Monday, January 4, 2010
Eat Your Veggies
It came to the point where we had to admit it. The Family Dog is overweight. The last time I took him to the vet, he tipped the scales at 117. The doctor said he had to lose weight. "I don't think he really weighs that much," I protested, "The tech didn't wait for him to stand still". "Okay, so he's 115; not 117", said the doctor, "He's still overweight." I had to admit he was right. "Cut his dog food down by 25%", the doctor ordered, "and give him vegetables to make up the difference". Okay. The Family Dog now gets dog food with a side of garden salad. He mostly likes carrots and string beans, but he's also fond of cucumbers and green pepper. The sugar snap peas were a disaster; he chewed them and then spit them out individually all over the house. At $2.99 a bag, I can find better things to do with them. I think the effort is beginning to show. The Family Dog looks a little slimmer, he's getting enough to eat and he's now a believer in volumetrics. There's only one problem. We too have begun to eat more healthily, and every time I start to cut up vegetables for us, he thinks it's for him.