SANTE FE, NM –
After a few months of feeling a little out of sorts, and an inability to find that special spark that makes life worth living, a Malamute this week gave serious consideration to possibly going on a gluten free diet.
“I’m not sure what it is,” said the 8 year old malamute, who lives with an artist in the desert outside Sante Fe. “Everything’s fine. My owner is really great and I have everything a dog could ask for – space to run around, plenty of food and fresh water, lots of attention. It’s kind of an ideal life. But lately I just find myself thinking, what’s it all about?”
“Why I am here on this planet? Is this all there is? What happens when I die? It’s like, I’ll be playing with a ball in the yard, going about my business having fun, and then find myself staring at the hills across the road and thinking about how lonely our solar system is in our galaxy.”
“I guess I just feel a little, I don’t know, lost or something.”
Originally bred for strength and endurance to haul heavy freight, and later used as sled dogs, Malamutes are known to be intelligent dogs that are also fond of people. “I love my owner – she is the best. She’s an artist and works mostly in pottery, and throws these absolutely beautiful tall vases that people just love. I like to watch her work. She gets so focused and into the moment, listening to music and singing along. I wish I could have that feeling sometimes. Maybe I used to. It’s so hard to say.”
Gluten is a general name for the proteins found in wheat and other grains like rye and barley. It helps foods maintain their shape, acting as a glue that holds food together. But for people that are sensitive to it, it can produce gastrointestinal problems, and even joint pain, fatigue and depression.
“I was talking to my friend who lives down the road near the Mokatok Bluffs the other day, and they said they had gone on a gluten free diet and felt really great. They never realized they had a sensitivity to it – but ever since they cut it out of their diet, they’ve had more energy, felt refreshed. It just sounded like something that was worth trying. I mean, it couldn’t hurt, right?”
Will the Malamute miss the taste of gluten? “My friend says his gluten free food tastes the same to him as his old food. Gluten actually has a kind of a chalky taste on its own, so it’s not something you really miss. It’s hard to see the down side of cutting it out for awhile. I mean, why not?”
Giving It A Try
After doing some more research online, the Malamute printed up the kind of food he’d like to try and brought it over to his owner who said she would pick some up the next time she went into town.
“I’m kind of excited to see what happens,” said the Malamute. “Sometimes a little change is good. Whether that’s a new job, or a new romantic interest. Or, maybe just changing up your diet. This might be just the thing I need.”
“In a way, I kind of feel better already,” he said.
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