Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back for the hundred and ninety eighth time to The Groomer Next Door podcast. This week we're so lucky to be rejoined by the ever charismatic and exceptional Dr. Laurie Coger DVM. I'm so happy to announce Dr. Coger will be a reoccurring member of the podcast. Throughout 2018 and so on Dr. Coger will continue to share her knowledge and gift of conversation with us all.

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Episode 197 “ANSWERS PET FOOD”

December 2, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back for the hundred and ninety seventh time to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This week we're joined by an amazing man whose with a great company. This week on the podcast "BILLY HOEKMAN".

ABOUT OUR GUEST:

Billy Hoekman is the Natural Science Coordinator for Answers Pet Food. He is involved in nearly every aspect of their nutritional and educational focuses. Including working with farms, product development, nutritional analysis, developing educational materials, in store trainings, and social media. He routinely speaks around the country in places ranging from pet stores to public libraries to Veterinary Colleges. He also does health and nutrition consultations and is a frequent contributor to Dogs Naturally Magazine. He currently lives in Los Angeles California with his wife Emily and their dog Lua.

ABOUT ANSWERS PET FOOD and their passion i creating a higher standard of pet food.

We are a small company based in Pennsylvania.

We still do the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing. Starting out, we knew there needed to be a higher standard of quality nutrition, food bioavailability, and a more humane way to source farm animals in the pet food industry.
 
Knowing the state of operations and quality of food that were currently on the shelves, we didn’t want to be an industrial large corporation that out-sourced materials or one of the so-called raw food companies employing harsh processing techniques like high pressure processing or freeze-drying. We knew it was time to offer a humane, sustainable way of organic, pasture-raised farming that protects the food state, environment, animals, and our pet’s well-being. From Farm to Bowl, this is how Answers Pet Food was created.
 

Our vision is to reinvent how pet owners think.

Our standards are set by science and socially and environmentally conscience principles. We’d like pet owners to re-examine how to meet their pets nutrition requirements and health care needs.
 

Our mission is to be more than a pet food manufacturing company.

We’d rather be an ethical, social, environmentally conscience and best practices based movement in the raw pet food industry.
 

Our goal is to improve the probability that our pets live longer, happier and healthier lives.

Moreover, that the current world’s population will leave a more peaceful, better educated and cleaner planet to future generations to come. We promise, despite the corporate climate of profit and greed in the pet food industry, to always put your pet’s health first.
 

Our unique process sets us apart in the pet food industry.

Our nutritional vision is to make the best pet food available. In the results of our research, we found that the best way to accomplish this was by using fermented raw foods. Since the birth of our company in 2009, we have enjoyed organic growth all over the country thanks to the fantastic results in animals switching from processed, raw or so-called raw foods to our fermented diet.
 

Why fermentation?

Unlike any other raw diet, Answers Pet Food enhances the nutritional value of raw food through the process of fermentation. By utilizing kombucha (fermented organic decaffeinated green tea), raw cultured whey, cultured raw goat’s milk and kefir, we created our own category by becoming the first and only fermented raw pet food diet in the industry.
 

The importance of our fermentation process.

Good bacteria is needed to create a thriving gut, and we believe that bacteria is the number one missing ingredient in pet food. We inoculate every one of our foods with good bacteria and allow them to thrive. These bacteria go to work pre-digesting the food, making it easier for your pet to assimilate nutrients. They also create new vitamins, enzymes, and organic acids that simply aren't present in non-fermented foods. Good bacteria fill up the food and also inhibit the growth of bad bacteria. Safety through inhibition— just like nature has done from the very beginning. Fermentation is the most natural and effective way for us to make our products as safe and healthy as possible.
 

Fermentation’s health benefits.

Our raw fermented pet foods are formulated to create a healthy gut. Fermentation is a huge supporter of immune function. It increases B-vitamins, digestive enzymes, antioxidants, and lactic acid that fight off harmful bacteria. It's also the ultimate source of probiotics.
 

Made with fresh air and sunshine.

We go the extra mile to ensure that every step of the process is done humanely and ethically.

Nothing affects the overall nutritional quality of pet food more than how its ingredients are being treated and sourced. Growing and farming organic food isn’t easy
 

Keeping family farms alive.

We support small, multi-generational family farms that, in turn, support the communities in which they live in. Our farmers are concerned with animal welfare and environmental consciousness. We love working with these farmers, as they take pride in raising their livestock and crops in a traditional manner more consistent with quality and sustainability. The focus for us and our farmers is not about how much we produce,
but whether we produce it correctly and are making every effort to reduce our carbon footprint.

To ensure the fundamentals of our cooperative initiative, we use farms that are independently audited by the Global Animal Partnership to protect earth’s land, water and animals. We also visit these farms ourselves on a regular basis.

 

FDA Warning: Store-Bought ‘Bone Treats’ Could Kill Your Dog

November 28, 2017 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning regarding the purchase and use of store-bought “bone treats”. The FDA claims the danger goes beyond the risk of regular bones.

 

What’s a ‘Bone Treat’?

The FDA reports it has received about 68 reports of pet illnesses related to “bone treats”.

Bone treats differ from regular uncooked butcher-type bones because they’re processed and packaged for sale as “dog treats”.

Which Products?

A variety of commercially-available bone treats for dogs were listed in the reports including items described as:

  • “Ham Bones”
  • “Pork Femur Bones”
  • “Rib Bones”
  • “Smokey Knuckle Bones”

No specific brands are mentioned in the FDA bulletin.

The processed products may be dried through a smoking process or by baking. They may also contain other ingredients such as:

  • Preservatives
  • Seasonings
  • Smoke flavorings

According to Dr. Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA…

“Giving your dog a bone treat might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet.”

So, if you’re planning to give your dog a stocking full of bone treats this holiday season, you may want to reconsider.

Illnesses Reported

Illnesses reported to FDA by owners and veterinarians in dogs that have eaten bone treats have included:

  • Gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive tract)
  • Choking
  • Cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bleeding from the rectum
  • Death

According to FDA, approximately 15 dogs have reportedly died after eating a bone treat.

How Widespread Is the Problem?

To date, reports submitted by pet owners and veterinarians have included about 90 dogs. Some reports included more than one dog.

In addition, FDA has received 7 reports of product problems such as…

  • Moldy-appearing bones
  • Treats splintering when chewed by the pet

How to Keep Your Dog Safe

FDA has included the following tips to help keep your dog safe:

    1. Chicken bones and other bones from the kitchen table can cause injury when chewed by pets, too. So be careful to keep platters out of reach when you’re cooking or the family is eating.

 

    1. Be careful what you put in the trash can. Dogs are notorious for helping themselves to the turkey carcass or steak bones disposed of there.

 

  1. Talk with your veterinarian about other toys or treats that are most appropriate for your dog. There are many available products made with different materials for dogs to chew on.

What to Do?

Dr. Stamper adds the following advice…

“We recommend supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn’t had before. And if she ‘just isn’t acting right,’ call your veterinarian right away!”

