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We lost our family dog last year due to him being overweight. My parents gave him scraps and in the end he didnt eat dog food as he knew he would get our food. I was heartbroken and vowed not to let them do it with our next dog.<br><br>
We got a new dog about 9 months ago and they are still the same. She eats dog food and has dog treats but they still give her scraps, although not as bad as with the last dog. My grandma makes out that I'm being cruel to the dog by not giving it scraps, and makes a big show of giving the dog scraps in front of me when we visit her. I think its rather rude of her to do this. Should I say something or is she right?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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The only scraps i give my dog is fruit or veg which he loves...human food is generally not good for dogs, as you sadly found out with your last dog.I'd say you are right & you are definately not being cruel by not sharing with your dog. & I'm sorry to hear about your other dog <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I wouldnt mind if it was fruit and veg, but my parents give Poppy (the doggie) things like their leftovers and my grandma gives her chocolate, cake, icecream etc!
 

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I wouldnt mind if it was fruit and veg, but my parents give Poppy (the doggie) things like their leftovers and my grandma gives her chocolate, cake, icecream etc!</div>
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chocolate is toxic to dogs. what do your parents say about this? who is the dog's guardian anyway?
 

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I don't have a problem with (non-toxic) scraps in moderation, but if it is getting in the way of normal dog food there is a problem. Is there any way you could talk your parents into only giving the dog a set amount of scraps and not just using the dog as a garbage disposal?<br><br><br><br>
Our kittys split some ham or turkey when I make my boyfriend's lunch for work in the mornings and then they have some kitty ice cream every couple of days and the vet says thats fine (especially since they're on a high quality food)
 

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chocolate is toxic to dogs. what do your parents say about this? who is the dog's guardian anyway?</div>
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I bought the dog home for one night when she came into the shelter I worked at and my parents and younger teenage brother wanted to keep her. Its supposed to be a family dog but I'm the one who takes responsibility for her, and if she misbehaves they say 'shes your dog, sort it out'. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wall.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":wall:">
 

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I don't know if, because when we visit my grandma, its her house so if she wants to feed my dog scraps its rude of me to ask her not to?
 

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Chocolate, onions, grapes, and raisins are all toxic to dogs.<br><br><br><br>
I don't think you're being mean by trying to maintain a healthy weight in your dog. Also, it's bad doggie manners to beg, and by giving them table scraps etc.. you're teaching them to beg. Would it help if you bought really cutesy doggie treats for your gram to give the dog?<br><br><br><br>
My cat (and I swear I didn't give him table scraps to motivate this) will stand up on his hind legs and PULL food off your plate with his paw when you're not looking. It's seriously gross and he always gets yelled at, but it doesn't seem to bother him. He'll also eat whatever it is he's yanked off the plate, even if it's something weird like peas or broccoli. (There isn't ever meat at the table so I don't know what he's thinking) He acts like it's a matter of pride to eat whatever he got. The moral of this story is don't have an unusually tall cat. Or something... Actually, I think it's just that you don't want your animal developing bad habits and think they're entitled to eat off of your plate.
 

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LOL Rabid, the cat I had when I was growing up used to do that...or at least she did after I saw a TV show about how to train your cat to "high five" by putting a treat on your hand and having them bat it down. She figured out it worked even better at the kitchen table very quickly...
 

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^^^ firstly, I love your avvie. you are sooo cute!<br><br><br><br>
secondly, Mizti loves to inspect what I am eating. she doesn't nessesarily want it, but she likes to stick her paw in my food, or knock stuff off the plate. she likes soy yogurt, and olives. when she was a kitten she had a carb addiction and would try to steal bagels.<br><br><br><br><br><br>
ETA. the "cute" comment was for Rabid_child but you are equally cute, TBTree. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I don't know if, because when we visit my grandma, its her house so if she wants to feed my dog scraps its rude of me to ask her not to?</div>
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<<---- believes it's never rude to ask people not to poison your dog.
 

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I don't know if, because when we visit my grandma, its her house so if she wants to feed my dog scraps its rude of me to ask her not to?</div>
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your dog, your rules. If your grandma wanted to feed your kid rubbing alcohol you'd say no, right?
 

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<<---- believes it's never rude to ask people not to poison your dog.</div>
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You'd think so wouldn't you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dizzy2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dizzy:"><br><br>
Oh and to the person who kindy suggested taking the treats to my grandmas, I did this, she gives her four treats AND scraps <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br>
I dont know how to explain it to her without seeming like I being rude, my grandma and her family have always gave dogs scraps and I think not doing so is alien to them!
 

