|Barked: Fri Jan 4, '13 9:44pm PST |
|What you feed DOES NOT mean you're a bad pet parent. I'm sorry, but that's a whole other level of judgment entirely.
What you can afford, education on foods, what your pet does best on can all vary from person to person, owner to owner. That DOES NOT make you a bad pet parent, and I will stand by that opinion.
The people I JUDGE, are the people I KNOW who are not only ignorant, but REFUSE to learn, who CAN afford more, and who just don't care. The people that ALSO do not exercise their dogs, leave their dogs in the hot car for five hours while getting their hair done(MIL - and then she threatened to sue the firefighters who were about to break her window to get the dogs out!), gives their dogs NO mental or physical stimulation whatsoever or beat/threaten their dogs. THOSE are the owners I judge.
I judge my SIL for getting not only a Pug/Cairn mix when she had FOUR little children who required extensive attention, and doesn't walk her dog, or give her ANY outlets whatsoever. The dog is INTENSE. Then, she goes and gets an Irish Wolfhound puppy while the other one is still an untrained puppy, and says she CANNOT walk him because they're not allowed to until he's fully mature, and doesn't give him any outlets either, or exercise, etc.
I judge my MIL who will leave her dogs in the hot car on a hot day for five hours while she gets her hair dyed, permed, whathaveyou. She's threatened to sue the firefighters who were about to break her window to get the poor dogs out of the car. She also lives in tiny trailer which really isn't enough room for two dogs that DON'T get ANY exercise whatsoever, any mental or physical stimulation and her Aussie/GSD puppy? She's SO full of energy with lack of an outlet, that the poor dog VIBRATES constantly, and has no manners whatsoever. You eat at her house? She'll give the GSD pup trouble for getting in your food, but her Shih-tzu? If that dog STEALS food of your very plate or right from your mouth, she could care less. And they blame their dogs issues on others. If their dogs has ANY health issues pop up, or any behavioral problems? Bam. Gone. And to boot, they beat their dogs.
THOSE are the types of people I judge.
I may be a dog food snob when it comes to my own dogs. But I DO NOT believe that what you feed = being a bad pet parent. I believe being a bad pet parent is a culmination of things you do to neglect your dogs needs on a regular basis. A dog can live on kibble, regardless of what's in it. It's CRUEL to force a dog to live in small quarters with no outlets and then beat the dog for having any energy whatsoever.
I may cringe when I see certain dog foods, but I cringe because I think of the effects they have on Charlie's epilepsy, not because they're in someone else's cart. Not all dogs do well on high protein dog foods.
Edited by author Fri Jan 4, '13 9:45pm PST
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