Are these dogs being fed enough?
January 28, 2010 4:27 PM Subscribe
A 130-lb Mastiff on 3 cups of food a day? Seriously?
posted by blazingunicorn to Pets & Animals (34 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm house sitting for someone for a week, the main responsibility being the dogs. One is a 3 1/2 year-old mastiff, about 130 lbs, and the other is a 3 month-old Golden Retriever puppy. I've been instructed to feed them 2x a day: the big one gets a "scoop and a half" of dry food and the little one, half that. (A scoop is maybe a half-cup.)
I've never owned dogs, but that cannot be enough food. Every time I feed them extra, they eat like it's their last meal on earth. (FWIW, there are two cats here, and as a cat owner, I know that their diet sucks.) They're on me like white on rice anytime I'm in the kitchen or eating, and always giving me the saddest eyes. They seem to be in okay health, and I really don't want to nag the owner.
The owner is going through a lot of personal stuff and I'd like to come across as a help, not a pest. That said, her extraordinarily busy non-dog life is why she's not spending any time with them, so she may not realize what they're like when she's not here. Since she's all-organic, I suspect that she'd either feed them organic canned food or nothing, and can't afford organic.
However, I also suspect that I just know squat about dogs. Pet owners: is that enough food? Should I just spoil them while I'm here and not say anything? Or just respect her dietary wishes?