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Friday, July 09, 2004

Just like having kids

I was reading Dazed's blog today and it prompted a memory Aaron and I had soon after getting our dog, Chaya.

As you remember, Chaya was really sick when we got her but she was still a big puppy. Since I never had any pets before, Aaron quickly informed me that we would only feed her twice a day to prevent "grazing" and we would not feed her any amount of people food to prevent "begging". So, Chaya really wasn't and isn't all that interested in food but she is a healthy weight, per our vet, and is gaining all the time. When we got her she weighed around 16 lbs. and now she's up near 40 lbs.

I never realized that like moms who are protective over their children, so can dog owners. So I was immediately insulted and defensive when taking Chaya for a walk, one of our neighbors almost fell over and gasped for air when she saw Chaya. This lady remarked that Chaya was so thin and she could see her ribs, blah, blah, blah. Aaron just rolled his eyes and said, "Um, that's how dogs are supposed to look." Now keep in mind she is certainly not starved, and the lady was totally exaggerating, but still. Who is she? Our vet? No, so the next time we went to the vet I looked on the wall at the chart they had posted and sure enough, from the top and side view of a healthy dog, you could slightly see the ribs. It made me think that this lady was so used to seeing dogs that are overweight that a healthy one shocked her. I'm glad we have Chaya on a "diet" and that she's not overweight. but I was just pissed that this lady could accuse us of not feeding our dog. Some people need to mind their own business. Hmph.

Ok, I'm done with my rant now....

Aaron has a softball game tonight, and I'm trying my damndest not to plan the weekend so we can enjoy it and do whatever we "feel" like doing.

Have a great weekend!!!


  • At 5:57 PM, Blogger Shannin said…

    Baja is a bit overweight, but Jager is right on target. The thing with Baja is that he's such a food whore.

    My vet did suggest that if we did want him to lose weight, to cut back on the dog treats and reward him with carrots, apples, melons (you know, things that are GOOD for you -- sound familiar?). He loves them all....

  • At 2:42 PM, Blogger Matt said…

    Hey there, hows it going? I know it has been awhile :(

    Just think I had a pug, and that dog was way over weight, better to have a dog that is in good health than to have to worry about doggie weight lose ;)

    cheers matt

  • At 5:43 PM, Blogger Jenniy said…

    lol I feel very protective of Jake too! He used to weigh about 25 pounds more than he does now and people would often comment "Wow, he sure doesn't miss any meals does he?" and I'd get all pissed like how dare they comment about my little boys weight? But even though dogs don't understand, it's still offensive to their owner, like we can't care for our dogs properly!


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