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The Fuzzy Rescue Girl
Had a little bit of a scare recently.

He decided he didn't want to eat the raw food for the last 2 days. He picked at some lamb yesterday but wouldn't touch anything else. He was acting fine and still going to the bathroom with no problems. Nothing out of the ordinary except for the fact he just didn't seem hungry.

I am hoping that Oma was not feeding him during that time. We have had nothing but resistance from her since we switched Sam over. She thinks we're starving him and he's not getting the proper nutrition from the raw diet. She had the audacity to tell: "Kate, what you're doing to this dog just isn't right. This is NOT healthy for him."


As if processed and compacted dried grain is good for him... How many times have you seen a dog RAVENOUS and delve into a corn field? Or how many times has a dog decidedly wanted a salad? They are carnivores. Look at their wild brothers (wolves, foxes, and other wild dogs). They only grains they get in their diet is usually in the stomach of some poor piece of prey. Occasionally they will eat grass for digestion purposes.

He eats better than everyone in that house. He is getting better nutrition now than he ever did.

How do I know this?

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He really has been doing AMAZING on this new diet. I just wish Oma could get it out of her head that the diet is bad for him and realize that this is truly what is best. I know she is "set in her ways" but she also has to understand that Sam is my dog. He is like MY SON and being his non-furry mother means that I am constantly searching for ways to improve and better his life.

I have spent hours upon HOURS doing research into the raw diet. I have read forums, books, and magazines. I have a good group of people who have been doing the raw diet with their dogs for YEARS who help me through the initial bumps and hiccups that come with learning new ways to care for our pets.

I also know that if - for some reason *knocks on wood* - this diet does not help him or bring him to a healthier state of being, I WILL STOP THE DIET. Immediately. However, I have had NOTHING prove to me that this isn't one of the best choices I've made for Sam since I rescuing him from that awful pound.

Oma doesn't want to see the GOOD that comes from this diet (and already has). She wants to disprove this decision so badly that the minute she sees anything "negative" from the diet, I'm the bad guy. I'm torturing my dog. How could I?

Prime example: whenever Sam has an empty stomach, he has a tendency to develop a sour stomach. This usually means he vomits. He has been like this for as long as I can remember (WAY BEFORE we started the raw food diet). Dogs on a raw food diet will naturally fast themselves to digest the meats they've eaten and as a general cleansing of their system. So, when Sam didn't eat for a day, he vomited up some bile.

Oma decides to inform me that he threw up and tried to rub my face in the fact that she thinks the diet is no good for him. This just isn't right for him. He's vomiting. You shouldn't be doing this to him, Kate. I looked at her, trying to keep my composure, and said: Oma, his stomach is just sour. He always has done that when his stomach is empty. He'll be fine once he eats.

Needless to say, when he was fasting, Oma took that as a sign that he didn't want the meat diet and brought him home an entire plate full of cooked meatballs from Sabatino's and fed them to him throughout the day.

I get so frustrated sometimes because it's like, I try really hard to do what's best for him. I am the one doing the research on his proper nutrution and diet. If I'm being undermined and the diet is blatantly ignored, it becomes negated. How am I supposed to keep that control on his proper eating?

It's like a person on a diet. The minute they taste fattening food or sweets, sometimes that will push them RIGHT OFF THE WAGON. So, why eat his regular food when someone is slipping him the bad food that tastes so good?

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The Fuzzy Rescue Girl
09 August 2007 @ 10:07 pm
Well, yesterday marked the day that he began his raw food diet.

I have bought his fish oil supplements and will be ordering his greens supplementation (http://www.vitaminwarehouse.com/shop/detail.cfm/sku/63041) with his vitamin C & B complex.

I'm very excited about this because I know (in my heart of hearts) that this diet is the most natural and healthiest for him. It isn't much more expensive than his kibble anyway, so why not?

Last night, I gave him cubed raw beef and a chicken leg. He devoured them! He seemed most happy with it. I'll have to check his stools tonight to make sure he doesn't have the runs or any major adjustment problems.

We will be measuring his waist tonight to see if the meat doesn't lean him down a bit after a while. I have heard that it does and that it works WONDERS on the skin and coat.

The good thing about this diet is that the ferret will be on a very similar diet so there isn't too much seperation to buy. A lot of it is interchangeable, with some modifications made for size, of course.

I would consider putting Sinatra on the diet but due to his "pre-existing condition", I worry that it might not be the best for him. I'll abstain from that one until I can speak to a vet about it (not that they know a LOT about animal nutrition, sadly).

The Fuzzy Rescue Girl
16 July 2007 @ 09:01 am
Been doing a TON of research - a lot of it is recall since I began my journey into the realm of the weasel but...

