Picture this: You’re strolling down the street hand-in-hand with your kid enjoying the beautiful day when suddenly a complete stranger accosts you, gives your kid a piece of candy, and despite your protestations, continues to shovel sweets into your kid’s mouth. Having a hard time imagining this? Yeah…maybe that’s because this would never happen. At least not without being a headline on the 6 o’clock news about woman tackling stranger.
So why then, is this not unheard of in the dog world? Surely I can’t be the only one who has run into this issue–people who give your dog treats without first asking permission. And if I say no, please listen. And if you try to sneak him a treat when I’m not looking? Prepare to be punched in the throat.
Mr. T has severe allergies. It took us several years to get them under control, and even a single treat with one of his allergens can trigger a massive response. As such, he is on a very limited diet. When I say no to a treat, I’m not doing it to be difficult or because I am a tiger mom who doesn’t want my dog to have nice things. I’m doing it because I need to. Thankfully explaining to most people nicely why he cannot have that Beggin’ Strip that’s been floating in the bottom of their purse usually gets the job done. However, there will always be those people who seem to take great offense at turning down a dog treat. And even worse, there are those people who have literally given Mr. T a treat when I wasn’t looking. Thanks jackass. When he is up all night with diarrhea can I call you at 3 am? Or can I ask you to pay the vet bill if he ends up with open sores from scratching his hives? No? Then don’t feed my dog without my permission.
*Anyone else have this issue? Think I’m being too controlling? Have at it in the comments*