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Old 08-03-2009, 04:47 PM
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All the time!

My mom bought these dog treats yesterday that I'm not really thrilled about but I don't want to waste them... so I give them to the dogs in small pieces and kind of cringe while doing it. As if that one small treat once a day is going to kill them. A couple years ago I would have loved indulging them in that kind of stuff.

I sit there and read labels on any sort of food item I'm considering buying and if I have to bite my tongue when other people talk about the food they give their dogs. Like when I was taking Juno off Taste of the Wild, I went to the pet store and loaded up on samples of other food... and my friend told me she'd give me some of the Science Diet she feeds her dog if I wanted to try that. Errr, no thanks! But I was ready to lecture her about SD.

It does get a wee bit annoying. It would be nice if I could hear how other people do things without thinking "they could do better".
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:54 PM
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I am pretty okay at not writing people off immediately, so long as I noticed a deep love for their animals. Of course, when I hear certain things, I cringe and want to pile all sorts of information on them..

I think the hardest thing about being so knowledgable is when it comes to health issues. I have friends that will come to me asking for advice about their dog that has a mass/growth, etc. I recently had a friend that said her older golden retriever has an extremelyl large and involved mass on her upper arcade of teeth. She doesn't go to a vet that is worth a dime, so no real diagnosis as far as the cancer... but I can't bear to tell her that it is likely malignant and already spreading. Of coures I'm not a vet and just in case I'm wrong I'm keep my mouth shut.. but all too often I'm right. I guessed it with Spook long before the vet said it. sometimes ignorance is bliss... Everyone else stayed more optimistic about Pooki for much longer than I did. The had hope,while I was already mourning his soon to come death. And again with another friend's pomeranian that had heart problems. She had a few good days after a big episode to the emergency vet, but then she just dropped dead. They thought she was fine, I knew otherwise.

It also just really sucks to not have a lot of people to identify with - to hold an intelligent conversation with regarding dogs. Almost 99% of the time I talk to people in RL about dogs, I'm educating them, NOT leisurely talking to them.
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Old 08-03-2009, 04:57 PM
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ZOMG Tankstar.. Somebody comented on a vid of mine on yotube asking if keely was a yorkiepoo.. My reply `Went somthing like, No she is NOT a yorkie poo, Biut there is alot of yorkie poo in my back yard , Then i rambeled on about how they are nOT a breed and about how people speand so much money on them while theres hundreds dying in shelters while i type this.. lol..
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:00 PM
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:13 PM
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"Ignorance is bliss" is definitely a true statement.

It goes beyond dogs. I really struggle with going on vacations or out to dinner when I know people are starving all over the world. I sometimes wish I could tune out the rest of the world and live in my little Karen-bubble where I pretend like the bad stuff in the world doesn't happen...but it does.
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:28 PM
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yeah. it gets overwhelming sometimes. Knowing that theres a small group of us doing what we can to help, but so many people it just goes in one ear out the other.
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:42 PM
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Yes and no. I do frequently think that if I did not know what I did I would not be upset so often. Seeing my uncle feed Pedigree and smack the dogs, watching my friend walk her dog around on a choke chain in fact seeing anyone walk their dog on a choke chain, knowing someone whose dog has puppies or they plan on having them have puppies, hearing someone talk about the dog whisperer in a good way, etc. all make me feel sick.

BUT knowing what I know I would never, ever wish to go back and be ignorant or ever wish I didn't learn what I did. I could never ever do that to my future dogs. I also plan to go into the animal field, maybe a vet or trainer, and I know I CAN influence people with the knowledge I have gained. Someday people will listen to me (some of them at least) and that will make it feel better. But the big thing is that I am doing what is best for dogs even if it bugs me sometimes.
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Old 08-03-2009, 05:59 PM
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you mean like today when the guy with the 95 pound 8 month old bernese mt dog x told me how he Severely Punished his dog for growling at his three year old because the kid was climbing on top of the dog? the dog has to learn to submit to the children!

that dog already has one bite against him. i hope that the next one doesn't earn him his death.
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Some times.

I'm just the "dog and cat nazi", though.

I have family who has a new puppy and although I keep telling them they need to socialize her more, how you can fix your housebreaking woes (etc).. they listen and nod but don't actually do it. I lent my Ian Dunbar puppy book to them and I think they got through a quarter of it. I'm just twiddling my thumbs for when that puppy does become fearful and unmanageable. Both of their dogs are fearful already. I hate to think for the worst but I know whats coming.

I work in a place where dog food is our game (holistic pet store) and its hard to convince them because how could their vet lie to them? Sometimes having some ignorance would help me mesh with the common dog owner... but then I'll just think how my (future) dogs' lives will be better because of my knowledge.
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Old 08-03-2009, 06:10 PM
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Sometimes it bothers me, but there's other times where I can sit back and smile...

For instance, I have a friend with a blue pitbull female he got from the shelter. She's gorgeous! We got into talking about dog food and he said he was feeding her IAMS...I cringed a bit but he kept insisting she had the most beautiful soft coat (which she does!!!) then I flipped it to...ya know, if you fed a premium food she'd be even softer and would just shine...about 6 months later (he's deployed right now) he messaged me on Yahoo to tell me he switched foods like I suggested and she's even softer and smoother and I HAVE to come see her!!! So, I guess sometimes it does work to tell them about better foods and stuff, she's now on Flint River Ranch (or something like that)
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