"Ever consider what dogs
must think of us?
I mean, here we come back
from a grocery store with the most amazing haul --
chicken, pork, half a cow.
They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!" --Anne Tyler
If you want to take
your animal’s health care a bit farther . . . switch to a raw food diet, or
at least a cooked food diet.
Purchase a book on natural health care for animals, many of which include
information and even recipes for raw feeding. See the
Holistic Care and
Raw Foods and Kibbles book
pages. If you purchase books from Amazon.com by linking to them through my
site, a percentage of the price is donated to various small rescue groups
around the country.
While farmers and ranchers
have been feeding their dogs and cats this way for many years, the
“BARF” diet was documented for use by the public by Dr. Ian Billinghurst, a
veterinary surgeon in Australia,
http://www.drianbillinghurst.com. He is the author of Give Your Dog a Bone,
Grow Your Pup With Bones, and The BARF Diet. The BARF diet
consists of raw meaty bones (such as chicken necks and backs, pork neck
bones, turkey necks, and others), eggs, certain dairy products such as
cottage cheese or yogurt [note that some dogs are allergic to dairy
products], raw minced fruits and vegetables, a few supplemental items (such
as apple cider vinegar and certain types of oils), and very few if any
grains. This diet is detailed in many books by various other authors and on
numerous websites for various breeds.
See Dr. Sanchez-Penalver’s website,
www.weim.net/homeovet, for additional information about feeding a raw
diet. Dr. Sanchez-Penalver is a homeopathic veterinarian in Spain who acts
as moderator for the Weimaraner Holistic list at
www.weim.net. Her website is full of
wonderful articles, vaccination related problems and stories, information on
holistic and homeopathic care, and much more. Although located in Spain, she
is a fantastic homeopathic veterinarian who is available for second opinion
consultations by phone and email (she has an international clientele), and
is well respected in her field. She can be reached at
Feeding a raw diet can be pretty overwhelming at first. Many do so out of
desperation because of their animal’s ongoing health issues, and experience
a gamut of emotions about what will happen when they starting feed their
animal companions raw food. . . . will they die? Will they get really sick?
How will I know if they’re doing okay on this diet? What signs do I look for
which mean their health is improving? I feed my two Weimaraners a raw food
diet, and they are doing great! It was scary, yes -- but when I got sick of
seeing Max constantly battling allergies and illnesses, and getting no
relief from allopathic medication and kibble (including several of the
higher quality kibbles carried at pet stores – I never did try a premium
kibble because I switched directly to the raw food diet), I began looking
for alternatives. I had no one to ask questions of, so I started with Dr.
Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats, then
eventually progressed to Dr. Billinghurst’s program. My boys are healthy,
have beautiful shiny coats, no skin problems, perfectly clean teeth (Max is
almost 8, by the way) . . . and our vet visits are minimal. The benefits are
Dogs' stomach acid is much
stronger than ours (for instance, they can digest/dissolve raw – not cooked
– bone down to a powder); and food does not stay in their stomachs very
long; their digestive tract is much shorter than ours. For these and other
reasons, a healthy dog can handle the bacteria in raw food with no problem;
even an ill one can under the right conditions and with the right supplement
support. This assumes you are transitioning the dog in the proper manner
(see one of the recommended books for doing so) and supporting their
digestive system at the beginning to minimize changeover responses such as
diarrhea. I started Barney (my second Weimaraner, a very ill stray I
fostered and then adopted) on raw food at the height of his pneumonia and
battle with hookworms. (NOTE: Be sure to research at length or consult with
a seasoned raw feeder before attempting this with an ill, debilitated,
immune system compromised or older animal.) See
Barney’s story. I started with very lightly cooked (simmered in
water, not fried) turkey and chicken for a few days, with a bit of rice or
oatmeal, then added a bit of green beans, then other veggies, and slowly
transitioned to completely raw/uncooked food over 7-8 days (meat and minced
vegetables, eggs, cottage cheese; with cooked legumes, oatmeal, brown rice,
millet, quinoa, barley and/or oat bran for fiber to help cleanse his
