Bugsy is turning 1!!!

Bugsy is turning 1 on the 9th!  I am so excited!!!  He went to his vet today for a checkup and she said he looked PERFECT! However…….and here comes what all raw feeders dread….she was concerned about his Frankenprey Diet.

So, I said I totally understand, what are your concerns?  SHE SAT DOWN!  WE HAD A CONVERSATION!  At the end she said I had addressed all her concerns and she was confident my dog was receiving all the nutrients he needed AND I had clearly done my research.  I told her I wish every vet was like her, that every vet would have the conversation rather then immediately poo-pooing raw feeding.

I love Raw Feeding and get so excited when I get to talk about it, I am always open to someone else’s opinion but, have strongly developed my own and have the science to back it up.

So, here are Bugsy’s blood-work results…they are perfect.  I love science 🙂

PS- Here’s an updated picture of everyone!

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Where to visit next…. and Apple Cider Vinegar!

Seeing as we started at the top of the Food Chain (literally) with the Answers Pet Food  facility and farm tour I don’t know where to go now…..

But, while I ponder that question to myself, here are some GREAT uses for Apple Cider Vinegar!!

*Use apple cider vinegar rinse for itchy dogs to soothe the skin.  Mix 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar per 1 pint of water for your dog after you bathe them.

*Apple Cider Vinegar contains several acids with powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, making it excellent for clearing up ear infections.  To use, make a 5 ml solution of a 50:50 ratio of water to Apple Cider Vinegar. Apply the solution to your dog’s ears and wipe the inside of their ear with a cotton ball. Do this daily for a week.

*Improve digestion, clean teeth, combat fungal infections and boost immunity by adding Apple Cider Vinegar to your pets drinking water.  (See below for amounts)

*Eliminate Odors.  Following up a bath with an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, is a great way to break down and get rid of strong odors (like skunk odor) embedded in your dog’s coat. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar per 1 pint of water and pour over your dog after bathing.

*Apple Cider Vinegar can be used both topically and internally to help treat many issues.   For internal use, the standard recommended dosage of apple cider vinegar for dogs is:

  • 1 tsp for small dogs (up to 14 lb)
  • 2 tsp for medium-sized dogs (15 to 34 lb)
  • 1 tbsp for large dogs (35 to 84 lb)

*The easiest way to give Apple Cider Vinegar to your dog is to combine it with their food or water daily, or you can make an apple cider vinegar rinse for itchy dogs.  When you decide to purchase Apple Cider Vinegar, make sure you reach for a brand that is “raw, unpasteurized” or “with the mother.” This ensures the Apple Cider Vinegar still contains all of its beneficial enzymes and acids.

For more information on this wonderful product checkout The Hearty Soul.

 

Answers Pet Food

Yesterday I was able to experience one of the most amazing things that I have ever seen.   It’s been in the works for a few months it was so hard not to tell everyone what and where I was going.  My friend and I were given the opportunity to tour the Answers Pet Food farms and facilities.  We saw all of their animals!!  There are no words to describe the level that this pet food company is on.  They care for their animals and they actually have a prayer in their slaughterhouse blessing each animal before it gives its life for their food.  They are superior to anything else on the market.

We were able to go see the goats, chickens, pigs and cows! (they were indoors because it was raining but, they are all free roaming on the farm)  To see animals treated humanely and as animals, not just a piece trash, was something that I have no words for.

I recommend Answers to all of my clients that don’t want, or can’t, go to a Frankenprey model.  It really is the only brand that I 100% standby.  To see how they work with the people in their community and how the people support them is a model I wish every dog food company could follow.

Thank you to Billy and Jacqueline for hosting Brice and I and showing us what you do for our animals.  It was one of the best days of my life.

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January 29, 2018

I know there are many things only raw feeders get excited about, and the more I get into this the more my husband reminds me ;).   Saturday I came home with a new Cleaver, I had to let everyone I know, plus some, haha.  And, I also had to make an insane Jack Nicholson face while showing it off but, hey, that’s me.

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BUT, the best part of today JUST happened!  As an early birthday gift and a unique way to spend time with my father who has finally! retired we are taking the below course in May.  I am beyond excited and know this is not normal but, also know it is. 🙂

Sutter Meats in Northampton, MA does a 2 hour Pork Fabrication Class with a locally raised pig and we get to take some home!  This is going to come in handy the next time I bring home a a full bone in pork loin (as pictured above).  I won’t have to stare at it for 20 minutes scratching my head wondering how I am going to do it.  I will actually learn what to do with it and how.  Hopefully the next time I have one my husband won’t walk into the kitchen and ask why the dog is licking the wall, only to find out a piece of meat flung onto it in my insane attempts to cut through the bones.  The only catch here is the dogs are not going to get to eat it, it’s actually for my husband and I.  Well, maybe they will have a little taste, we shall see……

Mom finally did it!!

