7/05/2009

Emily's first post


Just look at this face.. the face of trouble! Emily is home and has been since June 19. Are you wondering why I haven't posted? It's because she's running me ragged! By the way, it's her tan coming in, she's not prematurely aging. She's losing that puppy frizz and the tan is creeping up her back legs, shoulders and moving up her head towards her neck. What a daredevil though! She attacks bees in the yard, tries to jump off the deck, jumps on the cats like a rodeo rider and tempts death (ok not really but it sounded daredevilish) by trying to steal Amos's food. She's nothing like Brie. AT ALL. But, I love her anyway for her obnoxious personality and keep telling myself she'll get better with age and training.. lots and lots of training.

The first 3-4 days were rough on her tummy as we ditched the SD and EVO (I bought her the EVO so the rescuer had something better to feed her since she couldn't come home for 3 weeks) and went with plain ol' chicken. Nothing but mucus poops and lots of them. I've never seen so much mucus in my life. There was no blood or diarrhea, as in, I need to be let out NOW 'cause I'm gonna poop my crate! so I removed fat and skin and let it work itself out. We celebrated the first solid poop and she's been fine ever since. She likes chicken the best, but has eaten rabbit, turkey, pork and mutton in exactly that order. Her appetite is waning a bit and she's not eating until her belly is round like a watermelon anymore. She gets as much as she'll eat but it's probably only 2-3 ounces each sitting and she's by no means getting pudgy. I think she needs to put on some weight but not because she looks unhealthy or thin. I haven't gotten any eating pictures yet- don't ask me why! I will post some up this week. Emily gets so excited over breakfast, lunch and dinner that she dances around my feet while I'm getting things ready. Sometimes I dance with her. The first time I ever handed her a piece of real food she looked at me in disbelief and then cautiously ate it while I cheered her on. Then I gave her another piece and another until she was full up and waddling around. The shock soon wore off after she realized every meal was going to be just as delicious as the last. It's the greatest thing having a raw fed puppy. I can already see an improvement in her coat and I believe she is so satisfied chewing and crunching bone that she doesn't have the energy to even chew bully sticks or the couch. One more point for raw! All I ever hear from owners of kibble fed pups is how they won't stop chewing on everything. I'd be interested to know if it's just coincidence I don't have destructive puppies or if a prey model diet really is fully satisfying the need. I'm open to comments on this!

More pics and stories to follow!

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