gastrointestinal tract). And I supported his body with special supplements,
probiotics (beneficial intestinal bacteria), food enzymes, and a
vitamin/mineral product. Probiotics help the intestinal system reestablish a
good colony of the beneficial bacteria, necessary for proper breakdown of
food in the intestinal tract. Digestive enzymes (such as amylase, protease,
lipase, lactase, and others) break down the food in their stomachs. If your
dog or cat has trouble transitioning from one kibble to another, or from
kibble to cooked or raw food, feeding supplemental enzymes for a period of
time can help their bodies readjust to producing the enzymes needed to
digest real food (they can lose that ability when on kibble), and helps all
body systems function better. Usually a few weeks of the probiotics and food
enzymes is all that’s needed for a healthy dog, then just the probiotic 2 or
3 times a week. Sometimes it’s necessary to supplement with probiotics and
enzymes for a month or more if the animal is or has been ill, has received
antibiotics and other drugs, has a compromised or inefficient immune system
(which is the cause of skin and coat issues, allergies, ear infections,
goopy eyes, etc.), or if they’ve been fed kibble for a long period of time.
You'll find information about several probiotic products on the
Immune System page.
For information about the dog's digestive tract and how they process
Facts for the Health of You and Your Pet.
Is Raw Right for Your
Pet? Feeding raw foods, or
homecooked foods, to animals is not a new idea; this has been happening for
many, many years, especially on farms and ranches. The "BARF" diet (Bones
and Raw Food, or Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) is a healthy way of
feeding which supports the immune system and provides the most easily
assimilated nutrients. While feeding a raw diet is not for everyone --
some dogs or cats may not be able to tolerate raw bones, or may be too
debilitated to handle raw meat until healthier -- it is one of the best
things you can do to give your animal a long life and the best health
possible. Watch allergy symptoms disappear, goopy eyes and ears turn
clear and clean again, skin problems resolve, and much more. The money
you will save in veterinary bills because your animal is healthy is another
great reason to switch to this way of feeding. A natural diet, whether raw
or homecooked, is crucial for dogs and cats who are dealing with cancer.
For books which discuss the problems with feeding kibble, please see the
Resources-Media-Books-Kibble and Its
Transitioning to Raw. Please do not attempt to
switch your animal's diet without first doing your research. There is more
to this diet than just handing raw meat and vegetables to your dog or cat.
There is a learning curve and it will take a few weeks to get comfortable
with the program, and develop a routine of preparing meals that works best
with your schedule and lifestyle. I eventually chose to make big
batches of ground meat/vegetable/supplement meals and freeze them; and I
also feed various meaty bones and fish along with certain vegetables and
grains. There are a number of great books and websites which explain
what to feed and why. I started Max on Dr. Pitcairn's way of feeding, and
two years later I fully transitioned to including raw bones in his diet.
He is at his healthiest state ever. Barney was transitioned to a raw diet
when he was very ill and it made a tremendous difference in his recovery.
For a list of books I recommend, see the
Resources-Media-Books-Raw and Cooked
Food Diets page.
Raw Meaty Bones
Newsletter For those who feed a raw diet, Tom Lonsdale (author of
Raw Meaty Bones) offers a free email newsletter. To learn more and to
Don't Feed Raw Salmon
Salmon can carry a rickettsial parasite, which in turn carries a bacteria,
which causes a problem sometimes referred to as "salmon poisoning". See
Diets. I make all of my own raw dog food. If you
wish to forego that process, you can purchase premade raw foods; note that
you may need to add a good vitamin/mineral/probiotic/enzyme product to the
meals. (See the Other Products I
page for some options and specifically the Know Better Dog Food product.) While these
premade products usually have bone ground into them, I
also recommend supplementing with certain meals made of raw meaty bones such
as organic chicken backs, necks and wings. Here are a few product lines,
there are many more:
These are complete foods from free range chicken, beef, lamb and duck,
organic vegetables and certain supplements.
mixes; exotic meats are also available.
http://www.omaspride.com/products.htm A wide variety of premade
Bones and raw food pictorial.