Mom finally finished her training and is Certified in Raw Feeding!  Now our meals are going to get good!!!!! Woof Woof!!!!!

Thanks Lucy, I’m going to take over now.

I am so happy I have finally finished the raw training Certification course through Dogs Naturally University!  I am so ready to start helping people and their furry companions be the best they can be by getting back to the diets Mother Nature intended them to be on!  I finally feel I have found the direction I am supposed to go in this crazy trip we call life.

So much has happened besides that but, these are things, only raw feeders get excited about, haha.

I was finally able to source duck necks locally, as well as finding a raw food co-op which we just placed our first order with last night so fingers crossed.  If it works I have been able to bring our food bill down from $600 a month on a commercial raw diet, to $400 when I first started sourcing myself, to $350, and this order from last night was $270 for 6 weeks worth of food.  That’s right.  6 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The only thing I will need to add is another $60 or so in supplements and extra duck necks as they did not have them in stock.  So, right there you can see the savings I was able to achieve by taking my time and being patient.  So much of it is learning on a curve.  You get to the store and they are out of something you need so there you are staring off into space trying to figure out what you can substitute, how much you need, what a good price per pound is….lol.  It’s  harder than it looks!

I can’t wait to share this journey with you!

4 Months Later…

What’s happened….

So, a lot has happened in the 4 months since I last posted.  I finally have the dogs transitioned to a full raw diet but,  I was a little nervous, I have to admit, and went a longer route than usual to get myself used to the idea of raw, and handling it!

In August I transitioned them from Acana (which is an amazing kibble, one of the best out there but, I knew I could do better) to The Honest Kitchen.  Within 2 weeks my husband and I saw a huge difference!  Their teeth were cleaner, their coats shed and regrew softer, they have no gas, I could go on and on.

The Honest Kitchen is an amazing food.  It’s a fully balanced dehydrated raw food, so all you have to do is add water or Goats Milk!  It was so easy for my husband and we decided to keep the pooches on it for a while.  And, it was balanced for all Life Stages making it appropriate for all of our dogs.

Then, due to my job, we started learning more and more about Primal.  They offer a frozen, raw diet, easy to serve, made in patties.  They are measured out for you and you just defrost them and feed.  I decided to transition the dogs as the next step in getting them (and me) closer to a Biologically Appropriate menu.  What I love about Primal is that you read the ingredients and know EVERY single one!

A few weeks ago I resigned my position from the shop due to personal reasons.  Now money is tighter and it’s time to go a Biologically Appropriate Raw Food.  I reached out to a Nutritionist to have Custom Meal Plans made for all the dogs for a starting point.

The First Week – OH MY GOSH! I need to get Pork Loin, Duck Neck, Pork Liver, and Beef Kidney……how am I even going to touch this?!  We got through the first week better than I thought, it was hard to source some items but I was able to do it by going to local butcher shops, Asian Markets, and the farm stands we have around.

The Second Week – FISH!  The one food that makes me so sad, lol.  But, I found local fish markets and got what they needed.  After a few days of fish though I decided maybe they can have it a few times a month, haha.  My husband loved it because the house smelled like his grandmothers on Plum Island.

The Third Week  – I’m getting the hang of this and love it!

We have already seen our food cost go down dramatically and even though I am not working we are still able to provide our lovies with the best possible diet.

The Beginning

For a few months now I have been looking at the benefits of feeding Rico, Lucy, and Bugsy a raw diet. Seeing and hearing what’s in kibble scares me, as high quality as it claims to be, I still wonder – Can I be doing better by them? As humans we wouldn’t be able to sustain on an all-inclusive “kibble” meals, so why should they? I already know they love watermelon, lettuce, carrots, so why not incorporate them into their diet?

Then, I get laid off unexpectedly giving me even more time to dig into this….then my favorite local Pet Store (and the only place I buy their food)  -has recently decided to go all raw……my interest grows……so I start Googling.

I’m perusing FaceBook one day and what appears? A post from the PetStore saying they are looking for part-time help, OMG! This has to be a sign. I a luky enough to be in a position to not have to go back to a corporate job but, do I something I love. So I e-mail them and explain I was just laid off, blah, blah – within hours they call me back and ask me to come in. Long story short – I got the job! The licensed pet nutritionist who has just been hired there as well suggests I watch a documentary called Pet Fooled. I immediately go home and watch it and am nauseated from what I see and hear.

I take all of this as a sign that I need to transition my dogs from the kibble they are on to a raw diet. And, I will be able to do so under the guidance of an expert, which is even more exciting!

I’ve decided to start this blog to capture their transition on the diet and hopefully change how people look at Raw Diets and to be able to see the progression my dogs.

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