I decided it was time to get serious and try to get Cailean back to raw eating.
As Barb H warned me at about 1 year she and alot of other deerhounds turn their noses up at raw chicken backs etc. Their palates having been educated by those tasty morsels their hues (Human in “Roil speak”) somehow let fall into their willing maws.
I have tried with marginal success to keep up the raw regimen and was successful only with small slices of meat; or on occasion when other dogs are around the occasional chicken back; (a little sense of competition and its amazing what they will eat.)
It really wasn’t sitting well with me, feeling that the best food for her was available but she wasn’t willing to eat it. IF. IF I had been willing to force the issue and feed nothing else but raw we would have overcome this hurdle a long time ago. I know there are many others who have found that steeling themselves to such rigid unyielding measures impossible. So, here we are 5 months away from her 3rd birthday & I finally nailed it. Hot Damn!
Here’s how I did it. Make the usual batch of soup, just leave out the chicken. In other words make a tasty veg soup using aromatic vegetables; carrots, celery, sweet pepper, squash, peas, beans whatever is convenient(no onions of course). Once veggies are cooked as desired toss in raw chicken carcass, turkey necks, pieces of lamb whatever for just a minute or so until it is not pink on the outside but rare on the inside.Toss in a handful of freshly minced parsley (great source of bioflavinoids and chlorophyll. Add a couple of squirts of salmon oil when serving up.
I am sure Cailean is enjoying her food more, has less gas and isn’t hungry still when finished.