Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Yes, We REALLY Do Eat That Much Food!

Some of my friends expressed surprise at the amount of food the Littlest Ninja was delivering to us (in the last post). I just wanted to say, we really do need that big a pan. In the winter we empty it out daily. In the summer we eat about 2/3's of it each day. There are THREE of us, afterall! And the Big Oaf eats like a horse. (I think the Big Lazy Oaf is a Newfie mix, but she might be a Chow mix...who knows. Like every other dog our Spokeswoman has ever owned (except me), she is a rescue dog...plucked from the litter of a stray that was herself rescued just days before having her pups. The mother was a smallish dog and looked like a blue-heeler/shepherd mix. But Big Oaf, I mean GLORIA, didn't look anything like her mother, or like any of the other pups in the litter, for that matter. She was literally twice the size of all the other pups and was the only one that was long-haired and coal black. The mother and all the other pups were vigilant and aggressive...but Gloria was a laid back, slow moving, affable, lovable, couch potato, even then, who's only care in life was to seek out the next tummy rub. She hasn't changed much. She's just gotten about 100 pounds heavier, is all. But, even at that, she's not particularly overwieght...most of that is HAIR. She never seems to shed...just grows more and more hair.)

Before my time here, the other dogs (including my pal Shanachie who died last winter at the ripe age of 16 and a half) used to live on forty acres of heavily wooded land. They ran and ran and ran...roaming the full forty acres and hunting every day. They were all skinny back then. After they moved to town (not quite two years ago) the Big Oaf pretty well retired to her dog house (we seldom see her out in the yard) and the Half-crazed Border Collie put on a bit of weight. She was a bit out of shape when I joined the pack...but, I fixed that in short order! I put that Border Collie back to work. At first she was busy herding me and bossing me about, but, these days, I do the bossing and I keep her busy racing the fence line helping me guard our home from intruding squirrels, possums, birds, and wandering dogs. The squirrels keep us the busiest! She is fit and trim once more! So, we haven't had to weather having our food rationed. As long as we are running off whatever we eat, the Spokeswoman lets us eat as much as we want, whenever we want.

As to the Delusional Newfie mix (delusional because she THINKS she is a little lap dog!...She plops down in any and every available lap, every chance she gets, even in the Littlest Ninja's lap! She just doesn't comprehend that she is HUGE and NO ONE WANTS HER IN THEIR LAPS!)...anyway, as to the Delusional Dog, she probably could do with less food, but she has always been this size...even back in the days that Shanachie and Rivie (the half-crazed Border Collie) ran her legs off hunting the 40 acres...she was just born BIG.

While we are talking about FOOD, I have a question for everyone. The Half-crazed Border Collie tells me that before I came along, everyone got chicken bones all the time. The Spokeswoman's childhood dog (a small cocker-spaniel mix) lived to the ripe old age of 16 and a half eating chicken bones on an almost daily basis...as did my buddy, Shanachie (the golden/shepherd mix that was boss when I first joined the pack). Shanachie, too, lived to be sixteen and a half with never any problems from chicken bone consumption. The Delusional Newfie and the Half-Crazed Border Collie have been holding it against me that they no longer feast on chicken bones. I guess the Spokeswoman started withholding the chicken bones from every one after I joined the pack ten months ago. Does any one have any opinions on this matter?


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I haven't had any raw chikhken stuffs - just the beef ones woo've seen but

Mom PROMISES me I'll be getting a turkey nekhk sometime!


Princess Eva and Brice said...

I'm impressed at your self control. If I had food available all day, Momma thinks that I'd eat myself sick - I love food too much.

Momma thinks I was fed more in my former home because I was fed a less concentrated food. I look very thin but all muscle when I'm wet but Momma says that I'm the proper weight for my height and breed (Belgians are kept very lean)

We do not get bones that have been cooked or smoked but do get raw bones- turkey necks and knuckle bones are our favorites.


p.s. There are rumors that we may be going to a total raw diet. But I'll believe that when the chicken hits my dish.

Pamela, Kira and Scampi said...

Mom does not let either us us have any poultry bones due to the fact that they can splinter and get caught in our throats, although I have caught a couple of birdies, and they went down fine, feathers and all. The vet just laughed at Mom and said it would pass.!
-Kira The BeaWootiful

The OP Pack said...

We get a turkey neck once in a blue moon and even more rare is a beef marrow bone. They are great for our teeth - wish we could have them more often.

Tail wags, the OP Pack

Owner of Storm and Jackal said...

My family also fed chicken bones to our dogs when I was a kid. My opinion is that a chicken bone splintering and puncturing an intestine is a 'possibility' and therefore people who don't want to take that risk do not feed them. Some dogs, like your friends, can live their entire lives and never have a problem. Its just up to chance.

I personally do not feed them, but I do feed other bones like marrow bones and uncooked animal bones that are too large to be eaten. There are people who believe dogs should not eat marrow bones because they can break a tooth on them. Again its a 'possibility'. It just depends on the risks you're willing to take.

An example I like to use is seat belts (before it was law). Just because you have a car wreck it doesn't mean you will necessarily get thrown through the windshield if not wearing a seat belt, but there is the 'possibility'. I personally would never want to take that risk so I always wear mine, but there are some people who don't.

Same could be said for horseback riding. There is always the 'possibility' that you can get thrown and killed, but that's a risk I take every time I get on a horse (I take precautions, but its still a risk). It's just a risk I'm willing to take.

So its all relative, but I personally do not feed them. Sorry this got so long. I work for a vet and its just one of those questions that sets me off. :D

Owner of Storm and Jackal

the TN Bull Terrors said...

Ransom, cooked chicken & pork bones are dangerous to doggies, but raw chicken & pork bones are fine. We get them everyday, Pappy is 4th generation raw-fed & the rest of us are also on a complete raw diet. So, tell Spokeswoman, go get you guys some turkey drumsticks & give them to you straight from the package, you'll love it!!

Feather, Darla, Pappy & LizzaBella ^..^