Archive for Apr/2009

A NEW DAY FOR THE DOGS

LOOKS LIKE A DOG’S DINNER

This is not like A NEW DAY FOR ME. Really, what do my dogs have to worry about? (Except getting caught.)

This is about making the dog’s food, something I have referred to before.

Coton de Tulears are a rare breed and not a lot is known about their diet.

First, I followed what their breeders recommended. I wasn’t happy. Their coats were dry. Bebe couldn’t seem to keep weight on and Little-Bit was always scratching, chewing on her paw, burping and spitting up.

The research began. I added an egg once a week and salmon and olive oils. They seemed to do better with dry foods that had fish, chicken, venison or lamb. Also commercial foods with rice, sweet potatoes or avocados. Soy, wheat and corn do not agree with them.

I tried what the vet recommended. Very little improvement. It occurred to me that veterinarians sell dog food. Maybe they have a vested interest.

I kept researching. I went to various sites and read the ingredients of many, many dry foods. I was very surprised at some of the ingredients in the so-called “natural” or “organic” foods. I realized that there is no FDA for animals. There doesn’t seem to be much regulation at all.

More research. There was so much on-line to sift through. No one was regulating them either. 🙂

There are several books written about the horrors of commercial dog food that, if ANY of it is true, will turn your stomach. I started tracking down those claims and had to stop myself. The goal was, after all, to simply feed my dogs.

My Grandmother made her own dog food and so did we when we lived out of the country. (They thought Americans were crazy for actually buying dog food and they turned out to be right.)

I made a lot of my childrens’ baby food. Making dog food is far easier.

I do not give the dogs raw or vegetarian food. I settled on 40% protein, 30%  vegetables/ fruits/ berries and 30% starch. My goal is for 80% of their food to be homemade-for now.

At the beginning, I fed them nothing but the homemade food. The results were amazing! They quit picking and developed healthy appetites. Bebe finally stabilized her weight. Little-Bit stopped throwing up altogether (when I stopped using brown rice and switched to white), only burps when she eats too fast and has stopped clawing at herself and chewing her paw.They have more energy and Bebe is even sleeping more deeply (abiet with one eye open).

They had check-ups about six weeks into this regime and the vet is very pleased. She said their condition was perfect. I have never, ever heard that before!

The vet had answered lots of telephone questions about various foods and convinced me to avoid avocados. She was a great help, as was our trainer (who has his pulse on “dog doings” everywhere) and other owners.

I chose a fish dry food because I like to leave dry food out when I am gone for awhile and I am not cooking fish for them-yet. I settled on Halo after an obscene number of hours of research.

I am still tweaking and will gradually add new foods- just like we did with the babies. Slowly, to avoid allergic reactions. The vet and I are still discussing tomatoes, for instance.

It is very satisfying to make the food which I do all at once and then portion out in snack sized Zip-Locks and freeze. Just like I did for the children, I try to pack as much nutrition into every bite as possible. The results are very gratifying.

And in this economy, I do not feel good about spending $30.00 for ten pounds of dog food- especially when homemade is better!

Apr/2009 at 8:07 am Leave a comment

I ALWAYS WONDER WHAT HAPPENS IN MY HOUSE WHEN I’M GONE

I know that sometimes shredding, shedding and puddles are involved.

But I never wondered about vacuuming. I thought once the vacuum appeared, all feathered and furry creatures disappeared. Or, in the case of Feathers, brought the house down with his shrieking.

I was wrong.

There was no little greeting party at the back door when I came home yesterday. “Ah ha!” I thought , following the sounds of vacuuming to Himself’s study. My mouth fell open when I peeked around the corner.

My tiny housekeeper, She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed, was pushing the vacuum with one hand and Himself’s big desk chair with the other. It was like a funny little dance, the chair as big as she is.

She turned off the vacuum, wound up the cord and parked the desk chair moving in a practiced, matter of fact way. As she spun the desk chair around, there was Little-Bit sitting very tall, eyes only for SWMBO.

SWMBO picked up Little-Bit, gave her a bit of a cuddle, kissed her on the top of her head, set her down and commenced with the dusting.

As Little-Bit trotted off to her basket, I trotted of in the other direction, smiling to myself.

SWMBO has a soft spot.

Who knew?

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Little-Bit

Apr/2009 at 6:12 am 1 comment

OVERHEARD-Hair Salon

Getting my hair done when a little old lady walks in booming, “You told me to grow my hair out! Well, I grew it out and it looks like s__! I went all over Europe looking like s___!

Oh my.

Her stylist, completely not-pulsed, ” You’re fine. Sit yourself down and let me take that.”

“You be careful with that! I got it in Europe. It was over $9,000!”

Teensie, my stylist and I lock eyes in the mirror and get the giggles.

Her stylist, not missing a beat, “Nine THOUSAND dollars? Then I’ll sell it. Coffee or Coke?”

“What is it?”, I hiss, envisioning a rock-star Birkin in a color I have never seen before.

“Short, black leather jacket.” Teensie whispers.

I whip around and quickly back again.

“That’s no $9,000 jacket!”

Big brown eyes meeting mine in the mirror, “Maybe it’s a magic jacket.”

Very unladylike snorting of coffee.

LOL=little old ladies. God bless ’em.

Apr/2009 at 4:52 am Leave a comment


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