It was great fun the other day. Our friend who has five English Pointers popped in to help us with moving cows. A local farmer’s entire herd, plus the bull, is having a holiday with us for around six weeks. This is so the bull can visit our lady cows, Splash, Bridget and Francis. So our friend came to help and two of her Pointers joined Zeph and Zsa Zsa for a morning of Pointer play.

Actually, it’s a bit sad. The day before, our friend had to make the tough decision to put her male dog down. He was only ten and had developed tumours in the chest to the point that his lungs were filled with liquid. He deteriorated quickly. She’s not quite sure what the cause was because Pointers can live long lives. Our breeder has a Pointer that is eighteen years old and still in reasonably good health.

This is why I’m doing all I can to feed Zeph and Zsa Zsa nutritious food and keep them off the processed dog food crap. Processed kibble and tinned dog food was invented for the convenience of human pet owners not dogs. If you don’t believe me, then do your own research. Start here, here and here.

I remember growing up, we had two dogs and they were fed scraps from the table. My mother used to cook up what she called dog casseroles, which were basically meat and veges. Our dogs ate bones, livers, hearts and so on. They both lived to a ripe old age. Since they were puppies, I’ve been cooking for Zeph and Zsa Zsa. It doesn’t take much time but you do need to research dog nutrition to make sure they are getting a balanced diet.

The main thing to know is that the canine diet must be at least 60-75% protein. Dogs require far more protein than humans. Protein is of course beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, pork, fish, eggs and dairy products. I do not feed my dogs raw pork though – too much salt content and raw pork could contain Trichinosis (but not if you freeze the pork for a few weeks before consumption).

Contrary to contemporary opinion, grains are fine to feed dogs (unless the dog has an allergy to grains). Zeph and Zsa Zsa get organic Quinoa, rolled oats, brown rice, pasta, legumes. They also enjoy a daily dose of extra-virgin coconut oil.

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L-R: Bingkey (who is related to Zeph and Zsa Zsa), Zeph, Edie and Zsa Zsa.

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