My name is Destiny and I am currently the owner of a 3.5 male Australian Cattle Dog (blue heeler) and a 12 week old American Bulldog puppy. I have just gotten the courage to make the plunge and start feeding my older dog raw so we are very new to this. I joined the community for the extra support because my vet is very against the idea of raw so I cant ask him any questions about it.
I got Dodger when he was 16 weeks old from a small puppy mill situation in a near by town. I went to see about the puppies listed in our local paper and was horrified at what I found. I got into it with the farmer and finally he got so angry that I felt it was safest to leave but told him I wasn't leaving without at least one of the pups that was still alive. Long story short (or less long) I got to take Dodger and get the hell outta Dodge. Which is where his name came from. At 6 months he developed signs of allergies and we self treated with benedryl for awhile before it got to the point that I didn't think it was good to let it go on without heavier medication. I've always felt raw would be better for Dodge since the allergies started but as I stated above I have just now gotten the courage to do it.
Brody was added about a week and a half ago and I am also thinking about raw for him but he seems to struggle with bones (or any heavy chewing) right now so I am postponing until he looses his milk teeth. Cant wait to do that as his breeder estimated he would be a little over 100 lbs and I think the calcium in raw bone will help in his bone growth and help him keep the weight off of his hips so they aren't over stressed in the future. I look forward to meeting all of you and updating everyone on their progress.