The title alone has managed to attract the frenzy of the popular press. With another title the book would probably have languished among all those books that lecture us on the way we choose to live.
While they may not really be advocating Tudee Tacos or Misty Stroganoff, they claim that dogs are one of the worst enemies of the environment, since the carbon pawprint of a pet dog is more than double that of an SUV.
I haven’t read the book, just reviews and refutations, but for those who haven’t heard about it, they basically say if a German Shepherd size dog eats a few T-bones and pot roasts with some grain thrown in every day, it takes a buncha cows, acres, and energy to feed the dog.
Since most dog owners I know live simply and try not to squander the earth’s resources, attacking our dogs seems beyond reason.
Unfortunately, this will come as great news to the animal rights groups who believe that we should have no domestic animals, no pets, no farm animals. I’m already reading as fact that “dogs are worse than SUV’s for the environment,” just like so many of their other “facts” that are not factual.
Without getting into an extensive dog food debate, dogs will eat almost anything we eat and a lot that we don’t want to eat. Most dogs don’t have discriminating tastes. Even a well fed dog can’t resist the tasty morsels in a garbage can, which is extremely annoying.
Many of today’s dog foods contain ingredients which would otherwise need to be disposed of. Dogs don’t mind eating animal by-products which are parts of an animal that humans don’t usually like to eat. Some owners don’t want to feed their dogs by-products. That should be their choice.
However, given the chance, dogs, like wild animals, eat intestines and internal organs. Dogs even relish eating a placenta and not just their own. I’ve seen it happen. It was scary.
My dogs don’t even get that they’re carnivores. O boy!!! Steamed broccoli! Raw carrots! Brown rice! Zucchini! (Green olives and radishes, however, are simply toys to play with and discard. Raw hamburger and liver go down without chewing.)
We probably wouldn’t even have dogs today if our ancestors hadn’t been so messy. Young wolves followed the campsites and ate the garbage the humans left. It worked out well for both.
While I strongly believe in conserving and recycling, I have to confess that this whole carbon exchange “paw print” thing sets off my crap-o-meter.
I tried to follow Cameron Diaz on TV when she lectured us on like how she stayed like carbon neutral by buying like, you know, carbon offsets.
I’ve tried to understand how someone with a huge energy sucking home, who takes private jets all the time can reduce his carbon footprint by buying carbon offsets…from his own company.
And I’ve tried to understand how data in key studies that could drastically affect us all could go missing or not be available for others to examine. For years I’ve heard the “experts” warn that the climate was cooling…no…warming…no…changing… Yeah, that’s it, changing.
The Earth has had climate changes and even continent upheavals for as long as Earth has been around. My own area was once under water and some theorize that a massive earthquake could put it there again. Humans are pretty arrogant to think we can change something so massive.
So feed your dogs without guilt and count this book as just another assault on owning them.
If I have offended any anti-dog people, well, my work here is done.