Let me start this by stating for the record, “I don’t want a dog.” I made that statement 7 years ago when we got Fido. My daughter wanted a dog and we went to the Animal Rescue Foundation and got our dog.
Our dog is the sweetest, silliest, cutest, smartest, dumbest, knowledgeable dog on the planet. He’s part German Shepard and part Beagle. He’s got the floppy ears, Beagle tail and white chest, but the rest of him is Shepard.
Enough about Fido. Let me reiterate, I don’t want a dog. So now, 7 years later, I still don’t want a dog, but this dog follows me everywhere I go (Major UGH!). I’ve stepped on him, sat on him and tripped over him. He’s 70 pounds so he’s not a little dog, but he’s always underfoot (at least under my foot).
Improving Fido’s Health
After learning all I have learned about human food over the last three weeks, I spent a few minutes reading the ingredients on Fido’s food. OMG!!! No wonder vets stay in business. We’re killing our pets with commercial dog food.
I’m not ready, nor can I afford to give Fido organically grown human food, but he’s made a step up in the food chain. I no longer buy dog food. I’ve decided to feed him my old human food. Although I’m feeding him human food, I’m carrying around a lot of guilt (my hubby doesn’t quite understand why).
You see, I now buy Fido’s food from the grocery store. I go to the meat aisle and buy a tray of chicken breasts (commercially grown), a bag of potatoes (non-organic) and a bag of carrots (non-organic). I cut and boil the potatoes and carrots until they’re of an edible consistency. I cut and cook the chicken breasts in a separate pan. Once everything is properly cooked, I combine it all and call it dog food (who knows, next week it might be beef, green peas and rice).
If it’s Sunday and I’m performing my weekly, “let’s get rid of what’s in the fridge” routine, Fido gets leftover organic food that we have not eaten (provided it wasn’t seasoned too much or contain ingredients that are harmful to dogs). The leftovers get thrown into his meal and that’s how I prepare dog food.
Side Effects of Fido’s New Food
There are three things that I’ve noticed right off the bat. Two are not so good and the third is great:
- Fido has much more energy. He wants to play all the time. I’m a work-at-home mom and when everyone is away, guess who Fido is annoying.
- Fido has the impression that every time I’m in the kitchen, I’m preparing food for him! He follows me even more than he did before! That’s all fine and good for someone who wants a dog, but I don’t. Sheesh!
- Fido smells better. He doesn’t have that “I’m a dog and I need a bath” smell. Part of the reason why I changed his food is because we were bathing him too frequently. It got to the point where he needed a bath weekly, which is too frequent (in my opinion). It has been a week and he doesn’t smell (yet).
Unlike my long 3 week journey of eating real food, Fido’s journey only began 1 week ago. Oh my! I just realized something. If we keep eating healthy and we feed Fido healthy food, he’ll be around for a long, long time. Oh no, I guess I’ll be stepping, sitting and tripping over Fido for years to come.
Not so sure if this real food thing is worth it! 🙂
BTW: The common fear of dogs having diarrhea when introduced to new food seems to only happen when switching commercial food. Fido hasn’t had a hint of diarrhea since giving him real food.