Food & Treats

Raw Feeding: So Far

*I actually wrote this post a while back but never got it published, so some of the info about me is a bit outdated :)*

So, for the past month and a half, I have been eating raw food. I am going to be on a raw diet for at least two months to see how I do on it and if it’s affordable for us, I might continue to be. So, why am I on a raw diet you ask? Well, for a lot of different reasons, but mainly because Jess wants me to live a long healthy life and the more she read about kibble, the less she wanted me eating it. Some dogs live good lives on kibble, but another reason why I switched to raw was that I have always had a hard time keeping my weight down on kibble and a raw diet was said to help with that.

My thoughts on this raw diet.

I love it! Every morning, Jess carries my bowl out the door for me to eat (I eat outside so I don’t get raw meat all over the carpet.) and until she puts my bowl down, I am right next to her jumping around or barking. Or, I will go to the place where I normally eat and excitedly wait for her to put my bowl down.

Miniature dachshund loves her raw food.

What do I get to eat?

Chicken necks, thighs, beef ribs, liver, heart, pork, a lot of different things! Sometimes I will get an egg for supper or some ready-made raw from Petco. I also have coconut oil and kelp added to some of my meals and Jess is also thinking of adding a vegetable mixture to them too!

Raw meat dog food meals for miniature dachshund, Mini.

A few of my raw meals.

How has a raw diet effected me?

Well, I can say it has definitely helped keep my weight down. Which is awesome! Even when exercising regularly on a kibble diet, I still had about a pound of extra weight that I just couldn’t lose.

I still have an overly weepy eye that I have had for a long while. We aren’t sure what causes it but were wondering if a different diet would help. So far, it hasn’t, but we’ll see. I do think it has gotten a little better and is less weepy now than before.

My coat is nice and shiny but I am shedding more than I used to. Earlier this year, I grew a longer, softer coat than I normally have and with that, came more shedding. I am just now starting to lose that longer coat and get my shorter one back. We’ll see how much I shed once I get my normal coat completely back.

Raw fed piebald miniature dachshund with shiny coat.

I’m glowing!

My human’s thoughts on feeding me raw.

Well, she has days where she thinks about switching me back to kibble and days where she wants me to stay on raw. She just worries about me choking on the bones and providing me with the correct amount of vitamins and minerals since she doesn’t have a lot of different options of meats to provide me with right now. I say stick with it, I love it! But you know how humans are.

Miniature dachshund eating raw chicken thigh.

*Fun Fact*

Did you know, a well-cared for grey wolf can live to be around 16 years old, some even older? A grey wolf would be the equivalent of a large sized dog based on their weight and the life expectancy for a large purebred dog is around 11 years. That is a five-year difference! I am not saying their longer life is strictly because they eat a raw diet, but I do think it plays a big part in it.

 

Tylee’s dog food

Last month, a big chewy.com box showed up at our gate. This was not the normal kind of chewy box that shows up, this one was a mini freezer of the sorts. This was our first time receiving frozen food so we didn’t quite know how it worked.

Chewy.com frozen shipping box

Well, you see, the box is lined with thick Styrofoam and filled with bags of dry ice keeping the contents of the box frozen! Now, isn’t that neat?

Chewy.com frozen shipment

The dry ice was sitting on top of a cardboard insert with holes in it to keep it off the bags of food while still letting the cold though to them.

Chewy.com frozen shipment | Tylee's dog food

It was nice and frosty under the dry ice and cardboard.

It was nice of them to include instructions on how to handle the dry ice and a pamphlet on their food.

Tylee’s is a frozen dog food made up of chunks of cooked meat, vegetables and fruits. Over here, we seem to always be trying out a different kind of food and this is the latest. Barbarella and I each got a bag; I got the pork recipe and Barbarella got the turkey.

Tylee's dog food, pork and turkey recipes 50 oz. bag

Here is Barbarella’s turkey recipe frozen (top) and thawed (bottom). Each recipe has a different veggie/fruit mix and you can see them all clearly in the food.

Tylee's turkey recipe frozen and thawed comparison

And here is my pork recipe thawed. We suspect that the white powder on the food is the vitamins and minerals that are added to it.

Tylee's pork recipe thawed in container.

Some days we get it mixed in with our kibble and other days we get it as a whole meal. Either way, it’s absolutely delicious :P

Tylee's pork dog food mixed with kibble

Watch me gobble down a bowl of it with some pumpkin seeds Jess added.

