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I've decided to create this thread and then just keep putting updates on it throughout her whole raw journey rather than making a new one every time... no need to fill up the whole Raw forum with my ramblings lol. Plus hopefully it'll be a good learning tool for anyone else starting out the raw venture. There's no way I woulda had the courage to start without all of your support; and I sincerely mean that.

Anyway we started Kahlua with a late brunch.

Meet Cornish Hen:


Kahlua meets cornish hen:


Kahlua watches daddy hack up cornish hen lol:


And then I put up part of our xpen panel so that she was confined and couldnt drag chicken parts all over my living room. Started out with a tiny meaty chunk.


Why am I showing you guys a picture of her head over an empty bowl?? To show her enthusiasm. I literally didnt have enough time to turn on the camera to take a picture of the meat because within seconds she completely inhaled it- no hesitation at all. =D She kinda hacked it up a bit back into her mouth (from what I read that was normal so I didnt worry), chewed it up some more and then swallowed again.

Then decided to give her the rest of this mornings meal, a bony wing piece. Instinct kicked in yet again and she went to chewing on it like it was nothing at all new for her.

"Nomnomnom..."



And this is without a doubt my new favorite photo of my primal little babylove:


Will update later with dinner! ;)
 

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YAY!! Looks like her first meal was a success!! :cheer: I'll be sure to follow this thread...I'm anxious to hear how she does! Congrats on making through the first meal. And I agree...that is one very awesome pic! ;)
 

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I see a retained baby tooth if it's loose it may help pop it out

Btw poo and smell updates are good too I love the reactions when the first raw poo comes out
 

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Great pictures! I love raw feeding pictures. Georgie my pom has a picture similar to the 'awesome' one, I just love it. Carnivores at work!
 

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I see a retained baby tooth if it's loose it may help pop it out
LMAO!! I wondered if anyone would notice that!! =D She had both of her retained canines a few months ago, somewhere along the line she lost the other one. This last ones stubborn.. she goes in Nov for her vaccines and they get re-evaluated then. She had them both when she was in to be spayed, but her adult ones hadn't even came in yet so they decided not to pull them. I'm keepin my fingers crossed; I don't want her to have to go under anesthesia again!!
 

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I noticed too. ;) Milo has his 2 tops. I keep them flossed & clean & always wiggle them. I'm hoping one day they come out on their own. LOL

LOL Sarah...I like the reaction too with the raw poop for the first time!
 

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What a great idea for a thread! You know, getting ready to switch to raw, we worry and fret and second-guess ourselves: are we going to do this right? Is it really the best thing for our dog? What if she doesn't know what to do? What if she doesn't like it? What if we screw it up?!

And then that moment of truth comes where you have to put that bit of raw meat in front of the dog... and all those fears and anxieties melt away in the sheer joy and rightness of watching your pup go to town like they were simply waiting for this moment to get here.

Congratulations! Welcome to raw!!
 

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I will be following this diary also.
I am considering one raw meal a day for Dahlia.
Its not totally comitting I know but it is better then 100% kibble.
What is the issue about "raw poo`s"?
 

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What is the issue about "raw poo`s"?
Raw poos tend to be smaller, firmer and practically odorless. They also biodegrade on their own over a week or so. It can be quite a change if you're going from kibble to raw!

Also, poo-watching tends to be the best way to gauge if you're giving a good amount of bone to meat (squishy poo is not enough bone, crumbly, whiteish poo is too much) so there's a lot of poo talk when swapping over. ;)
 

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How did dinner go!??!

LOOOVE this thread, btw. :) Go wee wolfie!
 

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Thanks for your reply.
I guess Im just hesitant about the bones and the trouble
they can present scratching their way down!
Does boneless chicken create messy poos??
 

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Awww I love this thread! Look at her go!! She is a champion with that cornish hen. It's almost as big as she is. :)

So happy for you and to see how well she is doing. I will be following this thread every day for updates!

Dahlia's mom - raw poops are awesome. Very small, firm, and nearly odorless. They gradually turn white in the yard after a few days and disintegrate completely after a rain. What I love is seeing the tiny poops and realizing that what they eat is so bio-available that there is so little waste. When you compare it to kibble poops - the difference is astounding! Along with clean white teeth, fresh breath, no doggy odor, more lean muscle mass and less flab - what's not to love about the raw diet. ;)
 

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Dinner... quite uneventful lol. It was just meat, the boney part was breakfast so she kinda just inhaled it again. And hacked it up. And ate it again.
But, here's a pic nonetheless of the empty dish and a chi with a mouthful lol..

Haven't seen poops yet but its a big yard so I can't say she didnt have one, I just havent seen it though I've been trying to keep an eye on her so I can monitor them. No gurgley tummies or anything out of the ordinary. Day 1 of raw, a success!
 

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Great pictures! Congrats on starting raw! I am going to love following your raw journey. :)
 

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Raw Day 2!

Breakfast: boney cornish hen chunk. Rob did the hacking so I couldn't tell you exactly what it is, lol... but since dinner didn't have any bone last night I wanted to make sure to start with something boney this morning. Dearest Robbie bagged up the portions and said he made sure to have each day have one boney and one meaty chunk.

She's chewing and crunching the bones, but I'm worrying she's eating it too fast and keep getting scared that she's swallowing some boney parts. How do I actually KNOW if she's crunching them well enough or not?? She just gets so primal and eats so fast. She didn't do any regurgitating this time either. Anyway without further adieu, breakfast meal, day 2!!


Mommy loves her savage little beast!! <3
 

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She looks & sounds great! Great thinking with adding the boney meal first thing this morning. The boneless meal last night made me nervous she'd get runny poo's (only because my crew tends to need more bone than most LOL). How is her poo so far? Has she gone yet since starting?

As for the eating fast. If she's not having any troubles I'd not worry. If she keeps swallowing & horking it back up constantly than I'd hold it for a bit until she gets the hang of chewing a bit better. But it just needs to be small enough to make it down the hatch.

You're both doing awesomely btw....so proud! :D
 

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Oh fab!!

I agree with Heather keep an eye on her poos really every meal should be Boney until her poos are small firm compact and stable but if hers are ok carry on the way you are going

Don't worry about speed mine it super fast so I tend not to fully defrost on the first day they swallow big chunks as soon as it hits their stomach it starts to digest
 
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