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DIY

The

FUR BEASTS

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BaileyBug
​Airedale/German Shepherd Mix
Fergus
Australian Cattle Dog Mix
Oswald
Lakeland Terrier/Otterhound Mix
I am an avid animal lover and mom to three wonderful fur kids, that we lovingly call The Beasts.  

I rescued BaileyBug from the OKC Humane Society in 2006 when she was just a little over a year old.  Fergus was rescued from the PHX Humane Society in 2013 when he was just under 8 weeks old.  And Oswald came into our lives through Petsmart Charities in 2015 when he was around 2.    All three of  The Beasts have such wonderful and unique personalities.  They are a huge part of my everyday life and much of what I do revolves around them, and I wouldn't have it any other way.  

In 2011 BaileyBug  was diagnosed with severe hip arthritis and our vet recommended a full hip replacement.  Being into holisitic healing I decided that before I take out a loan on the $12K surgery I should do some research.  I found a canine acupuncturist in Phoenix that was amazing and Bailey started going to weekly sessions.  After reading numerous books I decided to abandon the dog food she had always eaten and try a "human food" diet.  When I switched to this type I immediately noticed a change in her coat and energy level.  She and I ate every meal together and had exactly the same thing for about 5 months while I continued researching.  

Eventually I accepted and understood the benefits of a raw meat diet for her.  After deciding this was something I wanted to do, I spoke with my vet about the best way to transition into it, what additional supplements we may need, and his feelings about a raw diet, as it can be a bit controversial I discovered.  He whole-heartedly agreed that we should go in that direction and felt strongly that we would see benefits in both her arthritis and her longevity of life.   And so it began...  

Now it's six years later and two dogs more.  The raw diet remains the same, and so has she.  At almost 13 she still walks almost two miles a day, hikes in the desert, keeps up with us while we snowshoe in the mountains, and moves at the same pace as her two (much) younger brothers. - all without a hip replacement.    I highly promote research, research, research - let the information take you to the best answer for you and your family.