Some of the assets that you own are priceless. So it is with my very best friend, Lily, 72 pounds of Golden Retriever joy. Every morning after breakfast she begins herding me and pointing me towards the door. Lily takes me for a long walk every day. She is always cheerful and more than willing to play Frisbee, etc.
Lily deserves the best of treatment. Up until a few months ago, we thought that we were in fact providing this. But then I noticed that her coat seemed to be dull and her skin flaky. I thought that perhaps her dog food might be the culprit even though it was positioned by the manufacturer as highly nutritious. Along these lines, as mentioned in Stop Acting Rich, I once gave up my Cheerios for an expensive, designer labeled cereal. Shortly thereafter, Consumer Reports said that it would not support the growth of laboratory animals and that Cheerios was top rated in nutrition.
Given my experience with breakfast cereals, I researched dog food brands to determine how independent experts ranked the various brands. I Googled a variety of key indicators such as rankings and ratings of dog food, 5-star rated dog foods, etc. To my shock and disappointment, the brand that I had been feeding Lily was given just 2 stars (5 being the highest). After thoroughly examining the long list of 5 star foods, I consulted with an animal nutritionist. He concurred that what I had found had validity. He did warn me that most of the 5-star dog foods were more costly than the lower rated ones. When it comes to Lily’s health, I am insensitive to variations in price but very sensitive to nutritional content.
Today Lily has regained her shiny coat and her dry skin has disappeared. Could this be related to her new, delightful diet of the Blue Buffalo Company’s Wilderness Duck Recipe? I guess if she could speak she might say, “You call yourself a researcher; it took years for you to find out that your very best friend was eating Brand X!”