This blog has been a long time coming... and it is such a lengthy subject I will be breaking it into multiple blogs.
A HOT topic among EVERY dog owner, from breeders to vets, and pet owners to rescues. Everyone has their opinion, and quite frankly, for a select few their opinions are correct! The diet they have "Sir Barks-A-Lot" (the pampered lap dog) may suit him very well, but won't meet the same dietary needs of "Jack"(the working dog).
To truly analyze this topic with an unbiased approach we must all first agree on many things...
4. Some dogs require additional dietary needs due to poor health (THIS should be identified by your
Let's begin where everyone wants to...diet in the RAW...
All of the above are all STRETCHED truths to SOME degree. They have some validity to them that the "knowledge seeker" CAN find some information which pertains to the above statements. Because of this it SUCKS the "truth finder" into believing the statement as a WHOLE, instead of delving further into research, or REALLY attempting to find the "whole truth, and nothing but the truth"! It's much easier to accept a portion of a true statement than to research the information yourself, to rely on like-minded individuals to agree with your position, or to just re-share information you heard from someone else you felt had a bit more knowledge on the subject matter than you do!
Sooooo... let's start with the first bullet...
Dogs are decedents from wolves, who hunt, kill, and eat RAW meat in the wild. Wolves are also opportunist, so if they locate a decaying carcass, they will still consume the meat...THIS doesn't kill wolves!
Dogs ARE decedents from wolves, BUT dogs have been removed from the wild for THOUSANDS of years and bred a span over HUNDREDS of different breeds of dogs to suits man's different needs. To say a bulldog is a DIRECT decedent of a wolf is a HUGE reach!
The first known breed of dog from a wolf was bred for hunting and sledding purposes. They were the closest relatives to the wolf.
Over the years dogs have been selectively bred to be pleasure animals, to adhere to certain aesthetics and characteristics that today's mankind now enjoy. To say dogs are so closely related to wolves that they can consume the same type of diet is preposterous! This is like comparing TODAY'S MANKIND to that of the CAVEMAN! Do we still eat the same diets humans ate back then? Do we still have the same lifespan we did back then? NO!
The simplistic explanation to this is as either species evolves into something different, so do the abilities to provide better nutrition (i.e. the hunter going from spears, to bows and arrows, to eventually guns). The ability to hunt larger game improved efficiency and decreased our need to harvest sick or susceptible animals.
Well, the same can be said for dogs! As they evolved from their wild counterparts their need to hunt diminished as they relied on humans to provide them with their next meal. This means their need to consume decaying carcasses to survive and the need to eat raw...because let's face it, you know most of men COOK their meat... diminished as well. Don't you think their body's natural defenses to combat any issues with consuming any of these diminished as well???
Now lets talk about topic number 2...
Wolves eat raw meat, that's it! Our dogs were made to eat MEAT only, not grains, GMO's, or GLUTEN, and ALL ORGANIC.
Number one, wolves DO consume other things in their environment other than meat. They will eat berries and other plant based organisms found in their environment. Wolves do this to maintain a healthy diet, just like we do.
GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms) are nothing more than another "scare tactic" used by many companies to help increase the cost of their foods, by labeling their products as Non-GMO products. When in all honest we, and our animals (including the wild wolf) have consumed GMOs... Now, these GMOs weren't made in a "lab setting" but over the course of years selective breeding led to GMO species and diversity among species that we see today. So, stating that something is non-GMO is really a fabrication.
GMOs today are typically being referred to as being genetically engineered in a laboratory setting. There are great benefits to this (and NO they do NOT contain pesticides!!!). By extracting certain genetic markers from plants that allow a plant to survive under extenuating circumstances, this allows us to "speed up" the natural selection process and allows agriculture to create a greater yield.
Did you know that GMO fields TYPICALLY are treated with LESS pesticides than those that are not???
What about Gluten tolerance in dogs and feeding them all organic??? Gluten intolerance in dogs, just like people, is SUPER RARE! It is something that needs to be diagnosed by a licensed veterinarian. Gluten is a protein that an animal's body needs, unless it is creating a severe reaction...then removal of it from the diet is a necessity.
Organic feed vs. inorganic feed?
Did you know that their is a study conducted by USDA which measures the pesticide residues entering our food system and looking for pesticides that are illegal to be utilized in the US? This study actually shows that organic growers actually have a higher pesticide residue than those crops treated with synthesized pesticides.
Arsenic is organic, is it safe?
My point is be aware of your source of information, do your own research... don't just hop on a band wagon with what a group of people are saying!
The rest to be discussed in a few more blogs...to be continued...
Yappy New Year!!!
As we all wind down from the holiday rush and begin to assume our routine rolls of the everyday hustle we call “life” we are also rolling into a new year!
