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Title: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: Anna and Mabel on February 17, 2007, 06:19:22 PM
I went to the local vet supply today to pick up a few things and overheard someone recommending Pedigree food to someone there with two Great Danes.  I almost choked myself trying to be nice and mind my own business.  Luckily the person with me had the same reaction and we were able to beat one another on the back until we regained our ability to speak civilly.  I almost panic when I hear the word Pedigree or Purina or Ol Roy.  Is there any medication out there to  fix my obsessive behavior?

How do all of you handle it?


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: RacineDogger on February 17, 2007, 06:35:51 PM
Seriously, I probably would have butted my nose into that conversation somehow.  Before I joined here, I knew Ol Roy was not good, but I didn't know the other brands you mentioned weren't good.  Now I know, but before that (even though I never fed my dogs either brand), I would have been grateful for the "education".  Sometimes people don't know things like that as I was one of them. 

But then I sometimes wonder why my nose is so big.  I can start or join in on a conversation anywhere, anytime.  Sometimes hubby gets mad at me for "butting" in, but that is just me! 

Karen


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: minniesmom on February 17, 2007, 07:21:48 PM
It's really hard.......  thankfully I only shop at a pet store that sells limited brands. I don't think I've seen Pedigree in there..


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: LoveNewfies on February 17, 2007, 07:38:17 PM
How do all of you handle it?

HA!!!  How's this one - I stood in the pet isle in the grocery store one day, with my cousin in tow, randomly grabbing bags of junk off the shelves.  To my cousin's dismay, I stood there, reading in my loud voice, the ingredients - making nasty faces and comments to nearly every ingredient listed.  It's a wonder I wasn't thrown out.   )**(  Sometimes I'm a little too passionate.

I'm not always like that - more often I find myself in the same situation you were in, struggling to not open my big mouth.  Sometimes it's really hard to bite your tongue and not butt in.


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: dawnk777 on February 17, 2007, 07:54:23 PM
Well, at the pet store I go to, they sell the premium brands and I often see people buying them!  Yay.  I don't know if I would be brave enough to actually confront someone, though.

Someone I used to work with, at my school job, went from some crappy food (Purina maybe?) to California Natural and was happy with the smaller presents her dogs were leaving!


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: Jen on February 17, 2007, 09:08:31 PM
we get our food at a feed store that only sells high end kibble, but I have been known to try and convince people to buy something else at a pet store


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: megs on February 17, 2007, 09:13:21 PM
While I'm all for premium kibbles and often sneer at people buying Economets or Dad's dog food, after seeing what Mabel went thru, I remind myself to be thankful that the dogs are at least eating.  Maybe not what I would feed, but maybe they don't know any better!


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: minniesmom on February 17, 2007, 09:27:45 PM
Good point, Megs.


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: Anna and Mabel on February 17, 2007, 10:03:57 PM
I often do butt in and have even been know to be rude to the dog food reps at Petsmart.  When they  see my dogs they always come jogging over to inquire what I feed, as if to try to take credit for their excellent appearance.  When I say real food, the look of dismay on their faces is priceless.  Then I am compelled to explain to them why their product is junk and why I would never feed it to any animal I owned. 

Today was hard and I really wanted to butt in but for the sake of not embarrassing my friend, I held my tongue.  Next time I think I will just have to say what I think.  The frustration of having let it go is haunting me.  I think this is OCD behavior or are all nutritionally minded people this obsessive?


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: LoveNewfies on February 17, 2007, 10:07:37 PM
I think this is OCD behavior or are all nutritionally minded people this obsessive?

OCD - that's a bit harsh, don't you think?   ~_~@   I like obsessive nutritionally minded people.


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: minniesmom on February 17, 2007, 10:17:36 PM
Coming from a true OCD ONMP...  }nin{


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: LoveNewfies on February 17, 2007, 10:18:56 PM
Coming from a true OCD ONMP...  }nin{

Terri!!!  You're OCD ONMP??? 


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: minniesmom on February 17, 2007, 10:24:01 PM
I was talking about YOU!  }nin{


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: LoveNewfies on February 17, 2007, 10:25:36 PM
Me?   }:+-+:{

 }dunno{


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: minniesmom on February 17, 2007, 10:27:51 PM
Did you make your bed this morning?  };){


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: KivaLuver on February 17, 2007, 10:35:29 PM
What is ONMP???  }:+-+:{

I try to avoid watching people buy dog food. It almost hurts. If I can find a way to weasel into the conversation, I usually start by explaining how the food is made and where the ingredients come from. But honestly, I think that 98% of people in general really don't care. I do love the look on their faces when I tell them a feed raw meat and bones.


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: minniesmom on February 17, 2007, 10:37:16 PM
Layne-

obsessive nutritionally minded people= ONMP


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: minniesmom on February 17, 2007, 10:38:23 PM
Me?   }:+-+:{

 }dunno{

Did you make your bed this morning?  };){

 ~:~:~: I think Gail has run off to see if she made her bed...


