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Bear Crosses Rainbow Bridge

Please send thoughts and prayers to Norm & Gail Bleakley who said goodbye to their beloved Bear this morning.

I know Bear struggled a few years ago with a large mass that was removed and continuely was watched.  She was taken in this morning with thoughts of an UTI, only to be told she had a hemangiosarcoma mass in her lungs and spleen.  Instead of watching their girl suffer, Gail and Norm decided to let Bear cross the bridge with grace.

Bear was a GRRSM Ambassador at many events, and was a great foster sister to many pups Gail and Norm have fostered.

I met Bear at the very first event I volunteered for for GRRSM around 2009.  Jean and Al were fostering her, then named Betty. Norm showed up to volunteer as well, and we all could tell he immediately fell in love!

Rest easy sweet girl!

August 9, 2018   4 Comments

Dogs Need Balance Over Time in Their Diets

Here’ an excerpt from Whole Dog Journal on feeding pups which is probably where I got my feeding habits from

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Feeding ANY type of food every day, all year, for years and years, goes against my longest-standing food recommendation. We have always encouraged owners to switch foods frequently – at least several times a year – and switch manufacturers, too. Many food makers use the same vitamin/mineral premix in all their products, making us worry that any nutrient excess, deficiency, or imbalance would become essentially entrenched in the body of a dog fed an exclusive diet of that company’s foods.

Home-prepared diet advocates talk about “balance over time.” The concept is this: If you change the ingredients and recipe of your dog’s diet – exactly as most of us feed ourselves and our human families – as long as you include everything that a dog needs over the span of any, say, week’s worth of meals, the dog will be fine. In other words, every single meal doesn’t have to be “complete and balanced” – you can accomplish this over the course of several meals.

I look at the feeding of commercial diets the same way; I think you can similarly achieve balance over time by feeding different commercial products from different manufacturers, and, in this way, hedge your dog’s nutritional bets, rather than going “all in” on any one manufacturer or set of ingredients.
Whole Dog Journal’s General Dog Food Recommendations

When I am asked to make diet recommendations, these are the things I say:

1. Feed a variety of products, rotating both among and between several manufacturers of products, for nutritional balance over time, and to avoid problems caused by long-term exposure to any formulation problems or nutritional imbalances/excesses/inadequacies in your dog’s diet.

2. Feed the best food you can afford and that your dog does well on. This doesn’t mean spend the most that’s possible; if your dog does great on mid-range foods, great! But super cheap food should be avoided. The difference in the ingredients of cheap foods versus mid-range foods is staggering.

3. DO READ ingredient labels. You should recognize most of the foods in the food; if things are weird, and only sound sort of food-like, they are likely highly processed food fractions. You don’t want to see a lot of those. If the front of the label says the food is “chicken and rice” you had better see chicken and rice high up on the ingredient label, not buried four ingredients back below chicken by-product meal, corn, wheat, and pea protein.

4. Feed grain-free foods only for good reason (dog intolerant of/allergic to multiple grains). Feed limited-ingredient foods only for good reason (dog intolerant of/allergic to multiple ingredients). Feed exotic protein sources only for good reason (as a part of a formal food allergy trial, or to a dog intolerant of/allergic to multiple “common” protein sources).

August 9, 2018   No Comments