Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Recent Raw Meals

After the break are photos of raw meals for large dogs.  My dogs eat a mostly prey model diet, though I do not follow any hard rules of raw feeding.  The following photos are a sampling of my dogs raw meals over the last few weeks.

I feed twice daily, for a total of about 2 pounds per day per dog.  The dogs eat the same meals, with the same portion sizes.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

FIVE STAR Raw Gets Five Stars From Us

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I love learning of raw pet food companies that I had not previously heard of.  To me, this indicates a greater public interest in raw feeding, which is always a good thing.

Five Star Raw Pet Food was developed because of the belief (fact in my opinion) that dogs truly THRIVE on a raw, natural diet.

About Five Star

  • Five Star sources all of it's ingredients in the US, and is produced in the US.  All of their products are USDA inspected, certified and approved.
  • Five Star raw is completely balanced, formulated by a Ph. D animal nutritionist. All recipes are meat-based, and include organs, finely ground bone, and fresh vegetables.
  • They are convenient-subscription plans are available, and the products are delivered directly to your door.
  • They are not high pressure pasteurized (HPP.)
  • Grain and gluten-free.
Our Experience and My Thoughts

Five Star sent us each of their flavors to try out.  The food arrived in a cooler box, frozen completely solid, which is nice.  They currently have five formulas available, four of which are single protein source diets.  They offer both duck and turkey diets, which are an option for dogs with allergies to more common proteins.

The food comes in one pound chubs, which is perfect for my crew.  My dogs eat about two pounds each per day, split up between two meals.  If a dog needs less food per meal, the food is easily divided up or portioned out, and can be safely thawed then refrigerated for three days.

Unfortunately for Bruce, this contains selenium yeast (which is perfectly acceptable), so only Neeko and Faolan were able to enjoy it.

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Little boy CAN be patient.
My first thought upon opening the package was "This smells good!" I am sure this is do to the inclusion of vegetables.

It is very finely ground, which makes it easily edible for all dogs, small dogs included. The fine grind is perfect for puppies, and weaning young puppies onto a raw diet.  It also makes it easy to stuff into a rubber toy such as a KONG.

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The princess eagerly eating her Five Star Raw.

Faolan inhaled his initial offering, licking the bowl clean so eagerly that he scooted it across the floor.  Neeko did as well.

However, the princess occasionally has texture issues.  When offered a second serving of thawed Five Star the following day, she turned her nose up at it.  I placed that food in the freezer for about 1.5 hours, and it partially froze.  She then ate it with no issues.  Apparently that particular day she was being picky about texture.  Feeding frozen or partially frozen is my go-to maneuver when she is in that mood.  Neither Bruce nor Faolan have texture issues.  Feeding frozen is not recommended for very small dogs.

New to raw or want to try Five Star?

Five Star offers an awesome starter pack It is perfect for those who are considering raw, new to raw, want to see if Five Star will work for their dogs, or want to offer their dogs some variety.  It is also quite inexpensive.  For just $12.99, which includes shipping and handling, Five Star will ship one pound of each of their flavors straight to your door.  I personally think this is an amazing offer.

I am quite pleased with our experience with Five Star Raw Pet Food.  I love that they are source and make their products in the US, in a USDA facility, without the use of high pressure pasteurization. They offer a variety of formulas, and ship straight to your door. If I hadn't already heard of them, I would jumping all over their trial offer.

Find Five Star on Facebook and Twitter.

This post is sponsored by Five Star Raw Pet Food, but all opinions are my own.  I am being compensated to spread the word about Five Star Raw Pet Food, but Five Star is not responsible for the content of this post.

Monday, February 1, 2016

January 2016 Expenses

It's February 1st, and time for me to calculate dog- related expenses for the previous month.

My spending on dogs has been down the last few months, due mostly to decreased food costs.  This is largely in part because of the large amount of turkey and deer I purchased late fall/early winter.

January 2016 Expenses



Another inexpensive months.  As always, food made up the majority of expenses.  I purchased some ground green tripe from a supplier, and some pork roasts and chicken leg quarters from the grocery store.  Treat expenses was a 5-pack of bully sticks, and the lone health expense was the cost of Bruce's prescription.  I also had to purchase a new poop scoop, which I filed under miscellaneous.

February expenses should prove to be more, as Bruce will be having his wellness exam and bloodwork, and I will be needing to purchase some bulk food soon.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Black & White Sunday

I often refer to Faolan as my "cute little boy" but at times I find him very handsome.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Weruva Cat Litter

My cats, like most, are creatures of habit.  In cats, this is a survival instinct.

I decided to take a chance, and change up their cat litter, after years of using the same type.

The ever kind folks at chewy.com sent over some Weruva Hinoki Wood and Green Tea Cat Litter.

The first thing I noticed upon opening the bag is the smell.  It smells amazing.  A nice woody smell is the best way I know to describe it.  As the name indicates, it is made from hinoki wood (a member of the cypress family) and green tea.  It is made from sustainable materials, low dust, and clumping.

I have two cats, and two litter boxes, which I scoop daily.  Some sources suggest I have three boxes, with a formula of [ 1 per cat, + 1 ].

I went ahead and completely emptied both boxes, filling one with their normal litter, and the other with Weruva.

The litter is in pellets.  They don't easily break, and there truly was minimal dust.  Did I mention it smells very pleasant?

It took the girls a couple of days to begin regularly using the box with the Weruva.  The packaging includes instructions on transitioning a cat to the new litter, which I did not follow.  They state one bag will last one cat one month.

Juice thought it smelled good too.

Overall, I am quite pleased with this litter.  It is more "natural", sustainably sourced, smells good, clumps well, and has little dust.  My only issue (if you can even call it that) is that my litter scoop slots were too small to allow the clean pellets to easily pass through when scooping, so much shaking was required.

I was provided with complimentary product.  All opinions are my own.