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Why My Dog's Food Is More Expensive Than My Own
Why would I buy a dog treat (the Cadet Gourmet Duck Breast Fillets you see to the right there) that are more expensive than the steaks I buy for John and myself? Well....
I'm in the middle of a very sad situation currently. My heart dog, my favorite dog, my rescued dog, Killian, is going downhill - and going downhill fast. Killian is a full bred Australian Shepherd.
Anyone who has ever been blessed to be owned by an Aussie understands the human qualities inherit in the breed. Killian's intelligence can be read in his eyes which more match my own that my other dogs. Killian is so astute and tuned in to his alpha dog (me) that he frequently anticipates where I'm going before I know. Killian might just head up the steps to the balcony before I even ask if the dogs want to go there.
Killian and I used to participate in a little know sport called canine freestyle. For those who may not know of the sport, it's basically choreographed movement to music with dogs. I hesitate to call it 'dancing' as the movement from the dog and the human (when they are tuned into each other) is much more to me than dancing.
If you're in the audience of a canine freestyle competition and lucky, you may witness a sight that is rare; you just might be able to witness the emotional connection between an owner and dog who, as a team, are 'on.' Tears will frequently stream down the faces of those lucky enough to witness this movement as the dog and human move as one. The joy, the respect, the love are evident.
The point of that story is that, when I was training Killian for canine freestyle, he was so able to read my body language that he would move somewhere where he thought I wanted him to go, taking his cues from my loose body movements. I thought he was just not understanding the signals I was giving him but, ah, he was reading the signals perfectly.
My teacher spotted the issue - it was with me, not him. Killian was just doing what his breed does instinctively - staying one step ahead of his 'prey', moving where he needed to be according to the body language he read. So, in essence, Killian was more in tune to me than I was.
After many frustrating sessions when Killian would go to my left when I expected him at my right, my teacher pointed out my faults - not the dog's faults, my own faults. Finally, my teacher took me aside and gently told me that I needed to let Killian lead. I needed to watch what he was doing and match my movements to his. After that, we were frequently moving as one as we danced, and danced, and danced.
So, I'm now back to why I'm buying those expensive dog treats. As we approach the end of Killian's 14 years, in appreciation for all the love we've shared, and the things Killian has taught me about being a wiser dog owner and a kinder person, I will shower him with love, long hip massages, cuddles in bed, short walks, and, yep, delicious, nutritious food treats. I will try and repay him just a portion of the love and acceptance he's shown me during this tenure - and, yes, I'll do it through his stomach when I can.
That's why I've selected the duck breast fillets. That's why exactly.
Please spay and neuter.
I just moved Killian's diet from Iams over to Blue Basic dog food which, although quite expensive, seems to be agreeing with his stomach ulcer more than the Iams. Our other three dogs certainly appreciate the diet change.
Below are a few things that might help if you have an aging pet. Also, please check out my accompanying article: Protect your dog's joints with Nutramax Dasuquin
Killian is wild for this food. He has a stomach ulcer (from taking Rimadyl for leg pain) and the Blue Basics seems to make him excited to eat again.
This duck jerky drives the dogs wild. It doesn't help my bank balance but, hey, it's just money....
Slow smoked jerky treats for dogs?! Yep, and the dogs love them.
I personally know people who believe that dogs have no souls and can't feel love. Besides feeling sorry for these people, I defy any of them to view the videos below and stick to their old belief. And, if they do? Well, they've missed a very large part of the joy in life.
The videos below are some of my favorites of all time. Grab a coffee cup, a tissue, and start viewing.
Rookie and Carolyn give the performance of a lifetime. If you only watch one video, watch this one.
This is a great routine - very entertaining.
This is one of my favorite friends and dog owner with one of her heart dog, Sally.
This is the World Championship competition in 2012.
Make sure to watch this video if you have time - the joy that this horse has performing is evident.
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When I first adopted Killian, he was mostly wild and fully untrained. At the beginning of our education in obedience, with a lot of tears, and some scary moments (like when he charged the mailman), I swore I'd never own another Aussie.
Now, I swear, I'll never be without one. I'll have a miniature Aussie next time, one more portable than my boy, Killian. But, I'll never ever have one like Killian. I know that in my heart.
Do you have a heart dog? The dog that left a lasting impression on your heart and changed you forever? Please tell me about him or her. I'd love to hear your story.