Saturday, January 29, 2011

Noelle and the Taste Test

Noelle took the taste test today, to compare the taste of Eukauba Large Breed food to both brand A (her regular food) and brand B (Ziggy's regular food).  Did I mention that Noelle is a bit of a finicky eater?  She's not one to gulp down her food, and prefers to inspect all food closely prior to eating it to ensure it meets her standards.  Please watch this short clip of the beginning of Noelle's taste test to fully understand.

I was worried for awhile that she was never going to pick one!  Fortunately she finally did.  Her first selection was Brand A, which is her usual brand of food. 

Once she had finished all of Brand A, and licked the bowl clean, she proceeded to her second choice. 

And it wasn't until she finished off Brand B, and licked the bowl clean, that she moved on to the last bowl which was the Eukanuba brand.   
I have two theories for this behavior.  The first, and most likely theory, is that she was saving her favorite food for dessert.  We're big fans of dessert in this house, and while we sometimes even have dessert before the main meal (or instead of the main meal), there's a good chance that Noelle was following the classic manner of eating which is to save the best for last.  And then there's the second theory.

This theory states that Noelle, being the brilliant, two-year-old dog that she is, can spell.  And since she likes things to be orderly, she decided to eat her food in alphabetical order.  She ate Brand A then Brand B then Eukanuba - a perfect job of placing them in alphabetical order.  I'm willing to admit this theory is slightly less likely than the dessert theory, but I don't like to rule anything out.

So there you have it.  It's obvious that no matter which theory is correct, Noelle CLEARLY enjoys Eukanuba over the other two brands of food.*

*Being the conscientious blogger that I am, I will only share actual test results for items that I am given to try out in exchange for a review on my blog.  However, I am not above bestowing my own interpretations on any such results.  Pet Companies - feel free to send me your products for review. ;-)


brooke said...

love your disclaimer! hahahah
Im a firm believer in saving the best for last so I'll believe that's what Noelle was doing! :)

Nubbin' Tails said...

We love desert too! She is super smart so that alphabetical order theory is possible too!

We like Solid Gold at our house...but mom says she is pretty sure we would eat rocks if they were in our bowls.


Mr. Nubbin'

Kari in WeHo said...

Does Ziggy also enjoy chewing on the food bowls?


giantspeckledchihuahua said...

There is a third possible theory: Eukanuba offered Noelle a bribe and it wasn't enough...

Sue said...

I feed three different food. I think I'll try a taste test with a few of my pack. I think I can already predict how it will turn out. One of the brands we use is a lesser quality, but very tasty to dogs brand. I think it'll win hands down.

Samba, of course, will try to inhale all three brands at once.

meowmeowmans said...

I love that she ate all the food that was in each bowl. Smart Noelle!

ForPetsSake said...

Fascinating! Whenever I introduce a new food item, I always watch the girls to see what they go for first. It all varies, though. Ususally Nyxie will go for the protein source first, while Arwen seeks out whatever is new and interesting. My quirky girls!

Anonymous said...

WHOA! Noelle knows her ABC's? She is super genius smart! Plus, she mighta been playing hard to get with the Eukanuba peoples. Mom says that if you want peoples to be MORE interested in you, that's what you should do. I'm not real good at that myself but I can tell Noelle is. That was prolly just her way of getting the Eukanuba peoples to send her MORE food to get her to like them. Yep...she's smart, all right!

Wiggles & Wags,

Rudy - The dog with a blog said...

Aww, that's so cute!