Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Kippe meets Fishy....Fishy gets eaten.

I know some people think the whole fish thing is weird. The dogs however LOVE their fishies - probably as much as they love their green tripe meals. I've received a few more questions about the fish, so I'll offer a few more additions to the previously posted Fish FAQ.

How big are the Mackerel?
Oma's says that their mackerel are 12-14oz each. I've never weighed them, however one mackerel is one meal for each dog. 

How big are Sardines?
Bigger than I thought they were....I've always thought sardines were relative small - and they are compared to the mackerel - but there are about 10-12 sardines in a 2# bag of frozen sardines.  

For comparison purposes:
Note the highly technical measuring device.

At what age do you start feeding fish? or Do you give fish to Kipling too?
{POURING RAIN} Kipling, would you like a fishie? 

Kipling isn't eating a fully raw diet yet. Raw diets are balanced over time - but as my friend Sharon says: "Puppies don't have time" - meaning puppies are growing so fast they need to be balanced NOW not over time. I agree with that statement, but I've never been able to put it into words quite that succinctly. 

I know that its possible to feed large breed puppies raw diets that keep growth slow, keep protein and nutrient levels balanced day to day. I've read the literature, I've done the research. I was concerned about whether or not I'd be able to balance to my satisfaction for Kipling with all of the other balls I tend to have up in the air. 

And it didn't last long....
So for the moment (and first year or so) Kipling is eating a base of foods from The Honest Kitchen (about 60% of his diet). Specifically he's eating the Thrive and Embark formulas. I like Honest Kitchen, I like their company, I like the sourcing and testing of ingredients, I like the gently dehydrated and I like that after the food is processed it maintains the "human grade" label (for human consumption).  The other 40% of his diet is raw mix (chicken, turkey - even a little bit of beef), green tripe, performance dog (green tripe and trachea) or fish - yes fish. I waited a week or so before giving Kipling anything particularly weird. I wanted to make sure that he didn't have a sensitive stomach - so he worked through tastes of the raw, chicken necks, various cheeses, greek yogurt, carrots, spinach, cucumbers, tomatoes, blueberries, strawberries, cantaloupe, hot dogs, rich dog treats, raw eggs, cooked chicken, etc BEFORE he got to the fish. When he did get his first fish though - there was NO hesitation! Delicious! And in true Kippie form, fish were well (and successfully) digested too.

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