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GoodboysBaddogs
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posted 08-21-2003 01:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoodboysBaddogs     Edit/Delete Message
HELLO ALL DOG LOVERS!?!
I'm just curious... What kind of food do you feed your dog(s)? Also, please mention what breed, age, and if excersised &/or working, what kind?
I personally own an American Bulldog "bully/Johnson-type", and a Chinese Shar Pei. I unfortunatly raised them on Eukanuba, but at around 10 months of age, i switched their diet/food to WellnessSuper5mixPuppy(dry). I am now in the process/stage of switching their food to Canidae. Does anyone feed &/or know of Canidae? Hoping to read some testimonials.
In advance, i'd just like to say "THANKS FOR REPLYING".
-just another dog fanatic-

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Maisey
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posted 08-21-2003 03:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maisey     Edit/Delete Message
There are many posts back a bit in this forum on food, we have visited the topic many times and I always learn something new.
I have a 2 1/2 year old Aussie/Lab X named Dooley, an 8 month old Catahoula X named Witt, and a 9 year old Poodle named Darby. I started my Aussie out on Nutro and my Poodle was on Science Diet ( a prescription formula) until I got my Catahoula pup and began researching foods. I wanted to make sure I wasn't "growing" my pup, I wanted him to grow naturally. I also wanted to replace the prescription food my Poodle was getting with something of much better quality, but didn't know how to go about doing that with him needing the specifics in his prescribed food.I switched all of them to Precise, each getting the formula they needed. My Aussie was on Endurance as he plays flyball and is very athletic. Witt was eating the Growth formula which was supposed to provide for the specific stage of his life and Darby was eating the senior formula which was both low in protein and had the DL-Methionine he needed. I continued researching (and still do) and just recently discovered a food that had all of the things the Poodle needs, with the DL-Methionine being higher up in the ingredient list and the protein level even lower than what I was feeding, plus...it is designed for dogs with allergies, something I had wanted to try with him. It is called Canine Caviar and is a new product. He likes it much better. I am now switching Dooley and Witt to Canidae, they have had it before and like it. I also want to add a fish oil of some type to their diet... Dooley and Witt's coats are not shiny and they both have a little dry skin, so I am looking into that.
My Catahoula X, Witt, looks like he might be part Pit Bull or Shar-Pei, I get asked alot if he is either, I noticed you said you had a Shar-Pei, I don't know much about them...how do you find yours to be personality wise? Is he easy to train? stubborn? protective? That sort of thing. I have heard so many conflicting things about the breed.

Here is Witt @ 4 weeks

Witt @ 6 weeks

Witt

Witt

Witt now @ 8 months

Dooley

Dooley on a break at a Flyball Demo

Do you see any Shar-Pei in Witt? Every time I see a shar-pei they look different.
Sorry about so many pictures...I just can't help myself..smiles, Maisey
PS Welcome to the forum!

[This message has been edited by Maisey (edited 08-21-2003).]

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Lacey
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posted 08-21-2003 10:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lacey     Edit/Delete Message
I feed Eukanuba and have had great results with it. I know some people don't think it is that great of a food but I haven't had any problems with it.

Maisey-I definitely think your dog Witt is a Shar-Pei mix. His body shape, ear shape and tail even though not curled much is the same shape and length of a Shar-Peis. Even his face looks very Shar-Pei just not as heavy looking. His ears are bigger than a Shar-Peis but have the same triangular shape. The things that wouldn't be right for a Shar-Pei is the tongue color, hair color, hair texture and hair length. Otherwise he for sure has a lot of Shar-Pei in him. I have had a few of them and really liked them. They were very easy to train. They all excelled at obedience. One male I had was reliably housetrained in 2 weeks. Their personalities were all very different like most dogs. I had a clown, a sweet one, a dominant one and a clueless one. The only drawback to them was the drool and shedding. I now have a couple of Poodles and am spoiled by no drool or shedding. I may have another Shar-Pei again someday. They are great dogs!!

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puttin510
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posted 08-21-2003 10:52 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
Maisey: your Witt has the definate body shape of a sharpei. All ths missing is a couple of wrinkles on the muzzle. Mouth is wide like on too.
Goodboy: We have used a few different brands and for about the last year and a half have been settled and doing well with Innova. No skin issues for my terrier mix. And no digestive problems for my poodle.
Miniature poodle 6/12 years old mInimum excersize becuase of arthritis
terrier mix about 4 years old. Moderated exercise loves to run and chase balls.

