Friday, December 11, 2009

Chit Chat

Random ramblings...

I watched the US premiere of the BBC documentary Pedigree Dogs Exposed last night. Did you? What did you think? I began coveting Cavaliers when I got to know one who boarded at the vet clinic where I worked 20 years ago. I've never met one since that seemed to be anything less than perfectly lovely. Unfortunately the health problems plaguing the breed have kept me away. As Billy asked me last night, "Do you think someone would ever consider breeding them specifically for good health?" I hope that there are indeed Cavalier breeders already doing just that. Of course I'd expect them to be blackballed by many breed fanciers and so perhaps hard to find. It seems a terrible shame that such a sweet and gentle dog should have fallen into the hands of people who care more about dog show ribbons than they do pain and suffering of the dogs.

Speaking of gentle creatures victimized by man, manatees are concentrated in the warm waters of the FL coast in November through March. If you are boating this winter, watch out for them.

Feeding dogs a vegan diet vs. a raw meaty bones diet - this article is not long enough to go in depth, but it brings to light the argument of cruelty on both sides.

If you enjoy the drawings of famed animator Chuck Jones, you'll want to check out his pet gallery on exhibit in San Diego this Sunday.

That's about all the chit I've got in my chat at the moment. Please feel welcome to chime in with your own randomness.


Rinalia said...

I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with feeding a dog (at the very least an opportunistic omnivore) a vegan diet. I also don't think there's anything wrong with feeding a dog a raw diet.

I just wish more people would put a bit of time in making their own dogs' food instead of spoon feeding them kibble.

YesBiscuit! said...

One thing I've noticed quite often in dog books on diet is Vets, even those largely considered "fringe" such as Martin Goldstein, are against vegan diets for dogs. They say that vegan dogs are very sickly. OTOH one could consider the possibility that there are other vegan dogs in such robust health that they never need to visit a Vet and as such, maybe Vets' opinions are unfairly skewed.

Pai said...

The original U.S. Cavalier club is still going, and the reason the AKC kicked them to the curb was because they refused to join the AKC unless they could keep their 'no dogs can be registered or bred without health clearances' clause in their bylaws.If I was ever planning on getting a Cav, I'd go through them, an not through the current 'puppet club' the AKC set up in to spite them.