|Barked: Tue Jan 8, '13 12:44pm PST |
|I guess I am lucky.
Nobody around me with dogs is a dog-food snob.
But I do run into people who like to preach how to handle my dog.
A gal I know has had dogs for a long time and when she visited Frankie was pretty rambunctious. He is still very young and a happy little guy!! She told me to put peanut butter on the roof of his mouth to 'calm him down'.. This is the same gal who told me to spritz Frankie's face with a water bottle when he was a baby and would play-nip, and was pretty insistant on it until I tried it, it did not work, and she STILL insisted I do it!! I won't even get started on old ladies who think just because they are old think they 'know everything' about dogs and..everything!!
Sometimes all we can do is a polite smile and a brief 'thank you' and walk away..
There is no sure-fire way to have a 100% healthy dog. Like humans, you can do everything you 'should' do and still fall ill. It is the nature of life. Of course some fell better knowing they are doing the best they can, for themselves/their dogs, but sometimes we can do all we can and things still happen..
I will offer up my 2 aunts for example.
One was a 'health nut'..jogged pretty much every day, was METICULOUS about what she ate, would not go near somebody smoking, etc...she ended up getting suddenly ill, and long story short, cancer was all through her and was inoperable..she was dead within 3 months of them finding it.. Now, my other aunt, was NOT careful what she ate, she ate mostly crap, went to bingo all the time (when they smoked much like in a bar), did not exercise, was a larger-sized woman, had open heart surgery, and lived to be 86.
While doing all someone can may or may not help, or may just make them feel better mentally, sometimes we just never know.
I know it's hard to just smile and bite your tongue, but in the end, as someone once told me, all that matters is if the dog has food, is not hungry, has plenty of fresh water and a safe living place, and is happy and healthy, all is good!!
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