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post #1 of 18
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Okay, so the other night after I got off of work I stopped by the gas station to pick up some Powerball tickets (I WILL win someday, haha!) before going home. The guy in front of me was really rugged-looking, like he just got off of work or something, and he was buying 4 or 5 packages of Little Debbie snack cakes...mostly chocolatey, and peanut butter-looking ones.

Anyways, he paid the cashier and started walking away, and I bought my tickets and started leaving. He held the door open for me, which was nice and all, but what I saw after this really ticked me off. He started heading toward an old, rusted-up, pick-up truck with one of those tool box thingies in the back. On top of this, in the bed of the truck stood 2 huge Husky-type dogs. This made me mad first because that is such a dangerous and careless thing to do and many people see nothing wrong with it...but it makes me mad cause the animals could easily be hurt/killed. Anyways, he walks out next to the dogs and opened the Little Debbie packages and starts feeding them to his dogs!!!!!!

I was TICKED! How ignorant! It makes me wonder if he feeds the dogs real dog food at all! People like this should be banned from having pets.

Am I over-reacting, or would you be angry over this, too?

I wanted to say something to the man SO bad! I was too scared, so instead I just stopped and kinda stared with a disgusted look on my face. hehe!

Tell me what you think!

post #2 of 18
Oh yeah, that would definately tic me off! I often say some people should have to be psychologically evaluted before being allowed to have a pet!
post #3 of 18
I can understand why you'd be angry.....especially since most people know that chocolate can be toxic to cats and dogs. But, having said that......I've known many people who are very loving pet owners who often give their pets certain "treats" periodically.

This one lady I used to know had a pug. She loved that dog more than life itself and if you didn't know better.....you'd swear she gave birth to that dog!

Every Wednesday when McDonald's had their 39 cent hamburgers....she'd take the dog for his weekly treat......a couple of hamburgers at McDonald's! I suppose if someone saw her feeding the dog hamburgers they might think that she's not a very good "mom" feeding him people food.......but what they wouldn't realize is that it's only a special treat for him....not an everyday occurrance.

My grandfather used to feed his border collie Oreo cookies as a treat....and he loved that dog and took great care of him.

Maybe this guy you saw at the store was just stopping to get his dogs their special treats after a hard day at work. You never know....it's just a thought.
post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
I hope that's the case...but still, he did it like it was nothing, and that it was something he is used to doing. I don't know...
post #5 of 18
I would be pissed too. I'm the type of person that will say something if I see someone doing something they shouldn't be doing. I would've walked over to the guy and told him that what he's feeding his dogs are harmful to their health and they could get really sick. Most of the time, the person doesn't know what kind of food is harmful to their pets. There was a guy at work that bought a chocolate cake for his dog's birthday. He had no idea that chocolate was toxic for dogs, and luckily he found out before he went home.
post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by stormy
Oh yeah, that would definately tic me off! I often say some people should have to be psychologically evaluted before being allowed to have a pet!
post #7 of 18
I'd be upset about the dogs being in the back of the truck like that, but not about the treats. Most dogs go out of their minds over chocolate, and a small amount, like that found in packaged cake, won't harm a big breed like a Husky if only offered once in a while. I wouldn't give any dog cocoa or baker's chocolate, but the idea that even a Hershey's chocolate kiss will kill a dog or cat is an exaggeration. My parents had a Lab that stole two lbs. of chocolate fudge off the dining room table and completely devoured it. It didn't even make him sick. A certain little black and white, green-eyed demon stole, and ate, a couple of pieces of Black Forest cake my m-i-l had left on the table. Our vet just laughed when I called, and predicted that Jamie would have a bellyache. He didn't seem to, but he really had to sleep it off. Chocolate is toxic, but a small amount of it not in a "pure form", if ingested occasionally, isn't going to wreck a dog or cat's health, or kill it. As far as I know, a small amount of cocoa or baker's chocolate can kill a cat or small dog, though. I've never heard of it happening, but I've read it many times.
post #8 of 18
What about those dog treats that have chocolate in them?
arent they the same thing?
My mothers friend was eating them once saying they tasted exactly the same as those chock chip bikkies.
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by fwan
What about those dog treats that have chocolate in them?
arent they the same thing?
My mothers friend was eating them once saying they tasted exactly the same as those chock chip bikkies.
Basically, yes, they are the same thing, though the amount of chocolate is quite small.
post #10 of 18
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Originally Posted by KittyKook
I can understand why you'd be angry.....especially since most people know that chocolate can be toxic to cats and dogs. But, having said that......I've known many people who are very loving pet owners who often give their pets certain "treats" periodically.

My grandfather used to feed his border collie Oreo cookies as a treat....and he loved that dog and took great care of him.

Maybe this guy you saw at the store was just stopping to get his dogs their special treats after a hard day at work. You never know....it's just a thought.


