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My name is Shannon and I currently reside in Annandale. I am married, have three children, a couple outdoor cats, and a Saint Bernard my husband and children named Cupcake.



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Welcome! Great to have you!



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Welcome :)

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Welcome to the forum! :)

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Lol, cupcake! How cute! :3 Welcome aboard!



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Can anyone help me decide which kind and how big of a freezer I should get before jumping into a raw feeding diet? I've heard pros and cons of chests and uprights, but I am wondering about the size. I am looking to get an upright, but one that doesn't take up too much room.



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I would assume you would want to get the biggest freezer you could, so you can load up on as many different meat sources as possible. My dogs share our upright. It works, but I'm not able to get as much meat as I'd like, but we make due. :) Check Craigslist and other classified ads, as there can be great deals. :)

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Alright, thanks for that tip. I've heard shopping for meat can get addictive. My sister has a pretty big one she's willing to give me. Hers is huge too. Hopefully I can make some space for it. <_< With a giant dog in the house, we have to have some room for her to turn around. Haha!
 



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Just teach her to back up. :P

If we ever get another freezer, I will be going for as large as we can find/as large as I can talk my husband into.

You'll probably catch yourself checking dates on meat, to see if you can come back when the meat gets close to its date, for it to go on clearance ... My poor husband is sent to the store quite a bit for this, during the work week. We live 20ish miles from the store, so we don't get out that way too much, outside of hubby going during the workweek. :)

Welcome to our addiction, you'll be sucked in quickly! :)

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We live about 3 miles from the nearest store, and they're always marking meat down, so I'm sure I'll be frequenting that store more often than I'd like. I like to save big trips for cub, about 20 miles away, but if I can get cheaper meat in town, that sounds like a perfectly reasonable option to me.



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People also have luck making posts on Craigslist, asking for freezer burned or excess meat from people. I haven't had that luck, but others have ... Doesn't hurt to have the post open all the time. :)

Have you decided when you're going to start Cupcake? I made my boys finish off their kibble before switching them. :)

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Our plan is to finish the kibble. We had paid a bit for some high quality stuff, and I'd hate to waste it. It will probably last another 3 weeks, which gives me plenty of time to get the freezer in the house and situated. :)


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I recommend using at least one full sized (15-22 cubic foot) freezer per dog. Chest freezers hold more, but are less convenient. I have three chest freezers and two uprights LOL


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Awww. What beautiful pups! They're all so colorful! :)


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She's going to have to update that picture soon, with the addition of baby girl. :)
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