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    Just want to let you'all know, I soooooooo follow this thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zeusmommy View Post
    I kept some of the fats, but tossed the most. Didnt have room in the freezer :-( I am always looking at craigslist for a cheaper chest freezer and at the recycle groups as well.
    Oh, gosh, a chest freezer is wonderful. I have a half-sized one and it is the BEST! have you watched Freecycle? Maybe check at Goodwill or something or even post a wanted add in Craigslist. LOVE it so I can buy out the store on any really great deals.

    @Sherry, no luck w/hubby huh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GatorRay View Post
    Oh, gosh, a chest freezer is wonderful. I have a half-sized one and it is the BEST! have you watched Freecycle? Maybe check at Goodwill or something or even post a wanted add in Craigslist. LOVE it so I can buy out the store on any really great deals.

    @Sherry , no luck w/hubby huh?
    Yeap, I got in the Freecycle groups around me. I already posted about wanted old meat, so I am about to wait a bit before I post wanted deep freezer..lol...a guy on Craigslist was selling one for 60$, but new ones are about 100-120...now THIS is what I dont want to tell my husband...lol...delaying it

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherry View Post
    Just want to let you'all know, I soooooooo follow this thread.
    Any progress yet? I have an unopened bag of kibble that I wanted to give to the lady across me - she fosters dogs, and hubby was like - NO! We might need it..lol..holdoing on to it still...lol

    Quote Originally Posted by GatorRay View Post
    Oooo...I have this with Gypsy as well. If I give her cut up meats, I actually only give her one piece at a time. A few weeks ago she GOBBLED hers and some must have gotten stuck and she had a really hard time. She wasn't choking (she could breathe) but it was stuck somewhere and she couldn't get it up for the longest time. She is a gobbler and even choked and passed out on kibble once.
    Oh, dear....Zeus sometimes pukes while he eats, then eats that up, eats more meat, pukes, eats it....uugghhhhh


    Anywaaaays, I didnt even realize it was 2 weeks since we started raw!!! Today I got some pork meat. Here are the prices, let me know your thoughts on them:

    1.29$ per lb for pork chops
    1.49$ per lb for pork shoulder, boston butt (whatever that is)
    2.49$ per lb for boneless sirloin pork (ummmm, keeping it for myself? lol)
    1.99$ per lb for pork rib tips (long meaty, very meaty cuts with one rib bone)

    Also looked at beef tongue and its 3.99$ per pound!!! Oh dang it!


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    I would for sure buy the shoulder. You can try to pork chop, but I would leave it whole. I like the pork rib tips but I prefer to get the whole slab and keep several bones together so they aren't a choking hazzard. When they can get the whole thing in their mouths, I remove it. Ribs are a good way to get them bone.

    Lucy ate some cross cut ribs today and she does GREAT. I can give her anything with bone, no matter how small and she is very very slow and careful. Can't say the same for the bullys.

    I think you are doing so GREAT! I am very proud of both Zeus and you. You are rockin' it .

    edited to add: the puking and re-eating is totally not a big deal. They do that sometimes. Not a biggie . Mine used to do it quite a bit at the beginning, but they haven't in a long time.

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    wooo hoooooo for Lucy!!!!!! Maybe she is not gulping because she is smaller breed? I wonder sometimes if the risk of bloat is smaller on the raw diet, you know....

    I got the shoulder, couldnt pass that. But the whole piece was a bit over 7lbs and I still have a hard time eyeing his portion. So, I chopped it - but not too small though. The piece that had bone in it - I left it weighing about 2 lbs. That way I know he needs to eat that in about 4 or more sittings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeusmommy View Post
    wooo hoooooo for Lucy!!!!!! Maybe she is not gulping because she is smaller breed? I wonder sometimes if the risk of bloat is smaller on the raw diet, you know....

    I got the shoulder, couldnt pass that. But the whole piece was a bit over 7lbs and I still have a hard time eyeing his portion. So, I chopped it - but not too small though. The piece that had bone in it - I left it weighing about 2 lbs. That way I know he needs to eat that in about 4 or more sittings.
    Actually, Lucy is my biggest at about 65lbs. lol. Bloat is a HUGE problem in Bassets. She used to be free-fed until we brought the bullies home. She prefers to eat a few pieces of food at a time but now is on a schedule so will eat her whole meal or I have to take it up.

    I love leaving it whole. I always feel better about them just gnawing on it when it is big . Zeus is gonna love that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GatorRay View Post
    Actually, Lucy is my biggest at about 65lbs. lol. Bloat is a HUGE problem in Bassets. She used to be free-fed until we brought the bullies home. She prefers to eat a few pieces of food at a time but now is on a schedule so will eat her whole meal or I have to take it up.

    I love leaving it whole. I always feel better about them just gnawing on it when it is big . Zeus is gonna love that!
    lol....oh boy, my mistake I know exactly what you are saying about watching them eat it whole. Its so cute seeing this white fur ball tearing down a whole chicken. I go to him squeeze him and say "My little predator"...lol

    He is eating from the shoulder one meal - another meal chicken for bone. No problem with poop what so ever! Loving it! As soon as he sees me put down the towel - he hops on it..lol...HOPS like a bunny...lol

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    lol. I know what you mean. Stid sprints to his x-Pen when he knows its feeding time.
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    I love the way they run and hop.....being so low and thick its so cute...lol

    After being on raw for a month now and eating chicken, pork and turkey - I tried giving him a small piece of chicken liver today....ohhhh, I have been reading about lots of dogs that do not like the texture - but Zeus swallowed it and looked at me for more...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeusmommy View Post
    I love the way they run and hop.....being so low and thick its so cute...lol

    After being on raw for a month now and eating chicken, pork and turkey - I tried giving him a small piece of chicken liver today....ohhhh, I have been reading about lots of dogs that do not like the texture - but Zeus swallowed it and looked at me for more...lol
    Good for Zeus! Gypsy and Gator love liver too. Lucy doesn't care for it so I freeze it in "cookie" size and she will eat it that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GatorRay View Post
    Good for Zeus! Gypsy and Gator love liver too. Lucy doesn't care for it so I freeze it in "cookie" size and she will eat it that way.
    I was anticipating it too...was getting ready to cook it lightly, but it went good :-) Do you give liver every day?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeusmommy View Post
    I was anticipating it too...was getting ready to cook it lightly, but it went good :-) Do you give liver every day?
    I don't give every day. I give a nice sized piece 3 or 4 times a week. I use it like a treat . I usually cut it up into small, bite sized pieces, lay them on a foil covered cookie sheet and put it in a freezer. The next day I throw them in a gallon ziploc freezer bag and keep them in the kitchen freezer to give as treats.

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