I noticed a big improvement in Rusty's appetite after the vet put him on a course of antibiotics for his eye condition.
"It may make him hungry", she cautioned.
Yes, I can see that! While we were walking after dinner, I had to wrestle with him over a chunk of baguette he found on the pavement. He ran away from me with the bread between his jaws, hoping to swallow it before I could it pry it off from him. I managed to rip some off. He quickly swallowed the other half and tried going after the one in my hand. Then he looked at me with the saddest puppy eyes as I tossed it in the bin.
He shouldn't be eating rubbish that he finds along the way. It's a new habit, and an embarrassing one. The other day, he was chomping on a piece of chicken bone when my neighbour walked by. This guy, who also has a jack russell, looked at Rusty and asked, "He's having dinner?"
I was caught off guard and quickly replied, "Er no. He must be chewing on something he found."
The neighbour gave me a short lecture, saying "I would be very careful because who knows, the dog may get food poisoning."
I can't agree more but try prying a small piece of chicken wing tip from his jaws if you can! I tried explaining that Rusty wasn't always hungry like that. But this few weeks, he literally drools when he sees food. He even eats cat food that the feeders leave on the pavement for the stray cats. People will think that I'm not feeding him enough at home.
Nowadays he still looks hungry after a big dinner. He follows me around hoping I could share my food with him. Yesterday, he even ate banana cake, cheese and crackers.
Even as I write, he's licking his empty bowl like he hasn't had dinner even though he polished off a bowl of rice with minced pork and chicken an hour ago!
I know! I think I should feed him the last 2 bananas for dessert.