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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Raw Diet Week 1, or Where to Put the Chicken Wing?

Hi Everybody,

Koobie's Mom here.

As you may know, last Saturday I began feeding Koobuss a raw diet. I did it because I was not happy with the way she was eating. She was getting too many treats, and eating way too much. She had become lazy, was not playing, and was having difficulty jumping. I felt that it was time to act. A change was needed. When my cousin Ruthie, Layla’s mom, called and told me that she was going to put Layla (a two-year old female cocker spaniel) on a raw diet because Layla was getting too many treats and was eating way too much, etc. Ruthie asked me if I would go along with her and put Koobie on the diet, too. I had already done some research on the raw diet and considered putting Koobie on it before. So when Ruthie called and asked me about it, I was ready. We started the dogs on the diet on Saturday, February 7. It’s been an interesting week, especially the last couple of days.

For the first few days I gave Koobuss eight ounces of Nature’s Variety raw chicken medallions. She readily ate these, but I wanted to give her other things as well, so after almost a week, I branched her out to raw chicken wings. This is where it gets interesting.

Oh, and before I forget, after one week on raw, I have noticed that Koobie is regaining her dog shape and she has more energy. She is also very happy, but she always was, so her beautiful “personality” has not changed at all.

Now for an account of what living with Koobuss has been like the last two days.
Chicken Wing, Part 1

Koobuss is a real nut.

After several days of feeding her Nature's Variety chicken medallions, tonight I gave Koobie a raw 3-ounce chicken wing and an ounce of frozen green beans for supper. She licked it, stared at it for a long time, and then looked at me in disbelief. Standing by her dish, she started to cry. I finally realized that the chicken wing was too big for her so I broke it in half and gave her a piece. She wagged her tail, and carried it over to her bed. There she comfortably devoured it, crunching the bones like cookies. Next I gave her the piece with the knuckle, but she ran away with it! She went into the living room and dining room, checking out all the corners, looking for a place to hide it. She doesn't know yet that there is a lot more where that came from. Then she stood by the front door, wanting to go outside, so I put her out. I looked through the two rooms searching for the chicken part, with no luck. When I opened the front door to check on her, she was sitting by the mulch. I brought her in, she ran to the back door, I put her out on the deck. My father brought her in. Koobie checked her dish, sniffed the frozen green beans, and then went to the front door again. I let her out once more, searched the house a second time for the chicken wing, to no avail, and then checked on her outside again. There she was, standing in front of the mulch, and chomping away. Mystery solved.

I hope that she's not going to do this every night.

Chicken Wing, Part 2

It’s after 11 PM on a Saturday night and Koobuss is walking around the deck in the snow with a raw chicken wing in her mouth trying to find the perfect place to hide it. After circling the deck numerous times and checking out all its corners over and over, she finally found the ideal spot to deposit her treasure. At 26 degrees, at least it’s cold enough to keep the wing edible until tomorrow. Wherever she put it though, it’s in a better place than it was before.

I gave her the wing this afternoon for “lunch”. She immediately took it to the front door, so I let her outside, figuring that was better than having her hide it in the living room. The first place she headed to was the mulch. She loves mulch. It’s black and soft and adheres to your white fur so that everyone knows where you were. What could be better? A raw chicken wing covered in black mulch. Sounds like an exquisite menu item at a fancy expensive restaurant. Certainly works for Koobuss.

The day wore on and Koobie did her usual dog things, knowing all the while that her precious piece of bone and meat was waiting for her in the cold wet mulch. She had a small supper (4 ounces of raw ground turkey breast) so by 10 PM she was hungry. The 10 PM apple treat that she shares with her mom and grandpa was not enough to satisfy her. Lying on the blue recliner, a light went on in her cute furry little head and she remembered the hidden chicken wing. She jumped off the chair, ran through the house to the front door and began to bark. I followed her and then put her outside. She went straight to the mulch behind the shrubbery and retrieved the foul looking piece of fowl. By now her cord was tangled around the bushes and she was trapped. She just stood there with the chicken wing in her mouth. Feeling sorry for her and not wanting her to get cold, I went to her rescue. So, there I was in my pajamas and bedroom slippers, walking around mulch and thorny shrubbery in the snow and dark after 11 PM on a mid February Saturday night in 26 degree temperatures to free my dog. After I finally untangled her, she ran up the steps, in the front door, through the house, to the back door, and out to the deck. And this is where we began our story.

