Monday, March 26, 2007

One Lucky Dog

I don't know why I'm so lucky.
Maybe it's because I don't like to feed my dog "wet" (canned or in pouches) food. I've always heard dry kibbles are better for his dental health, so that's what he gets.
I also have chosen to continue feeding the brand of food his breeder started him out on (no label recommendations; sorry, it's a horrific topic and I'm just staying neutral — do the research yourself).
It so happens that the brand we use is safe. No rat poison.
This is a picture of my Bean Sprout in total bliss, on Valentine's Day of this year.
We brought him home for the first time on Valentine's Day three years ago. No romantic intentions; it was just the day he turned 12 weeks old.
We are so lucky.


Lannae said...

that is a lucky dog indeed to get lots of treats at a restaurant!

Mags said...

Cutest. Dog. Ever.

Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic said...

We're lucky, too. We've always fed our two cats dry food for their teeth. It's so heartbreaking to hear about all the pet owners out there who are going through hell because of this horrific pet food debacle.

Anna Haight said...

Your adorable beansprout tempts me to get a dog, which I haven't had since I was 7 years old. You know, USDA/Customs only inspects 1 - 2% of all food/produce coming into the US, it's really scary. Sure glad beansprout's fine.

Anita said...

I'm not generally a fan of the fluffy breeds (don't tell my dog-neice!!) but the 'sprout is just too precious. In a good way :)

And yes, the dogfood story is just unspeakably sad. It makes the exta $$ we spend for our holistic stuff seem oh-so worth it. It's not a happy thing to lose a pet, but renal failure is a terrible, terrible way to go.

Sean said...

Yes you are! We're in the process of dog shopping, and so this news has been pretty freaking scary. From the beginning, though, we've been planning to do the bulk of the food prep for our dog-to-be in-house. Still, there's always a time and place for ready-made food, and we'll be dipping our toes into those waters with more trepidation than normal.

Dagny said...

More cuteness!

B&N get both dry and wet food during the day. (I spent an evening checking the numbers on their packets of wet to make sure they were OK.) My vet said that while dry is good for their health, dry often has a good deal of fillers that can lead to diabetes. So it's a weird balancing game.

Beccy said...

I heard about the pet food, how terrible.

Beansprout is just so adorable.

Freya and Paul said...

What a cute dog! I love it when they poke their little pink tongues out like that! Our Jack Russell Maxie does it when asleep. It means he's contented! Luckily we don't have that food threat over here (yet) but we give ours a mixture of fresh chicken and dried food.
p.s. Great blog by the way!!

Annie said...

Aww, look at the fuzzy doggy!

Coincidentally, I just sprouted some beans the other day.

Greg said...

The petfood recall is really scary. I spent some worried time on the internet checking and was relieved that ours was safe.

cookiecrumb said...

Lannae: Lucky because he's so damn cute, I suspect. But I must emphasize: He is smart and nice, too.

Mags: Aw. Shucks.

Stephanie: You just wouldn't know, buying your usual stuff and then seeing your pet die. What a horrible, cruel circumstance.

Anna: Get a little fella! This one was literally housebroken in one day... But that's because I was home with him every minute.
And thanks, Bush, for helping to make our food supplies safe from terrorists. I'm Mad and I'm Mad.

Anita: I confess to buying a corporate brand of food, and we simply lucked out.
Ironically, we cooked our previous doggie's homemade food because he was suffering from chronic renal insufficiency (and the commercial veterinary diet was ghastly).

Sean: Oh, I can't wait to hear what you end up getting. My advice on homemade dogfood: Lots of Tupperware containers and lots of freezer room.

Dagny: Glad you lucked out. Kitties' digestive systems are different from doggies', I suspect...
What's funny is watching Bean Sprout actually eat those kibbles as if they're tasty! (Maybe they are!)

Beccy: It could happen anywhere, but as I said, it just came out of the blue and nobody knew. Grr.

Freya and Paul: Thank you for the compliment.
That little tongue -- yes, contentment, and we also think it means he feels safe. Sounds like you have a lucky dog.

Annie: Oh, I should do that. Bean sprouts. What a concept. Edible cuteness!

Greg: Aw, so sorry for your scary moments. Glad all's well.

kudzu said...