No, I actually felt ok with this and I cry over Animal Planet all the time on tv.
I read your story twice and my I sensed he loves his dogs very, very much and he was giving them a treat. Out here many people drive the same way with their dogs and it really comes down to the bonding, knowledge, and judgment each owner has with their dogs. Were they full-grown do you think? some dogs can handle chocolate quite well. I do agree he might have picked a healthier snack, but I'd rather see them fed than starved. I grew up with collies and the reason my father let them free in the back was because he knew they would choke to death if there ever was rough traffic and they fell out or there was an accident. He wanted them to have the chance to jump to safety, knowing full well they loved to ride in the truck as much as possible, but he also knew they were so keen to sense any danger before it happened, he wanted to give them an out. IOW, he "thought like a dog".
post #11 of 18
Being concerned is a good thing. His lack of responsiblity for how he travels with his pets and what he feeds them, well to me could use some effort on his part. If he knew chocolate was bad, then shame on him. If he didn't know he should take the time to find out. To me its the same as saying "Well heck, anyone can eat a little rat poison and not die.. here just have a taste!" Sometimes there is no room to put a dog in the front or they are a mess but I guess he should have bought a truck with a bigger cab!

To the man in the truck:
Why take chances with your animals life and why risk internal damage to their organs with "treats". If you love them, let them eat healthy treats don't rush to the cornor store for chocolate snacks because its "quick". Your animals deserve to be riding in the cab in seatbelts just as much as you do. If your so sure them in the back of the truck is safe, you get in back and let them drive awhile. Just kick back, enjoy a beer and see how long it takes for YOU to get thrown out of the back of the truck into a tree or something. GROWL!
post #12 of 18
All I want to say is... whatever happened to kennels or crates?? I rarely see people put their dogs in kennels in the back of their trucks. One day I DID see a gentleman who had TWO dogs in the back of his truck IN crates. I wanted to walk over to that guy & hug him.
post #13 of 18
Really I find nothing wronge here.

Many people have dogs in the back of the Pick up to protect their truck or what ever is back there. If was causing pain to the dog or any discomfert trust me the dog would refuse to get in and the owner would never place it back there. Most people train the dogs to stay there is by chaining then or tieing them in the back to prevent them from jumping, but most love to ride in the back.

The whole snack thing. well it may be a small treat for the dogs for being so good. The owner may have noticed the dogs love those treats even though they may not be good fior em, but he may only give em every once in a while.

Oh and for the back of the Pick up truck thing, NEVER EVER go near one with a dog in the back. My cousin well she learned the hard way. A dog was protecting the truck and she goes near it to try and pet the dog and hell it showed it teeth and growled at her. She freaked .
Serves her right, I warned her.

Ashely
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by golden_moon_luv
Really I find nothing wronge here.

Many people have dogs in the back of the Pick up to protect their truck or what ever is back there. If was causing pain to the dog or any discomfert trust me the dog would refuse to get in and the owner would never place it back there. Most people train the dogs to stay there is by chaining then or tieing them in the back to prevent them from jumping, but most love to ride in the back.
First, get an alarm system, and do not leave anything of value in the back of the truck...
Second, Its causing no pain? Well I can bet it will hurt a lot if the truck is hit and the dog is thrown... Chained up? And what happens if the truck rolls?

Sorry but these are things that DO happen everyday... Thank God I have never heard of a dog being involved, but that is probably is because it is illegal to have a dog in the back of a truck ( or a person for that matter ) where I live.



As for the treats... I probably wouldn't be too upset since it could be just that.. A treat
post #15 of 18
Considering the place I live in is semi-rural alot of people have their dogs on their pick up trucks. I've never heard of any dogs getting hurt or injured? Infact my Mums ex boyfriends dog Pearl loves riding on the back of the pick up.
post #16 of 18
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Originally Posted by WellingtonCats
Considering the place I live in is semi-rural alot of people have their dogs on their pick up trucks. I've never heard of any dogs getting hurt or injured? Infact my Mums ex boyfriends dog Pearl loves riding on the back of the pick up.
I agree. Dogs even enjoy the ride. They usually learn very quickly how to balance themselves. I know that just tying the leash to the truck tells them not to jump off. Well, teaching them will help too.
As for the snacks, I know chocolate is not safe. So I probably would have asked the owner nicely if he knew that. Most people are unaware of what is toxic to their animals.
post #17 of 18
Just want to clarify... I am not going after those who let their dogs in the back, I can see in a more rural area that it might be better though it still worries me, I am going only on what is done in my city~
post #18 of 18
[quote=jcat]I'd be upset about the dogs being in the back of the truck like that, but not about the treats. QUOTE]


I agree, I mean, we used to give our puppies treats everyday (peanut butter toast and coffee) and Mingo used to sneak around and slurp our of any ones glass who had a Rum and Coke. And he lived to the ripe old age of 15!
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