Sorry if this has already been addressed, but I was just wondering if anyone else's chis exhibited similar behavior... When I leave the boys alone for extended periods of time, I have an x-pen that I purchased on sale at Petsmart. I believe it is 6x6 ft. (I guess I am still a little over protective and worry about them chewing electrical wires, etc.) I leave their crate in the pen, as well as a small bowl of food and water, right outside the crate. I also put a small blanket outside the crate, and then there is an open area for them to play. Whenever I get home, they are all three snuggled up inside the crate within the pen and the food (and usually water) is untouched. When I open the pen and we are done greeting each other, I leave the pen open... After a while they will take turns going in and munching on the food.
I don't really have any issue with this, I just thought it was interesting and was wondering if other chi's acted similarly.