You would think that two dogs and two bones would equal two happy dogs. But nooooo – two dogs plus two bones = jealousy. Does this happen to you?
One of the perks of being the Jones Natural Chews blogger is the treats. Mmm! Every month I get a box of dog chews in the mail from Jones, meant to be devoured and enjoyed by dogs so I can photograph that nommy love and tell you all about it.
But I usually set up photo shoots with other people’s dogs. I mean, I don’t want to bore you with my dogs all the time. And for cryin’ out loud, my dogs can’t enjoy all of Jones chews. The mammoth bones? Too big for their delicate Aussie mouths. So I poll local friends to find large and small dogs who will benefit from a treat.
The down side to this is that my dogs don’t get very many treats.
True story. The treats mostly go to other dogs. Sometimes, though, I’ll tuck treats away for a photo shoot and lose track of where I put them. I really need a better system for that …
What happens then is that I wind up with treats! This morning we found a Saddle Knuckle and a Lamb Femur! And because Flash was inside and being a good boy, I opened the Lamb Femur and gave it to him. Patches came in and wanted the femur, but I opened and gave her the Saddle Knuckle.
Patches decided she didn’t want the knuckle, even though she has a knuckle that she loves. It’s a proven hit with her. What she really wanted was the bone Flash had.
What on earth am I going to do with these two? Do your dogs do this? They’re like children! Flash doesn’t want or need two bones, but he’s content to keep them both. Patches loves the Saddle Knuckle! I know she does! But now she just wants the Lamb Femur. *sigh*
So I just walked away. What else can I do? And when I went around the corner a few minutes later, this is what I found:
Here’s my take away – two dogs, two bones = jealousy. And monitor the chewing. That splintered bone could have been dangerous. Also, know your dog’s chewing habits. Having a bone on hand does not mean it should be given to your dog. I’m fortunate that Flash and Patches are both delicate chewers. The Lamb Femur is meant for a much smaller dog. Just like the mammoth bones are meant for much larger dogs.
Think of bones and dogs as you would giving any type of treat to a toddler. Can your toddler handle the treat? How oral is the child? Is the treat too large? Too small? Will the child choke? I’m sure you understand.
As always, Jones Natural Chews are 100% all natural, and 100% grown and made in the USA. And that makes me smile. 🙂
Until I write again …