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  • HillJ Oct 15, 2012 10:59 AM
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Today when Ruthie contributed to the apple cider thread with this comment:
I put a little bit in with my apples for pie. Also my dog gets a teaspoon a day, it helps with a condition she has of bladder stones. The vet recommended it after her surgery...

I wondered (again) if a how we feed our pets board has ever been considered?

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  1. I would love said board

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    1. re: KrumTx

      Oh YES !!! what a fantastic idea !!!

      1. re: grangie angie

        Glad you both think so!

        I'm thinking given the popularity of pet bakery's, pet-friendly restaurants/hotels/public spaces, the growth of commercially sold "homemade" food for pets, homemade treats we make for our pet pals, healthful food tips and actual pet recipes there would be some interest by the PTB to be both innovative and conscience of the time and money we spend on this particular part of our family.

        1. re: HillJ

          As a dog owner I would love such a board, especially for the homemade recipes and healthful food tips you mention, HillJ. That said, I fear that what we feed our pets has the potential to be a contentious topic for some. I suspect it is why there is no baby/child food board on Chowhound.

          1. re: EM23

            Your point is valid, EM23. But baby/child falls under human and doesn't need a separate board. Slipping great tips for our pets in the current list of Topical boards doesn't give these gems the right forum for one and two limits the greater discussion and ability to share. Feeding pets is diff than feeding humans...needs it's own board.

            As for potential to be a contentious topic, that could be said of every board...we have Mods and we have better sense than that :)

            1. re: HillJ

              ... and we have better sense than that :)

              We do? lol

              But seriously, count me as a supporter for a Pets food board HillJ:) And I'm sure my spotted friend would hit the Lick button if there was one.

    2. Here's another helpful pet food tip from a thread about pumpkin this AM:

      A bit of canned pumpkin for cats/dogs is good for their digestive system. I used to have to feed some to one of my late kittehs to help her move things along, so to speak. But not a lot - just a tsp. a day mixed in with her food.

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      1. re: HillJ

        I was just at my vets yesterday, struck up a conversation about feeding my cat; a client told me about cats loving pumpkin, how her vet advised it to give her cat needed fiber. I didn't have any pumpkin, but tried my cat on some baked butternut squash. Might as well have been a chunk of eraser for all her interest. Will try with some pumpkin this weekend.

        1. re: HillJ

          Yes, pumpkin! My previous dog, a sweet little orange bit bull who lived to 16, had problems with anal glands getting impacted/infected, and the pumpkin and fiber therein helped her immensely. Also good for animals who because of renal issues need to have non-proteins in the diet.

        2. I would support a CH board that supported the culinary adventures of my pups!

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          1. re: Monch

            Should it be for all pets? fur, fins, feathers and scales?

            1. re: toodie jane

              I'd like to see ALL pets because the CH community boasts members from all over the globe raising and caring for pets of all types.

              1. re: toodie jane

                Absolutely...all pets.

                One of the best "recipes" I ever had in my bag of tricks was a concoction for my saltwater aquarium!

            2. PET BOARD ,wonderful the idea.I think the number of us that are a stacked deck of "quirks",tips and info would be (?),can't come up with just one word.

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              1. re: lcool

                lcool, not quite sure I follow you. Like the Garden, Special Diets or Spirits board...a Feeding Pets would populate with threads we can't anticipate ahead of time completely but surely we have much to share. Not to mention the advertising potential beneficial to CHOW.

                1. re: HillJ

                  Here,we don't really cater to picky,but we do some things to avoid it that aren't mainstream.
                  OR
                  I have a great dog biscuit recipe that the cats and the mynahs love,but what's best for dogs isn't always best for the others.So for the cats,less fiber,more calcium,for the mynahs,low iron.The dogs would over eat parsley,the vet thinks this is great.
                  I save all pastry,cookie,biscuit etc scraps in the freezer that eventually all get rolled out together and baked as treats.

                  Truth is I think the variety of pets and their respective ages with CHOW owners would be great reading.What some of us are feeding and why turns up in many posts.And I might add much will be things we discovered by accident or a by by-product of something,again more good reading for those interested.

                  1. re: lcool

                    That's what I'm hoping! It could be a very popular board.

