The cowboy was reading something on the internet this morning—something political and said, “you should post that on your blog.” I said, “nope, my blog is not political!” When I told him what the topic of tonight’s blog would be he laughed and said, “and you said your blog was not political!”
Of course you feed your dogs—your furkids, your babies. But how people feed differs greatly! Some veterinarians will tell you dogs should be fed on a schedule and others will tell you, “just put the food out, they will eat when hungry.” And all dog owners have an opinion—there is no right or wrong way as long as your dog maintains a healthy weight as far as I’m concerned—this is just how I do it.
In my adult life I’ve had five dogs—an obnoxious, mean little dachshund, two 70 pound each Airedales, one male, one female and litter mates, another little schnauzer and then Emmi. I have always free fed—put the prescribed daily amount of a high quality dog food in their bowls in the morning—and walked off and left them.
None of my dogs including the dachshund were ever overweight, the two Airedales had separate bowls and they worked out who ate when. All the dogs including Emmi might eat some in the morning, leave the rest and go back at some point in the day to finish their food. Emmi is the funniest dog we’ve ever had—she eats when she feels like it which is usually when Michael and I decide to go to bed. Emmi rarely eats everything in her bowl and she has always weighed the same—a perfect 11 pounds.
Emmi doesn’t wake us in the morning wanting fed—she sleeps late, we usually have to wake her up about 8:30—9:00 to go for a walk. She doesn’t beg for food unless she hears the word “cheese” as that’s what I wrap her three times a week medication in. We give her no people food other than the cheese. My Airedales and the other schnauzer were given people food and it made horrible beggars of them. After Jazz, our schnauzer died I swore the next pooch would only get dog food.
So—that’s how I do it—and I’m sure our dog owning friends have an opinion! In our North Ranch circle of friends, our feeding method is in the minority it seems—most feed on a schedule.
OK—that was fun—for me—looking back through old photos of our pooches! All the photos of the dachshund and Airedales are pre-digital and back at home in Montana—I need to get some of those scanned into the computer.