Tylee's pork recipe.

We love it, but since I seem to be having a hard time keeping my weight down on it and because of the high price, I most likely won’t be getting another bag. Although, we might get another bag to use as a kibble topper if it goes on sale because we absolutely loved it!

Now, if any of y’all decide to get some Tylee’s, I would suggest having a gallon zip-lock on hand. The Tylee’s bags come with a resealable zipper on them, but both of our bags’ zippers separated from the bag, so we had to put them in zip-locks to keep them sealed.

 

*We were not paid or perked to write about this product. We just simply wanted to share our thoughts on it.

Dewberry Muffins!

You know those dewberries Barbarella posted about a few weeks ago? Well, we picked a lot of them (and there are still more!) and thought up something to do with them. Can you guess? Well, that’s a silly question, isn’t it. I mean, what is the title of this post? Yep, that’s right! We made dewberry MUFFINS! Coconut flour dewberry muffins to be exact.

So, here is what they looked like before cooking. This was our first time cooking with coconut flour and we had to alter the recipe we had because it called for apple sauce instead of berries. The lack of apple sauce cut the amount of batter down, so with the first batch, we didn’t have enough batter to completely fill the pan.

And here is what they looked like after getting cooked!

We made three different kinds: The first batch had its berries well mixed in it and we cooked them in cups. With the second batch, we made sure not to crush the berries so they would stay whole and not turn the muffins blue-green! We also and added some vanilla to the second batch and upped the recipe so it would fill the whole pan. Some of the second batch was also cooked without the cups.

Enough about the cooking part. On to the tasting part! Since they didn’t have wheat in them (I don’t eat wheat) I got to taste them! They also didn’t have any sugar in them only honey, so later we all got to share a whole one. And even without sugar they were quite sweet.

  

Yep, they were SUPER Yummy! I think we should make these again next year!

My New Chew Bones

It looks like a bone…. it’s white like a bone…. it’s stiff like a bone…. but it smells of peppermint and vanilla?

 

N-Bone Pearly Whites dog chew bones

I actually didn’t give it that much thought when Jess opened the package, I just started jumping around wanting one! We ordered some stuff from Chewy.com and these just got thrown in the cart to even up the total.

Miniature Dachshund and N-Bone pearly whites dog chew bone size small

N-Bone pearly whites dog chew bones

So, now you can enjoy pictures of me enjoying my new treat!

Miniature Dachshund and N-Bone Pearly whites dog chew bone size small Miniature Dachshund, Mini chewing on N-Bone Pearly whites dog chew bone size small Miniature Dachshund and N-Bone Pearly whites dog chew bone size small

Barbarella thought it smelled good too, and wanted to eat mine. Normally, we share everything but these are special for me, so we will have to get her some too next time. I did give her a little taste though :)

Miniature Dachshund and N-Bone Pearly whites dog chew bone size small Miniature Dachshund and N-Bone Pearly whites dog chew bone size small Miniature Dachshund and N-Bone Pearly whites dog chew bone size small Dachshund holding N-Bone pearly whites dog chew bone, size small in paws

Jess says she has to watch me once I get down to the end to make sure I don’t choke on it. But, since I like them so much and I’m not one to gobble things down, I might be getting some more in the future!

No….Yes!

Mini:
Mini: Another empty treat bag… *sigh* :(

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Jess: Don’t worry, Mini. Remember what the FedEx guy handed us the other day.

Mini: Oh yeah! We saw him pull up to the gate so we went down there and he handed us a package!

Jess: That’s right, Mini. And do you remember where that package was from?

Mini: Yep! It was from Chewy.com! And it had three full bags of treats!

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Jess: I noticed you were low on treats so Amanda and I ordered some more.

Mini: Are they all for me?

Jess: What about Barbarella and Zachary?

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Mini: If they are all for me, I will share with them. I don’t mind sharing. What do ya say?

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Jess: Well… okay, I know you are a good sharer. And that face of yours is just too cute.

Mini: Yay! Now, may I have some?

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Jess: Of course. Here you go.

Mini: Yummy!

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Mini: That picture was a little blurry. So, I think we should redo that take. And to do that, we will need another piece of treat.

Jess: Sounds good to me. I don’t like blurry pictures either.

Mini: Yummy, yummy, yummy.

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