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Grow Your Pups with Bones: The BARF Program For breeding Healthy Dogs And Eliminating Skeletal Disease Paperback – August 1, 1998
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- glossy, shiny coats with no skin conditions to speak of
- healthy teeth
- outstanding energy
- right weight, no obesity/fattiness to my dogs
- sweet breath even after they're a year old
- smell great, very few baths needed
- no impacted teeth - all came loose naturally
- love chilling out with their bones
- healthy, hard stools (no anal gland draining needed, ever)
- no waste of meat scraps/veggies around the house (we use after juicing pulp and mix it in)
If people ate as well as my dogs do (thanks to Billinghurst) I know that we would have a healthier country!!! While it may seem like a little more work, the health and well being of my babies makes it well worth the effort. His style is enthusiastic and he really drives all of his points home.
A much, much better book in my opinion is Raw Dog Food by Carina Beth MacDonald. Her book is concise, witty and incredibly helpful to the raw diet beginner. She gives you everything you need to know to begin and maintain your dog on a healthy raw diet.
Here's the thing to always remember about raw feeding and the one thing that I believe is the biggest stumbling block to many a raw food feeding wanna-be's: YOU don't get every single vitamin and mineral every single day, in every single meal. Your dog doesn't need this either. So relax. Some days he'll get more meat, some days more bones, other days a bit more veggies, or types of veggies, etc. You just want to be able to say at the end of the week, that overall, he got a good variety and it all balanced out over the week. See? Not so bad when you understand it this way. :-)
I bought this book after buying "Give Your Dog A Bone" for my sister, who read it and passed it on. It had quite a bit of interesting information between the covers, however, this book is plain and simple boring in comparison. I expected a lot more, it spends 405 pages discussing what could be said in about 20, and most of it isn't relevant to the average person bringing up a pup.
There is a fair bit of interesting information in this book, but the majority of it is simply not worth reading, and not once does he back up his claims with solid, scientific studies.
I would suggest, if you can, borrow a copy, flip though and perhaps read the first chapter, then give it back. If you must buy a book, go with his first book, Give Your Dog a Bone, or even The Barf Diet (everything in the other two books only without the extra rubbish!). Also, there is a LOT of information on the web, do the research and draw your own conclusions.