I think it’s funny how the simplest thing can inspire momentous irritation. Case in point: grocery shopping at Wal-Mart (and no, it isn’t as obvious as you might be anticipating).
There I am in the pet section, doing my best to muscle an over-priced, four-ton bag of dog food into my rickety cart. On the front of the bright green bag there’s this picture of a super happy golden retriever, chasing a Frisbee with a smile on his face through a flower filled meadow. I’m assuming he’s in such high spirits because he’s being given food that’s full of so many vitamins and whole grains and veggies – wait, WHAT? This is dog food, right?
If there are any vets reading my blog, I urge you to educate me on why a DOG needs whole grains or vegetables. I was under the impression that they’re carnivorous by nature – am I wrong? Would a T-Rex have been a better hunter had he spent a little more time in the wheat fields?
In case you can’t tell – that was sarcasm.
Americans are completely misled by marketing – this is nothing new. If we’ve mastered anything in this country, it’s packaging. There are parents who sleep well at night because Lucky Charms is made from whole grain. “Delicious AND good for the kids!” Sorry Mom and Dad, I hate to rain on your preservative-packed parade, but General Mills is lying to you. And that grinning Quaker can’t be trusted, either. Behind those rosy cheeks and sparkling eyes is the equivalent to a crack dealer – filling our bloodstreams with addictive sugars while the brightly colored words and exclamation marks assure us the food inside the box is healthy. “Oh, it says it’s made from real corn. It’s practically a salad, then!” *eye roll*
Now what has it come to? Dog food that’s packed full of veggies and whole grain – “Easier on your pet’s digestive system!” WHAT?!
Am I against raising a healthy hound? No. I’m just confused. Everyone is aware that they have different digestive systems than we do, right? Like, their whole process – stomach acids, enzymes – it’s not the same as humans. How do I know this? BECAUSE THEY’RE DOGS. Not the same species. Not even close.
Okay, okay, I’ve already placed one foot on my soapbox, so I’m going to step down before I find myself in the middle of an orgasmic anti-governmental rant. All I’m saying is, marketing companies should not be trusted and the FDA is not your friend.
Yes – all this from a bag of dog food.