Feeding Your Dog

There are many different products available to feed your dogs. You can pay a lot for some of them, and some can be very cheap. But, even the most expensive foods can be bad for your dog. Since the dog food industry is not regulated very well, you may be feeding something that will eventually be detrimental to the health of your beloved family member.

Even the premium pet brands don’t always have a lot of control over the meats and other products that they get to put into their food. They may be unknowingly be putting euthanized and diseased animal meat into their food. Even road kill. It depends on the company that they are getting their meat from.

What is a dog parent to do? Well, research is the first step. There is plenty of information available. Many people move to making dog food at home. It is certainly a good option. You know what your best friend is getting, and you can customize it to your dog’s needs. Unfortunately, it can be time consuming to making dinner for your human family members and your dog too.

I would love to know what you feed your dog and why. Please complete the survey below. I want gather as much information as possible to educate all dog owners on the proper feeding of their furry kids.

Become A Better Horse Owner

This was sent to me today. I found it very appropriate. All the horse owners out there will certainly understand.

Top 10 Exercises to Become A Better Equestrian/Horse Owner

    10.Drop a heavy steel object on your foot. Don’t pick it up right away. Shout, “Get off, Stupid, GET OFF!”

    9. Leap out of a moving vehicle and practice “relaxing into the fall.” Roll lithely into a ball and spring to your feet.

    8. Learn to grab your checkbook out of your purse and write out a $500 check without even looking down.

    7. Jog long distances carrying a halter and a carrot. Go ahead and tell the neighbors what you are doing – they might as well know now.

    6. Affix a pair of reins to a moving freight train and practice pulling to a halt. Smile as if you are having fun.

    5. Hone your fibbing skills: “See hon, moving hay bales is FUN!” and “No, really, I’m glad your lucky performance and multimillion dollar horse won the blue ribbon. I am just thankful that my hard work and actual ability won me second place.”

    4. Practice dialing your chiropractor’s number with both arms paralyzed to the shoulder and one foot anchoring the lead rope of a frisky horse.

    3. Borrow the US Army’s slogan: Be All That You Can Be –bitten, thrown, kicked, slimed, trampled, frozen…

    2. Lie face down in a puddle of mud in your most expensive riding clothes and repeat to yourself, “This is a learning experience, this is a learning experience, this is …”

    1. THE NUMBER ONE EXERCISE TO BECOME A BETTER EQUESTRIAN: Marry money.

Swine Flu Is Now Available To Even More Mammals

You’ve heard the news over and over about the pandemic of the H1N1 virus, and how many humans are infected with it. Yesterday, a 13-year-old house cat was reported as the first confirmed case in a household animal.

The cat had a loss of appetite, lethargy, coughing, and sneezing. The owners experienced the same symptoms earlier. This led professionals to believe that the cat had contracted the illness from contact with the humans. The cat was treated with fluids for dehydration and antibiotics.

There have been cases of avian flu in household and zoo cats, as well as a similar flu in dogs. But, none have been confirmed as having the human virus. As with any viral infections, the virus mutates rapidly, making it tougher to combat over time. But, that doesn’t mean we should worry. It just means the professionals will be studying yet another strain as usual.

This means that you should limit contact with your pets as well as your other mammals in the house to help slow the spread. No more wiping your nose in the nice soft coat of the smaller mammals in your household.

A Word On Owning Animals

We all have our reasons for obtaining, buying, adopting, or rescuing animals. Some of which are not with any regard for the animals themselves. I have my own selfish reasons for taking animals into my home. Of course, I also accept them into my home as a part of the family. Even our horses are part of our family. The only reason why they spend their time outdoors is because I don’t have enough room in the house for them, nor do I have a good enough steam cleaner and air freshener. I see many people who have a dog who spend their entire life outside (many of which spend that time in a small run, barely enough room to roll), which doesn’t seem like much of a life at all. If you have an expensive knick-knack, would you keep it in a closet? Most people would not. You spend a lot of money to keep your dog alive in the backyard by itself. Why not enjoy it, show it off, or at least let someone else enjoy it.

These animals that stay in the backyard with very little interaction with other mammals, such as us, tend to become very aggressive. Dogs are pack animals. Dogs want to be with their people too, or otherwise known as their pack, or family. If isolated, they simply become a bit disgruntled in my opinion. If you were confined to a small area by yourself with no other human contact, you would certainly be in a bad mood all the time too. All mammals are alike in many ways. Emotionally, we look for and thrive on attention. When we don’t get it, we lash out in ways to obtain it, whether or not we are trying to.

Backyard breeding of domestic animals is also a concern. This is often done with negligence and a total disregard for the well being of the animals and public health. People who do this know absolutely nothing about genetics and the principles of breeding. Some people think its cute that their pets are mounting each other in the back yard. Others think it’s a great business idea to keep their pets intact so that they can breed and sell their cute little puppies on the street corner, only to wind up at the local animal shelter awaiting death by Beuthanasia (drug used to put them to sleep) after three to seven days after check-in. We ask those people that allow their pets to breed, to go to the pound and look at all those animals on death row in the eye and then breed your animals because you think they’re cute. Then, when you breed your animals, think about how those few puppies that go into homes are taking away the homes of those animals in the pound that are dying in a lonely, sterile, and noisy room.

Various animal adoption and/or rescue organizations have very good intentions, in terms of finding a “forever home” for animals, but some fail to take into account an “appropriate home.” Of course, many do have strict rules and guidelines to ensure that the animal is placed in a good home. In some cases, they seem to find very exclusive homes, and are very difficult to be “approved” to adopt the animal.

Bottom line: don’t take an animal into your family if you don’t plan on letting that animal be a part of your family.