Got in a fight with the blue buffalo food rep at PetSmart when Zeke was 5 months old. You know that gangly, emaciated look they ALL go through? The rep told me I was basically starving and abusing my dog, not feeding him nearly enough. I told him to find me a GSD that didn't look starved at one point in it's life.
Got in a fight with my old vet... (notice the trend here? I have anger issues, lol). Our conversation:
VET "Wow, Zeke looks amazing. 5 years old? Coat is in great shape, skin looks nice and flake-free, teeth are VERY nice and clean considering he's never had a dental. Ear and eyes are clear. Healthy weight. Good range of motion in his rear legs. And his yearly bloodwork and fecal samples came back normal"
Me "Thank you
VET "What do you feed him?"
Me "He's been on a raw diet for the past 4 years
VET "NO!! He's going to get sick and die! There is not enough nutritional value, you need to work with a nutritionist, that is an inappropriate diet! He will get parasites and bacteria infections! We do NOT condone that diet, you need to put him back on kibble RIGHT NOW!"
Ok, maybe that last part is a LITTLE exaggerated, but I kid you not that's how the conversation went. If it's been working for 4 years, why change now?
My ex had a husky. When we took them to petsmart together it was always "LOOK! They have two wolves! Look at the WOLVES!!!" Now, MAYBE in some northern breeds? But these two? Wolves?