Hello and welcome to RAW Dog Eats! Thank you for taking the time to check out my blog. I hope it is as much fun for you to read as it is for me to do!
I am a 30 year old female living in Salt Lake City, Utah. I love to give my dogs the best possible life I can. I believe a dog should live like a dog and we should not expect them to live as people. It’s just not fair to them. Imagine if your loved ones just wouldn’t except you for the being you are and constantly expected you to live just like them. Letting dogs live like dogs includes letting them eat like a dog should eat.
I started this blog in January 2013. I blog about my failures and successes in feeding my dogs RAW. I am not a veterinarian nor am I a canine nutrition specialist. This blog is to give you information to help you make better informed decisions about your dog and his or her health. It is not meant to take the place of your veterinarian or nutritionist. The information I provide here I have obtained by research, talking to dog professionals and every day dog owners as well as the experiences I have had in feeding my dogs RAW. I am not too great at posting regularly. I hope to blog at least once a week but sometimes life gets in the way. I own my canine behavioral training and companion pet care services company called Bark & Biscuit, in addition to working for a dog training and behavior modification facility. (Not to mention my other blog, Wolf’s Pack) So, I can be a little busy at times thus consistency is not my forte.
So, if all this interests you please do read on. Disclaimer: This page is still in its very early stages of construction. Please be patient with me.
About Ashley, the pack leader
- Age: 30, born in Santa Cruz, California at 12:12 pm on October 11….feel free to send gifts 😉
- Breed: Some kind of mutt
- Favorite Movie: Star Wars
- Favorite Book: Aldus Huxley’s A Brave New World and Paulo Coelho’s The Witch of Portabello
- Favorite Quote: “You can tell the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” – Unknown
- Random Facts: I’ve been known to say I like dogs more than most people. I have gone into debt more than once to pay for dog medical care or training.
About Nakia, the Fun Police
- Age: 6 1/2 years
- Breed: Pit bull mix? Maybe some boxer, vizsla? Who knows really?
- Favorite Movie: Must Love Dogs
- Favorite Book: Where the Red Fern Grows…because her best friend is a golden retriever
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- Random Facts: She has had her entire back knee rebuilt. Has a crazy weird obsession with reflections of light. Loves to hunt little critters.
About Rosalie, the little dog with a big personality
- Age: 4 years?
- Breed: Chihuahua
- Favorite Movie:
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- Favorite Quote: ““And though she be but little, she is fierce.” -William Shakespeare
- Random Facts: Hates to wear clothing even though she is always cold. Mom makes her do it anyway. Most likely has a daughter named Daisy who is more than double her size.
About Zuke, the American Gangster
- Age: Left us for the rainbow bridge in October 2012 at age 5.
- Breed: Pit bull? Possibly American Staffordshire Terrier
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- Favorite Book: The Pokey Little Puppy
- Favorite Quote: “Family isn’t just about whose blood runs through your veins. It’s about who never left your side, stood up for you and believed in you.” – Unknown
- Random Facts: Real name was Kazuki, a japanese name meaning “One Harmony or Shining hopeful”. Was given the nickname American Gangster by his friend Oscar who thought it fit his personality. “With the white on his chest he looks like he is wearing a suit but you just knew that under his cool, classy appearance he was just hiding a bunch of guns and knives and could mess you up.” He had to leave this world because he could not understand that in the human world you can not bite people. I was also told he was a Mexican Catholic who came from a long line of fighting dogs by a Reiki Specialist.
About Sensi, Coming Soon
- Age: 12 years
- Breed: Russian Blue
- Favorite Movie:
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- Random Facts: He instilled in Nakia a healthy fear of cats when she was young. He did this as he laid in waiting until she would walk by unsuspecting, then “whack”, he would smack her on the rump and run away.
About the blog
- I often don’t give a darn tootin’ about grammar. I know if I expect people to read my writing I should care a little more about my writing but sometimes I just say screw it.
- I started RAW Dog Eats in January 2013 because I wanted to help those who asked me how to feed their dog RAW get their start and thus hopefully helping more dogs live longer and healthier lives.
About my relationship with RAW
I was first introduced to RAW when I took a short class on feeding and nutrition at my local pet health food store, The Dog’s Meow. The class was put on by some one who worked for Stella & Chewy’s, a commerical raw food manufacturer. He had worked for a few different dog food companies but saw the benefits of people feeding raw to their pets and wanted to speed the word, regardless if they used Stella & Chewy’s or took some other raw route.
Kibble just didn’t seem natural to me. As I have mentioned, I try to let my dogs live their natural lifestyle.
I then started researching. Asking my vets, I had a few at the time because I just couldn’t find one I was completely happy with. That is until I met Dr. Packer. He fully supports raw and we had similar ideas on how dogs should be treated.
I continue taking every nutrition class and workshop I can find as well as practicing what I learn on my own dogs.
About my experience with dogs….or what I like to call my resume
I have owned dogs most of my life. Even before I owned a dog, strays just seemed to find their way to me. It was like they knew I would help them get home.
About 6 years ago I went to a back yard breeder who wouldn’t let me meet the dad because he was too aggressive and the mom had to be removed form the litter when we arrive because she kept growling and barking at us. In my ignorance I took home a puppy anyway. I had come to see the runt. Nakia was the runt of her litter and it just seemed fit that her companion be a runt as well. However, when I held the runt he just didn’t seem like my dog. Instead I took home a cautious yet friendly pup who I named Zuke. As Zuke grew he became more and more dominant and aggressive towards dogs outside of our pack. At the time I had no idea how to handle a dog like him and unintentionally made his aggression worse. I sought out training help and in the process of doing so I began to realize I had a nack with dogs.
After graduating with a Bachelors in Anthropology, I began preparing myself for vet school all the while volunteering at Utah’s Hogle Zoo as a docent (teaching people about the animals), Salt Lake County Animal Services and The Pit Crew, as well as walking dogs and helping run social groups at K9 Lifeline, a training and behavior modification center with a specialty in canine aggression or reactivity.
During this time I was also working for a dog walking and pet sitting company. I decided that it wasn’t the right time for me to go to vet school and decided to start my own company. My company, Bark & Biscuit’s focus is to help owners balance their dogs lives with exercise, socialization, discipline, affection and nutrition.
As you can see dogs are my passion. I continue to take every class, workshop and seminar I possibly can. Some of my certifications and continuing education include:
- Syn Alia Training System Certification – SATS Dog Arousal
- Dealing with Difficult Dogs featuring Pack to Basics – 5 day workshop (attended 2011 & 2012)
- RAW Diet
- RAW Food & Nutrition
- Fundamentals of Animal Massage
- Become a Veterinary Assistant
- Bonding Method
- Essential Oils for You and Your Pet