Learning About Raw Feeding
When I began my research into raw feeding for my dogs, I read books and connected with a few dog owners and holistic veterinarians online who were more than happy to help me on this path. It was great! The benefits of raw feeding were too great to ignore and Rodrigo's allergies, ear infections, and digestive issues were begging for something other than commercial dog food.
Then I joined a few raw feeding groups and that's when the love affair ended.
People were pushy, judgmental, angry, and I got kicked out of a few for sharing recipes that were deemed dangerous and asking questions that were against the rules. This experience shaped Keep the Tail Wagging.
I personally think raw feeding is the best option for all dogs. But when I climb down from my high horse, I must admit the reality: (1) raw isn't for every dog or every human, (2) I'm not a holistic veterinarian or nutritionist, and (3) I only know my dogs, I can't make judgment calls about other people's dogs. So I don't. I just share my experience, respectfully, and hope that my stories help others on their path to learning more about raw feeding and dog nutrition.
10 Random Facts About Kimberly Gauthier
My dogs are my kids. I began focusing on raw feeding after seeing how well my dogs were doing with the diet. Rodrigo's allergies and digestive issues are a thing of the past thanks to this species appropriate diet! I'm a pretty open book, but here are a few things you may not know about me.
|1||I love Star Wars and Marvel movies||6||I love fantasy books and read daily|
|2||I wanted to be a journalist when I was a kid||7||I believe in the Law of Attraction|
|3||I buy most of my clothes from Fred Meyers||8||I find it impossible to remember names|
|4||I once ran three blocks from a clown||9||I love fried catfish|
|5||I don't like gardening, but I love fresh food||10||I have daily dance parties with my dogs|
We’ve had 6 dogs; we're currently raising 2 sets of littermates. I know that many people believe that bringing home 2 puppies at once is a bad idea and you can find a lot of negative sentiment on raising littermates online. I believe it's only ill-advised when you're not prepared – hiring and experienced and reputable positive based dog trainer is key. We've worked with amazing dog trainers and work with our dogs daily. The result is a pack of well-behaved (most of the time), fun (all of the time), happy and healthy dogs.
Rodrigo & Sydney
Rodrigo and Sydney are littermates; born in March 2010, adopted in May 2010. We thought they were Blue Heeler Mix, but a DNA test placed them as Border Collie/Great Pyrenees (Rigo) and Italien Greyhound/Great Pyrenees (Syd). These are my babies and you won't find them too far from me.
Riley was a foster failure and Sydney’s shadow; born in January 2012, adopted in May 2012. I wish we would have been able to see her grow up because she was such a sweet sweet girl. She was a Shepherd mix and passed from Canine Parvo Virus in 2012. I am grateful for the short time we had with her.
Blue was our heart dog; born in February 2012, adopted in May 2012. Blue was an Australian Shepherd, Blue Heeler, Munsterlander mix. He changed our lives and we miss him daily. He had the best personality, made us laugh every day, and I feel him all around us.. We lost him due to a car accident in 2013.
Scout & Zoey
Scout and Zoey are our second set of littermates; born on J’s birthday (October 31, 2013); brought home in December 2013. Scout and Zoey are Australian Shepherd, Blue Heeler, Catahoula mix; their DNA test came back completely different. They brought Blue’s spirit back into our home and helped heal our broken hearts.
Our raw dog food comprises of about 75% muscle meat, 10% raw meaty bones, 10% offal (organ meat) with 1/2 being liver, and 5% fruits, vegetables, eggs, and/or goats milk. I follow the BARF (biologically appropriate raw feeding) model, because I believe dogs do need fruits and vegetables in their diet; the more nutrients, the healthier our dogs. Our dogs started off with Darwin's Pet in 2013. I now source the bulk of my dogs' food from a local raw feeding co-op. Our dogs each have individual needs and learning what works for each dog inspires many blog posts.
Natural Supplements and Healthy Dog Treats
I believe that many of our dogs ailments can be resolved through diet and supplementation and with the guidance of several holistic veterinarians that I’ve connected with over the years, I have succeeded in clearing allergies, digestive issues and joint pain through our dogs’ diet, which includes natural supplements like Bonnie & Clyde Fish Oil, FullBucket Daily Canine Powder, Canine System Saver, and supplements by Natura Petz.
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Should you feed your dog raw food? It's a growing trend. Some dog owners swear by raw food. Duke & Dan have a fun taste test and also talk to a dog mom who loves raw food, Kimberly Gauthier, the blogger behind Keep the Tail Wagging.