Hi everyone, glad to be here. By way of introduction, my name's Tyler and my girl is Hattie. She's a 4 month-old Rhodesian Ridgeback pup and yesterday we started PMR after I'd been reading about it and slowly stocking up on meat deals that I can find. After picking her up from the breeder I bought one bag of the dry dog food she was on (Diamond Natural, don't know how good its quality is) and said that it would be the only bag I bought for her. As I looked into diets for her I was quickly convinced that raw was the way to go. Because she's still so young I'm hoping that she transitions easily. Two days in so far so good.
I may try to introduce liver to her pretty soon before she has a chance to get picky, and if she seems to be doing fine with chicken I may try mixing in some pork after a few days rather than waiting. Aside from giving me a slightly confused "What is this friggin awesomeness you're doing here?" look, she's handling it great. She's not gulping, bolting, vomiting, or hoarding. She has even started to lie down when she eats the last couple of meals, which I like to see. Her stools have stayed firm but not overly so, even though the bone content of the chicken thighs and drumsticks that she's been getting for the past two days is slightly higher than what's recommended.
My biggest concerns are finding affordable, sustainable sources of meat, but I'm getting a lot of good ideas to try on here. I've had good responses when I've called meat wholesalers as far as saying that they frequently get meat that is returned from their customers because of torn packaging or freezer burn and that they'd sell it for next to nothing because otherwise they'd just toss it, but despite that I still haven't gotten any calls. It's a little disappointing. But I'll try some processors and ask about scraps, that sounds promising.
I'm excited about doing this, and it is a lot of fun to watch. I'm glad that there is an active community to help with questions and support.