Sunday, May 27, 2012

Velvet elk antler supplement came

Yesterday Saya's new supplement came it's elk velvet antler by Natraflex they make supplement for humans and pets. Supposed to be good for joint health I've been told and seen people suggest it so I figured I'd try it out.

Superflex the name of the pet formula. There is other brands out there, but I thought I'd try this since this brand was recommended.
Here's a bit on why I feed raw and been trying different joint meds.

Saya since I picked her up from her breeder she bunny hopped. The vet checked her on first examination and vaccine shots and he didn't find anything wrong with her knee or hips.

At 6months she got a x ray while she was under for her spay. Her hips and knees looked good I saw the x ray myself.

I continued to be stumped what was up.. 6months I started to venture into giving her raw items she would get a raw egg once a week then. Before that from 8weeks to 5 months she got cooked eggs, caned salmon, sardines, mackerel cooked meat, and caned dog food along with her kibble I'd rotate it each week sometimes she got bit extra.

At 6months she got the raw egg along with her other items.

7months old I kept giving her the caned fish, cooked, meat, caned dog food, raw egg and then I added lamb ribs to rotation. After research I got more into raw feeding and I though lamb ribs be good start to see how she like raw.

She got the lamb ribs with a raw egg and bit of caned fish as a dinner instead of kibble once a week and she did good with it.

8months I plunged full onto raw she was on same kibble as Bella wellness core ocean so I didn't need wait for kibble to get eaten up. I bought a thing of chicken thighs and drumsticks once those were out I got her more and added chicken breast to the mix.

I did chicken for while then slowly added in pork then beef liver, then beef kidney it took while for each new item in slow transition.
I went to my first shiba meet up type thing it was the shiba picnic at Madison WI. I got to meet Pat Doescher from Hi-Jinx shiba inu. She coarse was concerned with way she was walking asked if it was HD or something.

I told her it wasn't and vet examined her and had x ray done to be sure and nothing wrong with her hips or knees. She then suggested maybe it's neurological or with spine?

Once back home we asked the vet and he checked the x rays again and sure enough something was up with spine. It doesn't look too bad and so far she doesn't seem to be in any pain that I can tell.

She runs around and runs up and down hills with no issues.

She can jump up my bed and on fallen trees with no issue..

Second year on raw or maybe when I got back from the shiba picnic I got her chicken feet it supposedly is good source of natural condroitine and stuff. She loves chicken feet so they make yummy treat or snack.
Saya being helpful bringing the trash to me
I been giving her joint health tablet from Springtime I got it for free for buying the bug off tablets.

Saya been taking them and now she takes green lipped mussel supplement supposed to be good for joints as a natural supplement.

So far I like the Green lipped mussel supplement and it is at a good price and should last her for a while she gets two capsules a day I just put it on her plain Greek yogurt or caned fish and she eats it up.
She is on day two on it and I doubt I'll see any improvements in this time. I've been told it took two weeks for it to show.

I might stop giving the Springtime joint health once I'm out and just give the green lipped mussel and elk velvet antler supplement.

I've been giving the joint health one day and the other she doesn't get it.

I don't want to give her too many joint supplements I dunno if too much is good or bad or if one would cancel each other..

I do notice with addition of the green lipped mussel she seems much more active and not too tired even in the heat. Coarse I make sure she always has water around and if it's too hot she is put inside to cool off while I work outside.

120 tablets should last her for 60days which is nice. I gave her one and she tried it and didn't like taste so I crushed it in her bowl and she ate it when I mixed a tiny bit of plain Greek yogurt with it.

The tablets don't smell to bad and she does like deer antlers.. Maybe I'll offer it during evening since she tends be more willing to eat things in the evening.

Ingredients look fine so far I need look it all up though.. I haven't compared other elk velvet supplements yet too..

I might get human kind for myself..

Two a day for dog her size, four for large dog and one for cat..

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Mighty hunter has struck again. Warning dead baby bunny picture at bottem.

Today was a nice warm day I put pork ribs into the crock pot to cook for dinner and went out to do some yard work had dogs out as usual Saya donned her bright bandana, and jingle bells so she sounds like Christmas when she walks and runs.

