So Owen and I took a trip to the Ft. Steilacoom dog park today.. which is huge. Last time we were there we had a great time and even met some other corgis. All and all had a good time. This time we ran into this awful woman who introduced herself as a trainer as Owen was playing with her awful poodle and awful chihuahua. She commented on how lean Owen looked and asked me how much I fed him. I said we feed him 1 cup a day over two feedings. He is a year old and quite active as we are. She looked at me like I was nuts and then asked me if I ever fed him real food. We don't really and she just let me have it for that. She also was giving free unsolicited advice to other dog owners... like you should put your dog on leash for one minute (because the dog was humping) or I can't believe you actually paid money for a designer breed or would you be happy eating granola for the rest of your life.. give your dog some variety. She also gave me a lecture about how to pet her freaking awful chihuahua and scolded me for petting him too hard (I didn't - she just had a crappy dog who was cute until that moment).

I'm sorry.. if you are a trainer- I am not opposed to advice. I will often ask! But if I want nutritional advice I will go to my vet (who thinks Owen is doing great). And if you have a suggestion it is polite to say, "if you want some help, I have a suggestion..." Good grief.

Her dogs were ugly ;) Not really just had a bossy owner.

I was glad when Owen got bored and ran to the other side of the park. We avoided them for the rest of the time. No body wants free advice.. it usually isn't that good.

Further more, me feeding my dog high quality dog food is not akin to me eating granola every day. Granola is generally high carbs, high fat, high sugar, and minimal protein. I might be better off sprinkling it with high quality dog food :)

Good think Ft. Steilacoom is one of the largest parks in the area!

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Comment by DR, Nala & Simon on July 6, 2009 at 9:58am
Hopefully that will be your first and last encounter. At least Owen had more fun.
Comment by Susan Stanton on July 6, 2009 at 8:58am
OMG what a pain some people can be. We had a guy at our park in Manhattan who "claimed" to be a dog trainer, and would also give out all kinds of weird advice unasked, but his dogs were the most aggressive we'd seen (they usually showed up in bandages from in-house fighting) and mot of us would leave when he showed up. I think the overseers of the park finally banned him when his dog bit another's ears very severely.
Comment by Sam on July 6, 2009 at 8:55am
I am surprised you stayed for the whole presentation. I think I would have walked away at the first insult. LOL
Comment by Queenie and Chico on July 5, 2009 at 10:53pm
Some people just think they know it all about everything. I'm sure your beautiful corgi is in better health than her dogs who are probably fed table food, which is very bad for dogs..I'm glad Owen ran to the other side of the park..I hope you dont have to run into her again..
Comment by Melissa on July 5, 2009 at 10:37pm
What a bore; you are a saint for not giving her an earful!
Comment by Sarah C. on July 5, 2009 at 10:33pm
Plus I DO eat granola every day. Usually for breakfast and as an evening snack. Still not tired of it!
Comment by Sarah C. on July 5, 2009 at 10:26pm
For not being "real food" my dog certainly wolfs it down.

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