I want to start off by thanking everyone who follows/reads/comments/likes my blog! It means so much and I guarantee I love reading your blogs just as much if not more. I feel so lucky to be a part of this great dog community.
Harmful dog food isn’t breaking news but I think it’s important to keep the conversation going so I want to share a little story.
My dad is a professional magician and has customers that come from all types of professions- hotel managers, lawyers, pilots, doctors, teachers, clowns, even Cesar Millan! (I will be posting about that in the near future) My dad knows I’m obsessed with dogs, as I nagged him incessantly when I was 5 about getting a dog. He eventually gave in, thank goodness. Anytime he meets anyone in the pet industry he makes sure to tell me about it. A few years back, he had a veterinarian as a customer and the Dr. told my dad that he had numerous clients come in with severely sick dogs. Lo and behold, it was traced back to dog food, NOT just treats, made in China. He warned my dad not to by any animal food products made in China because the ingredients they put in the food/treats kills or severely harms dogs-it was like poison. Although I’ve read about this in the news it was even more alarming to hear it coming from a veterinarian, someone who sees this first hand.
I have heard feeding dogs human food can be detrimental, but what about creating organic dog food that can be made with at home ingredients? Granted, the shelf life would be nil but at least the contents would be known and contain less harmful chemicals.
Are there certain dog food brands that are better than others or do any of you make your own organic dog food? If so, I would love to hear what recipes you use.
I have to share this travel story about this dog ( and owner) I encountered in Vienna, Austria circa 2010. I hope I’m able to convey the story through text because when it happened, I was laughing for hours. Maybe it was her accent or maybe I have an odd sense of humor. Either way, I hope you enjoy 🙂
We decided to take a tour of the Habsburg (Hofburg) Winter Palace. This was the main winter residence that housed the Habsburg dynasty- one of the most important royal houses in Europe.
Exterior Habsburg Winter Residence
Interior Habsburg Winter Residence
As we were walking to the tour entrance, I saw his polished looking older woman walking her dog, which looked like a Yorkie. Of course I was fixated on the adorable dog and snuck a photo. She was silent and so proper the entire time until the dog wouldn’t stop sniffing this one specific corner. Frustrated, she yelled out multiple times in her Austrian accent “PEA-NOOT COME ccHHHHERRRE!” I don’t know what had me laughing harder… that the dog’s name was Peanut or the scolding she administered in her awesome accent. It had me so tickled that when my parents were lagging behind on the guided tours, I would repeat what she said in the same accent. They must have loooved it 🙂 Anyhoo, here is the photo below!
Peanut and his owner in Austria
Today, I have some very sad news to share on Tuesday Tails. My aunt’s dog Dali passed away today. Dali was a very beloved member of the family and sweet to everyone. She would bring joy to the young, elderly and everyone in between. She had a wonderful 16 years on this earth and we miss her greatly.
While my aunt was living in Israel she found Dali, who she named after the artist Salvador Dali, and the rest was history. Thank you for all of the love and memories! Here is a picture of Dali from 2011 on one of her many trips to Home Depot.