Approximately 18 years ago, I started my dogs on the raw food diet before it was popular. Most people thought I was crazy. At the time, I could find only one book on feeding the raw diet to dogs. Currently there are many variations of the raw diet for both dogs and cats - the B.A.R.F. diet, the prey model diet, the species appropriate diet and others.
One thing all diets agree upon is the need to include organ meat in your pet’s diet.
The raw diet does take more time and is more complicated than just putting a piece of raw meat down for your pet to eat.
Our way of bringing some of the best nutrients of the raw diet is to provide freeze-dried organ meat in the form of a treat. Freeze-drying makes it easy to provide some raw meat without the mess and slime of handling raw. Dogs and cats love organ meat. It is a great high-value treat pets love and never get tired of. It makes a great training treat too!
There was always a dog at home while I was growing up.
In my adult life, my pets found me. Mila was my soul, Pebbles was the mirror of my being, Tiger kept me in check, Gracie expanded my ability to read dog language (she was deaf).
Mitzy and Shadow, who were adopted as seniors, taught me how dogs with the physical scars of a terrible life can start over and end up loving you and trusting you like you were always together.
Not to be overlooked is my cat Nera. They say cats are healers and Nera helped Gracie, Shadow and Mitzy heal from past traumas. It was something wonderful to see.
Nera helped me understand dogs with a traumatic past. I accepted the quirks that made them special and individual, to give them the space, attention or environment they needed without judgment.
All my pets are my heart and soul.
I will forever be indebted to my pets for all the love they showed me and for what they taught me.
My pets taught me to trust my research and intuition, to look at their health and well-being holistically. I saw my pets coats get shinier, their eyes brighter and their teeth stay clean without brushing. They got healthier on the raw diet.
I understand not everyone will feed raw, but freeze-dried organ meat is a great addition to any pet's diet.