Our dogs got an early Christmas gift: a great tasting food. I know the food is great tasting because
Piggy Penny, our Miniature Pincer, not only gobbled hers up, but Brutus’s share also, and begged for more. Brutus is a Boston Terrier and he has allergies, and the new food will hopefully help his itchiness and tendency to ear infections. The new food is half the cost of the not as tasty prescription food Brutus was on, so we thought we would give it a try.
Brutus is a lover with a tongue that a frog would be proud of, and takes dead aim for your mouth. Brutus is one of the more expensive dogs we have accepted into our home. Brutus has had nose surgery as a pup to allow him to breathe, knee surgery, continuous ear infections, and now a malignant Mast Cell Tumor. One problem Brutus does not have is over weight. Brutus eats when he is hungry. We can leave food down for Brutus all day and he will only eat when he is hungry.
Min-Pins are known as high-strung dogs, and Penny is no exception, but she is so hyper that she is on doggie Prozac. She intimidates dogs twenty times her size, and though she has never bitten anyone, she is a snappy dog and I would not put it past her. No amount of food leaves Penny satisfied. Penny loves the new food and is begging to eat even after eating Buster’s food also. Penny is twelve years old, and not slim and trim as the delicate pup she was, but she is lucky to have me to enforce some degree of moderation.
Eating healthfully is difficult for many of us people also. I tend to eat more like Penny than Brutus. I once read that those of us who want to eat all the time have more active taste buds. Food tastes better to us. Science tells us there are many things that contribute to overeating, including stress, inactivity, distracted eating, boredom, and loneliness. Whatever the reasons science might find to explain why we overeat, add holiday fare at parties and during family get togethers, and it is easy to understand why some of us just relax our healthy everyday standards of eating and enjoy. Include the fudge and cookies that are in many homes, and the result is holiday weight gain.
We are all adults here, and I am not going to tell you not to eat. That is our choice, yours and mine. Penny has me, and I will keep her at a healthy level. Now if I could only take care of myself as well as I take care of the dogs.