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To the Future and Beyond: A fun look at animals in entertainment

With the holiday season approaching, I am very thankful for many things.  My wonderful family, being part of a new company that wants to be in agriculture and all the wonderful people and their animals.   I truly enjoy each day, for I get to work with a large variety of animals on a daily basis.  Today was deer, chickens and game birds so far, yesterday was rabbits and goats.  It is never boring.   But sometimes I like my imagination to go wild.  With the new Star Wars coming out, I have to put away my Mr. Spock pointed ears and think of a galaxy far-far away.

So sometimes I wondered what a Ph.D. nutritionist would suggest for all the animals in this old and new galaxy.  Closer to home, even as a little kid who had to do his feeding the chickens, cows, and dog chores each night, I wondered about little things like what kind of dog food did Underdog eat?   Tom never did catch Jerry so what did he eat?  Jerry’s leftovers?  The Wile E. Coyote seemed to eat a lot of ACME products but none seemed as nutritious as a Roadrunner.  But Roadrunners are so small you wondered why he didn’t aim for something bigger and slower like Big Bird.  How hard was it to balance Mr. Ed’s diet with all the peanut butter they had to give him to make it look like he was talking (so one story goes)?   Does Ron Howard still have a brother years after Gentle Ben matured??? 

Or a little more modern time, how did Eddie survive all those years on Frazier being fed all the psycho-babble all the time.  How did the rooster, Little Jerry Seinfeld, survive on a show about nothing?  Could Po from Kung Foo Panda really only eat Monkey’s almond cookies while doing a full split?  Did Mr. Popper have to keep his penguins out of the water when Free Willy came by to visit?  

But as I enter my imaginary X-Wing fighter and charge up my light saber, what will I need to worry about in this new future world.  In Star Trek, we had an idea that Tribbles could eat a grain called Quadrotriticale (but not with added poison).  But what does one feed an Ewok (other than people)?  I was hoping more towards the alfalfa based direction.   Can we use our Algae DHA in a mixture when a group of Gungans like Jar Jar Binks comes to the earth?    Do you have to use all no-animal products when you go to Chewy’s house for Thanksgiving’s dinner? 

Now we have had our fun thinking about what could be but the future is always exciting and with new places to explore.  Maybe I am the early reincarnation of Captain Kurt or Han Solo that we will see in the future so they will have the nutrition answers and can worry about not losing any crewmen in red shirts or whether to call Leia princess, general or dear?  

Posted on 12/16/2015 by Dr. Ed Bonnette  |  Category: Equine, Poultry, Cat, Dog, Rabbit, Sheep, Goat, Specialty
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