Monthly Archives: October 2013

Happy Halloween!

Good evening and a very special Happy Halloween to all of my readers!

I’ve tried to get into the Halloween spirit as much as I could so I made this attempt at carving some pumpkins..

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Okay so it’s not exactly a work of art, but the thought was there…

Oh! And just to let you know, I’ll be at Runcorn this weekend for a KCAI event which should be interesting. No doubt I’ll be blogging and updating my progress next week.

The week after that is Discover Dogs which is at Earls Court in London (9th-10th November).

For those who haven’t experienced Discover Dogs it’s an event organised by The Kennel Club where the public gets to meet all 200+ pedigree breeds. Each breed has it’s own booth manned by a breeder or owner(s) and a few of their dogs. It’s a brilliant opportunity to understand each breed. It’s great place to go to find out about the local breed rescue shelters or reputable breeders out there.

I’ll be there with The Kennel Club so if you’re going to the KCAI event or Discover Dogs be sure to pop round and say hello!

Stay safe in the meantime with bonfire night!

Dog Food: Part 2 (Poll & Discussion Page)

Welcome to Part 2!

As you can see, I’ve finally made a poll asking, ‘what do you feed your dog on’? Apologies for those with more than one dog that are fed on separate diets, I know a few dog owners who do this but I couldn’t include every combination!

 

 

The week  since Part 1 has been an eye-opener for me. I was given some really interesting statements and reviews both for and against raw food and kibble.

Dinner time! Golden Retriever Monty submitted by Rachel - @Rachel_EDj
Dinner time! Golden Retriever Monty submitted by Rachel – @Rachel_EDj

I’d just like to reiterate that this is not a conclusive ‘either or’ dog food article. I’m merely getting the opinions of everyday dog owners and professionals and I’d be fascinated to know what you think!

Someone kindly mentioned on Facebook that it’s not a question of ‘Dog Food: Raw vs Kibble’ it’s about the individual quality of both types of food and I think that is a very important factor to consider here. Even with kibble there is such a difference in quality from the budget brands to the high quality ones.

I have found a lot of ‘premium’ dog food brands which have been reducing in quality over the years to cut on costs, so it’s always important to keep an eye on and monitor the exact nutrients your dog is getting. But that’s a completely different subject altogether!

Be sure to vote above and leave a comment below.

Dog Food: Dry Kibble or Raw? (Part 1: Pros & Cons)

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Photo Credit: S&S Productions

The past few years I’ve been doing a fair bit of research into dog food, learning about proteins and essential nutrients and it’s a topic I didn’t want to write about until I could get facts and opinions from both sides of the ‘debate’. That is, to feed raw or not to feed raw?

I understand this is a very controversial subject many dog owners are rather passionate about, some on the other hand may never have heard of raw diets at all. I’m not looking for a concrete answer but I’m genuinely interested to hear your thoughts and opinions on the matter because part 2 of this feature will include a poll and discussion page so everybody can have their say.

Before I go into my thoughts on the matter, I’ll briefly go through some of the pros and cons of raw and kibble  along with some interesting statements. These points are based on the testimonies of four people with different material interests in different diets as well as things which I was taught during my apprenticeship. However, this is NOT a scientific list and includes just a few opinions to get us started. As it stands, and as far as I’m aware, there is no conclusive scientific research. I would love to hear from anybody but particularly people who are trained in nutrition or who can present a relatively unbiased view!

At the bottom is a gallery of everyone’s submitted pictures of their dogs eating. I needed one for a featured picture and the response I got was overwhelming so I wanted to show everybody off!

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