A Summer Blog, part thirty-four
Saturday, August 11, 2018
It is cold out this morning—just under 50*, and everything is wet from a short shower yesterday evening. So I will wait until midmorning to enjoy the deck today. Except for Sammi, the dogs are contentedly enjoying marrow bones this morning before they get their breakfast. Sammi has no teeth, which is why the others get bones—to keep their teeth clean. Small dogs often lose teeth as they age and I work hard to keep them clean, but even doing everything right sometimes doesn’t work. I started feeding them raw food about sixteen years ago. After researching and looking for the ‘best’ kibble, I came to the realization that there were ‘better’ kibbles, but none was the ‘best’ way to feed. To me, kibble is a lot like fast food—convenient, cheap and easy to feed, but not something to have as a steady diet. I sometimes use kibble to train the dogs, but feeding raw keeps them healthy, at a good weight and even my vet has become a convert. I started by feeding ‘parts’—chicken necks and backs for bones, turkey and beef hearts for muscle meat and liver, tripe and kidney for organ meat. I use all kinds of meat and it is all human grade. When Sammi lost her last teeth, I started feeding a commercial dog food that is the prey model food—raw meat, bone and organs in the proper proportions all ground together. It is more expensive than using parts, but almost as convenient as kibble. It took me a long time to come to the realization that I needed to feed my body as well as I was feeding my dogs’ bodies. I have seen my health numbers improve over the past four years and I feel much healthier. Food is our fuel and it should be of good quality and the proper quantity. Cheap, processed and convenient is not what keeps us healthy.