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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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South of England Basset Hound Walk – Alice Holt

Last Weekend I was at the South of England Basset Hound walk set the historical Alice Holt Forest which is located on the Hampshire/Surrey border.

The South of England Basset Hound Club hold a number of walks around the South of England including Studland Bay and Swanage by the beach. Generally we get a great response and occasionally have other hound owners wanting to join in on the action, it’s a wonderful opportunity to have a great family day out.

Lead, ready. Biscuits, ready. Camera, ready. Basset, ready. Off we go!

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Ebbie and Alice

I really wanted to quickly share this story as a reminder of two of our dogs, particularly since a couple of our friends have recently lost a basset, it’s a sad one though!

My grandparents had a couple of Basset Hounds about 30 years ago, a mother and daughter called Ebbie & Alice who were inseparable to the point where, when the mother, Ebbie passed away Alice could not cope without her and passed away just a month afterwards. It’s amazing how family relations can just be as strong and powerful with dogs as well as humans.

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