              2. I'd love to see one. I'll even offer up a tip: Does your health/natural foods store have a juice bar? Ask if you can have a harvested flat of wheat grass.They usually just throw it away. It will grow again. Cats love it!

                I had a few on my front steps. My neighbor mentioned that it was all she could do to restrain her dog from trying to eat the greens. I had no idea dogs would like it! So she is on the list for my next wheat grass redistribution. Nice for rabbits too!

                Once the wheat grass is kaput I use the material to slowly fill low spots in the yard.

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                1. re: meatn3

                  Great tip, meatn3!

                  1. re: meatn3

                    See? I would have never known that, and since my cat seems to hate my guts, I'll try it! And on the pumpkin for dogs mentioned above, my vet recommended it a few years ago just as the great canned pumpkin depression began. I searched everywhere then for pumpkin. Ah, good times.

                    1. re: KrumTx

                      wheatgrass & catnip grass fare beautifully indoors with a bit of water & minimal sunlight - fortunate for me because my kitties are 100% indoor. i keep a pot of each for them, and they love to munch on them as a snack :)

                  2. I'd love a pet feeding board! I think most chowhounds care deeply about the food they eat, and it only makes sense we'd care deeply about what we feed our pets, whether the food be homemade or bought.

                    1. Would *also* love to have such a board...and thank you (((HillJ)))

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                      1. re: Val

                        Would be very nice to see such a board come to fruition.

                      2. I would love this, btw, since pets are family members, and their health issues decrease their happiness (and ours!)...and are as costly as humans' health woes if we don't feed them well.

                        I'm Ben the Hound's momma! Yay HillJ!

                        1. I would definitely benefit from a Pet Food board, as I am the person to two adult cats (who are apparently getting a little heavy, sigh, it's cause they take after me) and will likely be getting a new puppy in the new year.
                          I am the sort who will make my own pet food, when I have the time, and who buys chicken livers and cream for the boys....yes, I can see their weight issue is really my issue.

                          Anyway, I'd love a source to bounce ideas off of and to get good pet food and treat recipes from. I think this is a great idea!

                          We are always trying to talk about our pets, and getting admonished and/or deleted for it. Why not give us a forum to go crazy on?

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                          1. re: rabaja

                            Rabaja...your cats might also take after me in their pleasing plumpness :-)

                            All kidding aside, I don't think a Pet Food board is such a leap. Obviously if we're on Chowhound, we care about the taste and quality of what we feed ourselves and our loved ones. Pets are certainly our loved ones.

                            The new board would be rich with variety...for example, the dietary needs of dogs differ from cats (taurine talk); heck, the needs of my pit bull (American Staffordshire) differed from my Walker hound. And just the anecdotal stuff I've learned from fellow dog owners (about incorporating vinegar to a dog's diet, or why baked sweet potatoes are a nifty treat, or why Bedlington Terriers ought not to eat too much parsley)....we need a pet board!

                          2. Thanks HillJ and others. This is something we talked about today, and if we see there is a critical mass of people posting regularly about pet food, then we may consider creating a separate board.

                            In the meantime, you are welcome to post about pet food on the Not About Food board. Here are a few links to some existing pet-food related discussions:

                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/807363
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/794565

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                            1. re: Dave MP

                              Thanks for posting Dave MP. I think those of us who currently use and benefit by such discussions, already using the NAF board, see a limitation and dilemma with hijacking a topic and bringing our pet issues into a thread about people and the possible deletion when we've gotten too off topic.

                              I believe those of us posting here and using NAF believe a pet food board would allow for greater discussion and a wider range of topics...much like the Gardening and Special Diets boards have populated.

                              Thank you for talking about it..at a level that counts when suggestions warrant consideration.

                              1. re: HillJ

                                Well said. My sentiments exactly.

                                Moderation is a changeable thing on this site. Sometimes it is very black & white. Other times it goes through a looser period. Most of us who have posted for any length of time have been trained to stick to the topic or risk deletion.

                                This is much like the topic of food related gardening. For years just about any mention was deleted - the explanation was that the topic was not part of the sites focus. Most of us stopped mentioning the subject. Now that there is a board it gets activity.

                                You can't gauge interest by how often an "off-topic" category is mentioned. You've already skewed the sampling pool by training us not to post about it! Even now that you have given us permission to discuss the topic it is still rather moot. Site talk doesn't get a lot of activity. I suspect the vast majority of visitors to CH never read it. Basically you've given the green light to such a small sliver of readers that it will essentially have no impact on the monitoring.