I had Saya off leash while Bella had a 30foot leash which she dragged around as she wandered and played with toys.

I got to work watered the flowers, the grass seedlings that are getting bigger I had plant new grass seeds in front yard closest to house because Dink killed it because she peed as soon as she hit the grass..I didn't want to give her grass saver stuff because who knows how it would do with her pain and arthritic meds.. and grass can be grown back..

I spread the seeds, put a mix of soil and ground coffee and watered it. It's now green and healthy so I water when it hasn't rained in long time so it won't die.

This is burn pile recently I burned dried grass and some fallen dried tree branches.

I think it adds some type nutrient to the soil so grass grows good plus mixed with coffee grounds and used tea makes it even better for the grass!

Side of the yard is where I also put grass seeds and it looks great before it was very patchy almost no grass just dirt degrading down on the hill. I put coffee grounds, mixed with sand, burned soil, and top soil spread seeds and added more soil as grass grew the hill is much better not degrading and nice and green!

On to the rabbit talk. Hunter Sai is nuts over squirrel, hawks, crows, vultures, and coarse rabbits.

She does good off leash and is doing better with coming when called even after pursuit of a cottontail rabbit.

Today she heard something in woods either rabbit or squirrel and she started to go for it. I told her to stop and come now! She stopped for a bit and then came to me the brush was thick so took her time to come back.

She got her favorite three dog bakery treat and Merrick tripe and liver patties for good recall I always give her a jackpot reward either a super yummy treat or a lot of her favorite treats.

An adult rabbit in the distance!
 Here rabbits are all over even with coyotes getting them they're plenty more and coarse babies are abound from various ages some independent and able to forage for food on their own and some still in the nest.

Well Saya has been chasing young rabbits from looks of them they're at least they're either two and half or 4 weeks old they're very fast and bigger then younger bunnies I seen on pictures.

The woods!
Saya has caught and quickly killed a 3 or 4 week rabbit with a quick shake before it was sometime last year. I'm not sure when, but I'm guessing around this time since this when young bunnies are about.

Do I enjoy her killing the bunny not really. I didn't tell her to stop I thought she was going to see our cat which hangs around which she is friendly with. I watched her and I knew once she got it she wasn't meeting our kitty. So I ran as fast as I could from the shed to the tree area which is pretty far from shed.

I yelled to drop it while half way there and she did she waited for me I saw it was a bunny and was already dead. I believe it died quickly from her shake she did on it.

When you see a dog shake it's plush toy that's what it is an instinct on killing it's prey. Fast as they do it I'm sure it snaps the rodent's, rabbits, or any small critter's spine..

Does Saya eating raw have anything to do with killing things? I don't think so I believe if she was still on kibble she'd done it and killed the little bunny.

I don't think her diet has anything to do with it because with the bunny dead she didn't eat it at all.

I believe it was her prey drive that drove her to get it she saw this young bunny all the way at the shed which is quite far and she got it at high speed.

I've fed her whole prey quail from hare today, but that has feathers and she never chases small birds except for crows, hawks and vultures. She watches vultures and crows and has chased a hawk to the woods.

Came back to me like she did good chasing it off.

At 8 or 9 weeks she went after two rabbits that were bigger then her or same size maybe either way. Luckily they were quick and she stopped at the woods and came back to me.
Shiba inu are very prey driven dogs, squirrel, rabbit or leaf blowing in the wind triggers it and she will want to chase it.

I'm lucky she will come back with me calling her I don't know maybe it's good genetics, just her personality, my ability to practice it each day and having such big yard or what.

I don't recommend off leash for too many shiba inu it's dangerous and coarse not many owners live where it is possible. A neighborhood or park is not place for it cars are too dangerous and not many dogs have car senses and know to not be in road especially when cars are nearby..

Dog sees cat, squirrel or even a plastic bag floating with the wind across the street temptation is too great off leash shiba runs across the road and gets hit.

If I move into the city I won't do off leash with Saya if I do it'd be at this current area.

Pika boo!
Anyways onto Saya's hunt today. Picture above is garden at side of the house mostly grasses and clover grows there and Saya seen some young bunnies there and chased them they gotten away and I got her to come right away.