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goob
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posted 08-21-2003 11:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for goob     Edit/Delete Message
Goo, my 10 yr old APBT, is currently eating Natural Balance, from Petco. I just switched her over to it completely about a month ago though, before that, my mom bought all the dogs' food, Iams (blech). I had actually looked for months trying to find one of the other high quality foods, but couldn't find any retailers nearby, and can't afford food and shipping costs. Goo's still fairly active, gets several walks a day (1-2 miles total on most days) does some light agility and weight pull work, and we also toss in a few games of fetch every week. She likes the food (gets 1 cup moistened dry and 1 can every night, has dry out all the time, but never eats more than a little of that at a time), has a nice coat, and otherwise seems to be doing well on it. The other dogs are still on Iams, and seem to do ok on it, so my mom (who buys their food) is reluctant to switch them to something different.

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nern

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posted 08-21-2003 09:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
My (almost) 3yr old aussie x, Natalie eats Timberwolf Organics and my 7yr old toy poodle, Sebastian eats canned Innova.

Maisey: I agree with the other that Witt looks to have some sharpei in him.

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lovemyshihtzu
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posted 08-23-2003 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lovemyshihtzu     Edit/Delete Message
Seven month old Shih Tzu--Pedigree

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GoodboysBaddogs
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posted 08-24-2003 12:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoodboysBaddogs     Edit/Delete Message
Hello Maisey,
Excuse me for not getting back to your questions about your dog Witt, i've been meaning too.
Personality wise, my Pei can sometimes be a little aggressive towards other (bigger) dogs. Smaller ones, he just finds them amusing (that their actually smaller than he is). My Pei is a miniture, but eats like a SUMO-Wrestler! A GREAT watch & guard dog. Perfect for families. Just as long as you could put up w/ a lifetime of snorring! Personally, i think Pei's & Pug's make the most original sounds in the canine world. Yes, they are quite smart dogs. Fast learners. I'm guessing that every Pei varies though. Put in a good amount of time training, & you'll definatly get the results you want. He can be stubborn though. This is only due to self confidence. Pei's are very independent, and almost self-taught type of dogs. That's why some say that they are stubborn. When i say independent, it's more like saying confident. I go hiking and running a lot, and when we run, he's always up front. Like a Siberian Husky, he pulls on the leash, pulling me and my American Bulldog. He's light enough to not over pull me so that i have to stop running. It's a different case when my Am. Bull does though! I'm not quite sure what else to mention for now, but i read Lacey's post/reply to your message. She/he said some definate things about the breed. Ohh! Yeah, their definatly like no other... Awesome, Funny Little Friends .

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GoodboysBaddogs
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posted 08-24-2003 12:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoodboysBaddogs     Edit/Delete Message
MAISEY:
oOpPsS! I forgot about your question about Witt.
YES, he definatly has some type of Pei in him. His tail, ears, nose, & eyes have a good resemblance of Pei structure. I'm sure his attitude/character has a little Pei in it too.
As far as supplementing your dogs diet for their dull coats, yeah that's a good idea. I do the same. W/ fish oil supplements, WOW, you'll see results. Just after switching my dogs diet from PUKANUBA "Eukanuba" to Wellness Puppy, their coats had an immediate shine/gloss to it, HONESTLY! It's first 3 ingredients are: deboned chicken, Salmon meal, Whitefish meal. That's quality kibble. I also feed them treats/snacks (all being made for skin and coat, as well as other benifits) in the morning and after their dinner. Just stick w/ human grade kibble and your dogs will shine! I also am going to rotate their food/kibble (& treats)every 2-3 months. ALWAYS sticking w/ human-grade kibble & treats. Good Luck!

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*Beautiful*Girl
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posted 08-24-2003 07:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for *Beautiful*Girl     Edit/Delete Message
Innova is what I just swithced to, My Yorkie is 10 months and my peke a poo is 2.5 months, I was shocked when I compared the ingrediants of Eukanuba there old food to Innova. I will never give them that again. I'm so happy the members on this site suggested that food to me. I feel better giving my dogs food that is natural and I know what all of the ingrediants are.

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1Dog3Cats
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posted 08-24-2003 08:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1Dog3Cats     Edit/Delete Message
Hello :')

My beloved dog is given 1.5 cups of Wellness Fish and Sweet Potato food a day. She is given (2)Three Dog Bakery Itty Bitty Peanut Butter Bones a day. Every other week she is given (1) Greenie Dental Treat.