                                If you build it they will come!

                                1. re: meatn3

                                  Thank you for sharing your common and well expressed thoughts here, meatn3. Truly spot on.

                                  1. re: meatn3

                                    We only dealt with a handful of pet food threads over the years, and it hasn't shifted significantly since we started moving them to Not About Food rather than removing them, so we don't think there's a big latent demand for it on Chowhound. There are lots of topics that are off-topic here that we see many examples of anyway, but pet foods hasn't really been one of them. There's a small number of them, but not nearly the numbers we see for things like event planning, or hotel recommendations or career advice for budding chefs.

                                    If there is a huge demand for discussion of this topic, then that's great, and we hope you'll start discussions to ask your questions. Right now, we think they'll get more eyeballs and thus more replies on Not About Food (bootstrapping a new board up from nothing doesn't always work that well, because without regular eyeballs on the board, questions don't get answers), but if there does prove to be a major increase in demand for this information, we will be happy to reconsider whether a board makes sense.

                                    1. re: Jacquilynne

                                      So if I'm following your comment Jacq, you're encouraging CH's to begin creating pet-specific threads/OP's on the NAF food board. Free standing, pet specific topics with a chow-slant and these OP's will not be deleted as off topic.

                                      If so, that's one way to test the interest.

                                      1. re: HillJ

                                        Yes, people are welcome to start discussions about feeding their pets on the Not About Food board, or to contribute to the existing discussions that Dave linked above.

                                        1. re: Jacquilynne

                                          Thanks, I appreciate the confirmation.

                                      2. re: Jacquilynne

                                        Could the reason CH Team is not seeing such OP's is because CH's thought these topics would be deleted or considered off topic for the boards/forums? I believe this is one of the reasons meatn3 was referring. Pet food related topics buried inside a people food OP/thread would be hard to find and capture beyond a few days of posting for online readers. Too bad you can't poll members.

                                        1. re: HillJ

                                          As I said above, we see a lot of off-topic subjects that come up quite frequently despite actually being considered off-topic. This hasn't really been one of them -- it comes up occasionally, but not terribly often. It seems unlikely that pet owners, as a group, are more reticent than travelers, event hosts or budding chefs to push the boundaries.

                                          1. re: Jacquilynne

                                            I didn't ask you that actually, Jacq. I asked if pet food topics will be accepted as their own OP on any CH board as it relates to feeding pets, recipes for pets, dining with pets, etc. I mentioned how lost sub-threads can get. The topic on the Greater Boston board covered making food for dogs and its placement actually surprised me.

                                            I haven't seen a great deal of OP's on any of the boards covering feeding our pets but I attributed that to the topics not being welcomed on a food for humans website.

                                            So if creating OP's on any CH board about feeding our pets, caring for our pets as it relates to chow, etc. is acceptable....then time decides how popular the topic is...just like Gardening and Special diets.

                                            1. re: HillJ

                                              We'd like those threads to stay on Not About Food for now, please, not on every board.

                                              I don't think I understand what you were saying in your previous post, though, if my previous reply didn't address it.

                                              1. re: Jacquilynne

                                                Oh, earlier, before you confirmed that we can use the NAF for pet food/related OP's you mentioned the word reticent, which I was not asking about.

                                                If there's silence I believe CH's have pointed out in several comments: a) these discussions would be deleted from threads and b) were not a welcome part of the CH community.

                                                As someone who tends to believe strongly in giving the people what they want, I'm eager to see if fellow CH's actually want a Feeding Pets board enough to start posting their OP's and populating threads.

                                                If it turns out there is no interest here, there's always the rest of the www....to turn to.

                                            2. re: Jacquilynne

                                              I think the off topic is the bug here,rather like ticks and mosquitoes for me.
                                              I,in no way agree with "more reticent" than travelers,chefs etc.On the CHAINS BOARD ,COSTCO there has been some serious discussion about KIRKLAND BRAND dry dog food and chicken,cooked and raw for our dogs and cats.And mention has trickled through in various places,periodically regarding the wet/canned food recalls,dog and cat.
                                              NONE of it insipid.Reticent,you bet.Mostly due I think to the "off subject" bug.I have two recent posts,questions,on subject,two different threads,almost identical,one pulled,one stands.Now granted the first was blunt,a tad harsh and the second I was careful to be smarmy.As someone that has never received an email explanation,careful mostly rules.