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

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Episode 196 “JESSICA SLEATER”

November 25, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back to a Thanksgiving hangover epiode of The Groomer Next Door. This week we're so fortunate to speak with one of the TOP attorney's in the United States. This week We're very fortunate to speak with Jessica Sleater. Before we get to know Jessica I would like to thank Dr. Laurie Coger for her inspiration to this episode. If it wasn't for Dr. Coger's Healthy Dog Expo in April of 2018.

Who is Jessica Sleater?
Jessica J. Sleater represents clients in complex litigation in federal and state courts across the country. Ms. Sleater has significant experience in representing the rights of consumers and shareholders of companies in class actions, derivative actions and appraisal actions. In relation to this work, she has been counsel of record for shareholders on a number of significant decisions and settlements, including N.J. Carpenters Pension Fund v. infoGROUP, Inc., No. 5334-VCN, 2011 Del. Ch. LEXIS 147 (Del. Ch. Oct. 6, 2011), which recovered $13 million for shareholders. She also represents bondholders in their litigation against Argentina following its 2001 default, and her argument before the federal district court in Manhattan was profiled in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She also represents business owners and their companies in commercial litigation. Super Lawyers recognizes Ms. Sleater as a New York Metro area “Rising Star.”

 

Ms. Sleater is currently representing pet owners, who purchased a high-end pet food that led to the sickness and death of one of their dogs in the class action, Mael, et al. v. Evanger's Dog and Cat Food Co., Inc. et al. In another class action alleging a racketeering scam, Cisneros v. Petland, Inc., she represents customers of a national pet store retail chain, who purchased animals that were certified as healthy, but were not. She is currently representing customers of toll roads in California, who received receipts that disclosed more than the last five digits of their debit and credit cards, in violation of federal law, in Cohen v. F/ETCA, et al. She also represented consumers, who purchased e-liquids used in e-cigarettes that omitted the presence of certain toxins, in Greene, et al. v. Five Pawns, Inc.

 

She helped develop one of largest class actions of the housing crisis on behalf of homeowners for failed administration of mortgage modifications, In re Citimortgage Inc. Home Affordable Modification Program HAMP Contract Litigation. Ms. Sleater also assisted in the creation of the legal theory for class actions involving misleading labeling of certain products as “natural,” when they are composed of genetically modified ingredients in Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc., Gengo v. Frito Lay North America Inc., Bevans v. General Mills, Inc. She was also counsel for plaintiffs/respondents in an appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court that resulted in an unanimous opinion for plaintiffs on a statute of limitation issue in Merck & Co. v. Reynolds.

 

Earlier in her career, Ms. Sleater worked for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority-New York City Transit and was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Missouri. During law school, Ms. Sleater served as a law clerk for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Missouri Attorney General’s Office. Also while in law school, Ms. Sleater was selected as the Editor-in-Chief of the Saint Louis University Public Law Review and served as an officer of the Public Interest Law Group.

 

Ms. Sleater recently wrote two articles on the legal industry that were published by Law360, The Rise of the Small Firm Class Action Business Model and Where are All the Women in the Plaintiffs' Bar?." Ms. Sleater also co-founded the Women’s Entrepreneurial Plaintiffs Lawyers Network (wePLn), a group for women practicing in the plaintiff’s bar that seeks to foster collaboration, business development, and career growth.

 

Ms. Sleater is admitted to practice in the courts of the States of New York and Missouri, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

 

Outside the office, Ms. Sleater volunteers as a mentor to homeless teens and serves as a member of the Associate Board of Covenant House. In 2012, she was selected as the Corporate Mentor of the Year by The Mentoring Partnership of New York. She also volunteers with RAINN (the Rape Abuse Incest National Network) to help survivors of sexual assault. She is also an activist for animals through various non-profit groups and has two rescue dogs.

 

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Episode 195 “PET PERENNIALS”

November 18, 2017

 

Hello Pups and Kittens, first of all let me wish EVERYONE a very Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for my family (4 and 2 legged), this podcast, and all of you who listen each week to our stories. On this Thanksgiving week I am going to have the u;timate discussion. The conversation no one wants to have. We're going to discuss bereavement.

 

Our Guest: Lori Davidson, B.S., Author

Co-FounderWhile Remy’s inspiration for Cherished Ones’ first product was her lab – Lori’s was her baby boy kitty - “Snookie”. After losing two 16 year old Bichons within months of each other she rescued a cat from a local shelter. Snookie’s affectionate nature reinforced her desire to help all rescue animals find loving homes. Lori brings to Cherished Ones 25+ years of sales experience, the last few spent as a business development consultant focused on elder law, plus ten years in education (instructing ESL, Health Science, Homebound, Adult Ed and Alternative Ed). She also co-authored Chicken Nachos, a book on emotional and verbal abuse. Having exposure to elder issues, children's causes and domestic abuse has deepened her desire to honor those we love daily. Business experience aside, Lori believes raising two (cherished) daughters on her own provided the real life skill-set necessary to create and operate a successful business from the ground up.

Lori struggled after losing two 16 year old Bichons within months of each other. It took a while before she felt ready to open her heart to another baby. Christmas season of 2008 found her shopping at a local pet store, looking for gifts for her grand-kitties. On a whim she walked past the cat holding area for the local animal shelter. There he was, looking at her through the bars of his crate. Lori knew better, but held him anyway. Having second thoughts about the responsibility she and a friend headed to lunch. All Lori could think about during lunch was that cute little face and after a quick lunch she and Snookie were heading home. Lori marvels at how quickly her little man took over the cottage. As with most cats, he enjoys waking her early so he can be fed. Snookie does this by tapping Lori’s face gently and saying, “Mom.” When Snookie wants to be let outside he runs to the door and meows, “Out.” If it is inclement weather Lori will tell him, “Tomorrow.” Much to her surprise Snookie will mimic “tomorrow.” Not one of her friends believed this until they heard him for themselves. Lori refers to Snookie as her dog-cat, as he even comes when he is called. (Of course in reality this means he runs top speed until he’s within sight, then he saunters the last few steps so he won’t give the impression that he cares. He is a cat after all!) And as Lori’s daughters point out, “Snookie is the son mom never had.” Lori feels blessed to share her home with this little cherished spirit.

The team at Cherished Ones, the makers of Pet Perennials understand fully the emotional, psychological, and physical effects that losing a pet can have.  Our founders, Remy Bibaud and Lori Davidson have both experienced this kind of loss.  Their own experiences were the inspiration for these one of a kind, living memorial products. 

All "Pet Perennials" organic, flowering products follow a patented process that can include a small portion of the cremated ashes of  a beloved pet along with a nutrient rich planting matrix and pet friendly flower seeds to yield seed wafers.  The seed wafers can be planted to grow colorful flowers that will be enjoyed season after season wherever one choses to create a living memorial.  Pet Perennials can be ordered as a custom, handcrafted option or the MiY Pet Perennials Kit.  If ordering our "custom" product rest assured that your pet's cremated ashes will be handled with respect by one of our technicians while making your "Custom" Pet Perennials.  Pet Perennials products are patented. 

