Friends

Changed the theme today… actually, I might just change it often. I loaded up a few of the free ones that I like, and Ilike change!

Anyway… I’m back from Dog Camp. Been back a few weeks now. And I just had to say I had such an awesome time. I finally uploaded my pictures and they are great.
Dog Camp Album
This is my favorite picture:

I love how Levi is still, and Chase is in motion.
The boys had such a great time. Chase’s feet hurt so bad at the end… he wore them raw. But he had so much fun I didn’t want to slow him down. He got to come home to heal up.

I also made some new friends. That was the very best part. Having been so shy, and having social anxiety… I was so good at keeping it in check that week, and it was wonderful. I am excited to have some more great friends. And I chatted and relaxed and it was great. 🙂

Raw Feeding Confusions

When I started feeding raw, I read Pitcarn, and he said to feed raw ground, or he has some kibble suppliment recipies anyway. Then there are others who also say feed ground raw with suppliments… or feed chicken necks and backs.. yadda yadda yadda, everyone is different. Ugh. I bought 40lbs of chicken necks and 40lbs of backs too in the beginning. 🙂

The folks on the rawfeeding yahoo group seem to say no to backs or necks, much more meat instead. So I’ve increased the dogs’ meat, but it’s hard to get anything other than pork meat, chicken necks and backs, at reasonable prices. So that’s my main component mostly. I am still feeding the necks and backs too.

I’ve been feeding raw for about a month. From what I’ve read, too, many people say raw feeding helps improve dogs’ teeth. I can understand that, if they chew up the bones. But then they need the calcium/phosphorus ration to be right too (gads another confusing thing).

So I’ve decided to stick with the following points because they make the most sense to me:
1. Bones to clean teeth and get them calcium, about 15% of the diet.
2. No ground (okay, a little bit of ground lol) because in nature no animal eats ground meat.
3. As wide a variety of meats as I can get (which isn’t much around here).
4. I feed veggies occasionally, because why not? Can’t hurt… when I have the time to blend some up, I throw them in (couple times a month).
5. I’m staying away from grain. From what I’ve read it can be a cause of allergies, and one of my dogs has many allergies. And in the wild wolves and dogs don’t much eat grain.
6. About 10% organ meats. Seems like a good idea. 🙂 Some occasional Tripe.

It seems there are as many ideas about feeding raw as there are people in the world. And none of it is scientific because it’s new, so people have no solid facts about it. I did do bloodwork on one of my dogs, and I hope to get the results faxed to me today so I can find a site on the web to compare them too, and see how we are doing.

The prey model diet, people say that wolves eat only animals, no grains or veggies. But then I also see the other side, that our dogs have not been wild wolves for thousands of years, and have scavenged and eaten various different things. So that’s why I think veggies can’t really hurt.

Raw Dog Update

Well, I guess I’m writing more about the dogs’ food than my own. Let’s see if today maybe I can do some of both. 🙂

I bought some rabbit from a local raiser last weekend, and tried feeding. Well, 3 of the 4 dogs think it’s icky. Levi thought it was grand, and promptly got sick afterwards. 🙂 He didn’t eat for a day and a half, and had runny poops. But he’s back on track now so I’m not worried.

Of the other 3, Angel thought the ground was so-so and ate a little bit. Chase would roll it around in his mouth then spit it out. And Lucy wouldn’t even touch it. Lucy… who is my dog that will eat anything! Interesting stuff.

I’m off to a seminar this coming weekend so after I get back we’ll attempt some more rabbit. My freezer is just too full at the moment. 🙂 I think I went a little buying happy.

The girls and boys will eat mostly ground this weekend while I’m gone. Aaron is not too keen yet about feeding raw. It is a bit gross, but it just has got to be better than extruded heated processed junk they have been getting. Even the high quality stuff is still processed. I don’t eat processed foods (much) why would I feed it to my dogs? Just dunno. So I don’t anymore.

They are back to eating chicken backs and some ground turkey. I think I maybe feeding them too much bone, but as long as they don’t get constipated I think they are okay. I’ll be looking for other sources of cheap meat. Chicken is easy to get and cheap. But they need more variety. I was hoping the rabbit would help but maybe not. 🙂

It’s amazing how many different types of ‘raw’ diets you can feed. There’s a ton of information, much of it different in view. But I think I’m finding out what works best for my family. I really hope this helps Chase’s allergies, and Lucy’s scratchy back, and Angel’s throwing up. Levi, he’s just fine. 🙂

Feeding Raw

I have decided to start feeding the four dogs a raw food diet.

This is digusting. 🙂 Having been vegetarian for 15 years, I have not purchased meat directly for a long time. But I do know that I have been buying meat in the dog-food form for all those years. So what is the difference? It’s just being one more step away from the death process.

I completely dislike buying dead animal carcasses. One reason I didn’t like having a snake as a ‘pet’ was because of feeding them live food. So now I’m back there. But like I said, I was always feeding them meat, I just didn’t see it directly. Now I do.

But I’ve been eating so healthy myself, it doesn’t seem logical anymore to continue to feed my dogs preprocessed kibble. It’s heated to horribly high temperatures, and then extruded through high pressure machinery, and that has got to ruin all of the good things that were in it before.

I follow the Eat to Live plan. And I don’t eat processed foods anymore. So why would I feed it to my dogs? I don’t know. I couldn’t deny it any longer.

And so this is a new place for me. A new shift. We’ll see how it goes…