While I don't generally like foods such as Science Diet and Eukanuba, I do understand that at times, a prescription version of their food may be necessary until a better quality food can be found!!!

What I feed my dog is my choice!!!!! What you feed your dog is your choice!!!!!!

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Maisey
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posted 08-24-2003 09:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maisey     Edit/Delete Message
Thank you for your replies...I was only hearing negative things about shar-peis....his personality is very much like a Catahoula as are some of his quirks. I have researched the Catahoula quite a lot but not the Shar-Pei. Whatever he is, he is my heart and soul dog and I am glad to have him in my life.

Nern, I have a 2.5 year old Aussie/lab mix named Dooley, we should get together and introduce him and Natalie, LOL. I also have a Poodle, but he doesn't know thats what he is.

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fleafly
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posted 08-24-2003 08:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
My mom has a full blood Catahoula, and your dog looks just like him but with darker spots, and hers has blue eyes. Their faces and everything look alike.

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Maisey
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posted 08-24-2003 11:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maisey     Edit/Delete Message
Fleafly, Witt's mother is a full Catahoula and a beautiful one at that. I am pretty sure he is crossed with something...his ears are very small and set on his head a bit different and his muzzle is pretty thick. We lovingly call him JugHead...cause he has a broad head and he is very tanky. He definately has the Catahoula coat pattern and color going for him, although there are many solid colored Catahoulas. My intention was to get a pb Catahoula, just as I intended on getting a PB Cattle dog...Dooley is Aussie/Lab, I got him at a horse show cause I didn't want him to end up at the pound. I got Witt from a rescue and drove to California to get him in my truck that gets 11 miles to the gallon! I could have bought a pretty nice Catahoula from a breeder for the amount I ended up spending. I don't know what it is...but I always end up choosing the rescue dog and I've never been sorry. The first picture posted above was the one I saw on Petfinder of Witt...and I was hooked. I researched Catahoulas for two years, I wanted my own so bad I could taste it. I dreamtabout Catahoulas, talked non-stop about Catahoulas...it was all I thought about. But when I saw that picture of Witt, I was blinded to all the little things that said he was not full Catahoula, it just didn't matter and it still doesn't.
I would love to see a picture of your moms houla though....can't get enough of looking!


This is Witt's mom and litter mates

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dogangel
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posted 08-25-2003 07:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogangel     Edit/Delete Message
I have six (yes, six) babies. Here they are:
Sophie and Tobie - 5 years old miniature long hair Dachshunds
Mussie -3 year old German Shepherd Dog
Cody - 2 an 1/2 years old Doberman/German Shepherd mix
Taz - 18 months old black German Shepherd
and the latest addition
Willy - 8 months old German Shepherd
They are all on Eukanuba, and I supplement their diet with NuVet plus vitamins and with home made (yes, I love them enough to cook for them) vegetable soup.
And btw, my logo - dogangel- does not mean that I am the angel.... they are!!!
Maisey, and don't know what kind of a mix your puppy is, but I know one thing: he is a sweetheart!!!!
Anyway, how do you attach photos to a message? I'd like to show you my gang, but I just don't seem to be able to attach my JPEG files...

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Maisey
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posted 08-25-2003 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maisey     Edit/Delete Message
Dogangel,

The photos need to be located at a place like photoisland.com, you can set up a photo album and upload your pictures there for free. Once you have them there click on the picture you want to post, it will enlarge it, then look to the left on the screen in a column for the term "link to auction", click on it, it will give you the address to the picture. Highlight it right click and choose copy. Then come back here to your post....type >

[img]the address goes here, by right clicking and choosing paste[/img]

submit your post and the picture should appear.

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GoodboysBaddogs
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posted 08-25-2003 02:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for GoodboysBaddogs     Edit/Delete Message
Hi-DogAngel:
You mentioned that you feed/add vegetable soup to your dogs diet. I was just wondering, what kind of vegetable's are in this homemade soup of yours/theirs?
I'm starting/planning on building up different types of home made meals, different types of recipes for my dogs. I want to add some cooked, and raw foods to their daily diet too. In about a year, i might go straight-all-human-freash-raw-foods.
I'm actually going to our local library to find some books on recipies for them. I was just hoping you could tell me what ingredients & how you prepair your Veggy Soup, since this is something you already have been doing/serving.
Do you mix it w/ their dry food, or separate? Have you noticed any good or bad results?
Thanks A Whole Lot! Experiance Matters!