There is no “right” or “wrong” way to use Pet Perennials since they contain perennial flower seeds, once sown they will bring a smile and enjoyment to you each year.  A "custom" product order includes 24 wafers, therefore you are not limited to when or where you plant them. You can give some of the wafers to family and friends, or order them their own batch.  The MiY Pet Perennials Kit enables you to make approximately 12 seed wafers in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

  • Do you have a favorite place where you liked to walk your dog?
  • Is there a special trail where you enjoyed riding your horse? Or a pasture that he liked to roam?
  • Did your cat have a particular tree that she climbed? Or a place in neighboring woods that she visited?
  • Perhaps your rabbit liked to hide among the plants and shrubs in your backyard?

These are all perfect locations to sow your Pet Perennials seed wafers. The possibilities for planting are endless because you can take the wafers wherever you wish.  No matter where you decide to sow them, we believe that everyone will delight in the colorful flowers that bloom as a result. Pet Perennials are also available as pre-made seed wafers that do not include any cremated ashes.  They are perfect gift for a friend or family member commemorating their new pet, or honoring the loss of a pet.

 

What is in a "custom" order of Pet Perennials?
In both the "custom" product and the MiY Pet Perennials Kit a small portion of a beloved pet's cremated ashes can be mixed in with our planting matrix and wildflower seeds (perennial and annual).  The planting matrix is made of the highest quality, nutrient rich planting compounds.  All of the organic materials are hand melded to form seed wafers that can be planted later. 

When do you use Pet Perennials?
Pet Perennials do not "expire", however we recommend using them within 6 months to one year of purchase. You will want to keep them in a cool, dry    place and away from water or liquids if you do not intend to plant the seed wafers right away. Premature contact with liquids could begin the germination process.

How do you grow Pet Perennials?
You do not need to plant the Pet Perennial seed wafers; in fact you simply place them on the ground in the areas where you wish for them to grow (we call it "sowing"). DO NOT COVER with earth or soil.  Water and sun is required.  For those that live in apartments or condominiums, you can sow your Pet Perennials in flower pots or window boxes with good potting soil to be displayed both in and outside of your home.

Please keep in mind that perennial seeds will take a season or two to "flower" from the time of sowing, however they will germinate within approximately 7 to 14 days along with the annual seeds.  Germination means that seedlings will sprout from the wafers. It will look like green plants and stems once grown.  The annual seeds that have been added may flower within 5 to 7 weeks to provide quick color and enjoyment in the meantime.  However, green plant like growth equals success!!  Keep in mind that the environment and soil in which you are disbursing the seed wafers has an impact so be sure to sow them in areas where the earth or potting soil is clear of chemicals, pests, and weeds.  And, remember don't forget to place them where they will be exposed to sunshine and water regularly.  If planted outside, water regularly where rainfall is limited. For more information see the Planting and Growing the Product section below.

Other ideas:
Not quite sure what to say to a person who has lost a pet, or what you might do to let them know that you care? Consider purchasing a gift voucher for Pet Perennials for any pet owner who has chosen cremation for their beloved friend. We are certain that they would appreciate your kind gesture every time they see the blooms.   How about our Make-It-Yourself Pet Perennials Kit?  It is a one-of-a-kind crafting project that the whole family can enjoy.  Please visit our shop where you can purchase and send a gift voucher to your special family member or friend andl learn more about the MiY Pet Perennials Kit. 

Product Options


Pet Perennials offer two wildflower seed mix options - the Butterfly Hummingbird perennial seed mix and the Pollinator perennial seed mix. Both mixes are safe for pets. When ordering your Custom Pet Perennials be sure to select the seed option that you desire.  The MiY Pet Perennials Kit includes the Butterfly Hummingbird mix.

Butterfly Hummingbird Wildflower Seed Mix   

Bring beautiful wildlife into your garden or meadow with the Butterfly & Hummingbird Seed Mix. It contains 12 wildflowers, both annuals and perennials that will attract winged friends. This mixture is designed to provide stunning color all season long, year after year. It will burst into blooms the first year with the annual wildflowers and provide color in years after with the perennials.

This is a specially designed mixture of 12 easy-to-grow wildflowers that butterflies and hummingbirds love. The mix includes both wild annuals and perennials, so bloom will begin just 3 to 4 weeks after sprouting, and should return year after year. The full flower list is below.
When and where to plant the Butterfly and Hummingbird seed mix:

It is best to plant your Pet Perennials in spring or early summer, or in late fall after frost for spring blooms. If you live in a warm winter area plant your Pet Perennials at the beginning of the rainy season. Choose any bright sunny spot. Butterflies and hummingbirds will find your bright flowers once they bloom.

Regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest

Seeds included:
• Chinese Forget-Me-Not
• Wild Cosmos
• Rocket Larkspur
• Purple Coneflower
• Rose Mallow
• Baby Snapdragon
• Arroyo Lupine
• Lemon Mint
• Black-eyed Susan
• Scarlet Sage
• Catchfly
• Crimson Clover             
 

Pollinator Wildflower Seed Mix

This easy-to-grow mixture contains 17 wildflowers, both annuals and perennials, that are easy to pollinate. Pollinators are critical to our ecosystem and pet lovers like you can make a big difference by making sure there are plenty of flowers for them to feed on. This mixture contains 17 wildflower, 10 annuals for first-year color, plus 7 perennials for second and successive years' bloom. This mixture contains 17 wildflower, 10 annuals for first-year color, plus 7 perennials for second and successive years' bloom. The full flower list is below.            

Regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest

Seeds included:
• Butterfly Milkweed
• Patridge Pea
• Lance Leaved Coreopsis
• Plains Coreopsis
• Cosmos Sensation Mix
• Purple Coneflower
• California Poppy
• Blanket Flower
• Dwarf Sunspot Sunflower
• Meadow Foam
• Dwarf Lupine Pixie Delight Mix
• Perennial Lupine
• Arroyo Lupine
• Bee Balm / Wild Bergamont
• Lacy Phacelia
• Mexican Hat
• Crimson Clover

Custom Pet Perennials Order Process


We understand how precious your pet was to you that is why you can feel confident that your pet is respected and in very good hands through out the entire process.  Once your order has been placed through the Cherished Ones online shop, the order fulfillment process will begin. There are three stages to fulfilling your custom, handmade Pet Perennials order.

Stage A    Once your order has been placed you will be sent an instruction kit by mail to help you prepare a small portion of your beloved pet's cremation ashes.  You should have received an email with the same instructions attached to it after you placed your order online.  The instruction kit includes a labeled container for the cremated remains and a pre-paid mailing envelope.  You will send the package back to us.  Postal tracking is included on the returned item.  Your pet's cremated remains are identified by an order number, as well as their actual name as given to us by you at the time of order.  Rest assured that this identification information remains with your custom order throughout the entire process.   

Stage B    Once the small portion of remains from your pet have been received at our fulfillment center, your custom order will be made. You will be notified by email that the package has been received. Our melding process is done by hand so that your Pet Perennials order is made separately from any other order. Please allow two to three weeks for your order to be handmade.

