Ugh!! I need to rant!! (long)
First let me say I love my uncle. He is my mother's brother and he moved in with my parents a year ago. He moved to VA when he retired and wanted to leave FL. He is a great guy. He is a little bit slow. I think he probably has Asperger's although he has never been diagnosed, he also has a terrible speech impediment that has always made him very introverted so he has never had any real friends. He spent his entire life living with his mother. After she died and he retired he wanted to move to VA. He relies completely on SS so he couldn't afford his own apartment so my parents let him move in with them.
It turned out he has been a god send for me. My job requires me to commute an hour and 20 minutes each way so my days are really long. An 8 hour day is actually almost 12 hours and a 12 hours shift is almost 16 with travel time. That is a LONG time to be gone. He helps with the dogs when I am working. He comes over twice a day. He will take Dharma for a long walk around the neighborhood (well over a mile) both times he comes, lets Tessa out, and them plays with both dogs in the back yard. He has cleaned up messes if they make any in the house and on more than one occasion scooped up the poop out of my backyard when I have been working too much to get to it. He will even take Dharma to daycare and pick her up for me. Please don't think I don't appreciate what he does for me, because I do. All of it.
Now here is the problem. He gives them way, and I mean WAY to many treats. I just noticed my treat containers ( I have three of the large ones from Petsmart) and they are almost empty. They were 3/4 full at the beginning of the week. I have talked to him about giving to many treats multiple times and so has my mom. He does the same thing with her dogs. She has a greyhound, pom, and a min-pin. The pom and min are so overweight it isn't funny. Esp the pom. My mom eve quit buying treats for awhile. He either really doesn't understand the ramifications or at the time he forgets how many treats he has already given. I even sat down with him the last time he emptied the jar and explained to him that because Tessa's hips and spine are so bad if she becomes overweight, it is basically a death sentence. He nodded, agreed, seemed to understand then he backed off the treats for about 3 weeks until this week. My mom just gets frustrated and angry and yells at him but like I said, I don't think he does it deliberately, he is truly slow.
He really does love the dogs and I think he is just trying to make them happy. I need to figure out a better system. I don't want to stop buying treats. But I do need to find a way to keep my uncle from handing them out willy nilly. For Dharma it doesn't bother me quite as much. She is skinny as a rail and is a looong way form being overweight but Tessa otoh, well that worries me. If anybody has any ideas, I would be more than happy to hear them.
-Dharma Van Fluffy Pants GSD
-Pippa Von Neurotic Butt- GSD
-Tessa- 11yo GSD- Waiting at the Bridge. RIP sweet girl.
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