- Category: Family
- Written by Jim Dee
That's Julia, our new Doby puppy. My daughter named her after the Beatles song, but we've come to call her Juju as a nickname. I also like to call her "The Juge" (rhymes with huge ) a lot. Or Juger (rhymes with huger ). Thankfully, I don't have to spell this nickname much, as it just looks awkward any way you do it: Juge, Jooge, Jewj, Juuge ... JAÂ¼ge? Well, you get it.
Anyway, The Juge is a blue Doberman, which means she's got a bit of a grey-silver sheen to her that almost looks Weimaranerish. It's a pretty color, but something about the "blue" hair follicles predisposes the breed to skin/fur troubles, which we noticed developing not too long ago. After exhaustive research, we've come to the conclusion that the best thing for her is the BARF diet -- Bones and Raw Food. And, for a dog, that means raw meat.
Seems a little weird, as most dogs eat dry food from a bag. When you visit a pet store, you see all kinds of new-agey types of dog foods. The selection, if you're not a dog owner, would blow your mind. Some even offer "vegetarian formulas." But as we all know, dogs aren't naturally vegetarian. They're members of the order of Carnivora, which basically means they're made to hunt, kill, and eat meat. Of course, many of these animals are opportunist eaters as well, rendering them at least partially omnivorous. But, IMHO, attempting to convert a dog to vegetarianism is misguided at best.
I understand that there are many who would strongly object to raising dogs on raw meat. Trust me, there is not a single objection anyone could raise that we haven't read about. And, besides, arguing about it is not the point of this post. The point is this:
Oh. My. God. If you want to see one HAPPY MF-ing dog, just throw it a raw lamb chop. You'll have, as they say, a friend for life.
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On January 8, 2008, wrote:
The BARF diet is actually pretty tame compared to the advice a vet once gave me to keep my cat from shredding paper. He suggested that I buy my cat a live or dead baby chick to help curb that tearing instinct.
Anyhoo ... your doggie is very cute and you are a very good owner to go to such lengths to take care of her skin problems.
On January 8, 2008, wrote:
What a cute puppy. My dog used to eat raw food, regular food, dog food, grass, paper, crap. I think he had an eating disorder.
On January 10, 2008, wrote:
That dog eats better than I do! Let her try my Remein Noodles and Vienna Sausage diet for a week and then she will really tear into that lambchop!