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Old 02-11-2013, 03:24 AM
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Default Dinner Tonight and Nova the gulper

I have been out of town dealing with some family issues for the last few weeks (sorry I just left on you guys I got out of here in a hurry and it was a very busy trip spending time with family) but I am so very happy to be home now. Tonight at dinner I snapped a few shots of everybody. I gave out some beef ribs, Kerri and Nova just strip the meat and walk away, Copley can eat the whole thing if he wants to but usually just eats off the ends of the bone.

Food with Nova has been a challenge. She just eats so incredibly fast. I can't give her any commercial treats because she swallows them whole no matter what the size. It is like she just inhales food. A rib like this is the only way she can have a "boneless" meal without me chopping it up really small or grinding. Boneless meat she just inhales and has had a few near choking incidents. Even this- you can see in the photo the bone is almost totally stripped, she did that in less than a minute. It is just crazy how fast she shovels food in her mouth. I am lucky I feed raw because if she was eating kibble it would be horrible, things that small don't even touch her teeth on the way down. If I give her a quail quarter she will slow down a little bit, bone makes her want to crunch a little bit before she gulps. Honestly she eats mostly quail and beef that is attached to giant bones so she can't just swallow it. Not since I first started raw (with a beagle mix- can we say "chomp chomp gulp" LOL) have I been so worried about choking. And with him I was worried for no reason, with her it really is a choking issue. Like I said earlier though kibble would be an even bigger hazard IMO.

I guess my only hope is that she will calm down with time. I know it is that she was starving most of her life and can't yet trust that this meal wont be her last. I wish she would self regulate a little bit- it would be good for her to get a huge meal and then me take it away once she walked away, I think that would give her some feeling of control over her own food and that might be what she needs. My only worry with that is it might be an unsafe amount of food before she does walk away! Or perhaps fur and feathers is the answer for her. I am getting a whole rabbit order from hare today, maybe if I just gut it and hand over the whole thing she would be exhausted from cleaning out the meet before she ate too much.

And I'm rambling. Anyway I'm glad to be back around here! Hopefully I will get a few weeks at home before I have to run off again.
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Old 02-11-2013, 08:37 PM
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I hope you have a good time with your family!
I would like to see pics of your pups eating a whole rabbit. Poor Nova, I cant blame her either, I hope she gets better on eating in time.
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