                                            3. re: HillJ

                                              Hi, HillJ: "Could the reason CH Team is not seeing such OP's is because CH's thought these topics would be deleted or considered off topic for the boards/forums?"

                                              I think so. And the reason for that is that they get poofed entirely or sent to the Gulag of NAF, so no one reads them. Example: Some time ago, I posted about my cat's fondness for a lap or two of wine occasionally, and his tasting/judging ability (I kid you not). Moderated away with no explanation.

                                              I think part of the issue is the institutional encouragement for us all to liberally use the Report function. Then something has to be "done" about it, and if you're not "doing" then you're not doing your job, and... the rest is history.

                                              A pet thread is fine by me.

                                              Aloha,
                                              Kaleo

                                              1. re: kaleokahu

                                                "encouragement for us all to liberally use the Report function." True

                                                "Than (sic) something has to be "done" about it..." Illogical and just plain not true as has been written on Site many times by the mods over the years

                                                "...and if you're not "doing" then you're not doing your job, and..." Is this a theory that the mods get some type of a bonus or CBS recognition for deleting posts? One more conspiracy theory that is full of holes would be my modest assessment of that idea...

                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                  I was very content with Dave MP, Jacq & The CH Team taking the time to weigh in and greenlight the margin of discussion on how we feed our pets within the NAF board. I understand that past attempts have been met with some misunderstanding and deletion...but right now, it's encouragement from the PTB and I'd like to keep moving in a positive direction.

                                                  1. re: Servorg

                                                    Hi, Servorg:

                                                    Sorry, I forgot the eternal correctness and wisdom of the Mods and the chief defender of The Infallibility. Everything has always been perfect with the site and its moderation, and always will be. LOL

                                                    My point is that if you institutionally encourage flagging, then unless the moderation is completely disingenuous (something I've never claimed), everyone whose panties are in a knot is going to do it. And when they do, it triggers some process. IMO, it inculcates some PC/rulebook/paternalism all around, and reinforces the "how busy they are" justification for asking folks to flag pretty much anything they want. Round and round we go, and we end up with uneven enforcement.

                                                    But even if you don't see the change lately (This thread is a good example), thankfully there has been a lightening up so as to allow discussion of pets and how it's handled. It's a general trend and a good thing, and not just because it makes defending the moderation here 100% of the time less ridiculous.

                                                    Aloha,
                                                    Kaleo

                                              2. re: Jacquilynne

                                                With the holiday season approaching I would like to start a thread about recipes for doggie biscuits. I don't have dogs to help me refine a recipe but I do have lots of dogs on my gift list. I'd love to start with some CH tested tried & true recipes!

                                                I think it would get more posts on Home Cooking than on Not About Food. A lot of people have said that they avoid NAF since it can get a bit heated and emotional.

                                                Thoughts from the mod squad?

                                                1. re: meatn3

                                                  Another excellent point, where to post does matter.

                                                  And, the OP I posted below that discussed homemade dog food appeared on the Greater Boston board.

                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                    We ask people not to post pet food recipes on the Home Cooking board, as we want to keep that board focused on chow for humans, not chow for hounds. Again, as Jacquilynne says above, you are welcome to start a new thread on the Not About Food board, or add to one of the previous discussions linked above.

                                                    We allowed the discussion on the Boston board because it was focused on where to source meats locally, not what to do with them.

                                          2. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/832735

                                            Here's an interesting thread that showed up on the Greater Boston board.

                                            1. i love this idea.

                                              1. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/874013

                                                I started a thread on NAF that I've been really meaning to ask. I hope you'll join me over there :)

                                                1. Another fan of a "cooking for our pets" board.
                                                  "Not About Food" doesn't do it for me, since it IS about food.

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                                                  1. re: pedalfaster

                                                    Yeah, left me a little cold too...but we gotta start somewhere..and somewhere is proving that a Feeding Pets board is wanted around here :) start posting!

                                                  2. What could you discuss here that couldn't just as well be discussed on some dog or cat forum? Maybe even a forum for your particular breed?

