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Mom Irate After Her Sister Feeds Teething Daughter Dog Treats As A Snack Without Telling Her

Girl eating dogfood from a bowl with a dog.
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Parents tend to be very mindful of what their children eat.

In some cases, it’s out of concern for their safety, making sure that their children don’t eat anything with any ingredients they might be allergic to.

In other cases, they may just try to ensure they aren’t eating food filled with unhealthy ingredients.

The sister of Redditor throwARhesa10but was furious after learning about a snack she had fed her daughter about her recent visit.

Even though this particular snack was in fact full of healthy ingredients, and the original poster (OP)’s niece seemed to enjoy it.

In fact, what really set the OP’s sister off was who these snacks had been initially made for.

Wondering if she had done anything wrong, the OP took to the subReddit “Am I The A**hole” (AITA), where she asked fellow Redditors:

“AITA for giving my niece ‘dog food’?”

The OP explained why her sister was so outraged over the rather nutritious snack she fed her daughter.

“My (20 F[emale])’s sister (Jane-28 F[emale]), her daughter (9 month old-Lucy) and our mum (Sarah-50 F) all came to visit me a few days ago.”

“One of my housemates has a dog and during warmer days, we make frozen banana and peanut butter oat balls for the dog to have as a treat.”

“They are entirely edible for humans.”

“It’s literally a banana, a scoop of peanut butter and a cup of oats.”

“That’s it.”

“Anyways, Lucy was fussing and Jane tells me that she’s in the teething process and asked if I could freeze some of the baby food for when she needed to eat in an hour or so.”

“I agreed and asked if she wanted to give Lucy a frozen peanut butter oat ball.”

“Jane agreed and Lucy loved it.”

“About 2 hours into the visit, my housemates gets back with her dog and goes into the freezer to get one of the frozen treats and my sister gets all antsy.”

“Mum and I ask what’s wrong and she asks if I made the treats for Lucy.”

“I said no, they’re technically for the dog, but It’s safe for human consumption.”

“Jane freaks out and picks Lucy up and goes to the car.”

“She’s crying about how I gave her daughter ‘dog food’ and how I should have disclosed that it was made for a dog, but I didn’t think it mattered.”

“It didn’t have dog-only ingredients or anything.”

“I tried to talk to Jane but she won’t respond and is genuinely insisting that I fed her daughter dog food.”

“Our mum is split; she thinks Jane is being ridiculous and says she’s only on her side ‘publicly’ because she’s a new mother.”


Fellow Redditors weighed in on where they believed the OP fell in this particular situation by declaring:

  • NTA – Not The A**hole
  • YTA – You’re The A**hole
  • NAH – No A**holes Here
  • ESH – Everyone Sucks Here

The Reddit community unanimously agreed that the OP was not the a**hole for feeding Lucy the snack she had made for her dogs.

Everyone agreed that the OP was correct in feeling that the snack she made was dog-friendly and not specifically dog food and that Jane badly overreacted, with some believing her mother should have stuck up for her more.


“It is not dog food.”

“It is human food that is sometimes given to a dog.”- Pesec1


“Your new mantra if your mom or sister brings it up again.”

“‘It’s human food that we give to the dog’.”

“‘It’s human food that we give to the dog’.”

“‘It’s human food that we give to the dog’.”

“‘It’s human food that we give to the dog’.”

“‘It’s human food that we give to the dog’.”

“‘Shall I explain again or do you understand?'”- wcs4696

“Tell your sis to stop getting her collar in a bunch.”

“I literally make those for myself all the time and I have yet to lick my own groin or chase the mailman…Altho if he’s hot enough I might consider it!”

“Woof! Oh and NTA.”- Tizzery


“Your sister needs to take a step back. This is frankly a ridiculous thing to get upset about.”

“It really doesn’t matter what the food was made for, it’s safe for consumption regardless.”

“I wonder if she knows how many things her 9-month-old shoves in its mouth when she’s not looking.”- ZroMoose


“Your sister is going to lose her mind if she freaks out about everything that isn’t a problem.”

“Your mom really not doing any favors either, supporting unhinged behavior.”- toxie37

“NTA, and ‘She’s a new mother’ is such a tired excuse for sh*t behavior.”- CmdrHoratioNovastar


“And if she’s that sensitive on her daughter’s diet, she should have checked it out herself.”-MarktheBest65


“That literally a base recipe for protein balls.”- IndependentIdeal5962

“They might be made primarily as treats for the dog, but they’re 100% human food ingredients and entirely tasty for humans too, so she really is being a bit mad.”

