“F is for friends that do stuff together, U is for you and me! N is for anywhere and any time at all, down here in the deep blue sea!“
Anybody recognize that? It’s Spongebob’s FUN song!
“F is for FIRE that BURNS down the whole town! U is for URANIUM…BOMBS! N is for NO SURVIIIIIVORS!…“
That line right there is Plankton’s version. I love this song! I couldn’t help but think of it when I was writing the title for today’s Challenge post. Hence the slight Spongebob detour. I’ll add the link to the song here so you can listen to it in its entirety if you either need a refresher or have never heard it. It’s worth a quick listen. 😉
Today’s topic is food, more specifically dog food. Before you scoff at my choice in topic for being so mundane, give it a second or two!
Gwen is 11 months old, turning a year on the 27th of this month! She was about out of dog food so I said I’d pick up another bag of food after my shift. Since we are planning on moving I only bought a little bag last time and I had hoped it was going to last us long enough to be able to move. Of course it didn’t so we were going to have to buy more. After my shift today I was in the dog food section picking up a bag of Iams Active Puppy (the food Gwen has had ever since she ate her first bite of kibble). As I was walking over to the Science Diet section just to get an idea of price and what they had to offer, one of the other associates that was in the back slinging food bags (putting them on shelves) came over to give me crap about the food I fed my dog when he saw what kind food I was buying and what food I was thinking of switching to once I told him my story.
Of course I was guilted for buying “horrible food” for my dog. I was also guilted for trying to choose a food that was “equally as horrible.” Excuse me for feeding a brand that my dog’s breeder fed and at the time recommended to us. My little corgi has done just fine on Iams, thank you very much! My response to Associate W was “okay, if I shouldn’t feed those, what should I feed? And I am not going to get Blue Buffalo, it is too expensive for me.” W had also pointed out that since where I work I get a discount, especially on the natural food and that I should know better than to feed my dog something like Iams. Up until today I have felt a little bit of guilt about not feeding her a better food, but I have justified myself by saying that she is doing just fine on the food and I have an animal (horse) that eats and needs way more expensive food and quantity of food than she does. If it was so bad for dogs then why would a quality dog breeder feed or recommend such a food?
And while I was standing over in the pet food section sweating to death and listening to W’s arguments/suggestions, another associate came over to see what was going on, and of course had to pass the same judgement over me for buying “junk food” for my dog. I might also want to point out that I was sweating to death since I was wearing my coat from early in the AM while it was 70 degrees out. After my shift I cover my uniform shirt so that people don’t stop to ask me questions or for help if I am trying to go to the bathroom, get my stuff, go on break, or shop.
EDIT: Another person I work with told me she had the same thing happen to her when she started working for the Co. and ended up switching her dog’s food too. She was nicer about guilting me though.
In the end, I decided on the Nature’s Recipe Adult Dog Lamb Meal & Rice Formula. W had said that I might as well just switch her over to adult food now since I’m at the end of a bag and she is almost not a puppy anymore. I was a little leery of that at first but I guess it makes sense. Not sure if I would suggest that to anyone else if they were to ask me, though. I figure that she is a small-medium dog so she is already done growing, it would be different if she were a large breed since they are considered puppies longer.
Before I’d made my decision I had been thinking of trying Purina ProPlan dog food. I don’t deny I still have a lot to learn about the different types of dog food and which stuff is better, etc. But tonight Andrew and I both sat down and did some research on the foods and what their percentages of protein and fat and stuff were and we both decided that the stuff I picked today at the store was pretty good stuff. It is supposed to be a good starter level type of natural dog food. I guess it also helps us fit in with moving back to Washington, getting back into the swing of eating or using “natural” things…*cough* hippies *cough*…
On the other side of things, I felt like I was being pressured into buying something that I really didn’t want and also being judged and guilted (which I’m pretty sure I was) for feeding my dog something sub-par to what I either should be or that others think I should be feeding. I wanted to read the ingredient lists and the % content thing to help me to make my decision but whenever I’d try to do that I couldn’t because somebody would say something. I hadn’t planned on switching food this time around or I would’ve already done some research. Both Andrew and I had already been planning on the next bag of food.
When I got home with the food, I told Andrew the whole story and told him we were going to the other pet store near us so I could compare the food in relative peace and quiet without someone breathing down my neck and judging my choices. I can sympathize with some of our customers now! I had one guy come to the register and tell me that our Blue Buffalo representative was a “jerk” because he kept pushing his brand of food (which is very good quality but also very expensive) and telling the guy basically the same exact thing as what I got told (“that stuff is horrible to feed your dog, you shouldn’t feed it, it’s just a grocery store brand of food”) and it made the guy feel bad. Making customers feel bad is not the way to go! I reassured him that the representative was not an employee of ours but rather he was there because his company sent him. I also told him what day to avoid shopping there if he didn’t want to see or talk to that guy. The BB Rep. that comes to our store is a nice guy and everything, but not everyone wants to buy Blue Buffalo or can afford it. I figure if Gwen is fine with this food then we’re good as it’s only a dollar or two more than what she’d been eating as opposed to almost ten dollars extra for just a little bag!
I am not feeding a $50 bag of food to my dog when my horse needs over $50 worth of grain in a week. Not happening. Not until she becomes needy, at least. I think that is the main reason I refuse to buy Blue Buffalo or Wellness or SolidGold.
EDIT: I redid the math and it’s about $50 worth of grain for 2 weeks. I wasn’t thinking straight last night I guess. Because I reread this and thought, hmm that seems an awful lot!
What do you feed your dogs? I promise that I won’t pass any judgement on you, I am just curious!
P.S. Gwen had fun at the dog park today! I will have stories about that later! And a couple cute pictures!!! 😀 I rambled a bit too much today, I think, to put that in this post. 😦