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You'd think so wouldn't you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dizzy2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dizzy:"><br><br>
Oh and to the person who kindy suggested taking the treats to my grandmas, I did this, she gives her four treats AND scraps <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shocked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":eek:"><br><br>
I dont know how to explain it to her without seeming like I being rude, my grandma and her family have always gave dogs scraps and I think not doing so is alien to them!</div>
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your grandma is <b>endangering</b> your dog's health. grow a backbone!
 

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LOL Rabid, the cat I had when I was growing up used to do that...or at least she did after I saw a TV show about how to train your cat to "high five" by putting a treat on your hand and having them bat it down. She figured out it worked even better at the kitchen table very quickly...</div>
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Ugh... well I've done something similar with my other cat, Monchichi. When I got him... let's just say I had a lot of free time <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> I taught him how to give paw to get a treat (either one.. he will also wave for a treat... though it looks like a "heil hitler"). So Monchichi, being the stinker that he is, taught himself to give paw when he WANTED a treat. Being raised in a vegetarian household, he developed a penchant for baguettes and soy/rice cheeze, so if you're eating one or both of these items in any form, he'll sit down beside you and stick his paw in your hand over and over again until you give him a piece. It's so nauseatingly cute that you can't NOT give him some.<br><br><br><br>
Thanks Purpelle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> I was all dressed up last weekend for a Bridal Shower. And will be again next weekend for a wedding!
 

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Chocolate, onions, grapes, and raisins are all toxic to dogs.<br><br>
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The moral of this story is don't have an unusually tall cat. Or something... Actually, I think it's just that you don't want your animal developing bad habits and think they're entitled to eat off of your plate.</div>
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And macadamias!<br><br><br><br>
and <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br><br>
When Midget was little, I HATED him. I prayed he'd be the first to be adopted. He would climb over you (as would the other 5 kittens, but he was the most aggressive) meowing at the top of his lungs, no matter what you were eating. I remember when I was eating froot loops, he'd jump up next to me, and use his paw and knock the froot loops (and milk) off my spoon while it was on its way to my mouth, to try to grab some with his little cat-fingers. Now, 2 1/2 years later, he's a permanent resident.<br><br><br><br>
I found him in the garbage a few weeks ago. I couldn't figure out what he was doing. He was sitting in there licking olive pits. They LOVE olives.<br><br>
Whenever I have a big bowl of salad, If I set it down, or hell, even if I don't set it down, he will be over in a heartbeat, his head in the bowl, and he'll grab a lettuce leaf and drag it out, making a messy trail of dressing wherever he drags it to. Which is fantastic on my tan microfiber sofa, just for the record.<br><br><br><br>
Once I had an empty box by the front door to take out to the dumpster. I was running late (per usual) and on the way out the door, I kicked the box out of the way..OOPS. Midget was in there sleeping. I bet that was one hell of a wake up call.<br><br><br><br>
They are so silly. Two of my most-used phrases when I'm at home are "I'm going to fking punch you." and "Stop, or I'll punt you across the room, I swear to god." I'm all about threatening violence, but not following through. It's great fun to see the terror (or is it mocking?) in their eyes. They know who's boss. (yea right.) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:">
 

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your grandma is <b>endangering</b> your dog's health. grow a backbone!</div>
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I dont have much in the way of backbone, however that will be sorted out for the dogs sake, I'd rather my gran thought me as mean than have her overfeed the dog!<br><br>
Thankyou all for all the advice, I appreciate it, and the stories about your pets too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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peaceglitter: I'm curious: Why are you taking the dog with you when you visit your grandma's? Is it possible to leave the dog at home, with some dog food set out for her? That would solve at least one of the problems you're having. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:">
 

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peaceglitter: I'm curious: Why are you taking the dog with you when you visit your grandma's? Is it possible to leave the dog at home, with some dog food set out for her? That would solve at least one of the problems you're having. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"></div>
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I hadnt actually thought of that, I guess the dog is such a part of the family we just assume she'll be taken to family stuff.<br><br>
But it might come to that, it was initially to help her socialise with the rest of the families dogs but there isnt a need for that now. Can just imagine my grandmas face if I turned up without the dog one day and informed her why! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/naughty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":naughty:"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sneaky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":shifty:">
 

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I think its impolite, rude and very inconsiderate to do something to a pet without the pet's parent's consent. Doing something against the parent's wishes is right out, not cool, not one bit.<br><br><br><br>
A dog is your child, and you are its adoptive parent. If you don't want your child eating junk food or mcdonalds or, *gasp* meat, for example... your friends and family should respect the way you've chosen to raise your child.<br><br><br><br>
My grandparents always spoiled me when I was younger. They just wanted to be loved. Its the same with dogs. However, there are limits... table scraps aren't very healthy. But depends on the scraps, I suppose.
 
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