Why the question mark, you may be asking yourself. Well, I have a Jack Russell Terrier. For those of you who have had the pleasure of having one of these independent thinkers as a family member, please indulge me while I rhapsodize about life with her.
For those of you who are not familiar, brace yourselves.
Her name is Phoebe. Sounds innocent, doesn’t she? Forget that. I got her when she was just 6 weeks old and fell in love immediately. I know it’s trite but it’s true. Within the first three months, this “high-energy” cherub destroyed a chair, the carpet, and more shoes than I care to remember. Because of her inquisitive nature, and because I was a novice at being a Jack Russell mommy, she has eaten a much-diversified array of both edibles as well as in edibles in her life. There was the time she ate a raspberry-scented floating candle right out of the bowl. Oh, and I can’t forget the time she ate one of those little packets enclosed in a new leather purse or new shoes that says, “DO NOT EAT”! Needless to say, in spite of her adventurous nature and the fact that she has the innate ability to jump five feet above ground level, combined with the fact that she seems willing to ingest almost anything, she is strangely choosy about her own food. I can only assume that is because she does not see me hovering over her bowl. I will further postulate that if Mommy is not eating it, the allure is diminished.
When I saw Halo Dog Food, I was too amused by the name to just walk away. I thought to myself, this is for angels or might change Phoebe into one. She is 9 years old now and this seemed to be my only hope. There was no way I was going to leave the store without it. I checked out the ingredients and saw that there was plenty of natural stuff in there, including some of the proteins and veggies that Phoebe is willing to steal from my plate. I kept my fingers crossed. She loved it. I know what you must be thinking. After all, I just regaled you with stories of destruction and thievery, how much could I really care about what she eats. Every pet owner wants his or her pet to be as happy and healthy as possible and I am no different. I gave her the Spot’s Stew Wholesome Chicken Recipe dry food. I was more than delighted to see real peas and other natural ingredients mixed in. With a friend’s encouragement and because Phoebe is my only child and spoiled, I gave her the canned food to try as well. I am positive that I have cooked entrees that smelled significantly less edible. I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least. Unlike my dog, I am aware that our foods are NOT interchangeable so I am proud to say I resisted and did not eat any of her food.
She does this Jack Russell thing when she wants something badly. She sits and stares at it…sometimes for an hour. Since I introduced Halo to her, she sits in the kitchen and stares at the bag. It is a refreshing change of pace from her normal daily activities of jumping on furniture, stealing my stuff, and standing in my dinner plate. Thank you to Halo. I owe you a debt of gratitude.