Disclaimer: the following conversation actually happened but the dialogue is manufactured in my mind since said mind has a faulty memory and cannot recall the precise phrasing of a conversation that took place on bikes with no paper handy to take notes. But you’ll get the general idea.
Husband: This is not a blog-worthy topic but seeing that woman over there with her dog gives me an idea.
Me: What woman?
Husband: Have you noticed how overweight people have overweight pets?
Husband: I think that owners pass on their own eating habits to their pets. I think they include the pets in whatever emotional thing they are dealing with that makes them overeat.
Me: I’m not sure I agree with that. Ergo (okay, I am sure I did not actually say “ergo”) this would make a perfect blog topic! Let’s see what everyone else thinks.
So, readers, time for you to join in the conversation. What do you think? Can we generalize and say that pet owners who overeat also overfeed their dogs? Does this give new meaning to the term “fat cat?” Are people who eat unhealthy foods more likely to give table food to their pets? Do pets really resemble their owners? Is an owner who exercises more likely to walk his or her dog? Do we pass our eating habits onto our pets? Or does one have nothing to do with the other?
For the 11 years we had out dog, her weight did not vary much, while mine went up and down and up and down. I put plenty of junk into my mouth but never once fed my dog table scraps. The only “people food” she got was peanut butter, hot dogs, or cheese wrapped around her medication in an attempt to trick her into swallowing her pills. Yes, she did gain weight over the years. Yes, it turns out that we were mistakenly giving her too much of the very pricey prescription dog food. And when she was diagnosed with a heart ailment and we were told she needed to lose weight, we did indeed cut back on her food and put her on a diet, so to speak. (And let me tell you that it is a lot easier to lose weight when someone else is putting your food in front of you twice a day.) But I am just not seeing a personal pet-owner correlation.
Your turn to weigh in. (Pun intended.) What do you think about hubby’s theory?