In Part 1 of Dog Food Matchmaking I proposed a plan for discovering the “perfect” dog food. I was going to investigate nutritional requirements, find a good representative for each type of dog food, create a chart summarizing how each type measures up against the others, then make my “perfect” choice.
Easier said than done. And naïve, given the endless array of products and food sources.
Dog food is a hot topic. And contentious. Does anyone else get confused by dog food mixed messages?
Did you know that rhubarb is poisonous to cats and dogs?!
When he was young, my dog Zack was hit by a car. He was OK, just a little bruised, but the memory of it still plagues my mind.
Since that day, I do everything in my power to keep my dogs safely on a leash when they’re outside a confined space like a building or fence.
Luckily, I discovered the power of a carabiner. Carabiners make my job as Dog Safety Monitor much easier.
Snakes can be scary. But we don’t have to let fear of them keep us from dog hikes. Even a little education about snakes can take some mystery out of the woods.
Are you afraid of snakes, like me? Does the thought of Pythons stalking and dropping from tree limbs to swallow your dogs whole keep you from hiking in the deep woods? Does the suspicion of rattlesnakes slithering among sandy shores keep you from swimming with your dogs?
Thrown from a Moving Train?
My mother frequently regaled her five kids with Worst Case Scenarios. Dinner conversations included questions like “what do you do if you’re thrown from a moving train?”, “how do you get out of a drowning car?”, and “what do you do if you’re attacked by a shark?”. It was up to us to figure out how to escape bad situations.
Playing “Worst Case Scenario” was a diversion and good entertainment. It took years for me to realize that Mom was gifting us with a way to solve problems and overcome disabling fears. I call it the “Worst Case Scenario Methodology”.