This here is a whole new kind of crazy – even for me. We’ve got a really strange dog food dilemma going on right now in Doodleville.
And I haven’t the foggiest idea how to fix it.
WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS –
The dry kibble Harley used to eat came from a reputable company! I mixed it up with a little fresh ground chicken, a teaspoon of melted coconut oil and life was good! #soIthought
After almost 6 years Harley started to loose interest in the kibble. #cantblamehim He selectively ate the chicken and spit out the kibble.
Jax enjoyed the kibble #mikeyeatseverything but he struggled with bathroom issues. #rarelysolid
So, I switched to…
Fans of The Honest Kitchen for a very long time, everything I read about their new line of dehydrated grain and gluten free varieties seemed like the right move for us.
I wanted a food safe for Harley’s sensitive tummy and nutritious for Jaxson’s growth and development.
Doodle Doc gave it her seal of approval (I always check with their vet) so I bought a box. I was feeling like a super star pet parent. #diligencedone
BUT WAIT –
How was I to know Harley would not like the consistency of the food? It’s as if he doesn’t know how to eat it from his bowl.
All his life he’s eaten kibble. I’ve never given him wet food. He is not a happy camper right now.
I feed him!
That’s right, he refuses to eat…
…unless I hand feed him #dontjudge
HOW DID WE GET HERE? –
The first week of our switch, we had to go out of town. Leaving food around wasn’t really an option because:
- I was at someone else’s home
JaxMikey would eat it
I made the classic mistake of putting a little on my finger to entice him. Then another, and another, and before I knew it, I was holding up what looks like little meatballs and he was loving life. #stupidme
Everything about this food is pawfect for my Boys –
- We have no digestive issues
- Poop is great #youunderstand
- Nice selection of fruits and veggies with premium meats
- Caloric count is right where it should be for both
But I can’t be the human fork forever!
I know what you’re thinking,
Just take the food away and wait until the next feeding, he’ll eventually eat.
Well, I’ve “been there – done that.”
Homeboy went on a hunger strike. #heshallovercome
Refused to bark at me all day…
I don’t have the heart for a stand-off. #Imacoward
Just so you know, I’ve even experimented with adding –
- Hard boiled eggs
- Peanut Butter
I’ve tried varying the consistency, I’ve even played some smooth jazz – but he won’t eat by himself. #desperatemeasures
So you see, this is truly a dilemma. One that has to get corrected – FAST!
He’s taking advantage of me, he’s using me and I’m letting him!
I’ll take any and all advice, words of encouragement and suggestions. No yelling please #Imsensitive 🙁
I know this is my fault, I know I caused this foolishness. There’s got to be a way out. He really likes the food.
In case you’re curious about how Jax is doing with the new food…
Make this a GREAT weekend ESPECIALLY if your dog feeds himself!
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