Sex: Female Weight: 51-100 lbs
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July 11th 2001
April 11th 2001
Long walks on the beach and candle lit dinners
Incarceration (the crate) and do not say 'Bye-bye' or 'squirrel' unless you mean it!
Her fluffy Bunny
The dog Park
High Five, Roll Over, Speak, Hug, no begging and Where's the squirrel?
Rescued from Pierce County Humane Society @ 3 months old.
German squirrel hunting dog
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May 4th 2008 10:26 am
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Lily has gone from Barf to Prey Model (or Raw Diet). After digging and digging for new information on feeding raw meat and bone I have decided to make the switch.
SO WHY PREY MODEL & NOT BARF YOU ASK?
BARF diets falsely assume dogs are omnivores. Dogs do not need vegetables and fruits, and neither do they need a bunch of supplements. Those are not species appropriate and are simply "safety nets" to make owners feel better about feeding raw. Also, BARF diets advocate feeding 50% bone—this is way too much bone! Wolves: Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation tells us that the bones and skin of an animal compose no more than 25% of the animal's weight (pg126). In the larger herbivores a wolf brings down, not all of the bones are consummable, which means the percentage of bone a wolf actually receives is less than 25%. BARF diets claim to be correct in an evolutionary context, but evolution and nature clearly demonstrate that wolves are carnivorous animals and that no prey animal that wolves eat is 50% bone and X% veggies (since wolves do not eat stomach contents). A species appropriate raw diet models the prey killed by wolves in the wild, recreating this complete and sufficient diet for our dogs (why feed our dogs as domesticated wolves?). So take the money spent on supplements and veggies and buy some whole rabbits for your dog. You will save a lot of time, too. But if you have your heart set on feeding veggies, then feed veggies. Just recognize that your dog has no use for them if you are feeding a wide variety of raw meaty bones, organs, and/or whole animals. If you want to feed veggies and fruits (many dogs and wild canids enjoy the occasional piece of fruit) as occasional treats, then by all means do so, especially if they are useful training treats. The occasional fruit or vegetable is not going to hurt your dog or throw off its feeding routine. Just be certain to avoid fruits and vegetables that are toxic to pets (like onions and raisins). So I am still adding her Solid Gold-Seameal Supplement but that is IT!
SPOILED BRAT! :)
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