So, I went to the EFP seminar last week after making the transition to feeding two raw meals. I received confirmation that I am not going to blow the boy up by feeding him raw, which I guess is what I needed. I bought some Bravo! elk, buffalo, and venison. Cutting up the Bravo! rolls this weekend, I couldn't get over how much more meat-like! they are than the "complete" raw diets. Interesting - they look like raw meat while the "complete" raw food is lightly-colored, finally ground, aesthetically pleasing "medallions." Hmmmm.....I sense an undercurrent here....
This weekend I went to the supermarket super-early on Sunday and Shaw's was having a GREAT sale on chicken wings. They also had beef marrow bones and oxtails. Now, I am not sure if I should be feeding beef marrow bones from the super market on a regular basis but I figured for the price I would grab them.
Sunday afternoon I gave Ike one of the beef marrow bones. He went over, sniffed it, walked away, and looked at me like, "what's going on?" I told him to go ahead and try it, he went back and started working on it. I am a dork, but it nearly made me CRY to see him so happily licking and gnawing away. He spent a couple of hours working on that bone and he didn't even get all the marrow out of it. He had a blast!
It's so warped to me what we have done to our dogs, taking away this really natural aspect of their dietary lives because we aren't comfortable with "it" and the possible germs. They survived for a very long time without us humans micro-managing their diets.
Monday after hiking I gave Ike a chicken wing. Well, he couldn't figure out what to do with it. He took it up on the futon and tried to bury it. Needless to say, John was distressed by that! I am going to try again with the chicken wing. I think maybe he was too tired after the hike? Or maybe he's a lazy eater!? Thoughts?
Oh, and I ordered a cheap-ish scale to make sure I don't accidentally feed Ike more than he should be getting!
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