With her jingle bells it helps me hear if she is in search of something or running I haven't tested it yet how far I can hear the bells maybe next weekend I'll put them on her collar and have mom walk her in second field to see if I hear it jingle if not I'll get closer till I hear it to get accurate knowledge of the bells sound.

If I can't hear it too fair I need replace them with louder one..

(>'.')><('0')>!!**Warning after this picture below there's pics of Saya's dead baby rabbit last year and today.**!!(v'.'v)(^'.'^)
Today I was watering things and noticed her in the side garden sniffing and walking around I went to check and found out she found rabbit nest it was well hidden she must found it by smell. rabbit nests are usually lined with rabbit fur and dead grasses.

The nest was deep and some thick grasses. one young bunny must got too scared with her presence because it ran out. Saya saw it so she pursued and caught it. She chomped hard and killed it instantly.

I told her to leave it so she backed off I gave her treat for leaving the bunny coarse too late on delivery. I didn't notice what's up till she already got it. Luckily no other rabbits came out so I called her come and she followed me.

I had checked and the nest was un harmed by Saya and there were baby bunnies still nestled there so I left them. Article says mom rabbits don't refuse to take care of babies if the babies or area smells of humans or dog because they're used to them being around the area or something like that which is good.

Last year's baby bunny after it froze for month it's wet from when I washed it off.

A lot of times people think a nest of bunnies is abandoned because there's usually no mom there to chase you off or defend them. Mom usually comes back periodically and feed the babies they do it mostly at night and early morning not during day.

Guess makes sense since mom doesn't want babies to be discovered. or whatever. Only way mom won't take care of bunny if the nest has been completely destroyed and luckily it was too thick for Saya to get to.

Bunny produce a lot of young so luckily she only got one and I'm sure the others will survive or maybe depends how they fair with cats, coyotes and predators like raccoons or badger..

What do I do when this happens? I picked it up and washed it with water and then put it in ziplock bag and put it into Saya's side of the deep freezer and took note of today's date of 5/20/2012.

I plan to feed to Saya one month from now. Would make a small meal or snack..

I feel it's best thing to do Saya gets a free meal and different protein and it doesn't go to waste.

Though if I wanted to I could toss into trash then it would just decay and that would be sad. I could also toss it into the field and bugs, raccoon, fox or coyote would have eaten it.

I chose to wash up and freeze for four weeks then feed to Saya. Some say to freeze bit less, but I freeze fish I caught in the pond and did the first rabbit for four weeks to be on safe side to kill of any parasites.

Sorry to show such yucky pictures I don't post this to gross people out. I do it to document things Saya does, her diet and so on.

Sadly she likes to be a hunter. Which I guess is good one less rabbit that will eat my veggies.

Plus I just don't get why the mom rabbit thought having babies close to humans was good idea. The dogs are outside quite a bit and I'm out there too Saya even when baby bunny season is here she walks in the side garden area and by the wood pile so the mom bunny should think hmm is this good spot?

Though I guess this would been a good spot since coyotes might have less chance getting near the nest..

I do take the blame I seen little rabbits so I knew it was that time of the year I should have taken precaution and had her on her 30 foot leash and had her follow me around as I did things instead of giving her full freedom.

Ah well lessons learned again.

I live in country so I'm not too sicken by this it's circle of life and sad. a snake could have found it and eaten them or one.. or our cat. though our cat isn't too keen on hunting he mainly lays around and follows people around.

I don't encourage her to chase or get bunnies if she is in pursuit I recall her off them she listens a lot of the times and never catches adult ones they're very fast and quick.

With training she is doing better about leaving them and not giving chase. When she does she comes back to me.

I do feel sorry for the rabbit I worry if it suffered I don't want an animal to suffer if injured. I rescued a rock pigeon that a dog caught most people wouldn't care since pigeons aren't used for work much and seen as pest true they do poop a lot and can be an issue with disease I'm sure.

I guess one good thing about it there is one less bunny to eat our veggies. I wrote that before, but I wrote it again.

We use pepper spray on our fruits and veggies does a good job as a deterrent. My dad forgot to do it for week so the rabbits ate two plants up.