Bones and raw food site.
http://www.bestfrisbeedogs.com/bwhite.html Facts about feeding a
Raw Diet Supplement.
carries cat raw feeding supplements too. These folks have come up with
Better in the Raw (without liver or grains) and My
Master’s Choice (with liver but no grains), two fabulous dry
ingredient bases to add to a dog's water, raw meat and vegetables so that you
don’t have to try to figure out how much of what supplements to give. This
goes the same for the Instincts TC cat food (to which you add
raw meat) which they carry for making a feline raw diet. These supplements
make feeding a raw diet a lot easier. The resulting food, prepared in
accordance with instructions, is a complete and balanced diet for dogs and
cats of all ages. When feeding these products, no additional food or vitamin
and mineral supplements of any kind are required. Try one of these products
for 3 months and see the difference in your dog or cat!
Making Your Own Healthy Dog Treats.
for 5 free sample recipes, and information about how you can purchase
the book the sample recipes came from. Discover the secrets to making
disease free, chemical and preservative free, healthy homemade dog treats.
With over 200 recipes in this book, your dog will be loving you!
A Note About Feeding Cats a Raw Diet. Cats have different
nutritional requirements, including needing a higher level of Taurine and
protein in their diet than dogs do. They need little if no veggies. For recipes and additional information,
see Dr. Pitcairn’s book and others (see links to book pages, above). Also,
search the Internet for “raw food diets for cats” or similar search strings.
Several excellent sites are:
http://www.serve.com/BatonRouge/taurine_chmr.htm A very good
article about the necessity of appropriate Taurine levels in the diet
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/felinefuturediet/ This is a chatlist which
focuses on the topic of feeding a raw diet to cats
A Note About Grapes,
Raisins and Onions. Grapes and raisins can be deadly to dogs,
although the reason is not totally understood. For information, see
http://126.96.36.199/health/foodproblems_contents.html. Onions contain
a compound that can interfere with red blood cell production, leading to
collapse and death if fed in high enough amounts. See
http://188.8.131.52/health/oniondeath.HTML. It's best to avoid these
foods in your animal's diet.
A Note About Feeding
Pork to Dogs. Recently in my monthly newsletter I stated that Pork
should never be fed raw to dogs. The United States is NOT free from a swine
disease known as Aujeszky's Disease or pseudorabies. This disease is
incurable in and fatal to dogs. If you feed pork, be sure it is well cooked.
Well, Sharon, a reader of Kat’s Journal, was kind enough to provide me with
additional information that should make feeders of raw pork rest easier.
“I run a raw feeding buying co-op and as we've seen tremendous price
increases in beef and now in poultry, pork has become more popular among our
members. The virus that causes pseudorabies is rather fragile and can be
killed by freezing, which is not common for viruses. Typically they can only
be killed by high heat. I freeze my pork for a minimum of three weeks and
make sure my freezer temp is cold enough. I saved a bunch of my research
information, some of which appears below. Just thought you might be
www.aahc.com.au/ausvetplan/aujfinal.pdf "Meat from abattoir-slaughtered
pigs is very unlikely to present a risk of spread of infection to pigs or
other susceptible animals, as infected pigs are viraemic for a short time,
the amount of virus is reduced by the pH changes postmortem, and freezing
inactivates AD virus."
http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/ah/pdfs/prv.pdf "The virus is very
susceptible to pH levels below 4 and above 9 and temperatures slightly below
www.vetsci.psu.edu/Ext/Resour\ces/circ/Pseudorabies.pdf "In 1989 a
national control and eradication program was instituted in the Untied
States. As of May 2002, only five states had not reached Stage V (free
status). The five remaining states are in eradication programs and it was
anticipated that all states would be at Stage V within a matter of 1 to 2
For Canine Weight Gain. For a fabulous recipe called “Satin Balls”,
guaranteed to put weight back on a debilitated dog, please see “The Holistic
Dog and Other Animals” website (http://www.holisticdog.org/Nutrition/Satinballs/satinballs.html).