                                                    One problem that I foresee is that pet food discussions could quickly get into health issues. In fact your bit is health related. Most human-food discussions relate to cooking, buying, and taste. Threads that get too much into health claims (e.g. low-carb v low-fat) tend get closed.

                                                    I haven't followed a dog food forum since I (and my dog) am quite happy with commercial dry food. But a quick web search turns up forums like
                                                    http://dogfoodchat.com/forum/
                                                    http://www.dogforums.com/dog-food-forum/

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                                                    1. re: paulj

                                                      When the discussion of health issues grew but could not be dismissed the CH Team created a separate board for special diets and special needs. Vegan & Veg, Special Diets are new boards on CH.

                                                      As a big fan of this site, knowing how many pet lovers discuss their pets on these boards, I believe that this site can serve a unique purpose by expanding for its members a Feeding Our Pets board.

                                                      While there is plenty on the Net to address dog food and breeds...I have no reason to leave this site for my food related pleasures and expanding the board to include pets would keep me here for another reason. I'm not suggesting we discuss our breeds or turn a food site into a virtual Pet Smart...I'm suggesting we expand the food discussions to our non human family members...re how we're fed.

                                                      1. re: paulj

                                                        The topics could be discussed on a pet forum. I am next to never on that sort of forum even though I am ridiculous about my pets. I guess I view my kitchen as a source of nurture, love and health. That extend to my non-human family and friends. I wouldn't ask which chew toy holds up to a jaws of steel lab but I would inquire about homemade mixes for wild birds during a harsh winter. In short, if it comes out of my kitchen and is edible CH is my preferred source of information.

                                                        I feel I "know" so many posters here. I have come to respect a great many on this forum and for specific topics I give their comments greater weight. Their pet related posts would have validity to me than posts on a board I am not familiar with by folks I have not had a chance to "know".
                                                        Kind of like how I prefer a restaurant referral from a CH than from Yelp. The Yelp suggestion might be great, but I'm not there enough to get a feel for the players. Sure, I could. But I honestly don't wish to spend time on a new site!

                                                        1. re: paulj

                                                          Because I respect and trust the opinions of so many CH's on all things food - cooking, recipes, and products. Why not for my dog’s food?

                                                        2. As a lifelong pet owner who also worked at shelters and animal hospitals, and raised and showed pedigreed cats for 3 decades, I think this is a terrible idea.

                                                          There are countless pet care sites as well as more specific ones narrowed down to species and breed. The feeding of pets is more of a medical topic than discussions of cooking for humans, since our pets do not get as broad a variety of meals as we do. Over the years I have read countless postings of advice and assumptions relating to pet nutrition that I KNOW to be totally wrong and sometimes spectacularly risky. Pet owners need to be getting their advice from veterinarians and academically credentialed animal nutritionists.

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                                                          1. re: greygarious

                                                            greyg, I am also a lifelong pet owner. I'm not talking about all facets of pet care. Nor do I always agree or understand why discussions on CH can and do include health care issues and advice for humans. Layman give medical advice to diabetics and those of follow a special diet all the time on CH boards. I have read countless posts of advice and assumptions as they relate to people and I also know not all of this advice is accurate.

                                                            So, I'm not suggesting that a board to Feed our Pets has anything to do with vet medicine or academic credentials anymore than I would suggest topics affecting people be checked for medical accuracy prior to being posted.

                                                            1. re: greygarious

                                                              I would also add that if you do possess skills and knowledge on proper nutrition and risks to avoid a board would be the ideal place to share that knowledge with fellow hounds seeking the information.

                                                            2. "I wondered (again) if a how we feed our pets board has ever been considered?"

                                                              Responding to the OP, I can only hope that it is never seriously considered by the site owners. Ever. It would be a complete distraction from the whole point of this board. Please go away and find a pets discussion board elsewhere and leave we humans to talk about our own food on Chowhound.

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                                                              1. re: Harters

                                                                What a kind and thoughtful exchange of opposing ideas. A suggestion on Site Talk can bring out the very best in a fellow Chowhound. I'm not going anywhere thank you very much. My husband and I have been enjoying this site since 1999. I didn't hear anyone tell me to take a hike until now, Harters. Where are your manners.

