Thursday, July 2, 2015

June 2015 Expenses

I'm one day late with this post.  I do these posts to hold myself accountable for dog related expenses, and to provide a fair estimate of what it costs to care for large dogs in the Midwest.

June 2015 Expenses



A fairly average month.  No complaints here.  Food expenses included some THK that was on sale at Pet Supplies Plus, chicken from the grocery store, beef kidney from an Asian market, and an order from a raw food supplier. Health expenses were Bruce's prescription, and some Nexgard for Neeko and Bruce.  Grooming was a DIY bath at a supplies store for the princess.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Pest

Neeko was enjoying a sunny afternoon recently, being lazy.

 Not a care in the world.

 Until she remembered it is summertime in rural Central Indiana, and there are flies.

She unsuccessfully attempted to eat the fly, twice.

And decided that swatting it away was her best plan of action.

She thought she was in the clear. But was she?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Traveling with a Raw Fed Dog-No Cooler Required

Raw feeding is heavy.  Seriously.  Each of my dogs typically eat anywhere from 2-3 pounds of food. Per day. Each.  Let that sink in...

Some dogs eat more than that.  Smaller dogs eat less.

Many people travel with their dogs.  In fact, over 18 million Americans will travel with their pets this year.  Independence Day falls on a Saturday this year, and many folks will spend the holiday weekend camping with their dogs.

Traveling with a raw fed dog or raw feeding while camping typically involves lugging a heavy cooler full of meat, and trying to keep it sufficiently cold, or purchasing meat on the go at grocery stores. Neither is very convenient, both in terms of time and effort.  One doesn't want to lug large amounts of raw meat with them, or spend precious leisure time in the grocery store each day.

Bravo Homestyle Completes are balanced meals containing freeze-dried raw meat, vegetables and cranberries.  Once rehydrated with warm water, a 3 ounce bag makes 1 pound of food!

Waiting on dinner...
Warm tap water can be used, or water warmed over a camp fire.

After it's rehydrated, it smells like beef stew!  Made me hungry.  My dogs, even picky Neeko, love them.

Bravo Homestyle Complete Dinners are shelf stable, and easily portable.  They (along with raw fresh meat) ensure adequate hydration in a dog, due to the high moisture content.  Traveling can be stressful for a dog, and increase their metabolic rate.  So keeping them well-hydrated is important.

Bravo Homestyle Complete can be fed anywhere.  Inside, outside, in a tent, in a hotel, in a camper. Anywhere.

They are super convenient, easy to prepare, high quality raw meals.  What's not to like?  They can be used as a complete meal, a snack/treat, or as a kibble topper for those looking to add a bit of raw/less processed food to their dog's diet.

Ditch the dog food cooler and pick up some Bravo Homestyle Complete the next time you travel with your raw fed dog!

This post was sponsored by Bravo Pet Foods.  All opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Black & White Sunday

I helped a friend with some fencing this weekend.   This is one of her dogs, Anya.  Anya is a very high content wolfdog, and is (obviously) in the process of blowing her coat.  This girl has legs for miles.

Monday, June 22, 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.

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, though they ate quite a bit of beef heart and chicken the last couple of weeks.

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

Useful links:

How **I** Feed Raw

Raw Feeding Resources