The dry kibble I want to feed the furry monster is a toss up between two different types: Innova Dry Ferret Food ($9.95 for 2.5lb bag) and The Ferret Store's Superior Choice ($12.99 for 10lb bag).

As far as treats go (I'd LOVE to feed this to the furries in lieu of the dry kibble but I can't afford that) the winner is: Wysong Dream Treats and Wysong Archetypal 2.

I am also in the process of figuring out how to modify my wire cage to insert tubing that they can run around in. I will definitly need the tube mounting plate attached to the cage somehow. This will need some definite thinking because I *really* want to be able to add tubes to their home. They're tunneling creatures by nature so it would be great for them.

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The Fuzzy Rescue Girl
09 July 2007 @ 07:37 am
The weasel cage is nearly finished.

It's been a LONG period of waiting (about a year and a half) since I got that awesome 4 story cage... I've re-cleaned everything since the move and started re-fitting the tile over the metal floors.

Hey, why should ferrets hurt their feet??? ;)

As you can probably tell, as with any of my other animals, it will become a pampered and spoiled rotten addition. *laughs*

I am still torn between adopting vs. buying.

In my heart of hearts, I know adoption is the best way to get a ferret but... Due to the nature of ferrets, I am aware that most are prone to certain diseases (especially at a certain age) and that age tends to be where most ferrets are abandoned.

I couldn't deal with adopting a fuzzy and then turning around and burying him/her because someone didn't care for them the right way. :(

It would really break my heart.

I'm going to try to feed my ferret as close to a "raw" diet as possible. All my research points to that being the best diet for them.

Now to scour the communities in an effort to get more info on it...
The Fuzzy Rescue Girl
31 August 2006 @ 01:09 pm
I remember when hurricane Katrina hit... While the casuaties for the people were devestating, the stories of starving animals wandering, abandoned, lost or seperated from their owners broke my heart.

Please read: http://helpinganimals.com/animalsHome_emergencies.asp
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The Fuzzy Rescue Girl
22 January 2006 @ 01:43 pm
I have returned from a VERY LONG hiatus. It's been a very rough period for me since Sinatra had been sick... the donations have helped greatly but we still had to pay off the other half... that combined with other life stressors has made life VERY difficult...

Welcome back to earth, Me.
The Fuzzy Rescue Girl
07 August 2005 @ 03:55 pm
August 4, 2005
Pet Medicine
Animals As Healers

All pet owners have had, at one time or another, an experience
in which their pet, whether golden retriever, kitten, horse, or iguana,
recognized their suffering and offered comfort. Animals, both wild and
domesticated, have the ability to sense changes in the body and mind and can
positively influence humans in many ways. They can inspire playful thoughts in
those discouraged and remind us of the need to nurture both ourselves and
others. They can even affect profound physical changes in humans, by lowering
our blood pressure and reducing stress. The gentle purring of a cat or a
friendly nuzzle from a warm lizard can be a form of healing, and all animals,
even those in the wild, are natural healers.

A house pet can tell you
many things, if you observe. Your pet will choose to sleep in the places in your
home that have the best energy and, when you're ill, may concentrate its
attention on the area of your body that needs healing. Stroking soft fur, a
smooth, scaly back, or downy feathers can enhance memory, shorten recovery time
after an injury, help curb depression, open lines of communication, and even
increase a person's chance of survival after a heart attack. For many years,
schools, nursing homes, and even prisons have let their charges visit with
specially trained animals periodically because a visit with a pet both calms and
cheers people. With the elderly, the love of an animal can heighten cognitive
ability, movement, and quality of life. Wild animals, too, have their own
healing powers. The antics of a silly squirrel can lift the spirits while the
industrious ant is an inspiration. A chance encounter with a dolphin or manatee
can be life changing.

In mythology, the centaur was the keeper of the
art of healing and the Egyptian god Anubis was the healer of the gods. It is not
surprising that so many people keep pets or enjoy watching animals in nature.
Animals transform us and their unique and beautiful modes of healing are as
natural as they are.

What do you think?

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The Fuzzy Rescue Girl
06 August 2005 @ 12:40 pm
I just found this site http://www.hartzvictims.org/ where it
talks about and shows pictures of cats that have had severe allergic reactions
to Hartz brand cat flea and tick drops or collars, causing in some cases
siezures and even death.

Hartz has decided to remove the product from
shelves but for now they are still available so I urge you not to buy this
product, and pass the word along.</div></div>
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The Fuzzy Rescue Girl
03 August 2005 @ 08:34 pm
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