Dog food sidenote: My grandkids' dog's vet advised adding a little good olive oil to the dry dog food because of a sensitive skin problem. Now every time someone in the house makes a salad or cooks with oil, the pooch starts trembling in anticipation.

ChrisB said...

Cute as ever (I saw the link in yesterday's comments thank you). The dalmation I looked after at the weekend only has dried food.
That's awful about the contaminated pet food I feel so sorry for the poor animals who are suffering because of it.

Willa said...

We only feed our dog dry food, but I was still upset by this recall. We always fed a high-ish end food that was only availiable in pet stores. Some years ago it started being sold in grocery stores. We stuck with it because the dog developed skin problems everytime we fed him something else. When we got this new dog, we were advised to go with a different food, again, only available in pet stores. But when I went to the Menu website, it seems like they make every kind of dog food available, from the expensive stuff to the Cheapo. Including our old kind and our new kind. My husband used to work for a company that made store brand food products, and all they did to change from one brand to another was change the label on the package- the food item was just the same. How do we know the dog food is different? I'm rather annoyed by this discovery.

El said...

My kid just LOVES your purse dog!!

Seriously. She's sitting on my lap, and I ask her if she wants to see a pooch, and she says "Awww" and cups her hands around his face.

cookiecrumb said...

ChrisB: I fear the worst. I think they'll mostly die. What a horror.

Willa: I'm equally disturbed. What should we do? I didn't look at the Menu website to see if they've manufactured the food that Bean Sprout eats; I just know he's safe because he's so little, a huge bag of food lasts for months. We bought his last supply months ago, so it's secure. Wanna know my new motto? I hate the world.

El: Eeee! Feelgoodvibes!!

shelly said...

Bean Sprout is just the cutest little muffin! Aren't they funny when their little tongues stick out as they're sleeping?

KT said...

I hate to rain on your collective parades but grab your umbrellas. Menu Foods has expanded the wet foods recalled (check the site again) and is no longer limiting it to the codes. Any food with the names/brands mentioned is recalled. Rat poison is an ingredient. YUM. And I've heard through the grapevine that dry dog food could have the same problem. It just hasn't been announced yet. Ditto: rat poison. You people who cook can easily make your pets' food too. For me, making a salad is 'cooking' so preparing dog food is humbug. But it's one of those things on my 'should do' list. I have some recipes for sensitive skin pooches that require rabbit or venison. I'm not sure where to get those ingredients! I believe they are chosen because of the free-range hormone-free way they are raised. But that's just a guess. Woof!

dancingmorganmouse said...

This isn't a big story here in Australia, I read about it here on your blog - shocking. Makes me glad our girls eat (mostly) human food. The vets sneer but they are hale & hearty, and you never really know what they put in pet food (stuff they can't pass off as human food I'm guessing).

cookiecrumb said...

Thanks, KT: I'm gonna go look at the site. And really, cooking for dogs is super easy: A cooked chicken (or you can buy ground turkey and cook it), and an equal portion of cooked rice. Might want to fine tune it with some veggies... I think there are web sites about this stuff.

DMM: I don't like it when a doctor of any type sneers at you for your health choices. I stopped taking a particular medication a few years ago because doctors in Britain banned it. My US doctor snorted at me, but within a year, it was banned here too.
So keep your ladies well fed! :)

Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic said...

Another scary update: As of today, Hill's has voluntarily recalled their dry food: Hill's Prescription Diet Feline m/d.

We feed our two cats Hill's Prescription Diet Feline t/d, so I'm freaking out a bit. I went to the Hill's website and they are claiming in this voluntary recall that the m/d is the only one of their products (save for the stuff already recalled) that uses the wheat gluten.

To be safe, our cats are getting Fancy Feast tonight (defintely not on the list) and we're getting wheat gluten-free food tomorrow. If we weren't going to England soon, I would start cooking their food but that will have to wait until we get back.

Here's the news alert:

cookiecrumb said...

Thanks, Stephanie. I'm so disheartened.
Welp. Guess we all better get cookin' and freezin' soon.
I hope you have a safe supply for your kitz while you're traveling.
All the more reason to buy that chest freezer I've been looking at.

Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic said...
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Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic said...

Yeah, we're going with Felidae or Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's soul while we're gone and putting our Hill's in the closet in case there are more recalls in our absence. Not the sort of thing I need to be worrying about when I'm a ten-hour plane ride away from my babies!

(way too many stupid typos on that last post.)

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