Why raw? There are many reasons, but to sum it up - I am tired of not trusting the food I am giving to my dog. You research, you read labels, you talk to other dog owners to see what they feed, and you find a food you are comfortable with. You find a supplier (one in my case was a 30 minute drive away), pay through the nose ($40 for a 13 pound bag!!) - and just hope the food isn't going to be in the next recall or lawsuit. Then there is the whole debate of protein levels, food rotation, grains, carbohydrates of any type... and all of this for a food that I still do not trust.
I have thought about raw for a long time - close to a year. I started reading about BARF vs. prey model, meat choices, etc. This is the type of person I am - I analyze, research, read, discuss, plan.. and one day, I get tired of it all, and jump in with both feet. So, Kip had his first meal of raw chicken last night. I've jumped in. We are doing it. If we can do it, anyone can. The hardest part? That first meal. The "Oh, I just gave my dog chicken bones!" feeling. But, you have to keep in mind that this is what dogs are supposed to eat. This is what dogs have lived on, and thrived on, for centuries. And, once you get past that "bones are bad" myth that has been drilled into your head, the sound of your dog crunching into real food is the sweetest sound in the world.