Stage C    When your order has been completed it is packaged and shipped back to you in a pre-paid shipping box.  The shipment is tracked as well.  You will be notified by email that the completed order has been shipped.

That's it!  All that is left to do is for you to sow, grow and enjoy your Pet Perennials.                     

Planting and Growing Pet Perennials Products


One of the best things about wildflowers is how easy they are to grow. Here are some easy planting steps for you.

Plan
When sowing seed wafers timing is important. Although your seed wafers may be planted anytime and in any condition, please consider the following suggestions, especially when planting in a garden. We recommend that you check for your last frost date and plant after this has passed.

Sow in the fall or early winter- for best results. If you missed the season don’t despair, you can sow them any time and they will sprout when germination is triggered naturally, perhaps the following year. Perennials require “wintering” to properly flower. Annuals are added to the product so that the celebration of love seeding life might begin soon after the planting!

Choose a spot that gets 6 or more hours of direct sun a day. If you are sowing in your own yard or garden then prepare your soil by clearing the area of all existing growth. Simply dig up everything that is growing, turn the soil and rake the area flat.

Plant
We recommend placing the seed wafer onto the soil, but DO NOT bury them. If you are disbursing them in places that you are unable to prepare, you do not have to prepare the area beforehand. The wafer provides the soil to keep the seeds and seedlings safe and to begin germination which usually occurs within 7 to 14 days, possibly up to 20 days. The matrix surrounding the seed will eventually meld in with the earth around it.  Perennial flowers will germinate and become seedlings, but will not flower until the they have "wintered".  When the germination process begins the seedlings will look similar to weeds, please don't pick them.

Grow
If you are sowing in your own yard or garden, water to keep the soil moist, but do not soak. You should do this until the seedlings are about 4-6" tall. After that, the seedlings will survive on natural rains. If you are experiencing very dry weather, water more often. If you are disbursing the seed wafers in places that you are unable to water, the natural rains should be enough to moisten them for germination if rains are normal.  Drought prone areas make it more difficult for this to occur so consider germinating them before disbursing for best results.

Tips for Germinating Out of Season

To assist in the germination of the seeds during a dry season or to expedite germination without allowing for nature’s seasonal wintering, try wetting and germinating the seed wafers before planting by taking the following steps:

1. Place the seed wafers between layers of paper towels, placing the towels over and under the wafers on a plate or flat surface. Sprinkle a small amount of water over the top paper towel. The seed wafers will absorb the water from the dampened towel. Let the seed wafers absorb the moisture slowly, so the moisture penetrates evenly and deeply. Over-watering may result in transforming the wafers into a pile of mush.

2. After an hour or so, the seed wafers darken with the absorption of water. Sprinkle some more water on the top layer of towels. The sprinkling of water mimics spring rain and/or snow melt. When each seed ball has absorbed adequate moisture it will appear darker and will have the texture of a grape. The goal is to MOISTEN the wafers, not saturate them. REMEMBER: If you added too much water, you might end up with mush. If so simply allow the wafers to air dry for a day or so. And if they have lost their shape, the wafers may be formed into balls.

3. Place the seed wafers (without the paper towels) in a baggie or sealing container.

4. Place them in the fridge. The mixtures we use in our product generally do best with 2 months of cold-damp stratification. This process mimics nature’s seasonal wintering.

5. Check occasionally and remove and plant any wafers that are visibly growing. After two months, remove any wafers still in the fridge and sow as normal. Don't let them dry out after stratification! Wafers are best sown in a rainy season, or if planted in a garden or container, water regularly.

 

 

Product Disclaimers: Cherished Ones uses only the highest quality seeds and nutrient rich soil matrix when customizing your order, however results are not 100% guaranteed for every seed that is included in each wafer. Additionally, we cannot control adverse weather conditions or assume responsibility for non-adherence to planting suggestions or your personal care choices whether grown on the earth or in containers that could result in compromised stratification results. Cherished Ones recommended shelf life for the product before planting is six months to 1 year.  Our products use only a small portion of your loved ones cremation ashes, however please check your local ordinances to see if there are rules or suggestions on planting and disbursing of cremation ashes.  Cherished Ones seed wafer products are not edible, please do not place in any location where they might be mistaken for pet or human treats! 

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Episode 194 “FETCHING FOODS”

November 11, 2017
Hello Pups and Kittens, this week we're joined by my good friend Troy Allison (Founder of Fetching Foods). Troy is an absolute pioneer in the raw feeding world. His meals are high quality, well planned, and 100% quality control.I can't suggest for all to check out his website at http://www.fetchingfoods.com/  Let's get to know more about Fetching Foods.
 
THE BEST FOOD FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND

Fetching Foods is a top quality, nutritionally rich food for dogs and cats.  It’s made entirely with high-end, human-grade ingredients.

We purchase whole, fresh ingredients from quality supermarkets and distributors. Processing is minimal to maximize the nutritional value of the meal.  We never use fillers, preservatives, grains, soy, starches, artificial flavors or colors.   It’s 100% natural.

Our food is handcrafted using locally grown organic produce.  Meats come from the USA and are non-GMO, hormone free, humanely raised USDA certified for humans.  Our packaging is recyclable.  The food is delivered directly to your door.

Fetching Foods is healthy, delicious, convenient, and environmentally friendly.

Kibble, those dry pellets that come in a bag, have only been around 80yrs. Before then dogs and cats thrived on things they caught or could forage.  Their digestive systems are still built for raw foods, unable to efficiently to consume today’s pet food.

Raw food is the most nutrient-rich, bioavailable, healthy food you can give your pet.  Feeding table scraps, cooked food, kibble (dry food), dehydrated, or even canned food, is less nutritious and arguably harmful because of the processing and additives needed to create food in that form.  It’s also difficult on your pet’s digestive system.

Our direct personal experience and culinary training combined with nutritional science has shown clean, whole food changes the health of animals in significant ways.  We’ve seen first hand that changing to a healthy raw diet, diabetes goes into remission, dandruff disappears, skin allergies (itching) vanish, urinary tract issues evaporate, digestion problems were no longer problems, pets (re)gain energy and vitality, with the added bonus of pet solid waste dropping to 20% of what it was.  The bottom line: diet is a powerful tool when it comes to pet health and longevity.  

Healthy and happy pets are our motivation.  We work tirelessly supplying a fantastic product that helps humans give their four-legged loved ones a healthy, organic, humane, and environmentally conscious diet your pet will devour.  We want to do our part to keep your pet healthy, vibrant, and your loving companion for a long time.  

You can spend your money now on what is one of the best products on the market to keep your pet healthy.  Or you can spend your money on vet bills down the road.  It all costs about the same in the end.  The only question is the quality and length of life for your pet.

Our Mission is to deliver the best product possible to people who care deeply about the complete health of their animal.  

Fetching Foods is located in Las Vegas, Nevada, founded by Troy Allison, an animal lover with award winning Ridgebacks.

