If you’re a meat eater, then having a dog poses no problems, but if you’re not… it’s awkward.
I can’t class myself as Vegetarian, but if you look in my freezer, you’ll find some chicken and some mince, the latter is what I use for pasta sauce… There are no steaks or sausages, I simply don’t like meat all that much.
I have found myself wondering, when it comes to being a dog owner, that while I shower my animals with as much love and care that I can give, that some equally lovely creature is going to the abattoir.
So what do those of us who worry about that, do?
We can’t force vegetarianism on our cats or dogs, thousands of years of evolution have seen to that.
While we can deal with fruit and vegetables thanks to our specialised innards, or Dogs and Cats cannot do it so well.
However, there are things which can be given to limit meat intake.
We bought Benny, our last Malamute from an Italian fellow and his Aussie Wife, Who bred Alaskan Malamutes, and it was He who suggested spaghetti bolognaise as dog food, it works too, dogs generally love it.
In fact there are Wolves in Italy who the locals call “Pasta Wolves”, They come down from the mountains and cruise through the lanes of Italy, and raid bins containing whatever the restaurants have tossed out.
I wouldn’t feed a dog on Pasta every night, but it’s a help once or twice a week, and as for meat, there may only be about a spoonful of meat in a full meal.
Benny used to love his spaghetti, We’d feed him on the verandah, where he’d drag strings of it all over the place, to the amusement of passers by.
Katie taught me something new, She had been running loose in the country, and was found by a Vet, I got Katie from Her… Thanks to a friend who delivered Her to me.
I couldn’t know how such a big dog had been surviving on her own, although I heard that she had been begging for food from soldiers.
So whenever I had any take-away, She would always want some… this included Dim Sims, which I wouldn’t have thought any dog would like.
Katies eyes would grow large when she saw me with eggs, she craves eggs, and so I soon learnt to give her a raw one with her food, or a boiled one.
Do remember that when Dogs are in the wild, they will eat fur too, it’s their version of fibre… we can’t give our dogs anything like that, if we live in a city situation, as we do here… but things like grated carrot has much the same effect.
Are you a vegetarian who also owns a dog?
How do you deal with it?
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