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Raw Meat Diet for Your Dogs?

Wolves eat raw meat and bones as the main source of their diets. What about our domestic dogs? Genetically, dogs and wolves are practically identical. Heck, my dogs hunt voles, rats, squirrels, and even birds down all the time! Stray domestic dogs hunt and scavenge anything they can find to eat and survive, too–including raw meats and animal carcasses.

Would you feed your dog a diet of raw meat, bones, and forage? The article below considers the issue.

The Raw Diet for Dogs | Marks Daily Apple.

I’ve found that two of my dogs, Malachite and Bandit, have some kind of allergy to several commercial dog foods. Their skin gets dry and itchy and their fur turns coarse and wiry. Sometimes we’ll be feeding the same thing for months before they have a reaction, other times it is as soon as they start eating it.

Meet my puppies!

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Sandy (yellow lab)

sage german shepherd lab mix

Mama Sage (Sable German shepherd X yellow lab)

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Big Brother Butters (Sable German shepherd X yellow lab)

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Daddy Malachite (Sable German shepherd X yellow lab)

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Little Brother Bandit (Sable German shepherd X yellow lab)

Corn, soy, gluten, chemicals, preservatives, and lots of other ingredients in commercial dog food can be troublesome to sensitive dogs. I’ve also heard of popular brands being recalled for making dogs get very sick and die all across the nation. Plus, the hubub about GMO corn and soy is enough to make anyone want to go organic.

We usually supplement our dogs’ dry food with leftovers, raw fresh fruits and veggies (like apples and carrots), rice, and olive oil. I think this helps keep them healthier and they certainly appreciate the taste!

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Malachite snoozing with my niece

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Butters and me

We often buy “soup bones” at the grocery store for them. My mom used to get these for our dogs when I was a kid, too. They are usually cow or pork bone with marrow and sometimes even a little meat left on the bone. The dogs LOVE them.

Mom likes to cook hers, but I leave ours raw. The marrow cooks out and the bone splinters easier when you boil them. Plus, I always figured it would be fine raw because…well, wolves and coyotes chew on raw bones and survive. Our dogs also get dewormed and vaccinated regularly, so I’m not worried about them getting “something” from the raw bones.

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The boys hanging out in the snow

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They loved hanging out in the snow

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Bandit, Malachite, and Butters out in the snow with the kids

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Sleeping brothers Butters and Bandit

Anyway, I’ve been seriously considering this raw diet “fad.” There seems to be pros and cons on both sides, but ย my intuition tells me that natural is healthier. What do you think? Would you give the raw diet a try with your dogs?

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Rescued!

Today I wanted to share a couple of pictures of the two horses my good friend rescued from Camelot yesterday. I am happy to say that these two lovely horses are now safe! Thank you to my friends at Equus Springs Farm for giving these two beauties a second chance. โค

2 horses rescued from Camelot

Pretty girls, aren't they?

These two mares will be quarantined here on my farm for a few weeks before they go home to ESF. It’s going to be a fun few weeks taking care of these two! I am very impressed with how calm and sweet these two are. They have been through so much! Despite the stress they’ve been through, they act very calm and inquisitive about all the new sights, sounds, smells, and things here.

ESF rescues

Tinker finishing up breakfast

ESF's 2 recent rescues

Bay mare eating breakfast

Taking care of horses is part of my dream life. I am so happy to help these mares by caring for them for a few short weeks. Our little farm is so blessed! Here are some pictures of the rest of our horses (and maybe some of the other critters) that we are so thankful to love and care for. ๐Ÿ˜€

ESF Twist of Tyme

Princess being hand grazed on a sunny day

Our dogs

Sage and Malachite โค

Cody's Bright Bar

Coda grazing out in the field

Malachite Jr

MJ looks so much like a little bear cub!

AKA A Perfect Storm

Mom's new (dirty!) horse Cowboy

Big puppy!

Butters burrowing in some old hay

Our rescue

Our rescue pony Gamble

Marley

Little Marley puppy posing for a picture

Sparklin' Money Bars

Our senior resident Money

ESF rescue

That's all, folks!

