A very long Thank you from me and Dylan
The last 2 days have been just well I really don't know what to call it but I am so mentally wore out. Yesterday I took Penny for her second round of shots and Dylan for his yearly booster. Dylan is my 7 yr old chocolate lab I have had him since he was almost 2. To try to keep a long story short Dylan has never been what you might say a picky eater but he has always ate on his terms and I struggled with his terms because I was afraid he would make himself sick (I had recently lost a dog that refused to eat) so I tried everything and every food in an effort to get him to eat. Finally we both settled on one, I was so relived he was happily eating it didn't even dawn on me to check if the quality was any good or not, it was food, he ate it, I was happy. In the 5+ yrs he has owned my heart he has jumped out of 2 car windows at 40 mph!, scared the life out of every male that has stepped foot on this property, knocked over the outside unit for the heat pump, chewed the phone line leading to the house in two. Now don't get me wrong I love this dog he is always by my side and he is a very good boy 95% of the time but he is never boring. This last summer he seemed to scratch constantly I checked for fleas..no fleas, no hot spots, no nothing just scratch, scratch, scratch but we got through the summer then the weather gets colder and he is coming up the stairs slower, and he starts having trouble jumping into the Jeep now my heart is getting heavy my boy is getting old on me. Then comes Penny she has him running after her, grumbling on and on when she steals his toys, and every one in the house is focused on where she is peeing and not so much how slow he is moving. Tuesday morning I get up, let the dogs out but when they come back in I am in shock at the look on my poor boys face he looks like he has been crying! I call the vet and ask if I can bring him in when Penny gets her shots. I explain everything that has been going on by now I am nearly in tears I am not prepared for his old age but the vet, checks him over and asks if he is still eating good I say yes then she says what does he eat? And at that very moment I kid you not every post I had read on here about food flashed in front of me, I felt like complete s***! I could not believe that for the last month I have been studying so intently on what I should be feeding Penny it did not even dawn on me that Dylan's food was making him miserable or that he had been eating this horrible stuff for the last 5 yrs. I cried all the way home mostly cause I felt guilty, but also cause I know Walmart does not carry any grain free food and Petsmart is almost an hour away. I was trying to figure out how in the world was I going to manage this, I wasn't even sure of what Petsmart had stocked I have never even walked down the food isle. In the back of my mind I kept thinking I wish I could get TOTW I really like what I have read about it but I had never even heard of it before I read about it here. I remember seeing a bag of Blue Buffalo in some ones buggy some where (lol I know I was grasping at straws) so I looked up where it was sold at locally I figured it was a start. I was stunned when I saw that Tractor Supply carried it, so off I go to TSC hoping that the food wouldn't be too expensive. I get there and I can not believe my eyes..there is an entire shelf of TOTW!! and it's cheaper than the Blue Buffalo! I wanted to buy a huge bag of each flavor I was so excited but I just got a small bag of the prairie blend. I want to thank all of you so very much for sharing so much information here if you hadn't I would have just switch to a more expensive bag of junk not knowing what to really look for. I know that this food might not be the answer but I at least feel like I have a workable plan. I am sorry this was so long all I really wanted to say was THANK YOU!