Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
All of my dogs have eaten the Cal Nat for years (or the puppies since 9 weeks) and do just fine. They are all healthy, have no allergies, have not gone to the vet for anything other than heartworm tests, rabies vaccines, or something injury-related. People stop me and ask me what I feed them. Their coats are strong and sleek and they smell like clean dogs.
I live in a city and have looked around for raw sources but it would involve road trips. Also it is not cost effective to feed 4+ dogs raw when you cannot buy and store in bulk. I was given a chest style freezer but cannot connect it to the basement circuit because it's already overloaded. I moved it to the garage but there are electrical issues out there (my house is about 80 years old). If I only have what little space is left in the normal kitchen freezer, that basically means buying dog food every other day which is not practical (not wasting time on that) or cost effective. I get a good deal on the kibble I use because my local pet store promotes that brand so it is always on sale and I get every 11th bag free.
Also I travel a lot with my dogs and already have 3-4 crated dogs in my minivan plus the equipment my team needs and all of our own gear, so I don't have space for large chest coolers. June can be a hot month here and we are traveling and competing 3 of 4 weekends this month. I have a container for kibble that is tall and thin and fits in its own little spot in my van without taking up space I need for a crate or flyball box. We're also gone for over 2 weeks in August and the place we stay is like 40 minutes from any grocery store, does not have a freezer, and often has unreliable electricity. I don't want to waste my vacation time driving around buying fresh raw food for my dogs when they love their kibble and are very healthy.
However, it is the best/healthiest so if you have good sources and a good way to store it, go for it. You can also buy packaged raw like Blueridge Beef, I just can't afford that with as many dogs as I have.
Coke (All-American 7/7/06)
Nikon (GSD 9/7/08)
Indy (All-American 5/10/12)
Legend (GSD 10/22/13)
Rainbow Bridge Kenya (GSD)