|Barked: Wed May 22, '13 2:04pm PST |
|Well. You are saying her dog's food isn't good enough for your dog. Which is fine. It isn't. No dog should be fed Beneful.
I'm guessing my personality is too different from yours to offer advice that will work for you. I would unapologetically (but nicely!) tell my friend that Beneful has poor ingredients including dyes and sugar and I don't want my dog eating it.
If my friend would not respect my wishes I would not allow her to care for my dogs. If living together is an issue, I have crated my dogs with strict instruction that they not be let out when I am not home. They are, after all, my dogs, and I don't need someone else taking care of them even if it is helpful some days.
Unless you've had the food conversation before and know your friend doesn't care, I would approach it from that angle (not preachy lectures! Genuine conversation between friends!). Because I do care a lot about my friend's dogs too. If they're of the mind that food doesn't matter, as many people are, I can respect that. Respect is a two-way street, though.
If you're close enough, I suspect lying about food allergies won't work. Unless you claim it's to a unknown ingredient in Beneful.
And no, getting little bits of crappy food here and there won't hurt a healthy dog. I give crappy treats sometimes too. Usually when it's all I have on hand, or if we're out at the pet store and someone wants to give them a treat - that's just fun. I avoid doing it myself, and I wouldn't be terribly comfortable with someone just giving my dogs crappy food on a daily basis just because. I like the idea of providing your own treats, if your friend just has a need to give treats.
ETA: What I would be concerned with in your case is the size of your dog. Giving my 50-ish lb Huskies a handful of junk is no big deal. Later in the day, they'll eat 3/4lb of fresh, raw food too. I used to live with 5 Chihuahuas. Especially as they got older, some would eat a handful of kibble a DAY. So "just a few" will turn into a much larger portion of daily intake for your dog than for larger dogs.
Edited by author Wed May 22, '13 2:11pm PST
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