A fence coarse would be a better solution no need to reapply coarse that cost money and would make it hard to water the garden..

I'm hoping to someday raise quail or rabbit for meat and eggs well rabbit would be only for meat.. hehe

I'd raise them and let them free range on things by having protected fenced area so they can eat in peace.

That's long way in the future though.

Again sorry for dead baby bunny pictures. I could not show them, but if we own a cat or a dog especially a dog like a shiba then it will eventually happen or maybe you'll be lucky and it won't.

Sorry for such long post. I'm not the best blogger or not too good with grammar either..

School was never really fun for me thanks to bullies in school making it hard for me to learn and well you know how kids and teens are gotta pick on the weakest and nicest kid.

Coarse that's no excuse for my bad writing. At least I know how to write my name in cursive! My young cousin's can't even read it! Even clear well written cursive they can't read. :\

I'm hoping one day get into college work on my writing and work hard.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Coconut oil review

Coconut review time! Brand:Tropical traditions virgin coconut oil.

I just got it today so I'll just give my basic thoughts of it and if I like it.

I got the package and it was well packaged so that's good. 32 oz good size too especially a review bottle!

I opened it right away to see how it looked it turned to liquid due to warm weather, but some time in the house it turned back to a solid.
Saya taste testing it and she rates it two paws up! :) She really liked the flavor coarse she loves coconut oil so no wonder.

I tried bit myself and it tasted good had coconut taste to it and smelled like coconut.

I'll be sure to try it in a smoothie and try some recipes to see how it tastes. Cooking veggies with it like asparagus taste good so I'll probably do that too as a veggie choice.

There's plenty of desert dishes I'm sure so I'll try those and review on them how they taste.

I know this mainly about Saya and her diet, but I don't mind adding some small reviews on some food I make for myself.

Saya my blog's star modeling next to the jar. She's 20lb dog so not too big despite her husky breed look.. Not many people know shiba inu come in black and tan or sesame they always see red which is more common then B&T.

The coconut's oil home page is: Here.

Here's a video about this brand's coconut oil.

So far I like this coconut oil brand's quality taste and smell wise. I look forward to using it and trying various recipes with it.

I put two teaspoons of it on Saya's small bit of caned fish mix I use for giving Saya's joint supplements and she ate the caned fish mix ever faster then before so coconut oil must be a hit for her too!

As I try things I'll be sure to write review and the recipe with my thoughts on it. I love coconut oil myself.

Anyways here's this.
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


When feeding raw some dogs can do fine with small bits and some will swallow whole a piece.

If the dog is gulper best option is to feed bigger item and take away once the dog ate enough. Feeding item frozen can help too or in a long different shape like a L shape or V.

Saya eats pretty good, but with boneless and ground items I feed frozen as precaution she eats thawed boneless, organs and ground pretty fast. So I feed those frozen so she takes it slower.

I fed a premade raw once thawed and she took big chunk and coarse it was too much so she regurgitated it and then chewed it properly.

For items like pork shoulder roast or leg of lamb or lamb shank I feed thawed the item are pretty big so it's harder work for her to eat it.

Once when she was still new to raw she was used to chicken, beef liver, and pork I gave her pork rib tips she had them before, but this time she swallowed it whole she thought it was piece of boneless pork she also regurgitated it and re chewed it properly crunching the bone up.

Here's example of meal good for Bella a chicken quarter and beef heart. Sometimes she'd get boneless meat or beef tongue or tiny bit of liver or kidney.

Saya can also eat a quarter usually she eats half of it sometimes she'll eat the whole thing depends.

Bella also eats pork ribs pretty good too and pork shoulder roasts.

Holding the item can help prevent gulping too, but some dogs would get nervous with that.

Bella when she was starting out with her raw treat I'd give her chicken quarters frozen and then after while I gave it thawed out and she did good about eating not fast.

Cuting boneless into small pieces can help to, but I prefer to freeze the 5oz of meat slows her down enough.

Each dogs are different so some might do good with frozen and some might need it cut into small bites.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Green lipped mussel supplement came.

