A New Adventure: Raw Food Diet

Hello furends!

It’s been a while since I got my little paws on the keyboard and typed up a blog entry! (283 days to be exact… Whoops!) Even though it has been a while, I really wanted to get back on the blogging train to share with you my new adventure! And that adventure is… Changing my diet to a raw food diet!

Yorkies are known to be fussy eaters. It’s been an ongoing issue that my pawrents have been dealing with where I would sometimes go days without eating properly (the odd piece of kibble here and there) until they would resort to chicken and rice just so I had something in my little body (mmmmmm got to love that chicken!). Now while I looooooved getting chicken and rice (which pooch doesn’t?) my pawrents were getting worried that I wasn’t getting enough nutrients.

This worry escalated when about a month ago I walked into the room and my little joints were clicking with each step I took. I’m only 3!!! I’m a bit young for such clicky joints! Taking fish oils helped my joints a little, but since I wasn’t eating a lot, I wasn’t getting enough fish oil either.

So that’s where the raw food diet came in.

My mom had looked it up before and it all sounded very promising. I asked for some opinions and advice over on my Twitter (@MyFluffyDay) and I got some great replies. Thanks to all of you who replied!

@AdvOfDoodles | @StaffieGirlLola | @isabellej154 | @chloem1994 | @sillytillypoo | @SirKevinTheChow

After reading all of the advice, we were sold! At the very least, we thought “What harm could it do?”. We already knew who we wanted to order from too!

K9-Kitchen!

We met K9-Kitchen at the Pet Expo Ireland in Dublin last year and they explained to us then about their products. They package all the ingredients fresh, freeze it to keep it as good as new, and deliver for free (in Ireland) the following day (if you order before 2pm Monday-Thursday).

We placed our order of their A Bit Of Everything option, which contains 30 boxes of 500g servings (that’s a lot of meat! Make sure you have enough room in your freezer!). That is 15kg of food! And it was only €50!

In preparation for the delivery, we messaged K9-Kitchen on their Facebook to ask how much food I would need on a daily basis. They answered super quickly and said that for a three year old Yorkie that weighs around 2.6kg / 6lbs, I would need between 150g and 180g daily.

Now, if you were worried that a Raw Diet would be expensive, that order we placed worked out at about 100 days of food (at 150g a day)! That’s only 50 cent per day for fresh meals. Not bad! I know most dogs are bigger than I am, but that’s still pretty good value I think 🙂

We placed our order on a Sunday night, but due to a system mess up it wasn’t shipped until Thursday. Mom rang K9-Kitchen Thursday morning to check the status of our order, and they quick noticed that our order (and two others) that had been entered into the courier system on Monday had glitched and disappeared. My mom works on building software systems and totally understood how that can happen sometimes!

K9-Kitchen remedied the situation right away (super nice customer service might I add!) and our order arrived first thing Friday morning (this morning as I am writing this!).

The box was biiiiiig! Just look at little me standing inside it!

When we cracked it open, all the boxes were very neatly packaged and well frozen, as promised! Thankfully my dad it a Tetris master and he managed to get everything into one drawer in our freezer 😉

Because the meat was all well frozen, I had to wait until dinner time to try my first dish. We decided to go with the Duck and Vegetable first! I got 60g for my meal, approximately half of my daily amount.

I knew there was something nice up on the counter, I was following my mom around with very excited eyes, ears perked, tail up and paw raised! I was licking my chops for a good five minutes before my dish was placed on the floor. How tasty does this look? 😉

So what did I think of it… I cleared the bowl! Not a crumb was left! My pawrents were delighted as it was the first full meal I’ve eaten in a couple of weeks.

I know this is only my first meal, but it’s a good start! Hopefully I’ll like the other flavours just as much (Beef & Vegetable and Chicken & Vegetable). I’m confident that I will 🙂

One of the things that my pawrents want to do is get smaller containers to split up each box into meal-sized portions. When you thaw a box out, it has to be used within two days (so four meals for me). Since I wouldn’t eat 500g over two days (I would only eat about half), thawing a full box each time would waste half the food. So to avoid this, smaller containers or zip-lock bags for the freezer are the answer!

I hope you enjoyed my blog about the start of my Raw Food journey! I hope to do write ups every now and again on any of the ups/downs/good/bad things when it comes to eating a Raw Diet.

If you have any questions, comments or advice, please leave them below or on one of my socials! I’d love to get a discussion going on this topic 🙂

Until next time furends!

Woof!
Lu

First Impression: Lily’s Kitchen Advent Calendar for Dogs 2016

Hello furends!

I have a slightly different blog post for you today! I got something in the post today that I just couldn’t wait to show you! But at the same time, I can’t use it yet either. So I decided to try a new type of post: First Impressions!

20161129_203017The item I want to show you is the Advent Calendar for Dogs by Lily’s Kitchen!

Now that we are at the end of November, it is more than safe to jump on the Christmas hype and get all excited for Santa Paws! I’ve had my eye on this Christmas item for a while now and mom promised me that if I was a good pup I could have an advent calendar this year. I must have done something right 😉

Lily’s Kitchen had a Black Friday deal going where you could get 30% off the calendar (this is still active at the time I’m writing this!), while also having another code for a free treat! (It was XMASTREAT, but I don’t think that’s active anymore). So for a total of £14.97 (shipping of £8 to Ireland) I got the calendar and a 100g packet of Fabulously Festive Biscuits. A pretty good deal if you ask me!

20161129_202841The shipping was great too! Mom placed my order Saturday evening, it was shipped Sunday and arrived via courier Tuesday morning. Thumbs up there Lily’s Kitchen! 😀

Everything was very securely packed inside an adorably decorated box (covered with quotes from reviews and the brand’s cute pooch and cat doodles) and arrived in perfect condition. Even the company’s stationary is cute 😉 I have more images of everything at the end of this post 🙂

There are three different types of treats in the calendar:

  • Rise & Shines: Two flower-shaped treats, made with beef liver, fresh carrots, blackstrap molasses and alfalfa to help keep your dog’s coat as shiny as a Christmas bauble.
  • Training Treats: Little packs of our mini bone-shaped biscuits, made with fresh russet apples and organic farmhouse Cheddar to help keep your dog’s attention on a wintry walk in the park.
  • Bedtime Biscuits: Single blissful bedtime treats, made with honey, yoghurt, chamomile & passion flowers to promote a Christmas Eve sleep so Santa can get on with his job.

Everything sounds tasty to me! I’ve had some Lily’s Kitchen treats before and they went down well. I have no doubt these will too 😉

I can’t wait to get into these treats! Roll on the 1st of December! 😀

Woof!
Lu

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