For some this means New Year’s Resolutions, like starting that new diet and exercise plan we have been saying we were going to start since September! For others it maybe be starting something completely new, like adding a new four-legged family member over the Christmas break.
There was so much excitement and joy to watch your 5 year old and 7 year old open that noisy box and see the excitement on their face when out popped little “Rover”!
You put some time and thought into getting him, but let’s face it, he was a bit of an impulse buy. You know your kids have been wanting a dog for a long time now, and adding him to the family during the Christmas break was perfect! I mean, you DID have almost 2 weeks to work with the little guy on potty training, kennel training, sitting, not chewing on inappropriate things, etc.
Now, where are we…oh yeah, LIFE… now you have another little life depending on you to ensure he grows up to be an outstanding member of canine society.
"Wait, what?! It’s just a dog!"
"He’ll be fine outside when we go to work and the kids will just play with him when they get home from school."
But, your kids have lost interest after the first few days…once they have realized “Rover’s” teeth are sharp, he’s not very fun to play with. He chews on their favorite Christmas toys. He ruined your daughter’s favorite shoes. He’s peed in your son’s room because no one can watch him constantly to help remind him he needs to potty outside…so the wonderful, “Christmas Present”, is losing his appeal.
Now, “Rover” is left to his own devices, outside. You put a dog house out there so he has shelter. You have to remind the kids to feed and water him, but they hate doing it, because he is SO LONELY, that now when they come out for the few seconds to feed and water him he jumps all over them, overzealous and so happy to see a member of his “pack” (Remember he left his mom and siblings to be with you). He’s been outside for days without any attention and he craves it!
Fast forward 6 months down the road… “Rover” is beginning to mature into an adult, but you don’t have time to take him to the vet to have him neutered. So, now, “Rover” begins to roam…searching for a female, searching for attention, searching for another “pack”.
He’s now been picked up by Animal Control for the 3rd time and next time it’s a hefty fine. At this point you have decided you’ll just surrender him, let him stay. He wasn’t turning out to be a good dog anyway. He wasn’t what the breeder said they were, “smart”, he’s actually kind of dumb. He ignores you whenever he is doing something wrong and you get onto him. So might as well just let him stay at the shelter and let him be someone else’s problem. At least he is no longer yours.
The problem is “Rover” is 6 months old. He’s a black dog and he’s at an overly crowded shelter. The chances of him being adopted are slim to none. But at least he’s in a no-kill shelter!
Fast forward 7 years down the road… “Rover” is still waiting for you to come claim him at the shelter. That precious LIFE, that precious “present” you were so overjoyed in giving to your children for Christmas hasn’t forgotten you, but he looks for you every day behind bars. He looks for you every day while he sleeps on a concrete floor. He looks for you every day when he sees another dog being adopted or reclaimed by their owner. He looks for you every day while he hears the cries and non-stop barking of the rest of the shelter. He looks for you…but you’re not coming back.
Guys, I give you this hint of a story to remind you if you were BLESSED to receive a precious gift such as “Rover” for Christmas, or any other time for that matter, remember they are for a lifetime, not just for right now! I know the newness wears off on a puppy very quickly. You can struggle with behavioral issues, etc. but don’t give up on them. You took them into your home. They deserve to be a part of your family, not just something to discard once you are done.
Step up and be an owner! Feed your dog(s) quality food. Take them to the vet, don’t research it on Google or ask for advice on Facebook! Give them quality preventative care including vaccinations, flea & tick preventative, heartworm preventative, etc. GROOM THEM!!! Yes, that’s right, they need baths, brushing, nails trimmed just like we do! If you can’t do these simple things then you don’t need to own an animal, PERIOD!
Remember, they are a gift from God that can truly continue to bless your life IF you treat them with dignity and respect!
"The Righteous care for the needs of their animals" Proverbs 12:10
We've all seen it. #AdoptDontShop
This slogan is posted EVERYWHERE now-a-days. Originating from Animal Rights Activists this slogan was originally intended to be used to go after the horrendous puppy millers, but in today's society it is being used against even those of us who do it RIGHT!
So, with this being said, I would like to begin my own slogan "Educate Don't Discriminate"!
As an animal lover from the day I was born, a rescuer of the sick, inbred, neglected, AND a purchaser AND breeder of purebred dogs there are benefits to both sides. BUT, either side being in constant battle with the other does nothing for the potential animal adoptee. So let's break it down...
