Tuesday, November 25, 2014

I am the Raw Feeder Who Forgets to Thaw Breakfast (Bravo! Homestyle Complete Giveaway)

After feeding raw for several years, one would think I had my routine in order.  I feed my dogs twice daily, and am guilty of forgetting to set food out to thaw for breakfast at least once a week.

I hate mornings when that happens.  I have a few options:
  • Try the quick thaw method, which involves submerging the bag of frozen food in a sink full of tepid water.  Time consuming, and sometimes messy if the bag leaks,
  • Putting a bunch of treats in a bowl, and serving it as breakfast,
  • Feeding a couple of individually frozen organ portions for breakfast; or
  • Dehydrated or freeze-dried raw food, like Bravo! Homestyle Complete.

Bravo Homestyle Complete is raw meat and organ based, and includes vegetables and cranberries.  It is easily prepared by mixing equal parts Bravo with equal parts warm water, and allowing it to sit for 15 minutes.  This product is perfect for those busy mornings when I forget to thaw out breakfast for the dogs.  Rehydrate the Bravo, get in the shower, feed dogs after I get out of the shower.

I love that I can tell what I am looking at here.  Meat and organs, sweet potatoes, green beans and cranberries. 
These are complete and balanced, and could be fed as the sole food of a raw diet for a dog.  They must taste good, as my crew eagerly eat them when offered.

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The Giveaway
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

November 2014 BarkBox Review

We received our November BarkBox yesterday.  Reviews of previous and/or current BarkBoxes can be read HERE.

The Goods

Wagatha's Kitchen Sink Organic Biscuits.  Approximate retail value $4.99.  Barley based biscuit treats with all organic ingredients.  These contain several fruit products, which Neeko loves.  Bruce loves anything, but I am not sure how Faolan will respond to these.

Diggin Your Dog Charki-O Hip & Joint Dog Chew.  Approximate retail value $6.99.  8-9" roasted beef trachea.  Trachea is a good natural source of chondroitin.  My dogs love roasted treats, and I am sure whoever receives this will be very happy.

Apawthecary Cleaning Wipes.  Unknown retail value.  Handy-sized bottle of lavender scented wipes.  Wipes such as these are useful for cleaning ears or a quick freshening up.  I like that the container is small, and easily portable.

PetSafe Squeak 'n Treat booya.  Approximate retail value $9.49.  A hollow rubber toy meant to be filled with loose treats.  While I am sure my dogs would enjoy this, it does not feel very durable, and would probably be quickly destroyed.  This is going in the donation box.

Turducken Baked Treats for Dogs.  Unknown retail value.  These are made by the Canadian company FeelGood Treat Company exclusively for BarkBox.  Limited, quality ingredients in a crunchy treat.  These are liver-based, and I am sure they will be a hit with my dogs.

Overall, this month's BarkBox is okay.  My favorite item is the trachea, followed by the Turducken treats.  I have once indicated to BarkBox that I have heavy chewers, and the toy does not seem like it would stand up to any dog that is a heavy chewer.  To try BarkBox for yourself and save 10% off your order, click HERE.

I am a BarkBox subscriber.  I am not asked or encouraged to do these reviews.  All opinions are strictly my own.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

What a Dog Knows: Canine Empathy

Faolan used to be fearful and demonstrate several "reactive" behaviors.  Over the last 2.5 years he has blossomed into a sweet, social boy who only occasionally demonstrates fearful behaviors.

I recently attended the Great Indy Pet Expo with a dear friend of mine, and took Faolan with me.  My friend, Debbie, has actually known Faolan longer than me, as she has long been associated/works for the shelter I adopted him from.  He is actually the reason we are friends.

Little boy did fantastic, although there were a couple of occasions in which I could tell he was overwhelmed.  On these occasions, we took a quick break from the throngs of people so that he could decompress.

He is always excellent with children, but sometimes a bit pushy, meaning he uses his nose to seek attention from them.

We were approached by many people, asking about him, asking to pet him, which is not unusual.

A man and his approximately 10 year old son with special needs were cautiously approaching us, so I spoke up and told them hello.  The man asked about Faolan, the usual questions-"What is he?" "Where is he from?"  "May we pet him?"

I answered them-"He's a mutt, a shelter special."  "He is from Greenfield-Hancock Animal Management."  "Of course you can pet him, he loves everyone."

What happened next brought tears to my eyes.  Faolan very gently curved into the boy, who then leaned over Faolan.  (That always makes me uncomfortable, with any dog, but that is another post for another day.)  Faolan gave him the gentlest of kisses, and then went belly up at the boy's feet.

I stood talking to the father for a few minutes, and the whole time Faolan was lying at the boy's feet.

He knew to be gentle with him.

Neeko is my girl, my princess.  But she does not seem to be particularly empathetic to my emotions, and neither does Bruce.  Faolan does.  He seems to sense when I am having a bad day, and is a subdued, gentle version of his sometimes obnoxious self.

I have not come home in the best of moods the last couple of days.  His usual greeting to me is excited, joyous, and occasionally jumpy.  These days he has greeted me with a deep look, a gentle lean, and a non demanding head on my lap.  It is just what I need.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Black & White Sunday

I have a new camera, a Nikon D3200.  I am still learning and playing with it.

It has been unseasonably cold here.  One can see the water in the stock tank is frozen solid.