Happy to report the Klon is well and absolutely full of energy. Took him Point Isabel today and he absolutely crushed his old record of 3 swims with 5.5 (the half was him just wading in a bit to grab a tennis ball) swims, not to mention various pick-up games tag and lots of ball stealing from other dogs. Of course, that he seems really well doesn’t mean that we have his diet nutritionally dialed in – it’s possible there was something in his old diet that won’t be in his new that we don’t know about. That’s what makes transition so tricky. However, I trust we’ll eventually get it figured out.
Also…two really important clarifications on my last raw food post
I didn’t mean to imply he was only getting meat. We are also rotating in a good amount of fruit and vegetables (what would be in the stomach of prey if he were out earning his own living) to see what likes. So far he’s shown a good interest in apples and nori (Japanese sea weed, and and a good alternative to an iodine supplement), not so much in persimmons or bananas.
When I said chicken bones are considered safe I mean raw bones. Cooked chicken bones are very dangerous and should be avoided. The management regrets the error and will discipline the Bill fully.
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.