Let me start by saying that I am not a vet. I am not a doggy nutritionist. I am not an expert. I am not recommending you practice what I practice, or that what I have decided that I feel is best for me and my dog, is best for you and your dog. I am simply sharing my experiences and opinions. If there is anything that I post on this page that strikes your interest PLEASE do your own research, and ALWAYS consult your veterinarian before making any lifestyle changes with your pet.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

a little background info on me

I love all things furry and feathered, and as I am sure many of you can relate I am especially attached to my dog. She is my best friend. My love affair started early and even when I was little I always wanted what I thought was best for my four legged friends. Growing up I remember always trying to convince my parents to by the best food for our dogs. At the time I am pretty sure that I was convinced that Pedigree was the Holy Grail of dog food (for those of you who are not aware this is ABSOLUTELY not the case).

When I was old enough, it was only natural that I would wind up working in a pet store. In the beginning, I was wonderfully ignorant. I was in awe, at all the different types of dog food available. I talked to all of the vendors I could, soaking up all of the wonderful things they had to tell me about their foods and what dogs need in their diets. After six years of working in the pet retail industry, I can honestly say that my dog has sampled just about every dog food on the market. I can also honestly say that what most dog food companies tell you is a big fat lie. Don’t get me wrong, there are some foods out there that aren’t bad foods. Unfortunately, I have found that the more I learn the less even the best foods appeal to me. I can find something I don’t like in 99% of the bags of food I pick up. Not to mention that my dog hasn’t actually LOVED a single one of them. She’ll eat her kibble, but she doesn’t really enjoy it.

During my quest to find a better way to feed my dog I stumbled upon raw diets. For me this concept makes perfect sense. I truly believe that our animals deserve better than the processed kibble that has become the standard for our dog’s nutrition. I also believe that converting to a raw diet is scary stuff. It is difficult to find anything that tells you exactly what to feed and when to feed it. So after browsing through numerous websites and reading my recently acquired book called Raw Dog Food by Carina Beth MacDonald, I have decided to stop worrying so much about the what, and when, and how much and just give it a whirl. I think this idea is something that can be intimidating, and so I have also decided to blog about this new journey my dog and I are embarking on. As I go I will post links various websites that I find to be interesting. On top of the things that I post here, you can also Google “raw diets for dogs” and get lots of sites on the pros and cons of this alternative method.

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