Author: @kilotheshepherd

simply-a-lost-boy: A good boy. @the-dog-withou…

simply-a-lost-boy:

A good boy.

@the-dog-without-fear

Love the little blep 

Love the little blep 

By @jaclyntanemura

When did he get so big 😳

When did he get so big 😳

Bjorn in the buttercups

Bjorn in the buttercups

Would you say gsds are good for jogging long d…

Would you say gsds are good for jogging long distances?

Yes. Assuming they have good structure/hips/elbows etc and are conditioned. Though I guess it depends on what you mean by long distances haha. Kilo could easily do 12km runs with me but I didn’t usually run more than that. (He would easily keep up to the horses for hours on the trail at a trot or faster as well but no idea actual distances of that)

This is the photo watch + bracelet Soufeel Jew…

This is the photo watch + bracelet Soufeel Jewelry recently sent me to review. It’s a nice bracelet and I love being able to see Kilo every time I glance at the time. The bracelet says ‘one day at a time’ which felt fitting. If you want to order one feel free to use Ashqs15 to get 15% off 

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mygermanshepherd:

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@mygermanshepherd Jake’s been on the Canidae Limited Ingredient/Pure line kibble for at least a year now. It’s near the low end of expensive, but it’s what we can afford. His hotspots have improved over what they were on Merrick grain free, so at least there’s that. Have you heard anything bad about Canidae????

I am not familiar with Canidae; which formula are you feeding? 

I’m feeding him these, I mix a little regular in with the Senior formula. Just started the Senior formula about 4 months ago, hoping for a little weight loss. Sometimes the flavor I purchase varies on the non-senior formula, depending on what store I stop at and what they have in their inventory at the time.

It looks pretty good; I’m not a fan of foods high in peas/potatoes but it’s pretty hard to avoid that with grain free kibble. How much approx are you paying for it?

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I’m trying to sleep and there’s a mosquito flying around me

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“bri-the-tit replied to your photo “This is my dog…”

@mygermanshepherd Jake’s been on the Canidae Limited Ingredient/Pure line kibble for at least a year now. It’s near the low end of expensive, but it’s what we can afford. His hotspots have improved over what they were on Merrick grain free, so at least there’s that. Have you heard anything bad about Canidae????

I am not familiar with Canidae; which formula are you feeding? 

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jakemyboy:

mygermanshepherd:

bri-the-tit replied to your photo “This is my dog Courage.”

@jakemyboy question is it bad to feed dogs kibble?

@brit-the-tit Not all kibbles are created equal, there are some that are great and others are crap (and many sorta in between lol)

 https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ is helpful to see a breakdown of the ingredients used in each kibble. There’s /so/ much research that can be done on making sure you’re feeding the right food. I encourage anyone to even just simply google any ingredient you’re unsure about and find out what it is. (There’s been some discussion on if that site is reputable so I always advise doing your own research behind the ingredients and what they do for dogs)

https://talkspetfood.aafco.org/readinglabels or https://www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/resourcesforyou/ucm047113.htm these can help you learn how to read ingredients and other labels on dog food.

Sourcing their food is also important; if it’s coming from a feed lot or free range; where their fruits/veggies are coming from;  from what I understand most vitamin packs come from China but some have their vitamins come from fruits/veggies/etc. A lot of nutrients (and enzymes) can be lost during the cooking process so often vitamin premixes are added after.  Other things to watch out for are looking into how much of their protein is from meat as a lot of kibbles use plant based protein to up their protein %. 

Also take into consideration calorie content per cup. Some foods are more nutritionally dense than others so while one brand might seem more expensive, the cheaper brand might be less calories per cup meaning you end up feeding more.

I’m fairly new to researching kibble in depth but I’ve been doing it for work and talking to different brand reps has been really interesting. Every dog is different, so what might work great for one dog, might not with the next. It’s important to do your own research into what you’re feeding/looking into feeding your dog and weigh the pros/cons of each food. 

I know the kibble vs raw/and kibble quality viewpoint is a hotly debated topic on dog forums.Some of us would like to do raw but just can’t get into for many reasons. Choosing a particular kibble is a touch choice also, I buy the most expensive one I can afford that states it’s manufactured in Canada or the USA. That of course doesn’t mean the ingredients aren’t from China, but sometimes you just have to hope everything will be fine. Millions of dogs in the past and present have lived long healthy lives on grocery store dog food, I never bought Jake any of those because we were told at the shelter to buy him the most expensive and grain-free food we could afford because of his predisposition to get allergy/hotspots. But overall, if you buy top of the line grocery store brands, I think a dog could live a long healthy life (unless a recall type issue, contamination etc.). Really, unless you feed raw, we’re all putting our dogs lives in the hands of big corporations who should be doing their utmost to ensure the safety of the food they sell. There will be incidents, such as Blue Buffalo, Pedigree etc, and tons of dog/jerky treat recalls. It happens with human food all the time. It really feels like a crapshoot basically, all I can do is hope the food I feed my dog stays safe and is sourced from healthy animals and safe handling practices.

Yeah knowing what I’ve been learning lately would make it almost impossible for me to pick a kibble. I still feed Lola some kibble on occasion since I have so much kibble left (and it’s expensive to feed two dogs raw 😭) but I try to feed her mostly raw. Honestly the best food I’ve come across is Ziwi Peaks but it’s so fricken expensive I could only use it as treats.

If there was a kibble that was mostly meat with minimal veggies (as in less veggies as filler such as peas potatoes etc) it would end up being really expensive such as Ziwi Peaks. I understand why kibble companies do it and all though I personally try to avoid feeding it. (I’m super picky with feeding in general; I prefer whole foods vs grinds so I know exactly what’s being fed haha) a lot of dogs do fantastic on kibble.

If anyone’s looking for a dehydrated raw that isn’t super expensive NRG is pretty good. It looks expensive for what you get but it’s more nutriently dense so you don’t feed as much. I was talking to a rep the other day and we figured out for a customers 30lb dog she would only need to feed about a cup a day which came out to under $1 a day. It’s important to know how much is in each serving or else Its easy to over feed.

I’ve personally gotten a bit obsessed with dog nutrition after going through losing Kilo so I’m trying to do the best I can with Bjorn. Though t is expensive and I feel like I’m spending most of my money on dog food now. I hate that I lost Kilo so young even though he was always so healthy. It’s so frustrating there’s nothing I can do to really prevent that type of cancer but I’m trying to do the best I can nutritionally at least.

Then you get dogs on the cheapest grocery store foods that live 15+ years so it’s really impossible to know.

@jakemyboy are you feeding Acana? I don’t think they use vitamin premixes and their foods are pretty good. There are other great kibbles I’m just mostly familiar with Canadian brands rn.