The official vet's verdict is in about Hero--he is borderline obese. She advised no more weight gain for the wonder dog. BUT I only feed him from these little dog food cans and we walk three times a day--WHAT could be the problem? What am I going to do with Hero?
Although Hero is the one stuffing his face, so far, he does not have thumbs is not able to serve his own food. I am the one fixing his bowl full of kibble and wet food. Unfortunately if he comes walking into the room with his empty bowl in his mouth, I am a sucker for a hungry dog. When He brings the bowl in and sits it on the floor in front of me and proceeds to lick the empty bowl cleaner than before, G U I L T---rears its ugly head. I am OFF to the pantry to refill the slick as a whistle bowl. Instead of Pablo having a dog here in the hood, Hero has a Lulu who performs upon command. All it takes is the empty bowl trick and I am responding.
And THEN there is the begging trick! When I am eating, he sits directly in front of me or by my side and looks pleadingly at me. The looks says I am starving--haven't had a meal for at least ten minutes. HOW can you eat in front of me and not offer me a bite. The SUCKER shows up again! I rationalize one little morsel won't hurt! BUT if I give him the morsel before I have cleaned my plate--one leads to more.
WE ALL know Hero also gets a treat for every successful walk. So we walk around the block once or twice and he gets a bacon strip. Who WOULDN'T sit at the door and beg to go for a walk. He knows at the end of the glorious sniff-a-thon adventure, he gets a bacon strip for producing what comes natural to all dogs.
SO the problem seems to be ME! My choice is to be Hero's encourager or his enabler and I have sadly turned into his enabler. I am the one to blame for Hero's over consumption. I am providing the calories which are expanding his girth.
POOR HERO! His master can't say No--when No is the best response!
Who else am I enabling? Who else am I not encouraging to form healthy habits? Who am I unwilling to say, "No!" to when no is the right response? We are not just speaking of eating habits here--though I am a sucker for a dinner invitation--we are talking about life sustaining habits or deadly habits of sin. Would I offer an alcoholic a glass of wine? Would I invite a friend to skip Bible study for a movie? Would I not speak truth when presented with life destroying problems? Do I listen to gossip when changing the subject would be better? Do I shirk my responsibilities towards others in an effort to stay in their favor? HMMM---who is the common denominator---ME! I have total control over which "en" I will be---hopefully I will have the courage to pick the best path.
Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother.