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Hello!

Let me start by saying THANK YOU to all of you who regularly contribute here for providing such a friendly, informative forum!

Now, let me introduce myself: My name is Michelle, and my husband Mark and I live in western Massachusetts with - LITERALLY! - a house full of furry and feathered friends! The newest additions are two Boxers we adopted from someone giving them away on craigslist. Hurley is almost one year old (7/20), a neutered male brindle. Penny (any LOST fans out there?) is 7 months old, scheduled to be spayed this Thursday, and a beautiful reverse brindle. I grew up with Boxers (we had 5 of them over the course of my childhood into my adulthood) and I am their biggest fan. Mark and I had been researching becoming foster parents at a local Boxer rescue when these two were dropped from the sky into our laps - truly fortunate for us!

When we picked them up, they were being fed a diet consisting of solely Beneful. Right off, I KNEW that was no good. They really were bone-thin and their coats were dull. We have had our cats on Natural Balance wet and dry for years, so we picked up some of that for the dogs. They seemed to like it, but both had horrible diarrhea. Come to find out, they both had ghiardia, and were obviously treated for that. At that time, our vet recommended we go to 50/50 boiled chicken OR cooked ground beef and cooked white rice. The dogs loved it! It did seem to help with their diarrhea a little, making their stools more of a 25-50 on the "Poop Chart" instead of a 0-25. I started adding some kibble in (Natural Balance) because I felt they could not live on rice and cooked chicken alone (old habits die hard!), and that is what they continue to eat today, and their poops are remaining in the 50 range now. I don't think I have ever seen a 75, so I came online looking for suggestions and alternatives to help...and stumbled upon your forum. I have read the "Raw Feeding" section NEARLY in its entirety!

I have followed links to several other raw feeding sites, and done a lot of reading in the past several days. Mark is in agreement that we can try feeding raw and see if the dogs like it and how it might change their poop...and other things! I have made calls to a few local butcher shops, and we are near enough to a big city that we have TONS of ethnic grocers in the area, so I am sure we will be able to find a wide variety of meat/poultry/fish at very good prices. The local butcher told me that chicken backs sell for $0.49/pound - can't beat that! I frequently buy chicken thighs there for US to eat at $0.69/pound...so it is certainly reasonable!

I know I am going to have DOZENS of questions in the near future, but my most pressing one at this time is this:

Is it OK to start the conversion to raw now, as Penny goes in for her spay surgery?

I figure since she will already be fasting, it might be an easier conversion as she will be hungry and likely to be more interested in eating whatever is in front of her when she is allowed to resume eating after the surgery, and I can just fast Hurley at the same time. However, I know the spay is a pretty rough surgery, and I don't know if it would be too much of a change to ask her to accept a new diet at that time. I will also be home with the dogs for three solid days after her surgery before I have to go back to work, so it would be a good time to keep an eye on them and see not only how Penny recovers from the surgery, but how they are adapting to raw.

Oh! One more:

Can anyone direct me, please, to a good website for feeding raw to INDOOR ONLY cats? I know many of you do, and I know chicken drumsticks and wings are good base diets, but I would love to read suggestions as to how often to add in "extras" and at what rate.

Thanks for reading my first LONG post, and again, so much for providing such a friendly, helpful, and informative website for dog lovers!

Michelle in Massachusetts
 

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Well first off, WELCOME to the forum, glad you came to join us! I'm also a *huge* Boxer fan, and simply can not get enough of them! I'd love to see pictures of your babies!!
Feel free to post any and all of your questions!

Is it OK to start the conversion to raw now, as Penny goes in for her spay surgery?
Absolutely. There is no downside to this whatsoever.

Oh! One more:

Can anyone direct me, please, to a good website for feeding raw to INDOOR ONLY cats? I know many of you do, and I know chicken drumsticks and wings are good base diets, but I would love to read suggestions as to how often to add in "extras" and at what rate.
rawfedcats.org

Feeding indoor cats isn't much different than feeding outdoor cats. I would definitely find some whole prey like mice at a feeder store. Keep in mind that some cats are super finicky, and while you can take the "tough love" approach with dogs, you can't really do that with cats for too long. Some people even have to transition from kibble to canned, canned to cooked, and cooked to raw... but it CAN be done.
 

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THANKS Linsey! You are definitely one of the "regular forum contributers" I was thanking in my first post...and I have admired your Annie in your signature. What a pretty girl!

I should mention I have also been giving the dogs salmon oil - it's good for us, and I know it is good for Boxers too with the heart problems they can have!

Attached are a couple photos of the puppies...more to follow soon!

Penny - the day we got her! (5 months, 39 pounds)


Hurley - the day we got him (7 months, 49 pounds)!


Nap time with Daddy!



Just hangin' around!
 

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Hello and welcome! I'm thrilled to hear you're going raw with your dogs, I'm confident in saying that you'll be amazed at the difference in overall health and longevity!

Seeing as Linsey already answered your questions I won't add much else, other than your fur family is beautiful! Thanks for sharing :wink:

ETA: Cats can be tricky to switch to raw...maybe do a search on here for raw feeding cats to see some of the tricks others have done to switch their cats. We are lucky that our cats will eat anything, just smaller chunks of what the dogs get LOL. Good luck!
 

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Such beautiful animals, thank you for sharing those pictures! I can't decide which one is prettier, so I'll just say I love them both, equally, and hope to see more photos in the future!:biggrin:Boxers are so addicting, aren't they?
 
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Welcome, Michelle, and your beautiful Boxers! I'm from your neighboring state, Connecticut. Nice to have another New Englander on this Forum. Enjoy!
 

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Hello and welcome from yet another boxer lover! Both of your boxers are beautiful! I have three boys myself (flashy brindle, check brindle, and flashy reverse brindle). I am planning on working/showing one of my males, and the other two are much loved pets. There is a ton of info around...so enjoy!
 

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Thank you Sara, DaneMama, LabbieMama and Eurobox for the kind welcomes and comments on my babies!

Eurobox, I would love to see photos of your Boxers! Are they posted anwhere here? I have no idea what a "check brindle" is!

EDIT: Eurobox, I just found the photos you posted on 6/28. WHAT GORGEOUS BOYS!
 

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Thank you Sara, DaneMama, LabbieMama and Eurobox for the kind welcomes and comments on my babies!

Eurobox, I would love to see photos of your Boxers! Are they posted anwhere here? I have no idea what a "check brindle" is!

EDIT: Eurobox, I just found the photos you posted on 6/28. WHAT GORGEOUS BOYS!
Thanks! I love them...:smile:
 

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I had to laugh at your boxers' names. We, too, are LOST fans and have a boxer mix named Boone. I had in mind to name a girl Penny if we adopt a female in the future. Our daughter has a pup named Sawyer and a kitten named Desmond. Her husband's parents have a pup named Sayid and a dog named Hurley. I guess we have a lot of LOST fans in the family!
 

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Excellent! Boy, I sure miss that strange show!
 

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Oh my god, I love your boxers! I've grown up with boxers, they are the best dogs!!!! Loooove them.

Here is our current boy Cooper. He's back in CT with my mom but he's my boy!

 
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