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dogangel
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posted 08-25-2003 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogangel     Edit/Delete Message
Goodboysbaddogs (LOL)

Well, I boil a couple of beef tail chunks and a few slices of diced bacon for an hour, then add diced carrots, bell peppers, celery, parsnips and green beens for another half an hour. Let it cool down and add a spoonful of fresh sour cream, and voila!! Bon appetit!!! (You can either remove the beef bones, or give them separately - like I do - it's good for their teeth).
I never mix this with the dry food, it's always a separate meal at about noon. They LOVE it. I think they are not only enjoying it, but it seems to be very good for them. As soon as I can figure out how to attach their photos to a message you'll see the results for yourself!

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Linda
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posted 01-22-2004 02:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Linda     Edit/Delete Message
Chuck at petfooddirect.com says it is their best selling dog food.

I use Eagle Pack. WWW.EaglePack.com.

Go to www.wholedogjournal.com or www.greatdanelady.com and see their list of human grade foods. Canidae is on that list as well as Eagle Pack, Inova, Flint River and many more.

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doglover_pekeapoo
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posted 01-22-2004 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for doglover_pekeapoo     Edit/Delete Message
i feed my dogs dog chow andj pro plan

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#1SBT
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posted 01-23-2004 12:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for #1SBT     Edit/Delete Message
i feed my dog 1/2 kg of chicken and roo mince mixed with rice, rolled oats,cheese,a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of vegetable oil.
she gets a quatre of a marabone per week.
and i feed her 2 cups of supercoat dry food -per day.

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posted 01-23-2004 04:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Samsintentions     Edit/Delete Message
My dogs have a self feeder of Pedigree and Purina One.....but they also get a full meal of whatever I'm cooking as well. including fresh veggies, and occasionally if they will eat apple slices or other fruits.

I also feed them cows milk. Jersy has the highest milk fat content. ITs great for dogs.

My dogs are high energy and hard working dogs. I have blue heelers. Charllotte is 4 and Smokey is going on 3.

They don't eat the dry dog food as much, but when we're home they'll go much on it. BUt for the most part they wait for dinner.

I also pick up packages of cheaper meats. ie...chicken, ham hocks, and other meats that are on sale and cook it for them.

I buy the smoked ham hocks (usually used for beans) and let them have them for a weekly treat.
I also religiously give them one denta bone per week. My vet told me my dogs ahve the cleanest teeth and are in excelent shape. I really wish I could show. But Char had a docked tail when we got her and she has a bit of a "creaping Tan", and smokey broke his as a pup so it was "docked" at the first coxia...so he litterally has no tail at all.
its a shame, but I love them all the same, and they work all the same.

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cindylou-poo2
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posted 01-23-2004 11:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cindylou-poo2     Edit/Delete Message
Hello to All,

Goodboysbaddogs, why did you take your dog off of Wellness puppy?
My abbey is on Wellness puppy, dry with a tablespoon of the canned and she is doing weel. I am interested to know why you switched?

Thanks!

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posted 01-24-2004 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueTrain     Edit/Delete Message
Well, my 5 month old Lab/pit/akita is currently eating Nature's Recipe Lamb/Rice Formula for puppies and doing quite well on it. Seems to be a good food and not too spendy. (20$ for 20lb bag)

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posted 01-24-2004 04:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Linda     Edit/Delete Message
Sorry, that is Eagle Pack Holistic Select. www.eaglepack.com. You can buy it at dogfooddirect.com (free shipping and no tax in my state and a select number of other states.

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posted 01-25-2004 07:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lotsOdots     Edit/Delete Message
we have 10 dogs
6 ladador retreivers- Snickers and Ralph-7yrs, Charlie-6yrs, Bear-2.5yrs, Annie-2yrs, and Katie 6months
4 Dalmatians- Smudge-5yrs, Dizzy-2.5yrs, Daisy-1.5yrs, and Sparkee-3months
we are feeding them solid gold wolf cub for the puppies and wolf king for the dogs and they are doing very well on it. it seems that they do not shed as much either on this food.

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we have 10 dogs
6 ladador retreivers- Snickers and Ralph-7yrs, Charlie-6yrs, Bear-2.5yrs, Annie-2yrs, and Katie 6months
4 Dalmatians- Smudge-5yrs, Dizzy-2.5yrs, Daisy-1.5yrs, and Sparkee-3months
we are feeding them solid gold wolf cub for the puppies and wolf king for the dogs and they are doing very well on it. it seems that they do not shed as much either on this food.

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