Feast or Famine

Late this morning, I headed out for a biweekly Taste of Ocala committee meeting. The big event is two months away and we’ve secured all of the participating restaurants. Now it’s time to sell some tickets and find more event sponsors!


After my meeting, I headed home for lunch.

I was in a bit of a hurry, so I quickly scrambled some eggs with spinach and leftover Andouille sausage from last night’s dinner. I also ate a pear on the side.

scrambled eggs with sausage

scrambled eggs

Then it was off to the Artisinal Dish! I had a meeting with a potential client to discuss a possible ongoing freelance project and arrived a little early. While I waited, I bought an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie and a bottle of Ayala’s lemongrass mint vanilla herbal water.


I adore that water. The flavor profile is so unique and it is incredibly refreshing.

Our meeting was short and sweet and I was in and out in less than an hour. The Artisinal Dish is located right across the street from a store that sells Sadie’s dog food, so I popped in and bought a jumbo bag.

Last week a few of you asked what food we feed Sadie, so I snapped a picture today.

orijen dog food

We feed her Orijen dog food. We actually still buy puppy food because Sadie is a scrawny little girl and our vet in Orlando recommended keeping her on puppy food to help keep weight on her. (Vizslas as a breed are lean dogs.) I did a bunch of research on different kinds of dog food before we got Sadie and she’s a picky eater, so it took us a few trials before we found a quality dog food that she seemed to enjoy. Now we’re all about Origen!

Question of the Afternoon

  • Pet owners: Is your pet a big eater?

We’ve always said that Sadie is a “feast or famine” eater. She has access to her food 24 hours a day and will eat a ton some days and then only nibble a bit the next day. She’s goofy. 


  1. Samantha says

    Oh the strawberry festival, how I love thee! I’ve been several times, each time eating way too much junk food! I have to say my favorite is the fried cookie dough, so amazing.

    I haven’t checked the concert lineup for this year yet, but a few years ago I saw Sugarland there. It was really awesome and free! ( I just sat in the general open seating, that’s where the free seats are!) hope you can make it this year!


  2. says

    Um, obviously I am in love with my little pup Leroy. He’s got access to his food all day and he’s very good at maintaining his shape;) After reading this post I am in deep need of chicken sausage and peppers for lunch tomorrow.


  3. Jordan L. says

    I have a dachshund who can eat like an 80lb dog. My boyfriend and I joke that she lives for 7am and 5pm- her feeding times! We can’t leave food out for her or her belly would drag the ground. We actually can’t leave food out on the kitchen counters, because due to the open kitchen/living area she can scale her way to the counters via the couch and half wall. After she got into our stash of dark chocolate (talk about dog mom heart attack!), it was apparent all food had to be in the cabinets. Can’t blame the girl for liking to eat!


  4. says

    We feed our dog Tank the same brand too. The grain free adult dog food is awesome since Tank has to be on a gluten free diet (Otherwise he gets all rashy and itches like crazy!). He gets two cups of food twice a day because if we left food out for him all day he’d end up the size of a tank i’m sure.


  5. says

    I’ll be pup sitting this weekend, and I’m praying the little princesses eat. The are very spoiled and picky, however kangaroo pooh rates surprisingly high in their opinion.


  6. Jenny says

    I have a vizsla as well and we feed her Orijen. She is a ‘feast or famine’ type of eater as well. It is crazy because they have so much energy and run a lot, but she never has a huge appetite.


  7. says

    Well since my puppy could probably be a snack for your dog 🙂 he probably doesn’t eat a quarter of the amount of your adorable girl…we joke though that he thinks he’s a 100lb lab for how much he would like to eat!


  8. says

    We have a 1 year old chocolate lab (named Sadie too!) and she’s a BIG eater. She wolfs down her dog food and would probably eat the whole bag if we didn’t keep it in a cupboard haha. Typical lab. She also loves carrots, apples, banans, broccoli, nut butters….basically any food.


  9. says

    I have a black pug (Rango) and he’s a little porker! He’ll eat and eat and never stops. But our boxer (Jake) is kind of like Sadie. So on Jake’s “famine” days I feel bad putting the bowls up in case he DOES want to eat, but if I leave them down I’m afraid Rango will tank out from too much food. ha ha Sometimes I think raising my daughter is easier than these dogs! 🙂


  10. Jade says

    Seeing the link for the Orijen is funny as a few years ago, we would give our puppy that and she really enjoyed it, but as the bag began to deplete we went and searched so many stores/vet places for it and NOBODY had it. It is even funnier as when I looked at the link, it is a Canadian product (I am Canadian) and it is made in Edmonton (where I live…..) strange that a ‘local’ product was no where to be found! We have since switched brands but maybe there was a time where they just didn’t have production.


  11. says

    Bails is kinda like that too! I have her on a feeding schedule though, so if she doesn’t eat the food gets taken up. Sometimes she gobbles up her whole meal in (sub) 30 seconds; sometimes she only eats a few bites. It’s usually breakfast that she neglects so if she doesn’t eat it all then, I try giving it to her again at lunch. And if she still doesn’t eat, I just give her extra food at dinner. :]


  12. says

    Our 1 year old dog is just like Sadie – some days she CHOWS on her food, and other days she just puts her nose up and ignores it. We started only leaving it out for 20-30 minutes in the morning and again at night because we want her to realize that it’s time for her to eat when we say it is (that’s what the vet has suggested at least). You put a plate of food in front of me, and I’ll most likely eat it! Sometimes dogs are so strange. 🙂


  13. Melissa says

    My pup, Reggie is just like Sadie too! Some days he gobbles it up, other days he’s a grazer. We like to say he is watching his figure. He is a rescue but looks like a pitbull/boxer/pointer, but is very long and lean and I think has a lot of traits as a viscla. I always say my next dog will be a viscla although I hope that day never comes 🙂

    He is also not motivated by food. He does love his treats, but if I’m not ready to take him to the park and he really wants to go, he’ll snub his nose to the treats and won’t eat them until I take him to the park, what a weirdo!


  14. Tamara says

    I can’t believe you have orijen in Florida. It is from Alberta Canada, where live. We buy Ancana for our Dachshund it is made by orijen. Orijen bit to high in protein for our guy, bathroom issues, Ancana works great and same great quality ingredients.


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