When my kids were little, there were times when they’d put something in their mouths that was totally non-food related.
My mother always said, they only do that because they’re lacking something.
Okay, I’d buy that if they’re eating salt or drinking milk, but matches?
My mother said, they must need the sulfur. (So what was Lisa lacking when she drank that wine? Yeast?)
I bring this up today because Hubby and I just had this conversation last night.
Yesterday morning about 3:15, I was awoken by the jingle of dog tags. Sampson was not on the bed, he was by the bedroom door.
When he has to potty, he gets off the bed and puts his face THUNK on the mattress in front of me. He doesn’t go and wait by the door.
He only heads to the door when he’s going to vomit.
I got up and when I got to the bedroom door, even in the murky darkness, I could see the spot on the floor.
This isn’t infrequent. Without keeping track I’d say he vomits at least once per month. Typically I’m a light sleeper and the sound of retching will shoot me straight up out of bed, but I didn’t hear him.
Poor little guy, he had to clean up after himself.
Had I had the opportunity to clean it up, (Yes, I really did just refer to cleaning up vomit as an opportunity.) I can almost guarantee you there were sticks in it.
Because Sampson likes to eat sticks. And they always make him throw up.
Hubby and I always joke when we catch him eating a stick and say in a doofy voice, “I like sticks.”
I opened the bedroom door, found a flashlight and finished cleaning the mess. Meanwhile, Sampson went and lay just outside the door. I offered him the option of going outside.
I headed back to bed and he went with me, jumped up and curled into my side, he wanted comforting. So as I lay there for the next hour or so, comforting my dog these questions chased themselves around in mind.
Does he eat the sticks because he likes the taste but they make him sick or does his tummy bother him and he eats the sticks because he knows he will throw up and feel better?
And in the dark, quiet of the night I wonder, is it something more? Is there an underlying reason why he vomits frequently?
I just like sticks.
Hubby says, maybe he’s lacking something in his diet.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes those nefarious thoughts that fester in the dark on a sleepless night will stick with me long into the daylight.
As always, your thoughts and comments are appreciated.