Printz is a rescue dog from the mountains of Idyllwyld California. He’s my road dog.
I stumbled upon him one day on my travels when I walked into a feed and pet supply store that didn’t have I wanted to buy, but they did have a certain special dog caught my eye.
The owner of the store was an Ex Marine by the name of Benjamin Davis, dog nutrition expert who had picked the dog up as a stray and was keeping him with a bunch of other stray dogs in the back of his shop. I asked if I could have the dog.
Ben is the owner of Natural Monarch Raw Pet Food and he told me I could adopt the dog, but under one condition- I had to promise to always feed him a raw food diet. He gave me 10 days worth of his special raw dog food and told me to feed the dog raw chicken if I couldn’t get access to specially formulated raw dog food.
Why raw dog food? Well, Ben believes that a raw diet prevents dogs from getting major health problems in their senior
years, and he attributes these preventable and costly issues to regular old store bought dog food.
Indeed, the history behind dog food should interest any dog owner.
In the 1860’s an entrepreneur on the Mississippi river discovered that stray dogs would eat the left over rations that ships’ crews threw overboard while in port.
This soon-to-be-rich business man assumed wrongly that because the dogs ate it, it must be good for them.
Carbs covered in meat juice, dried out for your convenience, not the dog’s health, became the norm in dog food, and most of us don’t even realize just how unnatural it is for them.
In reality, dogs are biologically geared towards eating raw meat and bones. I call dogs nature’s garbage collectors, similar in purpose to ants. A dog is not far genetically speaking from a wolf and the majority of a wild dog’s meals will not be fresh kills actually, but rather eating what it finds which includes a lot of perished animals, and bones.
I’ve fed Printz mostly a raw diet of chicken. There have been times where I bought the best grain-free kibble I could find at the grocery store and the pet store to see how he’d respond, and every time my dog’s mood and attitude towards me changed drastically.
He’d drink way more water when eating dry kibble. He’d have trouble controlling his number 2’s indoors. Yuck! Trust me that wasn’t good for anybody.
He was a totally different dog, and would even run away when normally he always stays nearby or returns when he’s off leash.
Because Printz and I live on the road, sometimes when we get into town it’s too late and the grocery store is closed already, so I can’t get access to raw food for my dog. I’ve bought beef jerkey before and he will eat it, but it’s really high in sodium and probably not the best choice.
That’s why I like TruDog dog food. It’s freeze dried all-natural completely raw dog food which my buddy loves.
They have a line of regular food and also some cool treats that my guy scarfs down. It doesn’t make him drink excessive amounts of water like he did with kibble, and he doesn’t go potty indoors, thank God.
So, is TruDog better than actual raw food?
Maybe not, but it just might be the next best thing.
Switch your dog to a raw food diet today for a happier dog now, and a much healthier dog 10 years from now.
And if you’re always traveling like me and need some time away from Fido for a few days, use Rover.com instead of traditional cage dog boarding or snooty doggy daycare– for way less money with a real, human touch.
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