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…

Head and Body

I’m not feeling very well today. Haven’t all week. Not sure why. It could be a number of things.

First, the change of the seasons always freaks me out. Not sure why but many times I don’t feel good in the spring and the fall. But I was okay last fall so not sure if that’s it or not.

Second, I could be on a low after Nationals. It was so much fun, I really had a great time and was on a high all that week. Levi did so well, got so many ribbons and Qs, that we just were happy. Now that it’s over I might be down after the high.

Third, maybe I’m sick. I just never know. My head hurts, my muscles ache, my throat hurts… I need some chloraseptic for my throat. And I wonder if I have a bladder infection. However, I really wonder about the old doc I went to at the Health Clinic, if he tested me positive all the time when really I wasn’t. That was probably 4 or so years ago. Now I’m usually tested negative but I have the same symptoms. It is frustrating but I’m paranoid about it.

I really don’t like feeling bad. I guess I have to remember it’s not going to last forever. I will feel better again. Just rest and take it easy and take care of myself. I’m so out of touch with my body sometimes that I just don’t know what’s going on.

Trust myself… trust myself… trust myself…

December is Too Busy

Well, I am back from California. It was a really fun trip. A tad too many people for me though.. I’m not very social by nature, and so it was nice to get home and relax and have some alone time again. Especially with the dogs. I am completely comfortable with them, as much so as being alone. 🙂

This month is too busy. My weekends are already taken up before Christmas, and I haven’t done any shopping. I have something for my Mom, but not my Dad, Sister, Nephew, or Husband. Ugh. And then I want to get some little things for my coworkers and such. Time goes by too fast anymore. Much too fast. Next weekend is already taken both days. And the weekend after that, Saturday the 17th is just about taken. The 18th is free.. so far, I’m going to have to tell everyone no, I’m busy that day, and can’t do anything. Then the following weekend is already Christmas! Ugh! I need to start some online shopping, but then it might already be too late for that. The Thanksgiving trip kinda messed me up this year. Usually I’m quite done by now.

And it’s cold. Much too cold! 18F this morning. Yuck. And 32F now. California spoiled me for the warmth, and now I’m already tired of the cold.

It appears Chase has a low thyroid. And so now he’s going to be on meds for it. I just hope his coat comes back in, poor guy has such thin fur it’s sad. They say pure-breds are so unhealthy… well the only dog we have that is probably a mix, is our unhealthiest! 🙁

Back Again

Well, I’m finally healthy enough to be back at work again. I actually enjoyed being sick these last four or so days. I hate being sick at work, feeling awful, needing to think… so I stayed home and just enjoyed myself. Being sick was actually rather a pleasant feeling. I could sit in my PJs all day long, knit, listen to Harry Potter on CD and watch the movies. I listened the the whole first book on Thursday. Then Friday I watched movie 1 and movie 2. Then on Saturday I watched movie 2 and movie 3. LOL.

I would have been bored silly without HP.

I finished my sweater:

Which was fun. I had such a great time doing decreases that I started a Hermione Bobble hat, which is proving challenging. But fun. I’m also working on a Hufflepuff dog scarf. I finished the Gryffindor dog scarf.

I do so love to knit. Who woulda guessed?

Going Along

Well, it’s almost Thanksgiving. Hrmph. Too weird, it comes way too fast anymore. Tomorrow is the big day. Should be fun. We are doing the typical feasting at my Mom and Dad’s house. I do love the holidays.

I got my web server mostly going again. Photo galleries are up. Main web page is up. Web cam is going. UtahDogs.com is up again on a new board, restored from the old. I don’t think the permissions are set quite right, though, because I’m not able to change the templates remotely. I’ll need to check on that. I need to get it going again. It was a nice site, now it’s just the board, rather boring. And I don’t think any of the pictures came across, so I need to get that set up, too.

But, agility this weekend, and I think it’s only 1 ring, so Sat and Sun will both be all dayers.

I think I’m going to take Lucy, too. I took her to the vet last night and she seems okay. She could have arthritis, but the vet moved here here and there, this way and that, and said she doesn’t have a very good range of motion, especially in her left elbow, but she doesn’t seem unhealthy in any way. We got some anti-inflammatories to see if they might help. So perhaps Lucy just doesn’t like to jump. I just don’t want her to be in any pain.

She is just not a motivated pup. She likes eating, and laying around, and going on slow walks. But going fast is not her style. Silly girl. She is hard for me to train and motivate. Levi is easier, and Chase will probably be easier too. Levi is a pleaser boy and I think Chase is mostly too.

I haven’t worked with Chase much yet… been concentrating on Lucy and Levi. Mostly Lucy with that last UKC trial. She did pretty good, and would have Q’d had she gone over the jumps instead of around them. Silly goof. 🙂