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How is Olive the Dog Doing on Her Raw Diet

She’s my dog, not my child. And yet I’m so proud of her! She lost another three pounds! That brings her total weight loss to 5 pounds. On the other hand, I should be proud of myself, too. I’m making a huge effort. She’s just eating the delicious and healthy food I’m putting down for her twice a day.

Changing the Kind Of Pet Parent I Am

It’s me that’s had to make changes. I’ve become diligent about not giving her tastes of human food or nibble whatever’s fallen on the floor. Olive has a weakness for salty snacks, especially French fries, popcorn and cheese crackers. (I have teenagers). On second thought, I’m the one with the salt cravings. She just took advantage of my generosity. It’s taken a lot of will power, especially with the spills. I miss having an instant vacuum cleaner always at the ready.

And, because I can’t spoil one dog and deprive the other, my tiny, 7-pound Chihuahua doesn’t get to snack anymore either. I’ve turned into a strict, healthy, dog mom.

Then there’s the walking. I’m the one who has to be more conscientious about taking walks. We’re not going out on her initiative. She not one of those dogs brings me the leash and says, “Whaddya say, Mom? Wanna take a stroll to the park?” Nope, I’m the one who has to put down the remote and make it happen.

Raw Diets vs. Kibble

The funny thing is, she has no clue that she’s on a diet or losing weight. In her eyes, nothing has changed. Except that she doesn’t eat kibble anymore. And let me tell you, the way she scarfs down her Darwin’s as fast as she can, she’s not missing it. When I read about what’s in kibble, it makes me sad for the dogs that eat it. Corn and wheat gluten, meat by-products, food dyes, rendered fat. Call me crazy but who wants to feed that garbage to their pet? For me, the worst is BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) and BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole), two chemically made preservatives that keep products with oils and fats from becoming rancid. Sounds okay and they’re generally recognized as “safe,” however, those chemicals are also a potential carcinogen, as per the World Health Organization. The State of California agrees.

I do my best to make sure my kids eat a balanced diet every day, and I definitely prefer organic so they’re not gobbling up preservatives and potentially harmful chemicals. It’s important my kid-pups are healthy too. It’s not just that I want them to live a long, healthy life, but I really can’t afford for them to get sick. We’ll just stick with Darwin’s!

I’ll keep you updated on Olive’s doggie diet!

Debbie Cantwell- Mom, pet parent, and founder of The Pink Daisy Project
Debbie Cantwell- Mom, pet parent, and founder of The Pink Daisy Project