Is Overfeeding Your Pet a Sign of Love?
Dumb Ass Dog Owners or DADO’s. When I read about this blog hop last week, I wasn’t sure if I would join because I wasn’t sure what to write about and then it hit me…the biggest DADO of all and a real pet peeve, the people who think that having a fat pet shows that they are well-loved…dumb ass.
There are many people with dogs that are overweight – over 50% according to Association for Pet Obesity, that’s a lot of dumb people that are not taking proper care of their pets, pets that trust in them to do what is best for them. I mean, dogs don’t feed themselves, they rely on us to open the can of food or pour the food in the dish, they don’t do it themselves.
Owners who have overweight pets are dumb asses. It’s so easy to give your pet proper nutrition, proper portions and proper exercise. So why do we have so many DADO’s overfeeding their pets? I made a list of excuses we hear all the time but added a reality check for those of you that might see yourself in some of these.
|What you say to yourself…||The Truth…|
|He’s so cute, how can I resist?||I want him to keep paying attention to ME because it make me feel better.|
|She is not overweight, she looks good.||More than 1/2 of dogs are overweight. You have a 50/50 chance of being right.|
|I feel bad that I left him home alone all day.||It makes ME feel less guilty if I feed him and make him happy.|
|It fell on the floor.||I’m too lazy to pick up that food I dropped|
|He didn’t get enough snacks yesterday, so I have to give him extra today.||Seriously? He’s already overweight and your feeding him MORE?|
|I can tell he’s hungry because he’s looking at me with that hungry look.||Dogs are always hungry, get over it.|
|But he likes bacon!||Well, this one is true…|
|It shows him how much I love him.||Not really, it shows the opposite. Feeding your dog too much can shorten their life by as much as 2 years. Does that sound like a show of love?|
|I take her for a 30 minute walk almost every day so she burns off those extra calories.||Um, not really. Most normal dogs only exercise enough to burn just 10% extra calories. Walking is low intensity and burns very few calories.|
|She looks like the Best of Breed Lab in last years Westiminster show!||You mean like this flabby labby?|
I’m sure there are a million more of these – what’s YOUR excuse?