Daily Archives: November 6, 2014

Klondike’s Raw Food Transition


Yes, the Klon does live in Berkeley. But there’s more to the story than that.

The raw food transition is an experiment,  based on a little on on-line research, a little on our own dietary experiences, and a little on direct Klon observation. Results seem promising but it’s too early to tell.

Our own experiences: Some years ago my wife and I read a book that very much changed our lives, Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman. Dr. Fuhrman argues  persuasively that highly processed foods, even those fortified and sold as nutritious, are in fact hugely lacking in essential micronutrients. His recommendation, in a nut shell (literally) is to move to a mostly unprocessed diet of fruits and vegetables, even if that means eating large servings to consume the necessary number of calories. The results I’ve seen in myself following this have been spectacular. But back to Klon.

Obviously, Klon is a dog, and shares ancestry with the carnivorous wolf, and we’re people, and share ancestry with the omnivorous chimp and vegetarian gorrilla. But the principal remains the same – less highly processed food, like kibble (the Captain Crunch of the dog food world) and more real food – for Klondike that means meat.

Our Klon observation: Klon will gobble up kibble and treats immediately when given them, but will take bones and other less processed meat type foods (like his much loved cow ears) to the back yard to savour.

Our “research” (and I use that term lightly): Other dog blogs that rave about the health benefits of raw foods, and learning that, contrary to my childhood training, small bones aren’t necessarily dangerous to dogs.

So… Mieko went to the supermarket and spent $9 on a collection of chicken wings and pork scraps with bones, which she divided into 12 servings. Klon is fed twice a day, and he’s been getting one meal a day of his former dry kibble, and one meal of this raw meat.

The first day seemed to leave him with a stomach ache and some very liquid stool. But the next day we seemed to have a Klon who was more interested in sniffing countertops then he had been previously (probably because they contained better stuff) but was less of a pest between meals, and who Mieko thinks is generally calmer.

We’ll see where we are in a couple of days, and see where we are when we transition entirely over toraw food, but we’re optimistic we’ll get a very well satiated and happy dog out of the deal.