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Hello,
Newbie here. My name is Erin.
I have 3 dogs, Kira, a retriever mix, Stella, a 12 wk old chihuahua, and Pedro, a 4 year old chihuahua. Pedro probably won't be with us much longer, as he has advanced liver failure and is not responding to treatment. He is a puppy mill rescue and is incredibly inbred. I am a pet nutritionist and have been feeding my dogs a prey model raw diet. However, the cost of meat in my area has tripled in the past 2 months, so I will be transitioning the dogs to back to basics and ziwipeak. I will post pictures later tonight.
 

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Hi and welcome!! Have you exhausted all other sources for meat other than the grocery store? Ethnic markets? Hunters? Co-ops? Have you tried hare-today? They are in your state and have FABULOUS meats at great prices. For the cost of ZP, you could definitely keep your kids on prey model with hare today in your back yard!! Lucky you!!

https://www.hare-today.com/about.php?osCsid=495fa03e51fb5c703459e8f6b4522f2a
 

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Thanks Brody's mom. I'll look into that. They ate really close to me. I wonder if they would let me do a pickup? I'll find out.
 

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Hello, Erin! Welcome to CP! I'm so sorry to hear that your Pedro is not doing well. :(

Wow, that site is awesome, Tracy. Sometimes I really miss living in the US. I could never afford a 100% raw diet in Sweden due to how expensive meats are here. Those meats from that site are a fraction of the cost in comparison.
 

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I've used Hare-Today many times over the years! They are great! I do believe they have a pick up, and you can tour their farm..

Welcome to this wonderful forum! I am new here also :) but feel right at home :)
 

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Hi Erin, welcome! Wow, I'm a recent convert to raw feeding thanks to Tracy aka Brody's Mum info posted here. I don't do prey model, can't get it in Australia and I couldn't cope :)

If I hadn't seen it, I never would have believed how well the dogs do on it, it's phenomenal .... having you, a Pet Nutritionalist join and say you feed raw, well, that's completely sealed it for me, there'll never be any going back now and I'll be a whole lot firmer with critics who look at me like I'm insane, and often have the audacity to tell me so .... usually my normal small pet shop suppliers who believe BARF is the ONLY way it can be done and then "you still need to give them heaps extra, better to go with this $125 bag of Eukanuba or Science Diet" and then wonder why I laugh at them and decline muttering "evil, toxic, dog murdering compound" as I walk away.

Darn the cost of meat, it's so expensive in every country, can you believe we pay $42 for the small bag of Ziwi & $160 for the large, and we're next door neighbours for crying out loud. Trick is to find a flirty butcher, then you'll be right ... I'm still looking, I think all my age group have retired :(
 

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Hi Erin! :)

Welcome to a wonderful Chi loving forum.
I'm really sorry to hear about Pedro's liver problems.
It's unfortunate that our dogs suffer so much from
human greed. You did a wonderful thing for Pedro
by rescuing him and giving him a good life, you have
my respect. I hope you stay awhile and share photos
and stories of your precious fur kids.

Talk soon!
 

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...Trick is to find a flirty butcher, then you'll be right ... I'm still looking, I think all my age group have retired :(


:laughing5: Oh Dee, you crack me up! I'm off to go find me a "flirty butcher"! :coolwink:
ps: ENOUGH with the "I'm so old" jokes, you are a the spunkiest little thing
around, I do not think you will ever get "old". ;)
 

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LMAO, my friends whom I socialise with on w/ends whenever I can haul my butt out of bed are all young professionals in their 30's - they were absolutely horrified when I announced I was going to run with my natural hair colour as I'm so over all the colouring, highlighting, foils, streaking & mussin' about - they intimated they'd no longer hang out with me because I'd be mistaken for their mom, pfft.

Oh lordy, I just checked Tracy's link to that raw food diet shop and it would appear that I've been feeding my babies waaaaaay too much - seems at 2 kgs each (2 of them) and the tiny at 1kg, they're only meant to be having 1/4 cup of raw a day and I reckon I've been trying to hit them up with a cup each - hangs head in shame. That's what comes of having massive mastiffs that you build muscles dishing out their food compared to these little sparrows flitting about. Smiles OzChi, Sarah, did the same thing, it must be something with us Aussies, it's in our genes, living in the land of plenty!
 
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