                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                  No-one's telling you to take a hike. However, you asked for opinions - please don't come over all "pretend offended" when soemone disagrees with you (although I enjoyed the sarcasm of your comment)

                                                                  In my view, pet food discussion is entirely inappropriate for Chowhound and I think folk who want to talk about that should go and do so on a pets boards.In that regard - and only in that regard - I'm happy to use your language and suggest you take a hike. If you really are offended by a contrary view, then that's an issue for you.

                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                    I suppose the opening remark "Responding to the OP" and "Please go away"
                                                                    is where I got that notion. Contrary views are appearing throughout the thread, Harters. But you're a classy CH and take as good as you give.

                                                                    Thank you for sharing your point of view.

                                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                                      OK, on reflection, I accept "please go away" was an unthoughtful wording which didnt properly convey what I hoped it would convey. Main sentiment is unchanged - I hope your suggestion does not come to pass.

                                                                      regards

                                                                      John

                                                                2. re: Harters

                                                                  +1

                                                                3. Three new posts about feeding our pets on the NAF Board. It's nice to know the topics have a place to call home and nothing earth shattering appears to be diluting the community at large.

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                                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                                    Dear Mods

                                                                    I have changed my mind. Please create a Pets' Food board immediately.

                                                                    It has to be an improvement on pet food topics being posted on the "Not About Food" board.

                                                                    1. re: Harters

                                                                      Such high praise from a non-believer.

                                                                  2. First of all, Hill, I think you are a great 'hound. I've enjoyed your thoughts (both of yours, I recall) over many years and various boards. Second, I have a Scottish Fold cat who I just fed steamed lobster to last night. Nonetheless, creating a "pet food" board seems like a waste of space and really contrary to the ethos/purpose of this website. Finally, consistent with what I just noted, II am of the opinion that "pet food" topics should be deleted from any board.

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                                                                    1. re: MGZ

                                                                      I'm sure that talking about how to first either kill or stun the full grown rabbits (I certainly don't want them scratching or biting the snake) I feed to my Indian python will be a popular topic on the newly "pet friendly" NAF board...

                                                                      1. re: Servorg

                                                                        Save some of that rabbit for me, please?

                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                          Morning Servorg. If you've taken the time to read the 3 posts on NAF that are running with a how we feed our pets slant, you'll see the interest of pet owners and the exchange of tips and ideas....human stories on NAF are stunners too.

                                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                                            Since I stopped reading the NAF board about a year ago I find I am much happier and more satisfied with my CH experience overall. And now, with the addition of the pet posts, (pet peeves anyone?) my CH HQ (happiness quotient), based around ignoring the NAF board, just experienced a new surge upward.

                                                                            The NAF board is an excellent place to quarantine pet food topics (if they must have a home here on CH).

                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                              Fair enough, S.

                                                                              I'll read caring, specific tips and stories from CH's who take an interest in how they feed their pets over countless bitch-fests and blazing hot topics also finding a home on NAF. Clearly, NAF serves a good deal of 'off the traditional CH track' issues for community members.

                                                                              And, if you don't have any interest in this idea or the NAF Board, why give the idea a stamp of approval one way or the other?

                                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                                I do worry about the "slippery slope" effect here. The road to hell is paved with good intentions.

                                                                                1. re: Servorg

                                                                                  And good tips, an opportunity to learn and benefit. If that's hell...I'm onboard.
                                                                                  We ARE adults, S. Room for all.

                                                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                                                    One other aphorism that I think holds currency with this discussion is "Be careful of what you wish for. It might come true" The drumbeat of what posters want to see included on this site will not end with this subject. At some future time a tipping point may be reached, and CH will become just one more "anything goes" chat/chatter site. YMMV

                                                                                    1. re: Servorg

                                                                                      My mileage doesn't matter. The entire CH Team has that dilemma covered and covered well. You give me and my kind (the kind who try ideas out before throwing them under a bus) way too much credit...24 hours later...the drumbeat isn't that loud..."it" just wanted to join the band.

                                                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                                                        I liken this to the "Pandora's Box" effect in which you don't realize the ills that have been released until it's too late, and you can't get them back in the box, no matter how hard you try.

                                                                                        1. re: Servorg

                                                                                          Really, you feel that concerned already. A few dozen CH's 'might' start a few threads about feeding their pets on the NAF Board..and the monkeys have taken over the kitchen?