I hope you enjoyed looking through all of these photos of our horses and dogs! This is just a glimpse into daily life on our farm. ๐Ÿ™‚ It sure is a zoo out here, hahah!

Have you ever rescued an animal? Please share your story in the comment field below! ๐Ÿ™‚

Puppies, Puppies, Everywhere!

So, you may have read that my dog, Sage, had puppies about four weeks ago. Since then I have had very little time to spend on the computer…sorry about that! Hopefully things will get back to normal soon. Anyway, I promised to keep you all updated on the puppies! It doesn’t look like I’m going to be able to do a weekly summary, but I will get you all caught up on how they have been from birth until now. ๐Ÿ™‚

Sage's Pups
Sage and the puppies

Sage feeding her young puppies

By the time a week passed, the little squirmy puppies practically doubled in size and really got the hang of that nursing thing. The yellow puppy dwarfed the others in sheer size and development. By this time he had already opened his eyes!

His name is Butters

This is the yellow puppy at 1 1/2 weeks old

giant yellow puppy

Look at the difference! The yellow pup has always been such a butterball!

A few days later the rest of the puppies caught up with the yellow puppy. He is such a little butterball that we’ve started calling him Butters! The others began to open their eyes and walk more instead of crawling. After a few more days they could see much more clearly, which really helped them find mama easier! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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It's hard being a puppy!

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Here are the puppies at 2 weeks old

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The puppies are on the move!

After about 2 weeks, the puppies were all walking around clumsily on their feet. By the time they were three weeks old, all of them are spending time romping and wrestling with each other. They also grew some very sharp puppy teeth, which is really grating on Sage’s nerves! Since they have gotten so big, Sage is really eating a lot now. She went from eating 6 cups of food a day to more than double that amount!

cute little puppies

They are all over the place!

Puppies licking Sage's dog food

I found these two, Avery and the brown puppy, licking Sage's dog food!

They are growing up soooo fast! I can’t believe that they are now almost 4 weeks old. The puppies keep all of us busy, too! They walk all around our bedroom and even down the hallway, romp with each other, and even growl and bark! With their new abilities you can really see their personalities shining through.

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Oh, and they sleep a lot too...

The last picture was taken most recently. It’s hard to judge just how big they really are in this picture, but needless to say that is one big pile of puppies!

Although I swore we wouldn’t do it, some of the puppies have been named.ย The little female was the first one with a name because she has already been reserved. When Avery is 8 weeks old, she will go home to her new family! The others have been given tentative names to help identify them.

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Avery is the only female of the litter

Puppies around 2 weeks old

This is when the puppies were about 2 weeks old

The yellow male is called Butters, the small black male is called Runty, the bigger black male is called MJ, and the brown male is just Brownie. Although most of those names are self-explanatory, MJ got his name because he looks and acts just like Malachite did as a puppy. So MJ stands for Malachite Jr., hahaha.

Hopefully we can find suitable homes for all of the babies. The puppies that are still available as of March 15, 2012 are the two black males, MJ and Runty, and the brown male, Brownie. Puppies will be ready for pickup after April 13. If you are interested in a puppy, please let me know!

Aren’t they so cute and fuzzy? I love them!

Sage Had Puppies!

Sage's newborn puppies

Sage's puppies were born February 17, 2012

Another exciting chapter in our lives! Sage had puppies about 2 1/2 weeks ago in February. They are absolutely adorable! Maybe I’m a little biased…but you have to admit that these puppies are so darn cute!

She decided to have them in the middle of the night, much to my dismay. All of the puppies were healthy and loud upon their entry into our world. There are five puppies total, four of them are boys and one is a girl. I took a few photos of them the morning after everyone was born. It was a long night! Sage labored from about 12:00 am until 4:30ish in the morning.

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Sage laying with her newborn pups

These babies were tiny at birth! The biggest one by far was the yellow puppy. He was 3 times bigger than all of the others when they were born. They were so cute and helpless looking with their closed eyes, but they sure could find mama!

