Dear Abolish the Crate Federation Members,
Good news! Grady has agreed to write the blog for this entry so long as he could address an issue which has recently caught his attention. I will tell you we have had many conversations about it. While initially I was unimpressed with Grady’s viewpoint, over time I have come to agree with his position. I caution you that his ideas, if accepted, would dramatically change the status quo.
Please keep an open mind as you read his blog.
Dawson Earnest Huntley
President & CEO
Abolish the Crate Federation
A Holiday Feast for Dogs
An opinion piece by Grady Buford Huntley
Just the other day I overheard my Mom talking with family members about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. From her conversation I surmised that there was a feast involved which involved delicious food and some turkey (On a side note. It was the word turkey that caught my attention. Honestly, while on the phone Mom could talk forever about much of nothing so I was surprised she said something of interest). Apparently, this feast only happens once a year and is very much anticipated by all those involved in celebrating Thanksgiving. It got me thinking, why don’t dogs get holiday food too? Who among us wouldn’t love a feast?
I mean, think about it. Most of us get the same kind of food, day in day out, twice a day. Some of us are lucky enough to get some treats too, but treats are hardly what I would call a meal. Heck, they’re not even large enough to be called an appetizer. And, we all know treats are not free. You have to work for them. From what I understand, no one works for a feast. You just show up and the food is there, waiting to be devoured. Heaven on earth.
It is likely that your human will have several points of contention which I will attempt to address below. Often when Dawson and I are discussing controversial issues, we play a game we call point-counterpoint. It really helps us to fine tune our position and has been particularly useful for Dawson with his controversial Abolish the Crate Federation work. Below is the transcript of our debate.
Dawson: “Mom would say she doesn’t have time to prepare a separate feast.”
Grady: “No need to make a separate feast. Humans could simply share their meal with the canine companion.”
Dawson: “The extra calories would be unhealthy.”
Grady: “One, it is only one meal. Two, it can be walked off after eating. Everyone knows about exercise.”
Dawson: “All human food is dangerous for dogs.”
Grady: “That is a myth perpetuated by commercial dog food companies. It is a fact there are some human foods that are dangerous for dogs and the human should research what those foods are. I would recommend googling harmful foods for dogs.
Dawson: “Getting Congress to approve a Holiday Feast for Dogs Day would be extremely difficult, if not impossible. However, I would like to suggest that if we could get it passed, I think we should name the holiday, “Yummy, Yummy, Food For My Tummy Day.”
Grady: “We don’t need a separate holiday and could just piggyback on the humans’ Thanksgiving holiday. And, as to your second thought, “No.””
Dawson: “I don’t agree with what I’m about to say but I feel I must bring it up. You will encounter folks who simply believe that a Holiday Feast for Dogs just isn’t done.”
Grady: “I will quote Arthur Schopenhauer, “All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.”
Dawson: “Amen, brother. Amen.”
Grady Buford Huntley, AX, MX
Spiritual Advisor, Abolish the Crate Federation