The recipe was developed by Diana Carreon, R.N.,C.
Vegetables. A few things to note, from Sue Johnson's
Switching to Raw: "The cabbage family which includes cabbage, broccoli,
kale and the like, fed in large amounts have been noted to decrease thyroid
function. This does not mean they cannot be used as a part of your vegetable
mix. The same is true of vegetables that contain high amounts of oxalic
acid, such as spinach and chard. They may interfere with calcium absorption
and irritate urinary conditions. The nightshade family, which includes
potatoes, tomatoes, green and red peppers [and eggplant], is sometimes found
to aggravate arthritic conditions. The skins of potatoes and the eyes should
not be fed raw since they contain solanine which is poisonous. Onions have
been found to cause hemolytic anemia in dogs and are best avoided. Aside
from onions, potato eyes and skins, any vegetable can be used in moderation
as part of the vegetable mix. "
For Health Issues.
http://www.dogaware.com/kidney.html has information about how to feed
older dogs who are suffering from kidney disease or liver disease
http://www.dogaware.com/specific.html. If you go to the main
page, you'll also find information about feeding for other types of health
issues including cancer and irritable bowel disease, among others.
If the raw diet does not fit with your lifestyle or beliefs, please consider
a homecooked diet. Here are links and lists to help you get started.
dog nutrition & health group devoted solely to Home Cooking for your dogs!
Join up, find out how to start, share recipes, get new recipes, & find new
food suppliers/websites. Its easier than you think, you MUST fill out a
subscription app. prior to approval. Kibble & Raw Talk kept to a minimum.
Guest Authors make appearances at least 2-3x's a yr. Happy to have y'all! NO
FLAMING, TROLLING, SPAMMING! Take a moment, learn about Home Cooked Pet
Diets! Some Dry Baked Dog Home Cooking Recipes are posted & THC Members
Recipes too! THC is a SAFE HAVEN for pet owners who feed a home cooked pet
diet! For more info, please contact
Totally_Home_Cooking-Owner@YahooGroups.com **The THC Archives are open to
the public every month from the 1st-7th. Please view our archives during
then for your reading pleasure." This list also addresses diets
for allergy prone dogs.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/k9nutrition/ "This list is for people
wanting to learn more about nutrition and dogs, and sharing ideas on feeding
for daily use and for special needs, such as illness, recuperating,
lactation, pregnancy and for all life stages. Some examples of discussion on
this list include recipe sharing, use of vitamins and minerals, issues of
diet for arthritis and allergies, use of herbs and herbal tinctures and
talking about books on diet (old and new), seminars and conferences. It is
also for people looking for new ideas in feeding and sharing information
they have used in their own dogs with success. It is also expected that
while not all people will agree on feeding methods and diet, that all
members will treat each other with respect on individual opinions." Mary
Straus (http://www.dogaware.com) and Lew
Olsen, PhD (http://www.b-naturals.com),
and other experts are members of this list and very helpful to newcomers.
Frequently asked questions about home cooked diets.
http://www.simplyschnauzer.net/sshnnutrition.html Another site with
great information about diets, kibbles, FAQs, etc. and links to other
Information about various diets.
prepared diet recipes.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/compassionateguardians/ "This group is
designed to be a respectful haven of discussion & resources for those
interested in feeding their companion animal dogs & cats a vegetarian or
vegan diet. It is also a warm atmosphere to discuss all aspects of
compassionate care for & joyous living with these companion animals. Dogs
are recognized in veterinary medicine as nutritional omnivores, while cats
are naturally obligatory carnivores. Both can be fed a well-planned,
balanced vegetarian/vegan diet with supplements. Diets may be homemade &
formulated with veterinary help or commercially prepared. Commercially
available vegetarian/vegan foods include Yarrah Organics, Three Dog Bakery
Vegetarian, Happidog, Wackidog, Nature's Recipe, Natural Life, Wow-Bow
Vegi-Krunch, Evolution, Medi-Cal, Green Ark, HOANA recipes & vegecat/dog/kit
supplements, and others. UC Davis Veterinary Medical School is one resource
for creating & balancing a healthful vegetarian homemade diet, consulting
for a small fee."
