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meb999
November 19th, 2006, 07:13 PM
so I've been trying to convince hubby to give raw another shot. I think if I go with a different meat than chicken, maybe Buster won't react so bad.

For those who don't know, the reason we want to switch is because Buster can't digest kibble.

Hubby's biggest argument is that we won't be able to have our friends dog-sit for us when we go on vacations (even though we never go anywhere!!) because it would be too much to ask to have them handle raw meat.

What do you guys do when you go away and have your dog baby-sat?

~michelle~
November 19th, 2006, 07:59 PM
i'd do it all you would need to do is have it pre portioned in baggies, the dog sitter could take it out of the freezer the day before (or if your only gone for the weekend you can pull the required amount out) and they could just plop it in a bowl for them... no real "handling" of raw meat required. I'd do it.

meb999
November 19th, 2006, 08:05 PM
so if we ever go on vacation, all I have to do is drive to London :D ;)

~michelle~
November 19th, 2006, 08:10 PM
yep..... thats all its only a few hours away (hehe) ..... really i look for any excuse to fill my house with more pets.... i always offer to pet sit, but most of my friend are poor and never go away!

barkley21
November 19th, 2006, 08:22 PM
There's also a company called Nature's Variety that has freeze dried raw which is supposed to be raw without the moisture, in a nut shell. They look like little medallions and the ingredients look good. For example, he's the ingredient list for the chicken and turkey medallions:

Chicken, Turkey, Turkey Liver, Turkey Hearts, Pumpkinseeds, Ground Chicken Bone, Apples, Carrots, Butternut Squash, Ground Flaxseeds, Chicken Eggs, Montmorillonite Clay, Broccoli, Lettuce, Spinach, Kelp, Salmon Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Parsley, Honey, Blueberries, Alfalfa Sprouts, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Persimmons, Olive Oil, Duck Eggs, Pheasant Eggs, Quail Eggs, Inulin, Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, Citric Acid, Sage, Clove

Here's the link...http://www.naturesvariety.com/content.lasso?r=2019798&page=1334&-session=naturesvariety:415FEA1A1b4be33DB8Utv3F945E 2

For the squeamish people this should be no more difficult than handling kibble and your dog will be happy :dog:

technodoll
November 19th, 2006, 08:41 PM
yep, you can buy pre-packaged frozen raw mixes and have the dog sitter just thaw and serve, it's just a thick medallion that looks like paté or something, nothing to make anyone squeamish ;)

meb999
November 19th, 2006, 08:51 PM
do dogs get liquidy poops if they're fed raw minus the bones for a few days? Because I told Nic we could just put some ground meat in seperate little baggies....

mummummum
November 19th, 2006, 09:01 PM
No not at all ~ because you're also feeding cellulose fibre with your veggies ~ potatoes are great for bulk.

Prin
November 19th, 2006, 09:05 PM
Meb, Buster can stay at techno's! :highfive: Woo! Problem solved! :D

technodoll
November 19th, 2006, 11:57 PM
Meb, Buster can stay at techno's! Woo! Problem solved!

yeah! i'd spoil him rotten though, just be warned :D

i mean what dog could say no to a délicieux mélange of fresh ground chicken frames, fresh ground beef hearts, raw fishies (smelts) and pureed sweet potatoes? sure beats dry stuff from a bag, they sez! :D

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j129/technodoll/blocky%20bean/smeltssweetpotatoesbeefchicken.jpg

Angies Man
November 20th, 2006, 01:29 AM
Fix up some portions in those Glad wrap snap top containers with snap on tops. When the dog is done, your pet sitter can leave the empty container on the floor and put the next one right in it at the next feeding (they're stackable.) After about 6 meals, the sitter can pick the stack up and put them in the sink for washing later. Or put them in a garbage bag for your attention when you get home. Assuming, of course, that puppers hasn't devoured the containers in the meantime.


Of course, I never go on vacation (I live in a vacation destination) and if I do, the l'il monster rides along. (N. Nevada & N. California are pretty wonderful places to explore--and well be haved "show" dogs are quite welcome most places.);)

mummummum
November 20th, 2006, 01:11 PM
Of course, I never go on vacation (I live in a vacation destination) and if I do, the l'il monster rides along. (N. Nevada & N. California are pretty wonderful places to explore--and well be haved "show" dogs are quite welcome most places.);)

Well, that's it then. The pets.ca winter picnic is at YOUR house. :D . I'm good with that. Who's driving the bus??

