We have Kizzy’s sister, Bree, staying with us for a little bit. Sweet ol’ girl!
We lost our sweet Gigi in August. Took her in for a spay and she had post surgery complications. She was only three years old.
With Oden and his owner moving out of state, we had motivation to get some new stacked pictures before they left. Got pictures of the girls, too!
On my last trip to pick up meat for my dogs, I was chatting with the lady at Big Dan’s Trucking and Dog Food. She mentioned that she had recently gotten a complaint on, what that customer felt, was the excessive bloodiness of their beef.
It threw me for a bit of a loop as it never dawned on me someone would be unhappy about that. Their beef is “excessively” bloody for a couple main reasons:
- It is very fresh. Often the beef I’m taking home on a Friday was a live cow that previous Monday.
- Perspective. The beef to which most of us are accustomed, typically has some sort of packaging to absorb blood.
As someone who has been feeding raw for many years, I admit, I am a bit desensitized to the blood. But, I know that many who are first starting raw have to overcome a certain “ew” factor.
I like the bloodier meat as it makes it easier to mix in anything I want to add to the food. In the case of the beef, I have to add bone meal powder, so I typically pour a little blood into each dog’s bowl.
The blood is also good for the dog to consume as blood itself is a quality source of animal protein.
The only time I discard the extra blood is if the meat is starting to get a little….well, ripe. 🙂 The blood is what gets the worst odor, so if you drain the blood off (and rinse the meat if you’re working with RBM’s), you get rid of most of the gross odor.
We had great fun representing the Central Iowa Kennel Club at the Great Iowa Pet Expo!
Some recent pictures of play time at our place..
Deliquent on updating pictures here, but have enjoyed lots of activities lately with the dogs.
Play time with all three girls and our best Cocker Spaniel buddy, Walter:
Before the water fun, we explored Ledges State Park:
Photo session fun:
Immediately following that picture:
When I work from home I get to see how my pets (note cat on the couch) spend their days. They have it rough!
Always enjoy our Dane club’s shows. We had a great turn out this year. Gigi picked up a reserve win one day of the show, but no points.
Some pictures from the weekend:
If you are in the Des Moines area, check out this upcoming Puppy Up! event. Puppy Up is a great organization that raises money for canine cancer research. I am looking forward to participating!