                                                                                          S, you really surprised me today.

                                                                                          1. re: HillJ

                                                                                            As long as the "fire wall" of NAF holds I'll be worried but not panicky. But the danger is, if this site ever becomes everything to everyone, it will be nothing meaningful to anyone..

                                                                                            1. re: Servorg

                                                                                              Then we wear (some of the same protective gear) similar but not identical aprons, S.

                                                                                              The how we feed our pets is a very narrow, specific margin that doesn't mean to color outside the food-loving lines.

                                                                                              The NAF board can veer off human topics on occasion, and that report button and email to the mods covers the lunacy just fine.

                                                                                              While I get your protective nature (& respect the hell out of it) 'meaningful' unto itself serves all of us here. That's the beauty of choice.

                                                                              2. re: Servorg

                                                                                NAF is one of only four boards I read regularly. And I'm now confused.

                                                                                Are the two threads about "fruit flies" pets threads or are they "proper" NAF issues?

                                                                                You see, I might want to read them if they are "proper" but would want to ignore them if they are pets.

                                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                                  ROFL, trouble-maker!

                                                                                  1. re: Harters

                                                                                    Just view "The Trouble With Tribbles" one more time and you'll see what I worry about with the NAF board. I refuse to even look over there as it may suck me in like that giant black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy....around and around we go, down the drain, never to be seen or heard from again... ;-D>

                                                                            2. re: MGZ

                                                                              MGZ, I must admit I am surprised by the divide over such an idea. Small as it is. I see no harm. Like any topic throughout CH that offends or doesn't interest we move on to other topics that do. This how we feed our pets is a game changer? A few posts that have been given a greenlight to appear on the NAF?

                                                                              Some of us marvel at the need to discuss for weeks on end the pathos of dining with children, or tipping your waiter, or hammering Paula Deen...but respecting CH's who want to discuss how they feed their pets on a site called Chow HOUND brings a small, small level of drama?

                                                                              Lordy, who knew?!

                                                                              1. re: MGZ

                                                                                Lucy kitty, MGZ. I fed my family lobster pot pie last night for dinner! Seems there's room for all the members of the family at meal time.

                                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                                  Cats & dogs are pets. When they can post a useful explanation about the food they ate, we can expand the boards.

                                                                                  1. re: MGZ

                                                                                    They can't post, but they do let us know in their own way.

                                                                                    1. re: coll

                                                                                      I'm sorry, I didn't know you were a pet whisperer. I do, on the other hand, know that when I let myself get hungry enough to eat my Mother-in-Law's food, I can convince her I like it. See what I mean? (Keep in mind I am a gentle fellow who loves animals of all sorts - these discussions just don't belong here.)

                                                                                      1. re: coll

                                                                                        Yes, people are welcome to start discussions about feeding their pets on the Not About Food board, or to contribute to the existing discussions that Dave linked above.
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                                                                                        Jacq was kind to answer this question yesterday.

                                                                                      2. re: MGZ

                                                                                        LOL..very funny.

                                                                                        Why not let time determine that. Three posts on NAF are discussing very specific points about feeding house pets (cats & dogs) right now. Board expansion takes alot more time to consider....being permitted about this on NAF began yesterday.

                                                                                        Off to enjoy my breakfast. Thanks for your comments, MGZ.

                                                                                        1. re: MGZ

                                                                                          Oh great!!! So by this logic, we can now eliminate any and all discussions involving babies toddlers and children. For "When they can post a useful explanation about the food they ate".
                                                                                          Thanks goodness! I am SO tired of "Looking for kid friendly" posts. And how to not have picky eating kids.

                                                                                          I vote if the pets go, so go the others unable to write!

                                                                                          1. re: Quine

                                                                                            Careful there.

                                                                                            I'm only 2 years old, pushing 3 on a good day.

                                                                                            1. re: Quine

                                                                                              That's fine with me.

                                                                                              1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                Can we all just get along. ROFL............. such conflict over a tiny idea. Meanwhile, a handful of CH's over at the NAF board are enjoying the heck out of their new found feeding pets topics. Amen.

                                                                                                1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                  Yep, I am loving the threads and getting good ideas.

                                                                                      3. http://www.chow.com/videos/show/chow-...

                                                                                        First CHOW recipe video for dog treats.