever!

  • KB

    Good job to Bunny! That was a tough challenge, and I can imagine your heart falling on realizing that there was ice cream everywhere and you had two dogs to keep in order. What good girls Bunny and Blueberry are!

  • Well I’ll be dog, there is even an ice cream named in her honor!
    Not to be a kill joy or anything but shouldn’t da residents be asked by staff not to offer food?
    Just wonderin’.
    Howevers, I am impressed dat nobuddy got injured cuz I would haves jumped in there laps and all overs da place to gets me some ice cream.
    Glad everybuddy got rewarded withs some laters though.

    Puddles

  • We would have been really disappointed had you not stopped for ice cream.

    XOXO
    Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh, Ruairi and The Sweet Babes

  • Pip

    OMD! Bunny’s face in that video is TOO MUCH! How could anyone resist her!

    So, the Alzheimer’s Unit is calmer? My mom’s great aunt is suffering from severe Alzheimer’s and she is anything, but calm, tragically. She was just admitted to a permanent facility. Too bad, Bunny can’t visit her (she lives in New Jersey). I am sure she would make her feel better!

    Your pal, Pip

  • Benny & Lily

    Bet you guys make those residents very Happee
    Benny & Lily

  • Wow Bunnie was a good girl! My foster dog could never have obeyed ‘leave it’ with ice cream staring her in the face! Good job!!!
    Karen

  • I don’t know if I could resist those “Bunny” eyes!

  • Amber-Mae

    BOL! Your expression in that video is too epic! My spotted sister has that kind of face when she wants something too.

  • Way to leave the ice cream bunny. We are proud of you. we’ll try to stop in the party for Richie

  • Way to go Bunny! Although I’m glad you got some in the end. I understand why the residents couldn’t resist those eyes!

  • That “leave it” command sure does come in handy on nursing home visits! I can just imagine Bunny licking her lips repeatedly. What a good girl to leave it though!! Glad you ALL got some ice cream in the end! 🙂

    Elyse and Riley

  • I had forgotten about the classic “Ice Cream Stalker” video! My favorite part is when Bunny “pops” up at just the right point in the music. “And the Oscar goes to…for best music/ice cream stalker matching up.”

  • The OP Pack

    One more reason to be proud of yourself and your pups!!!But we sure hope Bunny got a big bowl of ice cream for her good behavior – wow, what a temptation.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  • WOW! Great job, Bunny!!

    And what a nice reward for being so good with all of that temptation!!

    Wags,
    Zona

  • the expression on her face was just priceless. I love how you said “doe eyes”….that summed it up perfectly!! She was trying to “will” it over to her with her eyes. 🙂

  • Biggie B’s mom

    Bunny you have alway reminded me of my Allie. When I watch your video it made me laugh because Allie does the samething. LOL I’m sure you enjoyed you ice cream all the more when you got home.

  • There’s no way you can ignore those beautiful Bunny eyes. My ice cream is your ice cream, Bunny!!!

  • Love the video!

  • Bunny is such a sweetheart! I’m so glad you got some ice cream for everyone on the way home!

    I’ve found that Sid is on his best behaviour at the nursing home and the hospital. He can even ignore a very curious small black kitten that comes out to stare at him every now and then. And the residents of the nursing home are often having tea and biscuits when we visit, but though he’s looked longingly at the custard creams, he has never stolen one or begged!

    Your girls are such good dogs. 🙂

  • miss bunny,

    you are so full of the manners! it really is crazy go nuts hard to resist the ice creams! i’m glad your mama saw how hard you worked to be good and got you a mega hooge ice cream from DQ afterwards. 🙂

    *woof*
    the booker man

    pee s — my mama wants to say that she kinda knows how your mama feels about other peeps sayin’ it’s a-okay to do so and so. i have an occasional problem with jumpin’ up on peeps when i get full of the excitements, and sometimes they will just be like, “oh, it’s fine!”. my mama’s like, “no, it’s not! booker knows better, and he could hurt a child jumping up like that.” i gotta admit…mama’s right…sigh…

  • Congrats on making it through the ice cream gauntlet. I totally feel for your predicament, since I’m in the middle of trying to teach my pup Toki not to greet people by jumping up or getting too overexcited, but most people who meet her really don’t mind. Sometimes it’s tough to be responsible : ) It sounds like Bunny has it down though!

  • LOL, Leave it would have meant full speed ahead here.

  • That video reminded me so much of Macy…she was an ice cream stalker too! She always knew (even if she was sound asleep) and she popped up just like that waiting her share. I wish I had taken a video of it! Very cute!

  • The Road Dogs

    Did somebody say ICE CREAM! We’re drooling at the mention of it! Thank goodness you finally got a taste. To go to bed without any would have just been cruel!

    The Road Dogs