This experience reminds me of some of my fondest childhood memories. My dog had puppies when I was pretty young, maybe about Evie’s age. I remember that childhood feeling of wonder and awe very clearly. It made me appreciate life in a different way and come to understand how nature works. I am so happy that the girls are able to see puppies being born and raised like this because it teaches something special about life.

Yellow baby

Raising puppies is a unique experience that requires and gentle hand and voice, patience, and a lot of floor cleaner. Have you ever raised puppies?

Sunshine, Rain, and Even Snow are Fine…But Please Keep the Wind Away!

Sunshine is amazing! Who doesn’t love a beautiful, sunny day? The rain has its own time and place that we must respect. Heck, there are even times that the snow is enjoyable! But the wind? Please keep that one to yourself, Mother Nature!

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Calm Before the Storm

The weather can affect your mood a great deal, as it does for many of us. Despite the time of year or the season, there is nothing quite like a beautiful, sunny day. On the other hand, many people associate rain with a lazy day snuggling on the couch. We are conditioned by society to be influenced by the weather.

Since the beginning of time humans have been affected by the weather. It’s in our very nature to react a certain way to sunshine, wind, rain, or hail. So, of course it’s no surprise that the weather dictates our days.

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Coda munching some hay on a sunny day

Interestingly, the weather also affects the behavior of animals. Have you ever noticed how your pets act differently prior to a storm? Your dogs may get anxious or hide, the cats suddenly all want to come inside, and the cows lay down out in the field. Then you look outside and see the leaves turned up and come to the conclusion that rain is coming.

Flame Kitty

Flame Kitty hanging out on top of the screen door

My favorite type of weather is a warm, breezy day with extra sunshine. The animals are sane for a change, sometimes even downright lazy when the sun is really beating down. Horses graze, roll, and lounge in the sunshine on pretty spring or summer days.

The worst kind of weather comes with high winds. It doesn’t matter if it’s raining, snowing, sleeting, or just plain windy, that is when everything seems to go awry. The horses act incredibly spooky when the “wind trolls” are out and about and even the dogs and cats are extra frisky. I don’t mind the rain, but please keep the wind to yourself, Mother Nature! Hahah!

Evie & Princess

Evie riding Princess

Somehow even the sanest and safest horse we own acts a little funny when it’s windy. Normally, you have to work to get him moving because Money is an old guy! He needs a little extra encouragement, but that is all part of his charm. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Last time the girls rode him when it was a bit windy, I didn’t give it a second thought because they were riding MONEY. What’s he going to do? Nothing! Or so I thought…

Until he decided he was done being ridden for the day. The first and only time I’ve seen Money canter (since we’ve had him) was on that windy afternoon! It was a really slow canter, I probably could have jogged beside him and kept up with him, but still!

Money broke into the canter with Evie for several strides. She rode through it and laughed it off. We all thought it was pretty funny. That kind of behavior is expected from Princess and even Coda, but Money? Haha. Looking back, I wonder if Money saw the dreaded “wind trolls,” or if he just felt like kicking up his heels a bit?

Annabelle & Money

Annabelle riding Money

What kind of weather do you prefer, a warm sunny day or a crisp snowy morning? What is your least favorite type of weather?

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The Dreaded To-Do List

Now that the cold, yucky weather seems to have passed us by for a day, I am ready to go play outside! Unfortunately one beast stands in my way: the dreaded to-do list.

I don’t know how it happens, but suddenly the list has expanded three-fold. I’ve got laundry, dishes, sweeping, mopping, eBay-ing, blogging, clearing brush, and fencing to work on. These are all major events–don’t even get me started on the small things that must also be done!

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Last night when I went to bed the house was somewhat straight. The floors are atrocious after three days of rainy, snowy, muddy yuck…add three huge dogs and five quirky cats into that mix and you get muddy pawprints EVERYWHERE. But other than that things were okay.

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Blogging is always on the list! Although it doesn’t always top the list, today it does! ๐Ÿ™‚ Doing the laundry isn’t too bad because that’s when I get to catch up on my Law & Order SVU recordings. Sweeping and mopping is a chore to say the least, but it doesn’t take a super long time and I like the end result. Of course I also need to work on clearing brush and fencing for the new quarantine paddock. I am hoping to have it complete by the end of this week!