 

HUMAN FOOD MADE FOR CATS AND DOGS

Fetching Foods provides delicious species-specific, ultra-premium, highly nutritional raw meals for pets that are professionally prepared with the same love we use for our own pets.  Our fruits and vegetables are fresh, organic, and our meats are USDA/FDA human grade (not feed grade like almost every other pet food), non-GMO, antibiotic, and hormone free.  Depending on the season our ingredients vary to ensure we have the freshest, best product.  We source regionally when possible.  All of our meats come from the USA.  Also, we strive to use meat sources that follow humane and natural ranching practices.  Our packaging uses fully recyclable or reusable containers.  This is possibly the best product you can feed to your pet nutritionally and with a clear conscience.  Las Vegas area delivery is free, and we ship nationally.  See the FAQ for more detailed information on our products and shipping.

If you’re hesitating, try a sample.  Pay for the shipping and we’ll send you 8oz of dog or cat meals to see if your pet likes the food.  Go to the Shop page to order.

 

Dog Products

Typical proteins are pork, beef, lamb, wild-caught Alaska salmon, organ meat like beef heart&liver, and buffalo.  These are blended together producing a novel mix lowering the probability for food sensitivities.  Our base fruit and vegetable ingredients are organic blueberries, kale, pomegranate, coconut oil, carrots, squash, and honey.  Some proteins, fruits and vegetables vary depending on season and availability.

  • Raw.  This is the diet nature intended for dogs by staying as close as possible to the form and nutritional composition that they would find in nature using the highest quality, nutrient-rich products.
  • Doggie Water.  Specially brewed broth with non-traditional meats like elk (pictured), buffalo, rabbit, along with organic super-food veggies like kale, broccoli, blueberries, and pomegranate. Add it to their water as an excellent replenishment drink during exercise or when they’re feeling a bit down.  Freeze into ice cubes for a nutritious hot-weather treat.  Contact us to see what proteins we have in stock.
  • Vegan.  Yes, dogs can be vegan.  The key is getting a complete protein from vegetable products.  We carefully construct our vegan meals to not just have complete proteins but also add all of the great organic vegetables which are chalked full of nutrients and vitamins that are essential for your dog.  Typical ingredients are organic black beans, lentils, Argan oil, spirulina, blueberries, kale, coconut oil, pomegranate, and more.
  • Grass Fed Raw Beef Bones.  Meaty, marrow filled bones are from cattle that are 100% grass fed, no GMO’s, no hormones, and no antibiotics.  Your dog will be occupied for hours, not to mention raw bones are a healthy way to clean your dog’s teeth.
  • Beef Jerky.  One half pound of USDA Select grade jerky from grass fed, antibiotic-free, hormone-free cattle.  The meat in the picture is precisely what the jerky is made of.  I hand cut each strip of jerky myself.  No spices or additives, just straight delicious dehydrated beef.  Shipped in a resealable vacuum-packed bag.  Rex and Rosie absolutely go crazy over this treat.
  • Sous Vide (cooked food) — COMING SOON. This is the intersection of raw and cooked.Cat Products

 

  • Raw.  Closely approximates the diet cats would get in the wild; the diet to which their physiology is naturally attuned. Cats eat a varied diet in the wild, including organs, brains, and occasionally, stomach and intestine contents.  Typical ingredients are Cornish hen, quail, pasture-raised turkey liver and gizzards, wild caught Alaska salmon.  We grind the whole poultry protein on a semi-course setting with the bone and skin.  The offal is also ground or chopped semi-finely, depending on what it is.  Pictured with farm-raised quail, organically fed turkey’s liver, chicken gizzards, and wild caught Alaska Sockeye salmon.
 

Raw Dog Meals

Regular price $8.49

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Raw. 

Typical proteins are a blend of pork, beef, lamb, buffalo, wild-caught Alaska salmon, organ meat like beef heart and liver.  Our base fruit and vegetable ingredients are organic blueberries, kale, pomegranate, coconut oil, squash, and honey.  The proteins and fruits and veggies vary depending on season and availability.

 

Grass Fed Beef Jerky Treats 4oz

Regular price $12.99

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Our jerky comes fromgrass fed, antibiotic-free, hormone-free cattle.   We hand cut each strip of jerky ourselves fromUSDA Select-grade beef.  No spices, preservatives, or additives -- only one ingredient: beef.  Shipped in a resealable vacuum-packed bag. Keep refrigerated after opening.  Rex and Rosie absolutely go crazy over this treat and so will your pup.

 

Raw Cat Meals

Regular price $3.75

Size
Qty:

Raw.  

Closely approximates the diet cats would get in the wild; the diet to which their physiology is naturally attuned. Cats eat a varied diet in the wild, including organs, brains, and occasionally, stomach and intestine contents.  

Typical ingredients in our meals are Cornish hen, quail, pasture-raised turkey liver and gizzards, wild caught Alaska salmon.  We grind the whole poultry protein on a semi-course setting with the bone and skin.  The offal is also ground or chopped semi-finely, depending on what it is.  Pictured with farm-raised quail, organically fed turkey liver and gizzards, and wild caught Alaska Sockeye salmon.

 

Raw Vegan Dog Meals

Regular price $9.99

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Yes, dogs can be vegan.  The key is getting a complete protein from vegetable products.  We carefully construct our vegan meals to not just have complete proteins but also add all of the great organic vegetables which are chalked full of nutrients and vitamins that are essential for your dog.

NOTE: Not for Cats

 

Grass Fed Raw Beef Bones

Regular price $3.99

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Qty:
These meaty, marrow filled bones are from cattle that are 100% grass fed, no GMO's, no hormones, and no antibiotics.  Your dog will be occupied for hours, not to mention raw bones are a healthy way to clean your dog's teeth.
 

Doggie Water

Regular price $8.99

Size
Qty:
Specially brewed broth with non-traditional meats like elk, buffalo, rabbit, along with organic super-food veggies like kale, broccoli, blueberries, and pomegranate. Add it to their water as an excellent replenishment drink during exercise or when they’re feeling a bit down.  Freeze into ice cubes for a nutritious hot-weather treat.  Pictured with elk as the protein.
 

Meal Sample

Regular price $0.00

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You can get an 8oz sample of dog, cat, or dog-vegan meals for the cost of shipping*.   This allows you to test the meals before buying.  1 per household. 

*Delivery in the greater Las Vegas area is free.

 

 

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Episode 193 VERSION 2.0 “WITH DR. LAURIE COGER”

November 1, 2017

This is our very first VERSION 2.0 which is a redo episode. We experienced technical difficulties on the audio and Dr. Coger deserved a quality episdoe. Dr. Coger is by far the most entertaining, intellegent, and delightful veternarian I've had the pleassure to speak with.

In case you missed last weeks episode....

Let's meet Dr. Coger is a wholistic veterinarian, dog owner, trainer, and breeder. Her mission is to guide owners down the natural dog care path, helping them to become educated and empowered advocates for their best friend’s health.

