It seems you can no longer leave a pet store without passing by a delightful array of gourmet treats. I would like to meet the person that decided this was necessary. Survey your average dog as an example. You will find that they eat:
Why someone decided your pooch needed "delectable" gourmet treats is beyond me. With that in mind, allow me to share two reasons gourmet dog treats are not a good idea.
1. They can be very confusing. It looks like a chocolate chip cookie. It smells like a chocolate chip cookie... But it does not taste like a chocolate chip cookie. I speak from personal experience. Eating a gourmet dog cookie tastes exactly like it sounds. (And if you thought it "sounds like" eating dog food infused with the sent of home-baked goodies, you are right.)
2. Any time I want to eat a real chocolate chip cookie, cdog now goes into a state of near frenzied panic. This state continues until shifting to a look of perturbed incredulity as he watches every last bit of that tasty morsel - what should have been his tasty morsel - disappear into my belly. The next 30 minutes become a consistent effort of me reinforcing the idea that cdog is not to retrieve the missing cookie by sending his nose on a search-and-rescue mission into my mouth.
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