There has been only one occasion in Lila’s life when she has refused her breakfast. And that was worrying. Very worrying. Until I noticed her stowing bits of kibble in her cheeks to transport them to her bed where she carefully stashed them in the folds of a blanket. She was clearly planning for a brighter future. One with a renewed appetite (as depicted in “a dog with her bone”).

This behaviour harks back to a canine history where food was scarce and competition for it fierce. Not just from other dogs, but all sorts of carnivores. A world with reason to hide uneaten prey before someone else got a whiff of it. Burying bones and carcasses also made sense in times of bounty. If there was too much to eat, a dog might save something for leaner times. And buried meat would naturally age.