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/NaturalFerrets/ "Natural health for dogs
and cats...you see it everywhere! How about some natural health for
ferrets!! Do you avoid vaccinating your ferret(s)? Do you feed them a raw
natural diet instead of that poison in a bag? Are you interested in learning
natural health and diet for your ferret? I am and I know there are others
out there. This list is open to renegade ferret owners everywhere. Let's get
together and learn to keep our ferrets healthy NATURALLY!!! Discussion
of vaccinations, raw diets, herbology, naturopathy, homeopathy, aromatherapy
and other natural pathways are welcome."
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CanadianExotics/ "Canadian Exotics is for
anyone ( Canadian or not) who is interested in owning, breeding or just
sharing of information on exotic pets. This is from any exotic from pocket
pets, birds, rodents,reptiles,exotic cats, primates and of course larger
exotics etc. The list purpose is to share any information on
husbandry,animal well being, diets, medical care, breeding, laws or just
plain fun of sharing information on our exotic pets."
PeeWee's Playpen carries toys and accessories for birds, along with a
variety of diet options. There's even one you can cook which contains
grains, seeds, fruit and other good things, and comes in different flavors.
Note: avoid wheat bread as part of their diet.
http://www.birdsense.com/mash.html Scroll down the page for a homemade diet.
Harrison's brand pellets; certified all organic. Some bird lovers believe a
pelleted feed is not as good as a homemade diet, but this product was
recommended by one birdlover.
BUT! If you want to really
go all the way with having control over the healthiest diet for your bird,
see my Birds page and the information about
Robin Deutsch's book, The Healthy Bird Cookbook.
Additional Lists and
Links Regarding Diets.
For additional lists and links which
discuss raw feeding for dogs and cats, including sample recipes and diets, see the
Cooling/Warming Effects of Foods.
In Chinese medicine and other forms of nutritional healing for the
body, there is the principle of cooling/warming/neutral foods. This
can be affected by how the food is prepared. For more information, see
http://www.meridianpress.net/frameset.html (click on the Articles link,
then The Energetics of Food - A Practitioner's Guide).
Books on this subject include The Self-Healing Cookbook (Kristina
Turner), and Food and Healing (Annemarie Colbin). Both contain
charts regarding how foods are prepared, the effects they have on the body,
and the energetic properties of a variety of foods.
Nutritional Content of Foods.
A Note About
Detoxification. Invariably, any animal which has been given
antibiotics, steroids, arthritis medications, has ever had surgery
(anesthetic) or other allopathic treatment, has been given heartworm
medication, Rimadyl, flea repellents, etc. is going to have chemical residues lodged in
its body. Previously poor nutrition (i.e., low quality kibbles and
canned foods), stress and other factors can also influence the
detoxification process. One or more of these can overtax the liver in clearing the
body of these chemicals, resulting in a variety of health issues. When
you change to the raw feeding plan (or even homecooked natural foods), you
may see your dog or cat go through a series of clearing signs over a period
of time. These may include one or more of the following: increased ear or
eye goop, itchiness, full anal glands, skin problems, infections . . . this
is quite normal and to be expected, and they do resolve (unless the animal
has a food intolerance such as to wheat, corn, soy, and a few other common
allergens). The raw diet is designed in part to remove common allergens and
food items which are not considered appropriate for carnivores like dogs
and cats. Be patient, treat the clearing signs only if strictly
necessary and then only with holistic (natural) solutions. The body
must rebalance its pH (Candida Albicans (yeast) overgrowth is often a main trigger for skin and ear problems), clear
the body and blood of toxins, and build new cells to replace unhealthy ones.
