At least according to my brother. Is that true? Maybe I do go to extremes with my pups. I am a dog person. Heck, my dogs have a better selection of coats than I do. Here they are – Badness is the white dog and Echo is the black dog.
Echo and Badness, August, 2014 All rights reserved Copyright Christine Doody, 2014
Badness named himself (long story). As a pet parent, I have three main concerns for my dogs. I want to keep them well-feed; I want to keep them safe; and I want to make sure they are healthy. As such, there are things that I will buy to ensure these three things happen on a daily basis.
Feeding My Dogs.
I admit it. I am one of “them”. I strongly dislike most commercial dog food, or as we call it, food. Most dog food is full of stuff that I won’t even mention. Did you know dogs are colour-blind? So why does Milkbone put colouring in their treats? The dogs can’t see it. The answer – it appeals to the person who is buying the treats. I won’t buy anything made by Purina or Mars or Pedigree because of the ingredients in their products. There is some great commercial kibble out there – check out dogfood advisor.com and enter the dog food you currently use. Don’t be convinced that just because you buy it in the vet’s office that is a good quality food. Clinics have been known to get a 20 percent return on every bag or can of food they sell. The myth that dogs can’t eat people food was started by the pet food industry to make sure people actually buy food.
Keeping Them Safe.
You have car seats for your kids, right? Those car seats stop your children from flying all over the car. Yes, I have car seats for my dogs. Yes, I get laughed at all the time. Same reason – along with another one. If I am ever in a car accident, and somebody has to pry me out of the car, I want to make sure my dogs don’t escape and run all over the highway.
I also have a pet stroller. They are quite happy it in. See for yourself. This is us on a group walk at a Cavalier meetup in Manchester, Vermont in the fall of 2017. We are the group in front as we were the only Canadians.
Manchester, Vermont, October, 2016, All rights reserved, Copyright Christine Doody, 2016
We have large dogs in our neighborhood and my dogs can easily be mistaken for rabbits. Again, I get laughed at but I know they are safe.
Keeping Them Healthy.
The first two points are certainly a key to this. I find the better the food, the fewer the vet visits. And speaking of vet visits, it is possible to over-vaccinate your dogs. Try a titer first. This is a simple blood to determine the current antibodies in your dog.
Make sure they get lots of fresh air, fresh water, and exercise. So by now you are questioning how a stroller gets the dogs exercise. It doesn’t – it does exercise me. I am lucky to have a backyard that is 80’ x 130’. It is bigger than most dog parks (hate them!). They chase each other while I watch. Win-win. At least for me. They are happy!
On The Deck, July 2014, All Rights Reserved, Copyright Christine Doody 2014
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