“NTA.”- ieya404


“Your sister couldn’t relax for 2 seconds so you could explain that the food was all human food.”

“She really thinks you would feed a baby dog food?”

“Your mom is enabling her, it seems.”- coooourtie

“NTA, it’s banana, peanut butter, and oats.”

‘Healthy for dogs and people.”

“Your sister needs to lighten up.”

“I make steak for myself but if I can’t eat it all, it now becomes dog food.”

“I went to with my dad and brother.”

“my dad had me order a 16 oz steak. I can barely eat a 6oz. Why?”

“For dog food.”

“If it works, it works.”

“It does no harm.”

“As long as you weren’t feeding your niece kibble, she needs to stop.”- PlentyHopeful263


“This is hilarious, tell her you forgot you added pedigree chum to the mix too whilst you’re at it.”-thetempesthascome

“NTA Sounds good, I might make some for my kiddos, lol.”- Corduroycat1


“I eat the frozen treats I make the dog too.”

“Try freezing a puree of greek yogurt and blueberries.”

“Very good.”

“Everyone loves them, two legs and four.”- IzBlueGirl


“Jane and your mum are both a**holes.”- Tyrrax

“NTA it’s human food that you happen to give a dog, not the other way around.”- MorgainofAvalon


“Don’t get me start on Jane and your mother on the other hand.”- Ok-Cauliflower-9059

“NTA,… crazy mom.”

“Say its a banana, peanut butter and oats,… cant get any healthier than that.”

“Lie to her and say you eat them too with chocolate sauce.”

“Does not matter ifnits given to the dog as well.”

“Btw thanks for the recipe.. gotta try it.”

“Both for me and the dog!”- BeginningAccording96

“NTA your sister, and mother on the other hand.”- CreepyExpression8007


“Your sister needs to get over herself.”

“As someone else pointed out, gawd only knows what the baby has stuffed in her mouth!”-Obvious_Amphibian270

“NTA- and I gotta say I was pissed off already from the title.”

“I already knew this was gonna be about some willful ignorance that somebody won’t let go of.”

“This is what I would say to them.”

“Look, y’all- for the last time.”

“This is people food that I use to treat my dog.”

‘It is not dog food. I would not feed dog food to a child.”

“That’s the last I’m hearing about this because it’s too simple not to understand.”

“Anybody else falsely accuses me of feeding dog food to a child is gonna have a different problem with me and they’re gonna have to explain why they are making up vicious lies and slandering my character.”- chuckinhoutex


“Not even a little.”- SlideItIn100


“My hubby loves those balls.”

“LOL we made them for our old dog to help get him to eat.”

“Totally human food.”- shadow-foxe


“Might not have hurt to state ahead of time that they are all natural but we’re made for the dog – but there’s nothing in there the kid couldn’t eat.”

“Def overreacting.”

“And your mom isn’t helping.”

“Coddling your sis because she’s a new mom is just going to make matter worse.”- DruidQueen8885

“NTA lmao.”

“If it’s safe to eat and is made also for human consumption then your sister is probably overreacting.”- Permanentpleasure


“Just because you can safely feed it to a dog doesn’t make it dog food.”

“In fact, I even think it sounds pretty tasty!”- PopularFunction5202

“Honestly, my granddaughter used to stand next to me at the counter while I was prepping homemade dog food and just hold up her hand, and I would give her pieces of chicken and carrots.”

“She fully knew she was taking pieces of dog food, and so did her mother.”

“It’s people food. Who the heck cares if you’re cooking it for the dog?”- Specialist_Air2158

In truth, any new parent tends to instantly jump to worrying about anything their child has eaten, making Jane’s reaction somewhat understandable when she heard her daughter had just eaten dog food.

Hopefully, after taking some deep breaths and thinking things over, she might eventually come to realize that the snack Lucy ate purely consisted of things that nearly all children enjoy on a regular basis.

Who knows, she might even come around to asking the OP for the recipe.

Written by John Curtis

A novelist, picture book writer and native New Yorker, John is a graduate of Syracuse University and the children's media graduate program at Centennial College. When not staring at his computer monitor, you'll most likely find John sipping tea watching British comedies, or in the kitchen, taking a stab at the technical challenge on the most recent episode of 'The Great British Baking Show'.