What a fascinating day. From students who don’t want to work (and I mean a lot of them!) to a wife who is leaving as I write this to go do a sleep study to see if she has apnea or some other sleeping disorder, to a daughter rapidly on the mend from the dreck, to a dog with brand new behaviors all because–he got new food—it has been a day of highs and lows, and some really nutty changes.
Wife, child, students, dog—for some reason, I’m feeling pulled in more directions than I feel I was designed to go. I don’t have the sort of fun feeling I wanted to have at this point in the school year, and I feel like I’m having to bargain with people who don’t deserve to be bargained with. It’s an uneasy feeling–and it’s been gnawing at me all day. I’m pretty thankful, actually, that the aforementioned dreck has left my system mostly–because if that injury were added to this particular insult, I’m just not sure where I would stand. Ultimately, I think I’d just feel flattened. And I’m close to that now, anyway.
Meanwhile, on the bright side, the dog is indeed more thankful this evening. We bought him new food called Nutro, and were given all manner of recommendations to it. It was supposed to be the food that dogs love. A little more money, but a little less than the Natural Balance food we’d purchased recently–which he loved. I switched because I wanted to save money. The dog wouldn’t eat. He hated the stuff, eschewing it and turning his nose up to it. He even lost a couple of pounds.
Now, understand, I love dogs and my own in particular and I am not above spoiling them at some level. But ultimately, I don’t buy into the whole buy the best food money can buy, get him brand new toys every two weeks, pamper him and treat him like a child–camp. He’s a dog. He’s not my son–and I already have a daughter. Humans come first in my book, and again–while I love the dog, I’m not a left-wing nutter PETA fanatic. In fact, I think PETA ought to be outlawed for basically having way too much time on their hands and being entirely too silly to make a rational, reasonable argument. He’s a dog, have I said that?
I did two things. I added some cheaper Pedigree canned food to his dry food because he likes soft food. Always has. He’s got weak teeth, so I—well, I give in. And, I went back to Natural Balance dogfood. It’s a little more money, but not as much as Eukanuba, for gawd’s sake, and it’s better, at least in ingredients. He loves it–and eats every bite. So–I guess I have to confess that while no nutter from the activist wackos, he is my dog. And I want him to enjoy his food.
OOOH! Lest I forget: French Hill Sierra Foothills 2002 “Grand Reserve” Barbera. Barbera is an Italian varietal and they are growing a lot of it in the Sierra foothills. This I bought at Trader Joe’s at $12.99 a bottle–and I think it was a steal. Beautiful ripe and luscious black cherry and even a hint of strawberry with a nice smoky touch of vanilla and some loam. Really delicious and I’m off for more.