As noted, the dogs are likely to chew up the containers to get at the residue particularly if the sitter is late by 2.3 seconds with the next delish dish. Maybe it's best to get a pet sitter familiar and comfortable with a raw diet so you can leave Buster with the knowledge that he is capable hands.

barkley21
November 20th, 2006, 04:40 PM
Technodoll my pup saw your pic with the meat and fishie mix on the computer screen (he happened to be sitting beside me) and I swear he licked his chops and had that look like "Mom, can I have THAT for dinner tonight?":dog:
LOL, he keeps looking at the screen hoping it will magically reappear :D

~michelle~
November 20th, 2006, 04:43 PM
thats cute barklay..... :D im sure my puppies would love that too so i wont let them see that photo..... i feel sad looking at the poor fishy though... the rest of it i cant stand but the face, did you have to include the face!?

technodoll
November 20th, 2006, 06:23 PM
i feel sad looking at the poor fishy though... the rest of it i cant stand but the face, did you have to include the face!?


sorry :o i should have poked its severed head under the mushy stuff eh? the eye, oh lordy THE EYE! :D

meb999
November 20th, 2006, 07:00 PM
Maybe it's best to get a pet sitter familiar and comfortable with a raw diet so you can leave Buster with the knowledge that he is capable hands.

see? that's the hard part....all of our dog-sitters don't have dogs of their own. And all our friends who DO have dogs, definetly don't feed raw (it's stuff like Eukanuba, Iams...) -- they think I'm nuts with this food stuff. :shrug: And they'd probably faint if i showed them Techno's pic of ground heart/fish eye :D

technodoll
November 20th, 2006, 07:42 PM
i really don't see the big deal. these people make meatloaf and hamburgers don't they? it's the same thing, only they don't even have to touch anything if you package it right... hun don't get blindsided by the excuses. where there's a will, there's a way and a friendly person to accept that "it's just how we do things here", period. :shrug:

Prin
November 20th, 2006, 10:42 PM
I find that pic pretty nasty, but if somebody "lent" me their dog and had everything set up, I'd just say "ew" about 3 dozen times as I got it ready and that's about it.:D

Scott_B
November 21st, 2006, 04:58 AM
i really don't see the big deal. these people make meatloaf and hamburgers don't they? it's the same thing, only they don't even have to touch anything if you package it right... hun don't get blindsided by the excuses. where there's a will, there's a way and a friendly person to accept that "it's just how we do things here", period. :shrug:

I'm with you. You'd swear touching raw meat was the end of the world for some people lol. Remember, its already dead, it wont bite you :p

technodoll
November 21st, 2006, 08:58 AM
I'm with you. You'd swear touching raw meat was the end of the world for some people lol. Remember, its already dead, it wont bite you

so true. sorry but changing a baby's diaper is waaaaay more disgusting than plopping some raw meat in a bowl :eek: and let's not even talk about picking up dog cannon-butts on the kitchen floor eh? yet people don't nag and moan about that being horrible... :rolleyes:

people, it's just meat. you handle and prepare it for yourselves -except for vegetarians - this is no different. there are no maggots, no eyeballs (ignore my particular mixes, they don't sell this stuff!), no smells and nothing gross about it. this is what it looks like: http://www.vipdelivers.com/images/RFdBe.JPG see? dump in bowl, let thaw, serve.

marie-eve, you have nothing to lose at this point to at least try it for a month. not just one day! a whole month :)

mafiaprincess
November 21st, 2006, 05:52 PM
You know.. That pic is kind of gross to me. I'd rather not handle raw meat for my own dinner.. But I handled plates of raw for the muchkins while we were away.. It gets less gross hacking off chunks of goat meat, scooping out chicken hearts and touching the tripe container, lol.

technodoll
November 21st, 2006, 06:16 PM
That pic is kind of gross to me.

oh man... it's gross to ME, too :D i just kinda put my mind on the shelf when i make this stuff, you know? think of something else, whistle a tune... i can't say i get a kick out of getting dead animal all over my hands but i do it for Love of the Beanies :love:

barkley21
November 21st, 2006, 06:25 PM
I must be alone on this one because I :love: preparing Barkley's raw meals. It may not look pretty and not appetizing to humans, but I guess I sort of look at it like I was seeing it through his eyes and when you look at it that way, it looks delicious!:dog:
Maybe I'm just happy because I know he's getting pure nutrition because I sure didn't get that happy feeling when I poured kibble into his bowl...or maybe I'm just giddy from the tripe fumes :p