Disclaimer… we still have 3 kids. But we recently inherited a dog when my husband’s mom passed away. Not just a dog, but a 105 pound dog who is going through heartworm treatment and refuses to eat dog food. My mother in law meant well and loved this dog as though she were her child, and so the dog ate a lot of people food. In fact, the paperwork from her previous vet even lists her diet as “Iams and leftovers”. Ordinarily, the mean mommy in me would just put down the dog food and figure she’ll get hungry enough eventually and eat it. But because of the heartwork treatment, it’s important that she eats… so I give in and she continues her people food diet. And not only does she still prefer people food, she’s picky in that she won’t even eat the same food from day to day so finding something she likes today doesn’t mean she’ll eat it again tomorrow.
So here’s the bit of irony… as I was cooking the dog’s breakfast this morning (yes you read that correctly… the dog got a fresh cooked breakfast) I was really wishing I could just feed her some processed dog food. And as I struggle to figure out daily what to feed her I find myself getting behind on my make ahead non-processed foods for my other children. Which is how yesterday we ended up at McDonalds, and how the boys and the dog split a large box of Chicken McNuggets.
But it’s okay. Because the less processed thing is really a journey and we’ll try to do better today.