She is an honors graduate of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, majoring in Animal Science, with a special interest and advanced training in nutrition. She received her DVM degree from Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her “real world” experiences in veterinary hospitals both large and small, housecall practice, and shelter medicine have broadened her skills and knowledge.  One of her favorite job duties is as resident veterinarian for Canine Camp Getaway, the country’s ultimate dog lovers’ vacation in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

Dr. Coger’s practice and dog care philosophy emphasize natural methods and care. She regularly integrates chiropractic, low level laser, herbal, nutritional, and physical therapy techniques into her treatment plans. She is a staunch advocate of raw, natural diets. Her first book, “Vaccines Explained: The Wholistic Vet’s Guide to Vaccinating Your Dog” is currently available on Amazon. She is well known in the media, having been featured in USA Today, Dogs Naturally Magazine, Pet360, PetMD, and numerous nationally known blogs and websites. She has been nominated for a Dog Writers’ Association of America award for her work in the Australian Shepherd Journal

Promoting wellness is a major focus for Dr. Coger. Her goal is always to avoid problems, rather than treat them. From cancer to autoimmune disease, organ degeneration to allergies and skin/ear disease, her approach can avoid or reverse many of the problems that pets deal with every day.

Her proactive health program assesses nutrition, previous health problems, genetic and breed risk factors, environment, and other unique aspects to identify health and disease potential. From there, her three-point plan is applied to support the body, strengthen the body, and not harm the body.

Dr. Coger’s practice encompasses a variety of treatment options. This is often called integrative veterinary medicine, which combines the best and most appropriate aspects of many forms veterinary medicine. These include dietary therapy and nutritional support, herbs and nutriceuticals, chiropractic-like techniques, acupuncture, low level laser therapy, and conventional Western medicine. This combination technique often allows for a faster and better resolution to the problem.

 

 

 

Want to work with Dr. Coger, but live too far away to come to her? Phone consultations are available as single sessions or as 30 or 60 day support programs!

Phone consultations are an ideal way to get the information you need! Dr. Coger is able to take the time to provide in depth answers, from a holistic as well as conventional perspective. All consultations include a review of your dog’s medical history and a written summary, delivered by email. Consults are 30 minutes, and are $47.00.

 

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Episode 193 “DR. LAURIE COGER”

October 28, 2017

Hello Pups and Kittens and welcome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This week we're so happy to be joined by one of the most amazing holistic veterinarians in the profession. I would like to apoligize for the technical dificulties on our microphones for this episode. We were unaware when we recorded and by the time I noticed it was too late to re-record.

Let's meet Dr. Coger is a wholistic veterinarian, dog owner, trainer, and breeder. Her mission is to guide owners down the natural dog care path, helping them to become educated and empowered advocates for their best friend’s health.

She is an honors graduate of Cornell University’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, majoring in Animal Science, with a special interest and advanced training in nutrition. She received her DVM degree from Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Her “real world” experiences in veterinary hospitals both large and small, housecall practice, and shelter medicine have broadened her skills and knowledge.  One of her favorite job duties is as resident veterinarian for Canine Camp Getaway, the country’s ultimate dog lovers’ vacation in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

Dr. Coger’s practice and dog care philosophy emphasize natural methods and care. She regularly integrates chiropractic, low level laser, herbal, nutritional, and physical therapy techniques into her treatment plans. She is a staunch advocate of raw, natural diets. Her first book, “Vaccines Explained: The Wholistic Vet’s Guide to Vaccinating Your Dog” is currently available on Amazon. She is well known in the media, having been featured in USA Today, Dogs Naturally Magazine, Pet360, PetMD, and numerous nationally known blogs and websites. She has been nominated for a Dog Writers’ Association of America award for her work in the Australian Shepherd Journal

Promoting wellness is a major focus for Dr. Coger. Her goal is always to avoid problems, rather than treat them. From cancer to autoimmune disease, organ degeneration to allergies and skin/ear disease, her approach can avoid or reverse many of the problems that pets deal with every day.

Her proactive health program assesses nutrition, previous health problems, genetic and breed risk factors, environment, and other unique aspects to identify health and disease potential. From there, her three-point plan is applied to support the body, strengthen the body, and not harm the body.

Dr. Coger’s practice encompasses a variety of treatment options. This is often called integrative veterinary medicine, which combines the best and most appropriate aspects of many forms veterinary medicine. These include dietary therapy and nutritional support, herbs and nutriceuticals, chiropractic-like techniques, acupuncture, low level laser therapy, and conventional Western medicine. This combination technique often allows for a faster and better resolution to the problem.

 

 

 

Want to work with Dr. Coger, but live too far away to come to her? Phone consultations are available as single sessions or as 30 or 60 day support programs!

Phone consultations are an ideal way to get the information you need! Dr. Coger is able to take the time to provide in depth answers, from a holistic as well as conventional perspective. All consultations include a review of your dog’s medical history and a written summary, delivered by email. Consults are 30 minutes, and are $47.00.

 

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Episode 192 “AAFCO”

October 22, 2017

This week on The Groomer Next Door Podcast we sit down with Kristen Green from AAFCO. So for most pet parents you may ask "whose AAFCO".

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) is a voluntary membership association of local, state and federal agencies charged by law to regulate the sale and distribution of animal feeds and animal drug remedies.

Although AAFCO has no regulatory authority, the Association provides a forum for the membership and industry representation to achieve three main goals:

  • Safeguarding the health of animals and humans
  • Ensure consumer protection
  • Providing a level playing field of orderly commerce for the animal feed industry.

These goals are achieved by developing and implementing uniform and equitable laws, regulations, standards, definitions and enforcement policies for regulating the manufacture, labeling, distribution and sale of animal feeds - resulting in safe, effective and useful feeds by promoting uniformity amongst member agencies.

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Episode 191 “PET FOOD INSTITUTE”

October 14, 2017

Hello Everyone, welcome back to The Groomer Next Door Podcast. This episode is very important to us, and has taken a lot of time to organize. This is our look into regulations on pet food (A.K.A. Kibble). We have 2/3 of the people responsible for regulatioons and lobbying to make kibble what it is.

 

Our first guest is the Pet Food Institute.

About PFI

The Pet Food Institute and our members, who make 98% of all U.S. pet food and treat products, are committed to helping dogs and cats live long and healthy lives. As the voice of U.S. pet food makers for nearly 60 years, we provide factual information about pet food and treat safety, nutrition, and health to pet lovers, and advocate for a transparent, science-based regulatory environment for our members.

PFI is dedicated to:

  • Advocating for legislation, regulations and technologies that support the domestic manufacture and global distribution of safe, quality pet food and that provide for consumer choice;
  • Promoting pet food safety innovation in manufacturing and handling practices;
  • Delivering information about issues impacting pet food makers, their suppliers and distributors, pet lovers and other relevant stakeholders; and
  • Communicating the benefits of pet ownership to the general public at large.

Our offices are based in Washington, DC. Click here for contact information.

 

Meet The Pet Food Community

PFI’s members make 98% of all U.S. pet food products. Click through to learn more about our member companies, Board leadership, staff, and other organizations in the pet food community.

