Week in review – sick ‘as a dog’ & raw food

This week started on a high note on Monday as we collected our portrait of Bonnie. Unfortunately the rest of the week was a bit of a bust! On Tuesday night I became ill with a bug and had to take Wednesday off work. Bonnie was my faithful companion and stayed by my side the entire day.

Nurse Bonnie looking after me

On Thursday I was still recovering but felt more rested so I was able to work from home. I was still very lethargic so instead of our usual lunchtime walk we played some football in the garden instead. It was a great way to tire Bonnie out without draining my energy too much.

Bonnie trying to fit the entire ball in her mouth!

On Friday I was well enough to return to the office but when we had came back we discovered Bonnie had an upset stomach and had a little accident (she does have a walker that comes by midday but this must have happened just before we came home). She had somehow managed to get a little bit in her “trousers” so that’s now a lot shorter and tidier. We were both pretty drained from being ill so we didn’t do anything adventurous together that night.

On Saturday I was finally feeling better enough to take Bonnie on a more exciting outing that would require a bit more concentration than our usual walks in the neighbourhood. We decided to go to Pet Warehouse NI which is an independent pet supply store nearby in Hillsborough. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos in store as we were trying to keep Bonnie calm and get our shopping done, but we were really impressed. There was a big variety of items that you wouldn’t usually get in other stores like Pets at Home, prices were pretty reasonable and the staff were all lovely and doted on Bonnie even though she was all overexcited.

It’s much bigger on the inside than it looks!

We bought Frozzys blueberry frozen yoghurt treats as we had tried them recently in Portrush and Bonnie loved it. It’s perfect for cooling her down on warm days but it is pretty expensive for what it is so it will be a rare treat.

We also purchased 7 tubs of Nutriment in the Duck flavour. Nutriment is a raw food that is highly rated and we have been wanting to try Bonnie with raw food and see how she gets on. She is currently eating Eden Country Cuisine which is one of the best dry foods and gets added fresh vegetables and fruit but after reading so many peoples’ positive experiences with raw feeding and reading about reducing risk of cancer and increasing lifespan from Rodney Habibs work, I just want to try my best by Bonnie to give her the longest and healthiest life I can. She will be starting it from tomorrow and I’ll keep you guys updated on how we get on.

Ooohh what’s this? This is for me right?

Today Bonnie was still feeling a bit under the weather as she had another upset stomach during the night so we haven’t done anything out of our usual routine. In other news I’m nearly finished reading through In Defence of Dogs and will be moving onto Don’t Shoot The Dog soon. I’m trying to read through as much as I can before class starts but I am also trying my best not to rush too much in case I skim over something important or not fully take in what I’m reading so it’s all about getting a balance!

Pensive little doggy sunbathing

I’m hoping this week I’ll be back to my usual self and can get stuck into reading, go on more adventurous walks with Bonnie and make some progress on my DIY project as I haven’t had the energy to work on it this week!

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18 thoughts on “Week in review – sick ‘as a dog’ & raw food

  1. Great to hear you’re giving raw feeding a try, Nutriment is fab! Remember to go
    Cold turkey (don’t feed kibble and raw together) and there will be a natural detox process so her stomach may be funny for a few days! Stick to one protein for the first two weeks and then you can add in another!

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    1. I’m really excited to see how we get on, thanks for the tips. She has had hopefully her last kibble meal today for dinner and we will be starting tomorrow morning. We have 2 weeks supply of the duck and when we go back I think we will get more duck and maybe some turkey or chicken as I believe they are fairly similar proteins(?) so should be easy to incorporate. Also she gets on pretty well with all the poultry in general, we think she is intolerant to beef and sometimes has reactions to certain fish flavours so think we will stick to the poultry, lamb and venison varieties.

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      1. Thanks I’ll definitely see about getting some green tripe. This might be a silly question but where would supply green tripe? Can it be bought at supermarkets or butchers or are there are brands of pet food that would have it by itself ?(as I noticed it included in foods but not by itself before) Sorry for all the questions!

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      2. Oh I see that Natures Menu do a free flow tripe mince and I think our Pets At Home stores nearby stock some of the Natures Menu products so will try to get some after work 🙂

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      3. Ah right, we will definitely look out for the Nutriment tripe next time we go back to the store, we had to make do with the natures menu as it was closer but thanks for all the advice, it’s so helpful 😀

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  2. Sorry to hear you were (both) poorly last week and I hope you feel better now.
    My sister’s Border Collie gets upset stomachs out of the blue sometimes, but she also drinks water when out on walks, so probably picks up a bug or two that way.

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    1. Thanks we’re definitely feeling more ourselves now 🙂 Now you mention it she sometimes drinks water out on walks too, I must try to figure out the connection!


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