The green lipped mussel supplement came I got two of these to use up we'll see how long it'll last her and if it helps. I might keep supplementing anyways not too expensive for two bottles of it.

Ingredients seems fine. 
Two capsules contain:
Perna canaliculus (Green-Lipped Mussel) . . 1,000 mg
Alfalfa Leaf . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .200 mg
Cinnamon Oil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 mg

Today is day two on it Yesterday she had one when I got it and second in evening I mixed it in plain Greek yogurt.

This morning I gave it to her by mixing it in caned salmon along with her joint tablet and her bug off garlic stuff. she gets the bug off tablet and joint tablet once a day and she'll get the green lipped mussel powder twice a day.

So far she seems to like it she hasn't refused the stuff it has a mussel, clammy oyster smell or something which isn't surprising seeing as it's green lipped mussel.. hehe

It also has alfalfa Leaf in it which isn't bad I don't think I seen it in some dog food I think honest kitchen maybe not I don't feed that or haven't tried it yet so I forgot.

 I dunno if it's worth giving, but the price is good $26 for 180 capsules of it.

I know someone else who gives it and says they like it coarse they also give another joint pill so it might be the joint pill that helped or could be a combo of the two that has helped with the dog's joints.

I plan give it a try and see how it goes.

Saya's morning supplements she gets one green lipped mussel in am, three bug off garlic in am and one glucosamin and condroitin in am and pm she just gets the green lipped mussel powder.

I have to crush the joint tablet and garlic tablet to mix it with the Greek yogurt or caned fish.

She'll eat the bug off garlic on her own, but the joint tablet she isn't fan of it. It's peanut butter flavor, but I guess not enough.

I have wrap it with bit of cheese, peanut butter to get her to eat it so I find it easier to crush in just give with her green lipped mussel also even though she willingly eats the garlic I crush it anyways so she gets it.

I give her one sometimes two where I don't give her garlic tablets.

Yummy crushed supplements, caned salmon and 2.25oz of grass fed beef kidney a meal only a dog would love. haha

This week I plan to get her some beef sweetbread(thymus) been out of it for long while.. I need to be sure I keep it in stock so I can rotate between that and kidney.

I plan to order the velvet elk antler stuff soon to try too.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Green lipped mussel supplement

Sun rising
Saya gets around great, but since she has her spinal injury I worry about her sometimes.

Reason I feed raw is due to it and I'm thankful now I think any other dog I get will be raw fed too It's a dog diet for me.. hehe

Anyways I been meaning to try green lipped mussel supplement to see if it would help with her joints.

She doesn't show signs of being in pain or anything she can run like her tail is on fire! haha

I figure I'd give it a try to see if it helps who knows it might give her more power and she'll feel so much better to walk and run!

She does get around pretty well, but on walks she lags behind some so could be due to fatigue on her feet I don't know.

This is what I ordered FoodScience of Vermont Sea Mussel.
Someone on a raw dog forum I go to use it and they seem happy with it so I thought I'd try it 26$ for two bottles of 90 capsules sure! That's 180 good deal I think plus free shipping.

I'm also going to try Superflex It's a proprietary blend of two natural products, premium-grade velvet antler and American ginseng root.

This supplement is $59 and $54 for auto ship option where they ship to you every month something like that. I never done auto ship before so can't say much on it..

About superflex pet formula velvet antler..
Each supplement tablet contains 500 mg of NATRAflex Premium Velvet Antler and 25 mg of American Ginseng

I ordered the green lipped mussel supplement today and I plan to order the superflex in a few days I'm expecting a book thing on it so I'm being hopeful there is a coupon with it. haha

If not I don't mind paying full price be worth it for Saya's health.

I'll be sure to post when the products come and how Saya likes the taste the superflex is a chewable so we'll see I might have to disguise it ah well she loves caned fish and plain greek yogurt and I got ground meat I can thaw out and mix it in.

If I notice any improvements I'll post too.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

There's a contest thing going on and shiba inu is on list so please vote for shiba inu there's not many shiba plushies out there..

squishable dog days contest

Well there is a few, but not many.

I'm not really kind who would go buy big plush pillow like this, but if there was a shiba one I'd buy it.