Dinners -- and breakfasts -- had become difficult again, perhaps owing to the change of kibble (we hadn't brought the usual from home on our travels, and that was a mistake), and perhaps also to the change of surroundings. But even when we obtained a kibble that our dog had had in recent memory, and which we knew she liked, the enthusiasm for mealtimes just wasn't there.
So I've had to adapt.
The meals I serve now have minimal water added, so the effect is one of gravy rather than shallow soup, in the old style of Mummy's offerings (I'm Mummy, in case you hadn't guessed). I still provide lots of variety of toppings, but the kibble is briefly stir-fried in fat and sprinkled round and on top of them instead of sitting on the bottom of the bowl -- where it can be more easily avoided. Also, I simply don't give as much kibble, despite what the package advises (and I was already serving on the low side of recommendations, on account of the fresh food that makes up the difference).
How do eggs come into this?
Eggs are a powerful food, and I don't know a single person, on two legs or four, that doesn't love them.
So if you're serving a dog's dinner and it's got egg and the dog still doesn't like it, you know you're doing something wrong. And it's not the egg's fault: an egg is always welcome. That's why I knew I had to up my game. Darling had changed her requirements and my usual gambit of chucking an egg on top was not going to do it. Now, we're having smaller meals and more of them, and we're having them less soupy, and we're adding more fats (possibly because the kibble-makers are committed to the idea that fats are bad, and my dog instinctively knows better).
But I still love eggs, and for most dog feeding challenges, I still advise: boil an egg. If you want a treat for your dog that has nothing manmade in it, and is utterly wholesome and satisfying: boil an egg. If you're on the road and feeding opportunities are limited: boil an egg. It's easy to transport and easy to give and it goes down the gullet just as well, however uneasy your dog might feel in transit. (My girl is a champion traveller, relaxed and no trouble at all, but then she is very seasoned, and it was more difficult when she was a puppy and we all had much less experience!) If your dog is feeling unwell or has just had a nasty shock of some kind (visit to the vet, harsh words with another dog) then feed her an egg. Egg with rice and poultry is a lovely soft combination, easy to digest. Of course, scrambled or fried eggs will be most welcome, too. Your dog might also appreciate the variety. But if you keep a couple of boiled eggs in the refrigerator, you're always ready, whatever the circumstance. Run out of treats for your prince or princess? You know my answer: some egg!