Did you ever wonder what your dog was thinking as you poured the same old food into his dish day after day. Just imagine being fed the same old meal, the same meat,potatoes, and vegetable, night after night after night. It would get kind of boring, right? Well, with my first dog, Joy, we didn’t have much of a choice. This was back in the early 70’s and the selection was pretty limited. There were 2-3 brands of canned dog food, as well as dry food. Well. there was probably a few more than that, but that’s what it seemed like at the time. Fortunately, Joy didn’t seem to mind, as long as she got something to eat. She didn’t have any medical conditions that would warrant her having to eat a special kind of food, which was good since the current crop of pet stores that specialize in “specialty” foods hadn’t surfaced yet. Maybe a better selection of food might’ve helped Joy live a few more years, but she seemed happy the 12 years we had her.
When Charlie came along in the mid 80’s, the choice of food had improved, along with the prices. This one was more of a fuss pot than our previous dog and got spoiled rotten in the process.This led to him going on a special bland vet prescribed diet. From there we started him on canned dog food-the smaller, more expensive ones, mind you-but at least it was dog food and not people food. We could’ve gone to the pet stores and started him on the “new” brands of dog food that were coming out of the woodwork, but our tight budget kept us in the supermarket. We had him for 17-1/2 years, so we must’ve done something right.
Then there was my last dog, Rocky, whom I lost last year. He was fortunate to be around when the variety of dog food skyrocketed to astronomical varieties and prices. We went through many different foods with him, especially after he gained too much weight. One of his favorites was Beneful, and I can’t say that I blamed him. It looked good enough to eat myself. And even if it wasn’t as “elite” a dog food as some of the other brands we tried, he seemed to prefer this one over all the others, and, believe me, there were many others. I was grateful they had a “diet” version, which seemed to help a lot. Then they came out with the “canned” version, which almost looked like people food. I was tempted to buy that for him, too, but I couldn’t find a diet version of that, so we had to stick with the low calorie, low fat food I was mixing with his Beneful. Never heard a complaint form him about his food in his 15 years.
So, that is the evolution of dog food through the lives of my three dogs. May they all rest in peace!!