The worst thing you can do is give your animal a medication to alleviate
these symptoms if they are not life threatening. You're just further
suppressing the immune system when you do that. If your animal needs
veterinary care for these healing symptoms, please consult with a
holistic-oriented veterinarian if your allopathic veterinarian is unwilling
to support your choice (and right) to improve your animal’s health in a
natural way. There are so many good books
available which contain simple home or health food store remedies and
supplements which can address these symptoms if it becomes necessary
(patience is the key). I highly recommend for all dog and cat lovers the
book Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.
This should definitely be on your bookshelf!
Here's a very good site which
describes the detoxification process
including skin and stool
issues; a description of probiotics and enzymes and why they're necessary
supplements; discusses certain health issues (such as cancer and thyroid
problems); and more:
http://www.feedthis.com/. Another good write-up about healing
episodes when switching to a raw diet is found at
http://www.phdproducts.com/healingcleansing.asp. A sample cleansing
diet can be found at
http://www.phdproducts.com/healingcleansing.asp. I do not
recommend continuing this cleansing diet past the recommended time noted;
instead, please purchase one or several books on how to properly feed a raw
Vinegar. See information on my
Supporting the Immune System page about the adding raw unfiltered ACV to
your dog's diet.
Raw Recreational Bones. What size of bone to give depends on the
size of the dog. If it’s a large dog, the large cow leg bones with marrow
are good. If a small dog, beef ribs are okay (they can’t have jaws powerful
enough to crack the ribs though). The bigger ribs are better. Usually the
meat department at the grocery store carries or can get the large bones,
sometimes with the joints on each end. Or they can get the large leg bones
cut in half (or might cut them in half for you), which gives about 4” pieces
that are okay for medium and large sized dogs to chew on. The bones
shouldn’t be chewed on every day, as they will eventually wear the tooth
enamel down. Note that if using the large leg bones, the marrow will go
rancid fast, so what I do is give the bone to my dogs, let them chew on it
for an hour or so, take it away, wrap and refrigerate it. I do that for 3
days, then I microwave the bone for about 30 seconds (no longer), the marrow
softens, I scrape it out with a table knife and then run hot water through
the center to clean it. I also will use a paring knife to scrape off any
tissue (ligament/tendon fibers) still on the outside of the bone. Then they
can have the bones in the house as they’re not messy. For the first few days
I let them have the bones outside.
Vaccinations. One other thing to keep in
mind: use caution in vaccinating your animal companion. Vaccines can
induce a variety of health problems from skin conditions to
irritable/inflammatory bowel disease to seizures.
For more information, please see my
Vaccination Issues page. I'm not saying don't vaccinate; but it is
vitally important that you be informed about the risks associated with doing
so. Vaccinations can undo the hard work you and your animal have done
in switching to a natural diet plan. Please see the book "What Vets Don't
Tell You About Vaccines" (Catherine O'Driscoll) at the bottom of the
For a list of recommended
books which address holistic care, see the
Resources-Media-Books-Holistic Care page;
for books about raw feeding and kibble and its problems, see Resources-Media-Books-Raw
Feeding/Kibble. For several links to sites which discuss raw feeding, see
Resources-Links-Holistic Care. For
chatlists, see Resources-Lists-Holistic
Care. Some of these resources will be breed specific, some will
not. There are many more available than what is listed.
Raw Feeding Chat
See my Lists page for chatlists
about raw feeding.
Raw Feeding Websites.
See my Links page for websites
which discuss raw feeding.
Here's a little humor for you veterans, I'm sure you'll relate
to this. For those new to this way of feeding, or those who are
contemplating jumping in soon . . . don't let this scare you off!
You Know You
are a Raw Feeder When...
[Author Unknown; follow-up comments added by Neil
You no longer need a cup
of coffee in the morning, the smell of fresh tripe is more than enough to wake
I wonder if Folger's could make
their coffee just smell like that?
