Close Encounter with the Crazy Dog Lady
A funny thing happened when I started making beer biscuits for dogs and giving them away.
I realized that I’m a serious dog geek.
I mean, I basically knew this already, but my face-to-face interactions with a whole lot of people whose lives don’t actually revolve around their canines made my status almost embarrassingly clear.
You know how I figured it out?
I heard myself starting every biscuit offer with a disclaimer.
“Now, can your dog eat grains?”
Blank stare. Sudden suspicion.
I rushed to calm their fears.
“What kind of food do you give him?”
Typical reply: one of many brands or varieties of food I was certain contained a lot of grain.
I tried not to sound like a snob.
“Well, then these biscuits should be fine. Your dog is probably already consuming grains – they are filler ingredients in a lot of leading dog foods. But some dogs have a problem digesting things like corn and soy, and those aren’t things they would eat in the wild. That’s why I asked.”
“But these biscuits are OK! Some dog owners (like me) just avoid the foods that contain grains. Meal after meal can really add up, you know? But these are treats. Like a cupcake for us. You wouldn’t cupcakes for every meal, would you?”
“So, take the biscuits! Just don’t give your dog all of them at once. Introducing new foods should always be gradual. Just start with a little mixed in with the regular food. Or with the biscuits, maybe just one tonight and one or two tomorrow. You don’t want to overwhelm their stomach. Especially if you just feed the dog the same food all the time. It’s not a bad idea to rotate, actually. Switch up the flavors, give them some variety…”
At this point, the person tries to back away slowly from the crazy dog lady who won’t shut up.
“Do you want to try grain-free dog food? I can totally recommend some options! I can think of like five off the top of my head! You just gotta look at the label – meat first, then fruits and vegetables! Pumpkin is good! It has fiber! If your dog ever has diarrhea, you can try to give him some pumpkin to slow things down a bit!”
Horror! She is talking about dog diarrhea!!! Continue backing away.
“But these biscuits are OK! They have grains, but some of them have pumpkin, too! And you could just give him one! DO YOU WANT THE TREATS?”
OK, maybe I”m exaggerating a little. Most people were happy to take my homemade treats. And I felt good giving them away.
However, the discussion of what to feed your dogs is always fascinating to me, especially as the trend away from grain continues to grow, making grain-free options more affordable.
Come back tomorrow for more talk about grain-free dog food.
Are your dogs grain-free?
Posted on September 18, 2013, in Dogs, Dogtography, Food and tagged beer biscuits, crazy dog lady, dog biscuits, golden retriever, grain free dog food, homemade dog treats. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.