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I had a newspaper interview today, so I was wearing my Animal Place sweater and t-shirt. Of course, it also happens to be the day I have to pick up 200 lbs of food for my dogs at the raw-dog food co-op (which is really just someone's house in San Francisco). People noticed my sweater, and I found out that at least three of the co-op members are vegan and two are vegetarian. It was pretty interesting.

Not so interesting was the drive from my parents house (I have a freezer there, where I store half the food). I spent 45 minutes on a five-mile stretch of highway that normally takes me 5-6 minutes to traverse. Stupid traffic. In total, it took me an hour and a half to drive home, normally a 45-minute drive. My dogs were pissed off at me for abandulating them. 

In other news, apparently the next time Easter falls this early will be in another 220 years. Just in case you cared. And were planning on living another 220 years.

More importantly, did I ever post this picture of Mina here? I feel like I did, but I couldn't find it in my Mina pictures tag.

Isn't she bedazzling? I'd like to bedazzle her. On my jeans, maybe. That might be uncomfortable. For both of us.


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Mar. 21st, 2008 04:15 am (UTC)
Do you cook the raw dog food or is that a silly and/or stupid question? Do you know of a raw cat food co-op? You've probably already posted about this before, so forgive me, how did you pick this co-op and why did you decide this kind of food was best for your pups? I already know how sketchy companion animal food companies are (although I hope my cats' food is better than most since I pay through the nose for it).

Edit: I'd like to bedazzle Ms. Mina too! And Celeste. She's dorkily irresistible.

Edited at 2008-03-21 04:16 am (UTC)
Mar. 21st, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
It's definitely not a dumb question! The food is raw. Personally, I think cooked is fine; it just means finding a way to incorporate calcium in a different manner than bones (cooking causes splintering).

The raw food co-op I use isn't just for dogs, I think cat owners use it too. Here is their website: http://sfraw.com/home.htm. They have a switching a cat to raw fact-sheet that I can forward to you, if you are interested (it's not on the website, I don't think).

I picked the SF RAW b/c it's the only one near me! I have the flexibility to choose organic, antibiotic-free "food" at a price that is cheaper than grocery stores. For the most part, the farms are free-range, small operations. They do use Diestel "free-range" turkey meat, which I don't buy. And they also use Petaluma Poultry, which I do buy, only because I don't have access to a smaller farm that has better welfare standards than Petaluma Poultry (which, sadly, has much higher welfare standards than most broiler facilities).

One reason I decided to try raw for Mina was because of her constant yeast infections and severe allergies to her kibble - she - I feel - nearly died from one kibble (Chicken Soup), did very poorly (digestively) on another two (Canidae & Newmans Organics) and did okay on the super-premium C&P Organix.

The other was that I could control what went into her body. I do the same for myself, why should my pups be any different? And when I choose food for myself, I buy locally, I buy fresh, and I limit how much processed food I eat (well, I try anyway!) I'd like to try and do the same for my doggie-poo-heads.

It's not easy. There's a lot more preparation. And it's difficult handling meat. There's also a learning curve...I have to, like, THINK when preparing their food. :)

If you want to read a bit about this diet or even just a home-prepared diet, I have a couple books you could borrow. One is strictly raw, the other includes cooked recipes. You may like the idea, or you may decide that continuing with your super-duper quality dry food is the best for you and the kit-kats.

(Celeste would LOVE to be bedazzled! Mina? Not so much.) :)
Mar. 21st, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)
I thought I was going to go crazy trying to control my 'bugs' allergies/yeast infections/staph infections until I put them on Solid Gold, which I have to pay a surreal amount to ship from CA to MS. I was one step from trying raw, but I resisted because we travel with them so much I really wanted a dry food I can travel easily with in hotels and other people's houses. That said, we do feed them carefully controlled prepared food as supplements for treats or if Schnapps needs to rebalance some foods related to her liver problem.
Mar. 21st, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
I would like to like to read the switching fact sheet. I'm not for or against a raw meat diet for my snuggle muffins, but I definitely need to do more research to make up my mind.

I talked to Jonathan about it this morning. While he's not necessarily opposed to the idea, he is concerned that having raw meat in the house would put us and our cats at risk for E. Coli, Salmonella, etc. He also said that more natural resources are needed to produce chicken and cow products, versus the tuna-based cat wet food we buy (which is pretty much just "dolphin-safe" tuna and supplements), although the cats do eat C&P Organix chicken dry food as well. His other concern is making sure the cats gets a balanced diet, and how exactly we would ensure this. I noticed my vet is listed on the raw co-op website as in favor of the diet, but I'd hate to have to take the cats in often to make sure they weren't deficient in anything. What are your thoughts on this?

I would like to have greater control of what's going into my cat's mouths every day, but I don't know what's best or who to believe! It's so difficult accommodating carnivores!
Mar. 21st, 2008 05:16 am (UTC)
I really like that photo. It's lovely. I think it might be one of Mina's best.

I also like her collar. A lot.
Mar. 21st, 2008 07:20 pm (UTC)
Mina really is one of the most photogenic dogs I've ever seen. She's got such presence.
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