You can accurately identify
the inner anatomy of a cow.
even ground up
or in little pieces
Your dogs have a meal that you
can take pride in. Your family, on the other hand is eating fish sticks and
Kraft macaroni and cheese!
Your vet is jealous of what
your dogs eat. For that matter so are your friends, coworkers and family!
I am too, think sometimes of
just splitting the meal in half and cooking some for me!
You have alienated 99% of vets
in your area.
for more reasons than one...
You have bored your family to
death with the virtues of your dogs eating raw.
and friends, coworkers,
You drive past some roadkill
on the highway and wonder if your dogs could eat it.
it hasn't been there that long!
You have always condemned
hunting, now you wonder if your dogs would like some tasty venison.
rabbit, squirrel, goose,
woodchuck, anything else we love to hunt but don't care to eat.
Half your kitchen equipment is
devoted to making dog food.
more like 3/4 of them
You are scanning in pictures of
your dog's dinner in order to lure in more converts!
You no longer buy cars based on
how many dogs it can fit, but how many pounds of meat it can carry.
we have had it up to 160!
You have an extremely large
freezer devoted solely to your dog's food.
$149.00 at Menard's
You have tried to talk your
butcher into getting involved with the air miles program. (might as well!) I
remember the talk I had with the lady at Merindorf! "you should have a
frequent buyer program for animal parts, and leftovers!"
You have more mileage racked up
on getting bulk dog food ingredients than you for work.
well, not really, but it is
Touching raw meat is no longer
a horrible chore.
not after what I have seen
Your dogs friends look at your
dogs with envy!
should...look at their coats
All the people in your dog park
have permanently labeled you as "That Whacko Who Feeds Their Dogs Raw Meat!"
You wear that label with pride.
You give lectures at the human
supermarket when you see someone picking up a bag of Kibbles 'n Bits!
in your mind, you say all the
things that you have learned over the years, and quote as much as you can
think of from various books and sites. But in reality, you simply say "oh,
you feed that to your dog?"
You show your 7 year old dog's
teeth to everyone!
and are proud of the health of
your puppies' teeth, even though they will fall out shortly. but you keep them
around and bring them out of your pocket when you are talking to strangers
about the BARF diet.
You carry a lamp with you
to REALLY show how shiny your dog's coat is.
now how practical is this? try
a high powered flashlight
You have a whole cabinet
of supplements and none of them are for you.
or they originally started for
you, until one of the lists that you are on proved that it was good for your
dog, and you quit taking them so that you could use them for your dog.
You have found a new creative
use for sledgehammers, hacksaws and Ginsu knives!
what else are these for except
for butchering meat for your dog?
You shove your dog's
fresh stools under your neighbor's nose just to show them how small they
You go to the Health Food
Store and none of the things you buy there are for you.
you stop on the way home and get
McDonald's for dinner for yourself
When your mom cleans out your
fridge, she throws out half of your weekly pre-prepared food.
in my fridge there is no other
food than what is for the dog.
Some of your greatest
accomplishments include how many people you have converted from Science Diet
and how many pet store clerks
you have talked into the raw diet, and now carry more raw diet friendly food
in their store.
Your husband starts picking out
raw bones from the supermarket freezer and asks if it's okay.
now that is just sexist
You get some mighty
strange looks at the checkout counter at your grocery.
how many times have to just
looked back and said, "it's for my dog!"
You get into a technical debate
about the nutritional value of organic cow patties.
with a farmer who you think
has eaten them himself (sorry, no offense, but I have been there!)
Suddenly the thought of your
dog eating cow patties isn't so revolting.
if he will do it, why not for my
Your good non-dog friends
have started to resist your dogs kisses.
and those on the diet start
You pick fresh
strawberries in 100 degree heat, knowing that half of them are being frozen
for the dogs.
and eat only half of the
greatest steak you have ever tried, just so you can let your dog try it too