 

Members

2017 PFI Producer Members
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition

American Nutrition

Barrett Petfood Innovations

Bil-Jac Foods

Blue Buffalo Company

Brightpet Nutrition Group

Central Garden and Pet

Champion Pet Foods LP

C.J. Foods, Inc.

Diamond Pet Foods

Freshpet

Hill’s Pet Nutrition

The J.M. Smucker Company

Mars Petcare, US

Merrick Pet Care

Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc.

Nestlé Purina PetCare

Perfection Pet Foods

Pro-Pet

Royal Canin

Simmons Pet Food, Inc.

Sunshine Mills, Inc.

TFP Nutrition

Tuffy’s Pet Foods, Inc.

Spectrum Brands

2017 PFI Associate Members

AGT Foods

ADM

AFB International

AGT Foods, Inc.

Alaskan Sea Food

Alltech, Inc.

Ameri-Pac, Inc.

AMPAC

Anchor Ingredients

APC, Inc.

ATC Scientific

Balchem

Cablevey Conveyors

Camlin Fine Sciences

Campbell Wrapper Corporation

Cargill Inc.

CFS North America, LLC.

Cool Springs International

Darling Ingredients/ DAR PRO

Diversified Ingredients, Inc.

DSM Nutritional Products, Inc.

Dupont Nutrition/Health (formerly Solae LLC)

Emerson Milling

Eurofins Scientific, Inc.

Evonik Degussa Corporation

Extru-Tech, Inc.

Fairview Mills

Food Protection Alliance

Food Protection Services

Food Safety Net Services

G.A. Wintzer & Son Co.

Gilton Resource Recovery

Hamlet Protein Als

Hesco, Inc. (Sk Food International)

Hollison

HORN

IEH Laboratories & Consulting Group

Kemin Nutrisurance, Inc.

Land O’Lakes

LaPointe Manufacturing

Log10

Lortscher Animal Nutrition (Formerly Lortscher AgriService Inc.)

Mac Process/Schenck Process

Malt Products Corp

Mane

Midwest Laboratories

Neogen Corporation

Nutramax Laboratories, Inc.

Orkin Pest Control

Parsons-Eagle Packaging Systems

Peel Plastic Products, Ltd.

Penford Food Ingredients

Perten Instruments, Inc.

Premier Tech Systems

Provisur Tech.

SeqTech Diagnostic, LLC

Silva International, Inc.

Specialty Commodities, Inc.

SPF USA

SRC Milling Company, LLC

Summit Ridge Farms

The Industrial Fumigant Company

The Peterson Company

Thiele Technologies

Trilogy Essential Ingredients

Trouw Nutrition

Valley Protein

Wenger Manufacturing

Wilbur-Ellis

2017 PFI Affiliate Members

Watt Global Media

 

Board of Directors

Ainsworth Pet Nutrition

American Nutrition

The J.M. Smucker Company

Bil-Jac Foods

Blue Buffalo Company

C.J. Foods, Inc.

Central Garden and Pet

Diamond Pet Foods

Freshpet

Hill’s Pet Nutrition

Mars Petcare, US

Merrick Pet Care

Nestlé Purina PetCare

Pro-Pet

Royal Canin

Simmons Pet Food, Inc.

Spectrum Brands

Sunshine Mills, Inc.

TFP Nutrition

 

 

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Episode 190 “LONG LIVING PETS RESEARCH PROJECT”

October 7, 2017

This week on The Groomer Next Door podcast we're joined by such an intellegent man. He's studying the effects of Raw Feeding and well the results ARE AMAZING!! If theirs one thing I hope this podcast does for everyone is give pet parents around the World other options besides kibble.

 

This is a privately funded 30-year study by me, Thomas Sandberg. I am looking into the consequences of feeding a raw food diet to pets. I have studied dog's and cat's digestive system in dept since 1997 and believe that they both are carnivores. They require a species appropriate diet to sustain a strong immune system that in turn will promote a long healthy life and dramatically limit the risk of falling victim to serious diseases like cancer. 

 

If you feed a raw food diet and interested in supporting this study I hope you will register your pet. There is no fee to participate. My goal is to follow more than 10,000 dogs and 5000 cats for the rest of their lives documenting their health. I'm interested in all breeds and sizes.

 

If you arrived on this page because you have a pet with cancer, please register and I will share the information I have collected over the last two decades. I do not treat animals but I can guide and assist you to possibly help you beat this horrible disease sharing natural protocols. Register here.

 

You can also support these one-of-a-kind projects by donating to my funding raising campaign at Long Living Pets Research Foundation I'm currently unable to secure funding for these projects since the ones benefiting from this are us pet owners, not the commercial enterprises that make billions of dollars selling food that kills our beloved pets. Strong words I know, but sadly in many cases the truth. Close to 50% of our pets get cancer and that is not acceptable to me! The pets with cancer that I have assisted over the last 15 years were all fed a kibble type diet. All! 

I sincerely thank everyone in advance for any donations, every dollar helps! We need to keep this project going for the love of our pets. Please help now!

 

Current Projects

I'm on a life mission to help our beloved pets live long healthy lives and protect them from cancer. In 1999 I started these 30-year projects to study the benefits of feeding species appropriate food. The results from the first 15 years have been no short of amazing. I observed longer healthier lives and a dramatic reduction in cancer incidents.

3 current ongoing projects:

  1. Research into extending the life of dogs.
  2. Research into preventing cancer in dogs
  3. Research into natural cancer cures for dog

 

Phase 1 - of my three 30-year research projects are coming to an end

For the last 15 years, I have researched and tested my findings and theories on my dogs and a small group of other dogs from around the world.  My findings are amazing and confirm everything I learned 15 years ago after carefully studying the digestive system of dogs. My intentions were not to expose any dog to something that could be harmful. I tested it all on my dogs and others willing to do the same.

I believe beyond any doubt that feeding a simple diet of raw meats, edible bones, and organ meats will promote a rock-solid immune system. The immune system is a dog's ultimate defense against diseases and premature aging. The result is a long healthy life way past what is the expected lifespan of most breeds fed commercial dog food.

 

Phase 2 - Build a case of solid, indisputable proof based on what I found out during my first 15 years, by adding 10,000 dogs and 5,000 cats to my project.

I need your help

I'm expanding my project to 10,000 dogs and 5000 cats, and I will follow each dog and cat until their last day, documenting their journey on a diet of raw meats and bones. These dogs and cats come from all parts of the world. They report to me once a year with a status update. As long as they are fed a diet of raw food they will be a part of this groundbreaking project.

Categories/types of raw feeding I track and document:

Home Made Raw Food

  1. Prey Model Raw/Franken Prey
  2. Mix of Raw (often done in a bowl)
  3. Barf

 

NOTE: Most people feed homemade raw food that they buy from different sources. Not everyone can make/prepare their own raw food. Many pre-made raw food companies have arrived on the market over that last few years. Below are the ones that I have accepted and track as a 'raw feeding type'. If you are feeding a commercial raw food diet that is not listed please select 'Mix of raw' as the raw feeding type (one the registration form). Then you can write in the description what type of raw food you feed and mention the manufacturer. If I get several others using the same brand I will create a category for it. 

