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Friday, February 11, 2005

Dog Food?

Today, I had one of those Aha! moments. About Troi (the dog) and what she eats. I know, I have a really exciting life. :) No really, why do we feed dogs kibble? Anyone?... Ahhhh..because we always have, and that is what you feed your dog, right? Wrong! What would your dog be eating if it were a wild dog? Birds, mice, bugs and squirrels, that's what. Take a look at your ingredients on the bag of dogfood in your house. What is one of the first ingredients? Wheat? Corn? Rice? Now, I have to ask you, just where would a dog harvest rice? I know what you are thinking; modern dog, modern food. I am having the hardest time coming to terms with that. Think of the diseases that our so called modern dog has been diagnosed with, oh, just in the last ten years. Is this the result of being able to identify the diseases? Or maybe people are vetting their pets more than in the past. Maybe, but I would suggest to you that the immune system, well really the whole dog has been compromised by the feeding of commercial food. When did we as consumers become so naive? Really, do you think that the dog food manufacturers have your dog's health in mind or their wallet? Do YOU eat one thing day in and day out? A dog eating the supposed "nutritionally sound" commercial dog food every single day of its life would be the equal of you drinking the same protein shake for every meal of every day the rest of your life. I'm not talking about flavor here, I'm talking about the value of the food. Would you be comfortable with the claim that a particular drink can give you all the nutrition you need and you just don't need to eat anything else?

Okay, I'm not selling here, I'm kind of venting. I feel sort of dumb that it has taken me until now to figure this thing out. I mean, even your vet will recommend a bagged kibble, right? And just WHY does he promote a particular brand. Well, you figure it out.

I think Troi's quality of life is about to change for the better. The raw food begins tomorrow. I am excited and can't wait to see if she responds in the positive manner that I fully expect she will. It really only makes sense to feed raw foods to your dog, the wolves aren't gathering around the campfires roasting rabbits and deer these days are they?

Just something for you to "chew" on. Pun fully intended.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Snakes!!

Okay, I just read an article on the National Geographic webpage about a beagle puppy being trained to sniff out Burmese Pythons in the Everglades. Do you know why there are Burmese Pythons in the Everglades? BECAUSE for some idiotic reason, people think that these pythons when they are babies, are cute. I have to say that I would argue that point, but whatever. Anyway, they buy them, then baby grows into some kind of monster sized killer that you only see in movies, and the loving owners dump the snake into the Everglades. Sure you can see where someone might believe that there is no harm in putting a snake in a swamp. Well, lets think about this. Chances are extremely high that when you do something, you aren't the first or the last person to think of doing it. Point in case; the Everglades. The pythons are breeding and taking over the swamp, happily munching away on little critters who live only in the Everglades, and otherwise taking up the space that snakes natural to the Everglades need to survive. Talk about making an imbalance in an ecosystem!

How about the whole idea that pytons make good pets? I have personally never seen the value in a relationship with something that could potentially turn me into next week's meal. Sure, every now and then as my large dog munches on a huge cow femur and I hear it crack into shards, well, it does cross my mind to consider how many pounds of pressure those efficient jaws can exert. However, in reality, the likelyhood of my pooch deciding that the family looks tasty is rather far fetched. On the other hand, does a snake even "think"? I don't know. I would suppose that it is a primative being and simply does what it needs to in order to survive. Would the snake even pause to consider when an owner tells it to stop, or stay? Hmmm.. I'll take my chances with my wolf-like companion, at the very least she will stop when commanded and THEN decide to do it anyway. That pause might be all the safety net that one might need!

One more thing; what is the deal with the government of this country allowing pythons to be imported by the thousands? Does anyone monitor just how many snakes cross our borders yearly? Why is this legal? It just seems to me that of all the things that our country regulates; one of my preferences would be that snakes just plain and simple are not a regular or even occasional import. I'm all for people having pets, and certainly I even recommend that people have pets, but do you need a snake? I guess I must be missing something, since I'm having a hard time picturing snuggling on the sofa with my 16 foot python after a long day at work.

Beginning Thoughts

Today I start down yet another new path. Who knew that I would find a way to get "on my soapbox" without having to bore listeners to tears? I really love the whole idea of "journaling" for the world to read, or not.