Wednesday, May 25, 2011

can I get a carrot please?

We all know that dogs are garbage disposals. They will eat just about anything, especially people food. They are the plate lickers and the floor moppers. And they take great pride in their job. And while meat of any kind is rated #1 on their doggie menu, I am sure that fruits and vegetables would not even make the cut. Not by a long shot.

Well....you have yet to meet Mr H. Let me introduce him. His mug shot:

Harley James Clute was born in Fresno, California on January 30th, 2008. He was adopted a few months later and became an official member of the Clute household! And since Matt and I are organized planning machines, we were well prepared for his arrival. We read all the puppy books and got all the necessary supplies. We wanted to make sure he had the best upbringing possible. And we were going to follow all the rules. And one of those very important rules: no people food.

Since Harley was so young and didn't know any better, he was totally fine with this. Occasionally he would get a special treat in his dish, but never anything from the table. That was all fine and dandy until he went to live with Grandma for a month. All the rules went out the window and it was a free for all. Well, not exactly, but there was definitely some begging and some table scrap handouts taking place at the Hall house. Shame shame. Since that little vacation Harley has never been the same. He just can't seem to shake the begging and pleading for food. And it's hard to say no...have you seen that face? Here it is again in case you forgot:

See what I mean? Impossible. So instead of caving and giving him chicken and steak all the time (I hear lots of protesting from the doggie gallery), we decided we would give him fruit and veggies. He loves it! What a weirdo huh? We thought it would break or at least reduce the begging habit (who wants to beg for healthy food?!) but we were wrong. Apparently Harley loves healthy food!

His favorite healthy snacks:
1. Carrots (these are a big hit!)
2. Apples (loves these!)
3. Watermelon (just discovered this one)
4. Mango
5. Cucumbers

He will eat most fruit and veggies except lettuce, and we all know lettuce doesn't really taste like anything so I can't blame him there. He is a pretty healthy eater and he is proud of it! In fact, the last time he went to the vet he weighed in at 26lbs, perfect. I'm sure it has more to do with non-stop playing with Sonny and not with eating healthy, but this blog post is about food, not exercise. haha. In fact, because Sonny has been living with us and hanging out with Harley non-stop he has started to eat better too! Sonny loves a good carrot! Isn't that just the funniest thing?

Do any of you have pets that like weird or healthy food? If so, please share!

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