 

Commercial raw food manufacturers that I track specifically (you do not have to feed these to participate):

USA

  • K9 Nutrition (Raw pre-made)
  • K 9 Karvings® (Raw pre-made): Website
  • Darwins® (Pre-made raw): Website
  • Stella and Chewy® (Pre-made raw): Website
  • TruDog® (Pre-made raw): Website
  • Jake & Blue's Raw Dog Food: Website

 

Other countries

UK

  1. Wolf Tucker (Raw and Pre-made raw): Website

 

Australia

Vets all Natural (Bruce Syme): Website

 

South Africa

Raw Gold: Website

Raw Necessities: Website

DOGGOBONE: Website

 

Norway

WOM: Website

 

New Zealand

Raw Essentials: Website

 

Just to make clear, you do not have to feed any of these brands to participate in this study. Any variation of a meat-based raw food is accepted. But if you feed one of these brands please select them under 'feeding type' (on the registration form).

 

Not participating yet? Register here.

 

If you are a manufacturer of pre-made raw food and would like to add dogs or cats that are fed your product, please contact me with your company's information (website is OK). You can use the blue 'question and feedback tab' on the right side of this webpage. 

 

Invitation to participate

COVER-NEW-6-21-15-3-150wIf you are interested in participating in any of these projects, please take a few minutes to register. There is no cost involved. If you are new to feeding raw and not sure how to get started, I have written a short book just for you. Included with this book is lifetime support from me. No book can cover every need of a dog. There is no 'one fit for all' diet. Dogs and cats come with different nutritional needs. This book will get you started on a safe raw food diet without making the process too complicated. When you have made the switch you have access to me for further help if needed. I'm also building a network of knowledgeable animal care professionals that I can refer you too if such service is required.  
More about it here

 

More about the research projects here To help support this research and other projects please visit: https://llprf.org

 

Large and Giant Breed Dogs Can Grow Old!

Why do big dogs die so early?

The average lifespan of a Great Dane is 6-8 years. To me, that never made any sense. Why would a small breed dog live longer than a large?camelot-1

For the past 13 years, I have conducted extensive research in an attempt to find an answer to this. My conclusion is not surprising, and it makes total sense. Dogs need the food they are designed for and altering this can severely compromise their health. The larger the dog is, the more affected it is by unhealthy food.

The so-called “dog food” that is sold by many different manufacturers is not suitable for a dog’s digestive system and does not supply them with enough nutrients to sustain a long, healthy life. This is particularly damaging to large and giant dog breeds since they require a greater quantity of nutritious food than smaller dogs do. Since large breed dogs eat more, they ingest more of the bad food and less of the good.

Dogs are carnivores; therefore, the only food they can properly digest, metabolize, and utilize is raw meat. This is a fact. There are still some people who do not agree that dogs are carnivores, but that opinion is based on a lack of knowledge or misinformation. I know the majority of dog owners accept this fact but, if you disagree, then my approach to extending the lifespan of large and giant breed dogs will be hard to accept.

A carnivore gets most of its nutrients from raw meats (80%), bones (10%), and some organ meats (10%), with supplements used to complete the nutritional requirements. Together, they fulfill a dog’s nutritional needs to sustain a strong immune system that protects against diseases and promotes healthy organs, bones, and joints.odin-cam-23

There are many books written about raw feeding, and I have read most of them. The problem I’ve found with the majority of these is that they complicate raw feeding to such a degree that many dog owners find it too difficult to follow. I believe feeding raw can be very simple, so I wrote a book about it.

I currently have two Great Danes; one is 9 years old and the other is 4 (as of Dec 2015). I have fed my Great Danes this way since 2000. Every year, my dogs undergo a full medical check-up and each year, without exception, they have been 100% healthy.

I decided to wait 10 years before I published my simplified version of raw feeding because testing my method on a breed that is known to live short lives, like the Great Dane, would tell me if I was on the right track. Over time, I made small refinements to my method, mostly when it came to supplements

 

How to extend the life of your dog

One of my goals is to double the average lifespan of giant breeds like Great Danes. My approach should work well for all breeds of dog, large or small.

I believe that

  • Giant breed dogs can live into their mid-teens.
  • Large breed dogs can live into their late teens - early 20s
  • Mid-size breed dogs can live into their early 20s to mid-20s
  • Small breed dogs can live into their mid-20s to late 20s 

There are two things you need to do:

1) Feed raw, natural food. I use a very easy to follow meal plan and you can get everything from your local grocery store but, for better prices, seek out local butchers and local raw feeding groups that buy in bulk.

2) Add a few supplements. The supplements are meant to ensure that your dog gets all the nutrients he/she needs. If you feed a good balanced raw food diet with enough organ meats you may skip supplements. 

For those of you who are new to raw food or who are wceptical of it, please read these articles about the many myths regarding feeding raw food to dogs.

What made me such and expert?

tom-2Well, like I mentioned I have studied and practiced raw feeding for over 15 years. I rescue Great Danes and currently have 2; Odin is three 5 years old and Camelot is 9 (as of Jan 2016).

elg-hund-1I was born in Norway and grew up in a farming area. I noticed early on that the farmers fed their dogs raw meat from chickens, cows and pigs. Sometimes entire live chickens were given to the dogs; reindeer and moose meat were also common sources of food. Several of these dogs, which were larger breeds like German Shepherds and Norwegian Elk Hounds, lived into their late teens.

When I started feeding my dogs raw food in 2000, most people thought I was crazy, especially when I fed them chicken wings. Explaining that raw bones are soft and harmless to dogs did not change many people’s opinions. It still amazes me how many people are misinformed about this. Interestingly, I received the most resistance from veterinarians, to the point that they even refused to handle my dogs. This has changed dramatically over the years and many vets are now recommending raw food to their clients.

The most common misconceptions are:

  • Bones are dangerous to dogs
  • Salmonella can make a dog sick
  • Dogs have changed over time and adopted to more human like foods
  • Dogs are omnivores not carnivores
  • Raw meat and bones will make dogs aggressive
  • Raw feeding is too complicated

I agree somewhat with the last point, raw feeding has been made complicated by some people. Those following the Barf Model (raw meats, bones, veggies and fruits) often have a hard time maintaining it, whereas the Prey Model (raw meats and bones) is much simpler and I have simplified it even further for people who prefer to feed their dogs from a bowl. I call it Raw in a Bowl. This is a good way of getting started and comfortable with the idea of feeding a balanced raw food diet. 

The idea is to get started, take the first step into raw feeding, that's what is important. Soon you will gain knowledge and become confident that raw food is good for your dog. This will be evident just watching your dog improve in many areas like; better coat, increased muscle mass, a calmer demeanor, smaller poop, cleaner teeth, less gas, less dog odor, plus much more. Thes confirmations will encourage you to explore other variations of raw feeding like 'prey model raw' and 'Franken prey'. 

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