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Old 07-18-2009, 09:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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baby King is on an all raw, BARF diet so that means he eats raw meaty bones, particularly chicken backs, whole fish, bee ribs, and then he also eats an array of oils, veggies, fruit, etc. Here are a few examples of breakfast and dinners that I prepare for him. I will alternate these from day to day. I'll post pictures later.

Red Ribs
10 oz raw beef ribs
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp raspberries

Berry Backs
10 oz raw chicken backs
2 tbsp strawberry yogurt

Fish Sauce
1 whole Blue Fish (approx. 8 oz)
2 tbsp sugar free apple sauce
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Sh*t Salad
3 tbsp pre-puree spinach and raspberries mix
1 tsp of minced garlic
1/2 chopped tomatoe
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 whole egg
1 tbsp egg shell powder
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Old 07-18-2009, 09:11 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have been seriously considering going raw. I do feel it is best for dogs. I need to get a freezer first and get over the YUCK factor. From all I have read you have to feed 80% meat 10% bone and 10% offal The fruits and veggies are great.
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Old 07-18-2009, 05:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The yuck factor quickly becomes the mud-pie factor from when you were a kid playing in the mud after the rain. If you mess with chicken, it's not that bad. You just have to clean up real well. I bought a 40 lb box of chicken backs and then put them in my shower to thaw, and then 1 by 1, I just cut them in half, wrapped them and put them in the freezer. It becomes exciting to make meals and then when you go shopping you look for things to try in the produce dept. My mother grows tomatoes and I just decided to throw that in his Sh*t Salad. You wont regret it either!
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Old 07-21-2009, 09:56 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I should come to eat at your house . What a great recipe. When our dogs know there is meat on the counter they start drooling and won't leave the kitchen. How old is King? How is he loving his BARF diet?
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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He'll be 11 weeks this Sunday. He's doing very well on the BARF. I give him all veggies, Sh*t Salad, in the morning or night and that way he'll eat them all since he's so hungry. He loves strawberries, apple sauce and raw eggs. I don't think he likes raspberries too much. They may be too tart. I don't blame him. But he's taking very well to it. His poops are very small and when left unattended for just minutes it becomes rock hard and very easy to pick up. All the nutrients and water in the food goes right into his body. It's lean too so he's not a fat boy by any means.

Here's a vid of him eating some Fish Sauce

[video:26ai9npz]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQpZn9s7xcw[/video:26ai9npz]
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Old 07-22-2009, 08:24 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Good stuff. I wish I only had to feed 10 oz of meat per meal. My american bulldog eats over 2 pounds a day. It gets expensive! I feed more the prey model diet and don't bother with veggies, I don't think dogs need them but thats a whole other topic.
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It's better to be safe than sorry in my opinion. What's a few veggies hurt? Right now he eats 10% his body weight and by 6-8 months he'll be down to 2%. Mister King needs all the nutrients he can get. I'm glad to see there are those who follow BARF and/or are interested. It's not for everyone and I've figured that out already. As a vegetarian, myself, I've learned that you'll run into more confusion/questions than acceptance and that's just the way it goes. Live and let live.
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:10 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I too feed raw, but I go by the prey model diet rather than "barf". Dogs are carnivores and cannot digest the cellulose in veggies and fruits. If you still would like to add them to the diet, I can't see them doing any harm but I would not include them in the daily percentages your dog needs to consume. You can make the nutrients in veggies more available to them by running it through the blender to break up the cell walls. But, you've probably read all that before in your research
Personally, I forgo the veggies also and just stick with meat, bone and offal.

I'm sure King is loving his diet and he is a very lucky pup to have you!
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That's a great video- It's hard to find video of puppies eating raw. I also subscribe to the prey model style raw diet. That also reminds me, I've got to grab some fish for the pups!
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I started out feeding Abbey vegie mush as well but frankly gave up on it b/c she hated it. Now I follow the prey model as well, with green tripe as a daily component when its available. Otherwise it chicken rmbs for dinner and a mix of ground meats and offal for breakfast. Sometimes Ill mix in some rice or oats, especially if I notice her straining to go and she'll get some fruit in her kong. But Sully I feel your pain, Abbey eats almost 2lbs of raw meat a day and im always looking for deals, which can be tough in Hawaii. I cant think I would be able to continue this diet if/when we get a second dog. My bf is gonna start hunt sheep and goat soon, so hopefully I can incorporate that into her diet and offset some of the costs!
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