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: Anna and Mabel on February 17, 2007, 10:46:13 PM
Me?   }:+-+:{

 }dunno{

Did you make your bed this morning?  };){

 ~:~:~: I think Gail has run off to see if she made her bed...

I bet you could bounce quarters off that sucker!   }nin{ }nin{ ~_~@


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: minniesmom on February 17, 2007, 10:48:56 PM
 ~_~@ ~_~@ OOO


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: janpo1 on February 18, 2007, 06:34:55 AM


I really haven't said anything to people that i see in pet stores buying the awful food.  Like meg's said.  At least they are getting fed.  Some arn't even that lucky.

I do however say things to people at work that feed their dogs crappy food.  Some listen but others get offended when i tell them their dog food is crappy and how much better they would do on another food.  They don't believe me when i tell them skin issues, ear issues etc just may clear up when you switch their food.  I've had one convert at work.  I have to think though that's better than none.


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: LoveNewfies on February 18, 2007, 07:09:48 AM
Well, now, what are you all saying? 

First off, no, my bed is not made yet (DH is still in it  ~_~@ )

Second, of course I could bounce a quarter off it when it's made.

Third, no, I do not have OCD or ONMP

Fourth,  I'm NOT in denial. 

OK - gotta run - DH just got up - have to go make the bed, then plan the dogs' breakfast   ~_~@


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: mmgy on February 18, 2007, 11:49:23 AM
Since I don't shop at Petsmart, I don't run into food reps. It's a good thing.......

BUT, at shows I hear this ad nauseum......."I've used @!#$%^*&($)@ for years, and it works just fine!

To which I say---I believe that dogs, who are carnivorous animals, require a meat-based diet, that is, that all protein should come from meat sources. A dog performs his best and is healthiest on a species-appropriate diet.

Or something else short like that. It covers all types of diets, and doesn't point a specific finger. You either hook 'em, or you don't.

I've hooked a few.  ;D


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: Carole on February 18, 2007, 12:50:29 PM
Okay, don't think I am weird or anything but I keep small peices of paper in my purse with a couple of websites written on them alongside a short note asking them to look into what they are feeding their dog.

I will just walk up and hand the stranger the paper and say "this may help you make a better descision, please all I ask is that you look into it and then decide" (or something similiar) and then I walk away so they can't refuse taking it or giving it back to me. (sometimes I write these on the back of my trainer busniess cards especially when I see an ill behaved dog)

I sometimes get "mind your business" and sometimes get "thank you, I will" and sometimes get weird looks. Sometimes I get completely "told off and were to go" and other times I will have a 30 minute conversation with a person wanting to know more.

Regardless, only two things will happen: they ignore and throw the paper away and continuing feeding what they are (which is fine because it means the dog is at least being fed), so no harm done or they keep it and actually visit the websites and then make a descision that is best for them which usually I'm assuming would be what my objective is: to feed better quality food because the sites tell the owners everything I don't have time to say in the store to them.

I usually give them a site that talks about ingredients, how to compare them etc...and include a site about raw feeding and home cooking as well in case they would like those options.







Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: LoveNewfies on February 18, 2007, 12:56:40 PM
I don't think you're weird, Carole.  I think that's a great way to go about it  }^{


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: Anna and Mabel on February 18, 2007, 04:01:07 PM
Since I don't shop at Petsmart, I don't run into food reps. It's a good thing.......

BUT, at shows I hear this ad nauseum......."I've used @!#$%^*&($)@ for years, and it works just fine!

To which I say---I believe that dogs, who are carnivorous animals, require a meat-based diet, that is, that all protein should come from meat sources. A dog performs his best and is healthiest on a species-appropriate diet.

Or something else short like that. It covers all types of diets, and doesn't point a specific finger. You either hook 'em, or you don't.

I've hooked a few.  ;D

That's a great approach MM.  I will have to add that to my arsenal.

I don't shop at petsmart either, but I do go in to do weight checks on my dogs every few weeks and to socialize new dogs.  It always seems that when I am there I have some sort of experience that really turns me off.  I wish my vet were closer so that I could just go and do weight checks there.  And yes, I am OCD ONMP and few other things about their weight.  If Mark wants to get under my skin he will comment that one of the dogs is looking fat or skinny.  He knows just how to send me over the edge! :###:


Title: Re: How do you hold your tongue and not roll your eyes in public
Post by: Doc Stan on February 18, 2007, 04:33:52 PM
Since I don't shop at Petsmart, I don't run into food reps. It's a good thing.......

BUT, at shows I hear this ad nauseum......."I've used @!#$%^*&($)@ for years, and it works just fine!

To which I say---I believe that dogs, who are carnivorous animals, require a meat-based diet, that is, that all protein should come from meat sources. A dog performs his best and is healthiest on a species-appropriate diet.

Or something else short like that. It covers all types of diets, and doesn't point a specific finger. You either hook 'em, or you don't.

I've hooked a few.  ;D

   That might be the reason that  Grandaddy shot those foxes and coyotes for raiding the henhouses and killing calfs . I don't remember him
shootin' any for raiding the cornfield.     Might as well feed them  Chatam Field Trial.. 

     Doc ~~~ ]vent[