I have a challenge open to anyone; to give me an answer which explains exactly why my latest rescue Bull Terrier Tallulah seeks out dock leaves and cries while she eats them. The seeking out I can partially explain via zoopharmacognosy or just plain ‘she likes them’ but the crying has me stumped.
Tallulah does cry a fair bit. She cries to be let out for a toilet break, she cries when she espies someone walking along our road or when she is feeling playful/hormonal/attention seeking. But to cry while eating a plant which has no obvious sharp edges, spines, nodules, venomous qualities.
Having scoured all my literature and sifted through my large pile of research papers and even dared Google to find me the answer I have to admit to drawing a blank. Maybe she is “special”. Like me. I’m “special” too. Crying is obviously part of the canine communication repertoire and while it has no dramatic effect on my relationship with her nor does it impact on her life in general (although she will drag me toward the plants’ location should we happen to go that way on a walk) I’m still interested to learn WHY she does it.
So feel free to inform me I’m interested to hear everyone’s thoughts!