|Barked: Mon Nov 26, '12 6:30pm PST |
|Back when I first starting learning about nutrition, I had my head up my behind and felt like I knew all. I did a lot more harm than good when I tried to "educate" people. I have a major issue with being opinionated and coming off as harsh or hateful, even when I in no way mean to be.
But as I get older and more mature, I learn that people have differing views. And you can't bully someone into your way of thinking. It's wrong and very immature.
I think I also know which groups you're talking about. And yes, people who feed raw *can* be extremely harsh and/or rude.
Personally, I feed PMR. It's what I feel is best for *Lobo*. My grandparents feed Poppy a high-quality kibble; that's what they feel is best for *Poppy*(and even if I disagree, he isn't my dog). My grandmother still gives Poppy a chicken leg every now and then, and sometimes, Poppy will even eat pork shoulders, beef liver, and chicken gizzards. Poppy is very healthy, as well. (: Honestly, I'm not even sure I could say he would be healthier on PMR. I'm not sure there'd be much of a difference - mostly because my grandma feeds him raw anyway, and the only time he gets kibble is if my grandpa happens to be in the room. Heck, half the time, Poppy won't even eat his kibble unless he's pretty much starving.
I've met dogs, however, whose systems were so messed up, a plant-based kibble was what was best for them. The owner had tried PMR, BARF, and meat-based kibbles, and they all made her dog ill. I suspect the dog came from a backyard breeder; perhaps a lot of inbreeding and general feeding of horrible-quality food for generations led to that? Stranger things, right?
All I know is, dogs are different. Our own financial statuses are different. Sometimes I wonder if Lobo would be better on a high-quality kibble because we don't always have the funds to a) Make sure he even gets enough to eat daily, and b) Make sure everything is balanced. But I think about how let down he'd be, and I worry that he might begin starving himself like Poppy has done before.
Besides, as strange as it might sound, PMR has actually *helped* Lobo's resource guarding around other dogs. (Maybe it seems like so much more when it's on the porch than when it's in a bowl?)
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