Fast forward:

It's 12:30 AM, and as I am finishing this post, Koobie, who had been upstairs in bed, came down the steps and straight to the back door. I let her out, thinking that it may be an emergency, and in some ways, it was. She went straight to where she hid the chicken wing, retrieved it, walked around the deck a few more times and then came to the door. I let her in, she walked right past me with the chicken wing in her mouth and took it upstairs to bed with her. Before I could finish typing this she came back downstairs and jumped on the living room couch to go to sleep on her red blankie. Now I wonder what I'm going to find when I go up the steps.

It's been interesting.


Khyra The Siberian Husky said...

My mom is smirking!

I do THAT with my biskhuits and other 'things' I've snagged!

She never knows where she'll find my treasures!

We'll be looking furward to moe Koobie Tales!


Noah the Airedale said...

We're on a raw diet Koobie. We often have chicken legs and chicken necks. Necks might be good for you because they are small. We also eat brisket bones and marrow bones which are great for our teeth. Sometimes we like to bury our bones especially me Noah.
Our pinky buys us BARF patties which are specifically manufactured for dogs on a raw diet. They are a complete raw pattie which consists of raw meat and raw vegetables. They are mixed with raw egg, tinned tomatoes and tinned beans like canneloni beans. We also have raw fish fillets and raw salmon heads.
If you want more info on raw diet feel free to email us or write a message on our blog.
Good luck with it. We think it's great.

Noah Willow Tess Lucy

Amber-Mae said...

It sounds like you're doing really well with your new diet Koobs. But be sure to balance your meal out with the same quantities of fresh green vegetables & also a bit of cards. Too much meat everyday is not recommended for adult dogs. For puppies, it's a different story. Oh & my Mommy said, red bloody meat is the best meat if you're eating BARF because it contains alot of zinc & that's the whole purpose of raw meat anyway. That's what our ancestors are eating in the wild too. Red bloody meat! In chicken meat, you won't get much benefit from there because it's purely white meat with hardly any blood especially if you're eating the wing, neck or the drumstick parts. Do eat good amounts of animal organs too. It's good for you. If you're the type who always has skin problems, fish or kangaroo is the best. We don't eat raw meaties but we eat Venison & Kangaroo kibbles. Our skin have improved quite a bit. Do eat crushed Flaxseed too because it helps to improve blood circulation & especially juicy dogs like you & Chloe(not making fun of you or anything) it helps to lower down cholesterol. Chloe has lost quite a bit f weight & her health has improved. We take two teaspoons of it during each meal everyday without fail & it tastes & smells good coz it kinda smells like fish!

Butt sniffs,
Solid Gold Dancer

Gus said...

Well, clearly the raw diet helps them "pace" the food intake. More reports please. Muzzer has considered this for some time, but has some concerns.

(like, where we will bury the leftovers, I think)


Joe Stains said...

wow, Dinner and entertainment, you are living the life over there Koobie!! Sounds like a fun way to enjoy your new food.

tnbullterrors said...

YAH! We're so glad yer DawgMom decided to start you on the raw diet! You will be so much healthier! Not to mention, it's goooood stuff. We never hide our food tho, we eat it right up as soon as we get it. We hope you do the same thing once you figure out you will get more of it all the time. :)
Feather, Darla & Pappy

The OP Pack said...

Our Mom loves chicken wings with some fancy barbecue sauce on them, but we would prefer them raw too. Maybe we can paw her for some next time. We know she reads this blog so hint, hint, hint!!!

Tail wags, the OP Pack

Lorenza said...

Sure is fun to see Koobie "interacting" with her new food!
I hope she gets completely used to it soon!
Kisses and hugs

Asta said...

You suwe awe lucky
I've been twying to convince Mommi to do this fow a while now, but she wesists..something about not wanting waw meet on hew sofa nad bed..sheesh..what's mowe happiness and health ow hew stoopid fuwnitoowe..youw Mom has hew pwiowities wight!
smoochie kisses

Eric said...

Koobie. What a smart girl you are saving some dinner for a midnight snackie.Sounds like you are loving your new diet- wicked!! Wonder what you'll be hiding next week?Great reporting from your Mom too.

Wiry wags, Eric

Maggie and Mitch said...

It sounds like your loving your new diet and having some fun with it too, Koobie! We can't wait to hear more!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

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