Around the same time I started angsting over Shiva’s body weight I was approached by a representative from Global Pet Foods. She asked if I’d be interested in reviewing a new line of pet food called Nature’s Harvest Fresh. Not one to turn down something free, especially from my favourite pet supply store, I returned the email with enthusiasm without even looking at the ingredients. I seem to make a habit of that, saying yes and asking questions later.
Luckily, the oversight did not cause me any grief this time. After breaking off my happy dance about getting free food, I checked out the website and was impressed by the line-up. All major ingredients were things I would happily chow down on myself. There was no mention of suspicious-sounding meat products nor were there any made-up sciencey words for things that essentially mean filler.
What a relief!
As the food is frozen, I had to pick up my generously sized samples in person at the Global Pet Foods in Halifax. No big deal, right? I didn’t think so anyway until I walked into the store and realized I didn’t know how to introduce myself. “Where’s my free food?” didn’t sound very polite.
The thing is, I’ve never publicly come out as a blogger before. Sure, more and more of the people I know in real life are aware of this space, but I’ve never been the one to bring it up. I’ve never actually said the words aloud. Not once have I ever introduced myself and my website in the same breath. Doing so felt artificial. Silly. Almost an out of body experience. In truth, I couldn’t even get the words out.
“Uh, hi! My name is Kristine and I am, uh, here to pick up some food?”
Yes, I am thirty years old and I am intimidated by pet store clerks who are ten years younger than me. Is there a support group for this?
Awkward tangent aside, a kind staff member and I eventually worked out the reason I was there and she sent me on my way with four boxes of fresh dog food. Four very large boxes. So large they take up our entire freezer.
Shiva is the world’s least picky eater so it’s hard to tell but I think she is enjoying the new addition. Her tail typically wags slowly as she eats. With this new treat in her bowl, it moves in triple-time.
The salmon just might be her favourite.
We shall see how it goes. So far I am really enjoying the experimentation process and I think Shiva is too. Contrary to what a lot of people say, I think dogs do appreciate a little variety in their diets. While Shiva is more than willing to eat anything and everything I put in her bowl, she does seem to perk up ever so slightly when there is a different smell in the air. I might be anthropomorphizing here but I also thinks she gets a kick out of having her food nuked in the microwave first. Food that comes out of the little black box is not food she is usually allowed to eat.
Am I alone here? Do you think dogs can get bored with the same old kibble every single day?