Let’s discuss a few pros to adopting shelter pet:
Now for a few cons to adopting a shelter pet:
***According to a study*, Goodbye to a Good Friend: An Exploration of the Re-Homing of Cats and Dogs in the U.S., by Emily Weiss, Shannon Gramann, C. Victor Spain, and Margaret Slater, conducted by ASPCA and released in 2015 to the Open Journal of Animal Science, 47% of surrendered animals are done so due to "pet problems". These were identified in the study as behavioral issues, aggressive behavior, unexpected growth, and health problems. Following that was "Family Problems" with only 28% as so on. Basically, it is a never-ending cycle.
Now, drum roll...
Let's discuss the elephant in the room...
A few cons of obtaining an animal from a REPUTABLE breeder: (notice I used the word REPUTABLE: def.: having a good reputation. synonyms: well-thought-of, highly regarded, respected, well respected, respectable, of (good) repute, prestigious, established; reliable, dependable, trustworthy):
FINALLY...man, Suzanne, you are SOOOO long winded...
The PROS of purchasing from a REPUTABLE BREEDER:
SO, I hope this EDUCATES rather than DISCRIMINATES on whether purchasing an animal or adopting an animal is the right choice for you and or your family. And maybe next time you see #AdoptDontShop you can follow it up with #EducateDontDiscriminate and refer someone who maybe ignorant to this Blog about our Dogs!
Thanks for reading!
Proverbs 15:14 - The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a fool feeds on folly.
This is a frequent question I receive which is either formed in a polite and truly information only inquiry or in a mind blowing comparison of my program to another "backyard" type program. As an open and honest individual I feel the need to break down my program for each of you.
Before we even bred our dogs it takes me several months or years of looking for sires to complement our female(s). Many hours are spent not only comparing physical aspects of potential suitors, but also analyzing their temperament, behavior, and genetics to increase the likelihood of the best family member being produced for you that is also a compliment to the breed standard.
We analyze genetics to optimize a healthy, and happy puppy. We guarantee our puppy's health for a year, but we don't want to have to replace a puppy. We know how exited you are about taking your puppy home. After picking your puppy most of you have already become attached, so sending home an unhealthy puppy or one that has a serious genetic defect is NEVER something which would happen with our knowledge. We take every precaution and pride that we can to ensure you have a healthy puppy.
At this point I now have 2 years invested in one female and male, including testing, food, veterinary care, etc. to even begin to provide you with your healthy, and happy puppy.
Once a sire has been selected it is then nearly a month of time of ensuring my female(s) is only exposed to the sire, but is still exercised and given all the attention she needs to remain healthy and happy. Her health is monitored for approximately 63 days post exposure to ensure she is healthy, happy, and feels safe to whelp her litter of pups and precious babies in our home.
While pregnant our females are on a well balanced and nutritional puppy food and consuming larger amounts of food to account for the growing babies. She is placed on supplements to ensure she has adequate nutrients to support the growing litter and her body. A healthy mother eases the whelping and increases the liklihood she is able to provide adequate colostrum and milk for her newborns.
Now, we also have to invest in special whelping boxes so the puppies can be kept in a clean and safe environment in our home. Whelping the puppies in our homes and keeping them in an active a stimulating environment helps to ease these babies into accepting of the world around them, including our children.
These puppies are handled daily, socialized with other dogs, cats, and given environmental stimuli. They are not kennel raised where they are fearful of the world around them once they hit the grass at 8 weeks.
Our program consists of TONS of love, compassion for our Aussies and the breed, our love for making our clients' dreams of owning a wonderful family member come true, TONS AND TONS of hard work, lots of sleepless nights (I don't know if you know how hard it is to sleep with a litter of puppies in your room?), lots of money and time spent at the vets office, a LOT of good food and supplements, toys, chewies, and many other stimulating things for our little ones!
All of our puppies also come with a LIFETIME of behavioral support from me. Someone who actually knows behavior and studied under a behaviorist for years! They are microchipped, vaccinated by a VETERINARIAN, receive a health certificate from a veterinarian, tails are docked, dewclaws are removed, they are dewormed and toenails are trimmed every 2 weeks beginning at 2 weeks of age, given their first heart worm preventative, and lastly they are given a bag FULL of goodies which gives you a great start on recommended toys and products for your puppy!
So, my question to you... the next time you think about the price of our puppies and if they are worth it to you... would you rather take your chances on getting the $300 merle puppy who was LIKELY bred and raised in the backyard with minimal handling, no health testing, no analysis of the parents or their behavior, horrible food, and even worse living conditions, and given a vaccination from a feed store? If so, you might wind up spending more than what you would have if you had purchased from a reputable breeder by the time you take him/her to the vet for intestinal parasite overload, parvo, pneumonia, or some other major issue...and in the long run, God FORBID, you may loose your new baby, and not have a gurantee for a replacement.
Just some food for thought from our Dogs to yours...God Bless!
1 Corinthians 15:33 - Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."