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It's not a problem!! when I first read up on the BARF diet on the net I decided it was too hard and wasn't doing it. It was only when I found someone that was feeding it that I changed my mind!! They really need to simplify it on the net, cause it turns too many people off this great diet!!! Now speaking of food...I need to go cook dinner....it's 8.45pm and i'm starving (not to mention biscuit!)
 

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Okay so now I now your 10 hours ahead of me :lol: was never really sure, haha....
don't ya feel like we are the only 2 on PT right now :rofl:
Yeah I had my doubts because of the confusing info I found online, but with your help and other informative sites, I'm willing to give it a go :thumbsup:
 

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:lol: Yes I do feel like we are the only two here....the rest of them usually start waking up in an hour or so and signing on (so sad that I know that!!)
 

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Alright girl I have to leave you on your own!!! I need to go eat!!! I've only had one small dinner so far...need to go cook my proper one! :lol: One night we'll have to meet up in the chat room!!!
 

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kudos to you Kim for doing so much research and gaining all that knowledge.

I don't have the stomach for a complete "barf diet", but I do think its important to have some raw in every dog's diet. So, mine get some raw, but mostly just dry dog food. However, their food is all natural.
 

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Thank you Chrisanne, I'm not sure how much my stomach can handle either :lol: I would go the route you are doing with your dog's if I could find an all natural dry food here and then feed some raw. I know the food they are on now is working for them, I just want them to be healtier overall is all ;)
 

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NavyWife97 said:
Sounds good, hope you had a healthy dinner :) I just got back on after cleaning up a bit around the house and doing dishes, fun fun :D
We had mongolian beef....it was healthy! We even had tofu in there for extra healthiness!! :lol:
 

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I too am really trying to figure out the barf diet. I'm soooo scared of screwing up and I'm equally scared of the dry kibble these days. We've had so many problems this year with health that I'm close to a panic over the issue with Polo being older and having stiff joints and bad teeth (previous owners said they fed him wet canned food all his life ugh no wonder his teeth are shot) and the new puppy coming I don't want to screw anything up!

One thing I believe is that no two breeds follow the same dietary rules...which is something that has always turned me off about dry kibble being more of a "one bag feeds all breeds" mentality...

I found this site/page which I read with great interest but the author has not yet completed a rottweiler specific diet book yet...
http://home.att.net/~wdcusick/Rottweiler.html

I'm still reading though...still very confused...and just wanted to let you guys know that I really appreciate all of your input. I also totally agree we need a BARF DIET FOR IDIOTS site on the net because everything I've found so far is very intimidating... I barely cook for my human family as it is lol
 

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Warning - Devil's Advocate

I also found this article worth the read in an attempt to make an "informed decision". Note this article stresses how WRONG the BARF Diet is... so be prepared for the opionions of the "other side" of the fence.... I'm just one that likes to hear all sides so figured I'd share in case anyone else would as well...

http://secondchanceranch.org/rawmeat_crane.html

I have no clue what's right or wrong so I'm not promoting either side of the issue..I'm still trying to learn :)
 

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Deb that is a very interesting site, but the part about what all BARFers claim IMO isn't true. From my past few months of research I have seen some sites that I just turn away from as it is a bit ridiculous as to what they want you to believe about the diet. I even joined a yahoo group (briefly) to gain more information, and one of the member's on the group sent me an email with tons of information, he wanted me to make my own opinion and also mentioned that if I were to make my own opinion on what I feel is best for my dog than to not be a part of most of the discussions in that group, I soon found out what he meant and unjoined.
I know that raw foods provide better nutrients than cooked foods, because once the food is cooked it has been proven even in humans that nutrients are lost.
The links that I provided when I first started this thread were some of the best I have found on providing information on the barf diet. I am not saying that it is right for everybody and I'm not agreeing with all the myths out there, but after researching enough Darren and I have agreed this feels to be the best for our dogs. Carmen has helped me alot with questions I still had, and I'm sure I'll have many more to come.
The last link you posted said that barfers turn away from vegetable matter, well that isn't exactly true from the sites I feel helped convience me. Vegetables are to be about 40% of the barf diet, with meat and bones being the other 60%.
With our dog's we have been through the ups and downs with them, and have gone through several dry dog foods, and yes what they are on now, seems to be working, but we just want something better and healthier for our babies :)
Deb your doing a great job researching, keep it up and when it's time you'll know if trying the BARF diet is the right decision for you and your babies. Thanks again for posting those links they were very helpful!
 

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YourPureBredPuppy.com has some nice, simple, easy to read ebooks on it that may be worth your while as well.

LONGER LIFE FOR THE DOG YOU LOVE
http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/ebooks/LL.html

Is a nice ebook that includes some good information on the BARF diet as well as example menus and good links for even more menus... It also provides suggestions for those that are still sticking to "premade" diets for ways to "enhance" the diet for variety and completeness etc...

I purchased that book and the "Teach Your Dog 100 English Words" book. I have not read them completely yet but a quick glance made them both look worth of the 9 bucks providing you can handle reading the books on your computer. I do wish there were hardcopies available...but there are not..
 
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