It is every single day that a pet dog watches his/her human bustle around in the kitchen, have multiple meals a day and open the fridge for snacks or a cold beverage – what torture it must be.
Today was Zeus’ day (along with a few other furry creatures)! Coming down the stairs he doesn’t quite stir. When I reach for the pantry door, anxious bumbling can be heard from his usual corner, and when I close the pantry door to set the ingredients on the counter – he is there. Ears up, head tilted, ready for food to drop. Why is it so important for me to ensure that Zeus eats food that is good for him?
About 4 years ago when my dog Smokey was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma after a grapefruit-sized tumour originating from her spleen ruptured, I suddenly became hyper aware of what I was feeding her. She lived a mere 3 weeks after her diagnosis, and in those short 3 weeks I did everything I could to try and do anything for her. That included trying desperately not to feed the cancer cells in her body and also help increase her appetite. It was a truly heartbreaking time for the family, but it also gives you a sense of strength when you tell yourself you can’t give up on something that you love so much, up till the very last second. Unfortunately, the predisposition to the cancer was hereditary, and her sister Ross also succumbed to the same cancer last year.
With Zeus now, I just want to do my best to keep him healthy. That means avoiding highly processed and sugary food. Checking the labels on the kibble purchased from the store, and once in a while, making him something preservative-free and fresh from the kitchen. Today, we got into a little pumpkin and maced ourselves with a sprinkle of cinnamon.
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The weekend is upon us!