Ha Debbie! You keyed into a link I've been thinking about myself. There are a lot of pet pictures on this site and it seems that most of us are serious animal lovers. Until recently I was never without a dog in my adult life and I'm absolutely bananas for them. Many of us have multiple pets. Do we over feed them as you questioned? Do they serve a need beyond the average family pet? Are we getting the unconditional love from them that we aren't willing to give ourselves? Thoughts?View Thread
And I might point out that all my dogs got a little hefty. Not shockingly so, but they got too many food rewards. I wasn't able to deny them. Sort of a modern day Mrs. Pomfrey with her Tricky-Woo! LOL! And have you hung at a dog show? Lots of overweight owners I've noticed.
Hi, Kathy! I loved the James Herriot books! I had the series when I was a young teen. I don't remember the name "Pomfrey," but I only know of one Tricky-Woo in literature, LOL.
My dog is easy. I keep him within a 2-3 lb range. He probably has a good metabolism or something, 'cuz I'm not that consistent with the walks, but I do have a large backyard, and he loves chasing the birds, squirrels, and bunnies away. (I think the squirrels scamper up the nearest tree and then sit there and heckle him, ha!)
My cat, wellll, I took him off the hands of a friend who just wasn't getting along with his personality, and he was a bit hefty when I got him...I haven't been too successful getting him in any better shape, unfortunately. For both pets, it's all about the food, but with my dog he doesn't become obnoxious about it. My cat gets really worried when he sees the bottom of his bowl, but I'm getting better at making him wait and feeding him at a consistent time so he knows. Boy, does he know.
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Thanks for starting this Kathy. I love the James Herriot books as well. Have actually watched all the season of "All Creatures Great and Small" again on Netflix. I grew up on a farm with horses, cows, pigs and chickens. We always had dogs as well. Lots of veterinary visits and I thought that's what I wanted to be when I grew up for the longest time.
Debbie SW 265 CW 150 maintaining - You only live once, so live right. Healthy. Fit. Be active.
Lucky you to be a farm girl, Debbie! The Creatures are on PBS here again on Wednesday night. It's just long enough since I've seen them to really enjoy them again. The really shocking thing is to see the actors in something recently made and realize how OLD they are Ahem, I guess I mean WE are. But the truth is that when I am watching I'm mostly interested in the dogs dogs dogs dogs...
Hi Kathy. I have found over the years that with my pets, at least, unconditional love ONLY comes from the canine variety. I'm not sure about the love we don't give ourselves, I'm thinking that for me, it's a matter of comfort and friendship with dogs. No matter what , they've got your back. If you are sick, tired, sad, etc. , they pick up on that better than even most people and try to comfort you with their presence. Literally all you have to do is "whistle" or call out , and they are right there for you. Not for THEMSELVES but for YOU.
I am also not ashamed to say that I talk to my pets. All of em. I talk to Holly and Bowzer on our walks very much like I would if I were walking with a person. I comment on different smells of the woods that I'm picking up and ask if they smell it too. I comment on the how they are walking or ask what they are sniffing at....lol.
Kim SW 252 CW 177.8 GW 135
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