Thursday, March 5, 2015

Recent Raw Meals

After the break are photos and examples of raw meals for dogs.  I feed mostly prey model raw, but do occasionally use some dehydrated raw and premade raw.





I have fed quite a bit of tripe recently, which I'm not complaining about.

These are just a few photos of some of my dogs' meals over the last two weeks, in no particular order.

My crew mostly eats the same meals as each other, with the same portion sizes.
  

I feed as much cut and protein variety as possible.


For additional photos of raw meals for dogs, click HERE.

Useful links:

How **I** Feed Raw

Raw Feeding Resources

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Unbox Some Happiness #PupJoy Review

PupJoy is a customizable dog subscription box service that prides itself on USA made healthy treats, and quality toys and artisan accessories.  They offer two sizes of boxes, one for dogs that are only children, and one for multi-dog households.  A series of questions is asked upon sign up, regarding one's dog's chew/play style, size, and treat preferences.  The items for the box are then hand selected.  The items received are still a surprise, but nearly guaranteed to be a hit!  We received our PupJoy box yesterday, and the first thing I noticed was the style of the box, different from any other subscription box we have received.



The Goods

Nibbles Duck with Chia Seed Freeze Dried Treats.  Approximate retail value $19.00.  Umm, do these people know me??  "Raw" treats that contain exactly two ingredients, duck and chia seed.  Chia seeds contain 8x the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids as wild salmon, which I did not know.  These treats have already been begged, borrowed, and stolen and by my dogs.  I am super pleased.



Jolly Pets Tug-a-Mal Turtle.  Approximate retail value $6.55.  We are huge fans of Jolly Balls here, owning four of them, one of which is sized for horses.  This darling toy floats, squeaks, feels quite durable, and is adorable.  I love toys that promote interaction between a dog and their human, and this certainly fits the bill.  I am going to hold on to this till Spring, for some pond and creek retrieval play.



1" Bait Free Pink Collar and Leash Set.  Retail value $34.99.  I. Love. This.  Quality, cute, matching collar and leash set.  Probably my favorite item in this box.  I have never heard of this company, but I am an instant supporter of theirs.  Their mission is to educate the public about the use of bait dogs in dog fighting rings, and to provide emotional and physical support to rescued bait dogs.  They donate over 20% of their proceeds to help these dogs.  God bless them.  

I have already fitted the collar on the princess, and cannot wait to take her out and about with the matching leash.  Princesses wear pink, dontchaknow?  I know real men also wear pink, but in all honesty I cannot see Bruce or Faolan rocking this collar/leash set.  I only have one itty bitty complaint-the leash is five feet long, and we (me and all three dogs) are used to six foot leashes, but I am sure the adjustment will be a non-issue.





Clear Conscience Pet Ginger Yaps.  Approximate retail value $16.08.  These organic buckwheat-based treats are grain, gluten, GMO, and yeast-free.  Yay!!  Other products by this company have proved successful with my crew in the past.  Biscuit type treats are a favorite of Bruce's, but it can be difficult to find ones that are not only yeast-free, but grain-free as well.  Big boy is quite excited about these.




I am VERY impressed with PupJoy.  By my calculations, we received (at least) $67.62 worth of product.  Not bad for a subscription box that starts at $23.00 per month for the PupJoy mini, or $30.00 per month for the standard PupJoy box.  Just the collar and leash set covers the cost.  We received two different packages of treats, both of which I have zero hesitation offering to my dogs, a cute toy, and some high quality gear supporting a good cause.  Again, I am very impressed with PupJoy.

I was provided with complimentary product.  PupJoy is not responsible for the content of this post, and all opinions are strictly my own.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Black & White Sunday: Happy Birthday Neeko

Today is the princess's fifth birthday.  Where has the time gone?  My beautiful, funny, pushy, bratty girl has given me so much.


Just for fun, a crappy phone photo of her the night she came home.

It's hard to believe she was ever so little.

Happy birthday, sweet girl!




Saturday, February 28, 2015

February 2015 Expenses

It's the end of the month., and I have calculated my expenses for the previous month. Some months the numbers are low, others are a bit much.  Previous posts about expenses can give one an idea about how much it costs to care for three large dogs in the Midwest.

I do these posts for a few reasons.  I have seen a few other bloggers do them, and it is a good way for me to keep track and be accountable for dog related expenses.  Also, it is a fairly accurate example of the costs associated with caring for three large dogs.  Some argue that raw is expensive, but in my opinion and experience, it is no more expensive than feeding a good quality kibble


February 2015 Expenses

Food-$344.84
Health-$302.90
Treats/Toys-$40.00

Total-$705.74

Ouch.  Last month was relatively inexpensive, so this more than makes up for it.  Ouch...again.

Food was a large order from My Pet Carnivore, and some I and Love and You dehydrated raw.  From MPC we got beef tripe, lamb tripe, lamb hearts, beef kidney and liver, and a blend of bison tripe, lung and gullet.

Health expenses were the cost of Bruce's annual wellness visit with blood work, his prescription, and a heartworm test for Neeko.

Treats/toys was the PetBox.  I swear I am going to cancel it eventually.

Fortunately, most months are not remotely this expensive, and I count on having months like this once in a while.