Well, Mama usually beat Dexter, out of a sense of pure pride and an uncanny ability to consume junk food. Dexter was a spoiled dog. He would charge into an eat-off with Mama and then feign fussiness.
Our father insisted that “poor Old Dex” eat before the family sat down to dinner. Dexter would wait until our father put his finger in the can of Alpo and begged the dog to eat. Dexter thought this was a grand game and thoroughly enjoyed having Dr. B. getting down on all fours and pretending to be interested in the dog food. Dexter was a true ham actor: his timing was incomparable, his sense of humor mildly cruel.