In July of 2001 my first Greyhound, Paulette, was diagnosed
with bone cancer (Osteosarcoma) and had her right rear leg
amputated. We went through 6 rounds of chemotherapy after
the amputation, and I think I had an open bag of every kibble on
the market in my pantry trying to find something that she would
eat and she would have none of it. Six months to the day after
her amputation (January 26, 2002), I had an appointment with
Dr. Scott Sanderson, DVM in Columbia, MD and that
appointment changed the lives of every dog in my household.
On the way home from that appointment (recipe in hand) I
stopped at the grocery store to get the makings of Paulette's
first raw meal. I fully intended to feed her raw food and feed
everyone else kibble - that lasted a grand total of ONE meal.
The looks I got from the rest of the dogs made me realize that I
had to switch all of them, and we've never looked back. Did the
diet change help Paulette live longer? That I don't know, but
what I do know is that she enjoyed her meals right up to the last
day and that indicates to me that she had an improved quality
I joined an e-mail list called Naturally Grey which is on Yahoo
Groups and that was a big help. I learned things that you don't
seem to read in the books; such as the fact that raw fed dogs
don't drink as much water. Logical, but I wouldn't have thought
of it on my own.
I ordered some books to read on the topic and really liked
Kymythy Schultz's The Ultimate Diet and tried to use her
methods as a guide to get me going. Later I discovered Susan
Johnson's Switching to Raw which is a great beginner book. I
like it so much, that a copy goes out with each Whippet puppy I
breed when they go to their new homes.
One thing I have learned over the years is that no two people
feed raw the same way. Everyone has adapted the diet to suit
themselves, their dogs and their life style. But everyone
adheres to the basic principle of feeding as wide a variety as
Puppies get their first exposure to raw
food between 3 & 4 weeks of age,
before they even have their teeth.
Click on the picture of Ripley at the left
to see a short video of Ripley & Birdie
with their first chicken wings.