While we were not planning on getting another dog so soon (too soon? still pretty sad over here), a lovely gal at my work was in need of re-homing her puppy. That puppy you see there who is the tiniest Corgi-mix mutt abandoned in Compton you ever did see. April (seriously, that was her original name by the rescuers) went to live with my co-worker, who re-named her Bree, who then realized she already had a house full and this set up was not ideal for the world’s most adorable part-rabbit dog. It seemed like a no-brainer.
What’s not a no-brainer is what to feed this gal. You see, I have not had a puppy since I lived at home with the parents. I usually get rescue dogs who are older, and therefore have not had a “from fresh” dog in way too long. Bad habits, bad food, bad whatevs have already been ingrained. I supply the love, cuddles, and way-too-lenient attitude, and there we are. But this girl? This girl is new. And I don’t want to fuck it up.
So I went into a local dog shop that gave me the full-court press on how to best raise a dog here in Los Angeles, and wouldn’t you know it, they’re all about the paleo diet up in there. (Gluten-free was sooooo 2012.) And while I do love the idea of just giving this pup fresh chicken, I do not love the prep, the cost, or the rigidity of the situation. Still . . . I maybe kind of sort of get it. As does every single dog food manufacturer because ALL OF THE DOG FOOD IS GLUTEN-FREE, you guys.
I mean, hey, I’m a special eater, and know a zillion of you people who may not be celiac but feel way better eating gluten-free. So maybe when the very nice man at the store suggested she would shed less if I gave her grain-free foods, well, he’s probably . . . right?
Still, the farm girl in me is saying, “You’ve got to be fucking kidding me right now. Purina is the way to go here.” So I don’t know.
Dog owners/lovers/professionals, do please weigh in. What do you feed your pup? And did that change once you went GF? Oh, and, ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THESE EARS??????