Friday, October 31, 2014

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL:Is your food good enough for your dog?

By AMY NEWMARK, Chicken Soup for the Soul | 5/26/2014

Ginny Dent Brant’s food wasn’t good enough for her dog. At least that’s what the breeder told her. He’d made her promise never to give her new puppy leftovers from her own meals: They were too processed and didn’t have nutritional value. As she wrote in her story “It’s a Dog’s Life,” published in our book about people taking control of their health, the breeder was really saying she and her family didn’t eat as well as a properly fed dog.

Ginny had considered herself healthy. She didn’t smoke, and she ate similarly to her friends. But after talking to the breeder, she re-examined her diet and realized that much of what Americans eat was exactly what the breeder wanted the dog to avoid. She decided to shift her diet toward healthier food and, when she visited her doctor several months later, the numbers from her blood test had improved.

Ginny Dent Brant’s food wasn’t good enough for her dog. At least that’s what the breeder told her. He’d made her promise never to give her new puppy leftovers from her own meals: They were too processed and didn’t have nutritional value. As she wrote in her story “It’s a Dog’s Life,” published in our book about people taking control of their health, the breeder was really saying she and her family didn’t eat as well as a properly fed dog.

Ginny had considered herself healthy. She didn’t smoke, and she ate similarly to her friends. But after talking to the breeder, she re-examined her diet and realized that much of what Americans eat was exactly what the breeder wanted the dog to avoid. She decided to shift her diet toward healthier food and, when she visited her doctor several months later, the numbers from her blood test had improved.

Then she got another lesson, after her dog began having unexplained seizures. Concerned about the dog’s health, she started making sure it drank enough water and exercised daily. After a few months, the seizures stopped, and her vet told her the hydration and physical activity might have done the trick. Soon, Ginny and her husband were also drinking more water and exercising four to five times a week.

Today, Ginny and her husband are healthier than ever, and the changes they’ve made seem natural enough to Ginny. After all, she wrote, “I should take care of myself at least as well as I care for my dog.”

Syndicated by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing, online at www.chickensoup.com

comments powered by Disqus