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I think the thing I dread the most is working on my eBay listings. It always takes FOREVER when I have to list a bunch of new items. The second worst thing on the list is doing the dishes…partly because I know we have a dishwasher. It just isn’t installed yet. I love my husband for getting the dishwasher, but I sure to wish he would find the time to set it up for me!

So, if you find yourself wondering what this blogger is doing today, now you know that I am working on that dreaded to-do list. I am happy to complete it because then I will be one step closer to going riding!

What does your to-do list look like? Do you ever dread a certain chore? If so, why? I would love to hear some stories about your least or most favorite to-do list tasks in the comment field!

Do You Have 5 Talents?

I can do many things. After all, I am a mother. Haha.

I guess only a few of the things I do regularly would be considered “talents.” If I want to do something, I do it. I can do anything I set my mind to. Usually I do very well because I tend to strive for perfection.

1. Writing

Throughout my entire life I have used writing as a means of release, escape, and passion. I love to write and I write well. In school my teachers loved my writing and said that I was very talented. I write poetry, stories, factual articles, essays, white papers, and so much more. One day I’m even going to write a book! I just can’t decide what it will be about yet…

Jar Paiting

Acrylic Jar Painting Still Life 2005

2. Art

This is a broad category! That’s because I can do so much that is considered “art.” Drawing, painting, crafting, creating, and more are some of the things I do on a regular basis. Lately I’ve been sewing blankets, designing some t-shirts, making jewelry, drawing, and tanning deer hides. Wow…I just now realized how many projects I am working on at once. Hah!

3. Horseback Riding

I love riding and training horses. This is one of my absolute favorite things to do. Life would not be complete without horses! I really enjoy spending time with these majestic creatures. For some reason I am able to feel a stronger connection with horses than I can foster with most people.

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Sandy

4. Hangin’ With My Dogs

I LOVE my dogs. I’ve always been pretty good at training dogs. I guess I’m good at working with dogs because I believe in their intelligence…I know they can understand me. You just have to know how to communicate with them! They are a special part of my family as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love playing with them, teaching them to be obedient, and watching them play and grow.

5. Getting Writer’s Block

How fitting! My #1 talent is writing, so of course it makes sense to say that I am also very good at NOT writing. Hahah. Usually when you write a lot you have days that are just not productive. It comes in waves! Sometimes I have so many ideas and I want to write all day…other times I can’t think of anything interesting to write about for weeks.

Well, there you have it! Five things that I’m pretty good at doing. What are you good at? Can you list 5 things?

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Love Dogs?

There’s no doubt about it, I love my dogs!

Dogs are important to lots of other families as well. People seem to have dogs for varying reasons. When asked, many say that their dogs are there to protect them. Some breeds of dogs are more apt to physically protect their families while others are more prone to bark and alert their owners.

The difference is this: guard dogs will physically protect their families and homes while watch dogs sound the alarm when something is amiss.ย Check outย Five of The Best Watch Dogs | The Real Ownerย to see some of the top watch dog breeds.

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My dogs are very protective of our family. Although they are very sweet and friendly animals, their main purpose is for companionship and protection. We have three dogs and my neighbor has three as well.

We have a yellow lab and two German shepherd lab mixes. My neighbor has a great dane, a border collie, and a pit bull rottweiler mix. That means if you come down our driveway you could be met by six large dogs…so you better have good intentions! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Do you love big or little dogs? What kind of dog do you have?

A Dog’s Seeing Eye Dog

Great Dane

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This is such a sweet little story with great pictures. A blind Great Dane has befriended another as a “seeing eye dog!” What an amazing story, you have got to check out the pictures! It made my heart smile. ๐Ÿ™‚

A dogโ€™s seeing eye dog – 22 Words.

Five of The Best Guard Dogs

Love dogs? Me too! I have compiled a list of some of the best guard dogs out there. Keep in mind that this list is not all-inclusive, but some of the best are covered here. Find out if your favorite breed made it onto the best guard dog list!

Five of The Best Guard Dogs | The Real Owner.

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