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I ate Twinkees and Ho Ho's for most of my formative years and ended up looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger....well not quite like that, but I really do agree that some dogs are just plain old tough and healthy and Alpo plus table scraps will hold it in good stead. No different than people really, some of us get away with poor diet and some don't.

All we can do is try to maximize the CHANCES of a long and healthy life with good food, exercise and positive attention.

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I ate Twinkees and Ho Ho's for most of my formative years and ended up looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger....well not quite like that, but I really do agree that some dogs are just plain old tough and healthy and Alpo plus table scraps will hold it in good stead. No different than people really, some of us get away with poor diet and some don't.

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Agree, 100%. Didn't mean to imply we should go that route. It's just kind of like Murphy's law to me.. doesn't mean I'd feed my puppies junk.
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Agree, 100%. Didn't mean to imply we should go that route. It's just kind of like Murphy's law to me.. doesn't mean I'd feed my puppies junk.
Oh yes...I was just thinking about the old school pup food like Alpo and it made laugh that I ate all kinds and every kind of thing back in the day.

My first dog ate some sort of sawdust kibble, joking about that but I am sure it was not good, but he also ate what ever I ate at the table. My Father was a Navy Pilot and was gone from home quite a bit so my Mom let me take liberties with my BFF. So he ate all kinds of people food as well and lived for 14 years in good health.

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When I went to college I took a class in horse nutrition. At some point in time we had to formulate our own horse feed based on meeting protein and other nutrient requirements. Not being a horse owner, I compiled a perfectly balanced horse feed based solely on the requirements for nutrition. My instructor took a look at it and commented "Nice, but there's no way a horse would actually EAT that"

I seem to recall Science Diet being the same way. I tried it once and the dog hated it. We'll see how it goes, this time, if I go that route. For those of us who aren't independently wealthy it all comes down to availability, nutrition, and cost. A balancing act, for sure.
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My Doc eats Taste of the Wild twice a day, plus a few liver freeze-dried treats. He loves his food, eats it down, then no bother about food until his next feeding. I don't know much about dog food, but this is what the service dog program fed my dog for over 2 years prior to my getting him as my partner, so I'm sticking with it.
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