But Ray is not vegetable-minded. In a word, he HATES anything vegetal. So once he caught on that there was some vegetable matter lurking in his food bowl, he stopped eating it. I was left with the problem of how to treat sporadic outbreaks of, uh... digestive upsets.
On the recommendation of Rachel, Murphy's mom, I tried plain yogurt to treat Ray's uh... digestive problems. The first time he needed it, I didn't happen to have any regular yogurt in the house but did have a container of Greek yogurt. So every morning, I mixed a tablespoon of Greek yogurt into Ray's food. Worked a treat.
I found that the yogurt has a side benefit. Ray's gaseous emissions (which are copious and eye-watering) have disappeared almost entirely. So Ray gets yogurt in his food every day. The only problem now is Ray is so used to the Greek yogurt, he won't eat the regular cheap stuff. Our dog is a gourmhound.
Roxy LOVES veggies!! Cooked. raw, any which way! Then again she will eat anything except onions and ketchup. When she tries to eat something w/ketchup she just barks at it:)ReplyDelete
Hahahahaha. I wonder what makes her bark at ketchup. Watch out for onions though. Those are toxic to dogs (poster at the vet - raisins, grapes, chocolate, onions and a couple others that I can't bring to mind).ReplyDelete
But that ketchup thing is weird!
Ours love veggies too and apples, Conor we have lately discovered also likes Minty's food and likes to try to eat his as well as his own, so now eating times have to be strictly and firmly policed to prevent this from happening, he basically shoves Minty out of the way scoffs his down and then returns to his own dish to finish that off.......blindness does not seem to handicap him in any meaningful way !ReplyDelete
LOL, I read about feeding yogurt to combat doggie gas online (had to google it because Josey's was INSANE), and have been giving it to my dogs every morning for a while - they love it!!ReplyDelete
The ketchup thing is when there is a piece of something in it she wants ie: a french fry. There is no doubt though that she is a weird dog)ReplyDelete
I love stories about Conor and Josey and Roxy. I thought maybe I should introduce the above commenters.ReplyDelete
a) Brenda, who lives on the street behind me and who owns Roxy (the eensy beansy Beagle Chihuahua mix
b) Niki, who lives in England and who owns Conor the blind Greyhound; Minty, also a Greyhound but not blind; a cat or two, and some hens (if Conor hasn't caught them all yet)
c) Amber, who lives in South Carolina and who used to be Ray's foster mom. She owns Josey and Emma (both hounds) and Tipper, a Jack Russell Terrier.
If I made any errors in the above info, please correct me. Also if you'd like to see photos of their dogs, let me know.
Haha, pretty good memory there, except for the very last one - it's "Tippy" (though she also gets called Tip, Tipper and Tipperoo as well as a few unmentionable names!), the rat terrier/chi mix. I fostered a jack russell though, which is what you were thinking of :) Oh, and the other other two are pointers, not hounds - close enough, lol!ReplyDelete
Wow, I can't believe I screwed up every single one of your dogs. I thought Emma was some kind of mix but couldn't quite remember. Guess I didn't remember much of anything! What was Boo?ReplyDelete
The dog we had before Roxy was named Amber..we adopted her from the shelter and was a great dog. she was a lab mix. Totally different from Roxy. amber is a great name and has memories attached to it for me now. Jean, Roxy weighs 15 pounds now so she isn't quite "tiny". BTW, we had a hamster named Boo:)
Ah but on the plus side Jean you were spot on with the info on my menagerie ! we have 5 hens at the moment, Emily, Bacall, Lavender, Rosie and Freckle, but I won't be quizzing you on their names ! The cats are Phoebe and Toby and the little noisy dog is Twiggy....and Jez (the husband) is convinced Conor retrieved a ball for him this morning so we will be putting that to the test again .....ReplyDelete
Well, at least I got something right!ReplyDelete
I took Ray to the dogpark this morning and a guy picked up a ball and tossed it to Ray. It hit him squarely in the chest. He looked a bit surprised for a second but didn't even bother to bend over a sniff it. NOT a retriever.
Boo is a very pretty Llewellyn setter...Love all the pet names! And I don't even mind sharing mine with a great dog :)ReplyDelete
yay for yogurt! murphy loves it. make sure you dont give him any with sucralose in it and he is good to go! Gave murphy greek yogurt...she didnt have any movements all weekend :) maybe normal yogurt is nicer to her poor little tummy.ReplyDelete
All our dogs are fed a raw diet and interestingly we rarely get nasty emissions and nice firm and quite small (for greyhounds) deposits , just thought that might be of interest to you yogurt feeders !ReplyDelete
I tried the raw diet with Ray but he wouldn't eat it. Wouldn't go anywhere near it. Just stood around and whined because he was hungry.ReplyDelete
I tried it with the cats too but they wouldn't eat it either.
My little Zoe (not known to any of you because I just happened upon Rays blog and fell in love with him..) loves loves raw carrots. She will dance for them if I let her, I wont because of bad hips, so I just give in. She loves sweet potatoes too and ate the tortioses s.p. that had his wormer in it, groan.ReplyDelete
As to Onions, even small amounts cause little blip like things to form on the red blood cells and the body gets rid of them thinking they are "bad" and so an anemia is the result= bad news, so hold the onions please. But as to pumpkin, it is high in fibver and that helps things move along and is WONDERFUL to give to pet rabbits as it helps them get rid of the hairballs tha can be deadly to them. With that, goodnight from a blog friend of Ray's with hugs to Moonie and Hugo too.