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Yesterday 10:34 PM
David Winners Thanks Carmen!

I would deploy to Afghanistan and put my life in her paws given the opportunity. She is doing that well. Go down range means go to war.

I wish I knew her pedigree.
Yesterday 10:12 PM
carmspack whoa -- look how rich her pigment is - looking good .

what is "take her down range tomorrow if I could assure a source of food and supplements" ?
Yesterday 09:18 PM
David Winners She's doing great! The transition to raw was easy on her. I've started OM with every meal and no issues. She absolutely loves it and her condition is improving. It's too early to tell if it's the diet helping, because she goes through phases.

She's also dealing very well with me being super busy. I've been in school, studying for the NCO of the month board, and completing some online schools as well. She hasn't been getting exercise as regularly as she is accustomed to, but hasn't been acting out or anything.

I still do Nosework training at least 5 days a week for about an hour, so I'm sure that helps. My girl lives to work. I need to shoot some more video. We've moved on to some more difficult work, including training search patterns which she lost when working with the MPs.

I do take her everywhere I can, so she gets to get out of the house pretty often too. Her favorite stop is the local Ace Hardware. They love her in there, and she enjoys doing OB in the store. The checkout lady wanted to meet her yesterday, so I had Fama jump up on the counter and say hi. It was a big hit lol.

The weather has been pretty hot, but we've been working in the late afternoons and she is acclimated pretty well. She can go for about an hour before wanting to take a break, which is pretty good for detection work. I'd take her down range tomorrow if I could assure a source of food and supplements.

I couldn't be happier, and I think I can say the same for Fama.

Yesterday 09:52 AM
wyoung2153 How are things going with Miss Fama?? Any updates?
08-13-2014 11:46 AM
Blitzkrieg1 Im not a purist, as cheap raw around here is hard to find at a reasonable price. I try to do one meal once a day or every other day. Add tbsp of feedsential Then do kibble for the second meal. Also I try to throw in human left over food once a day or everyother day. Cooked meat, rice, noodles, egg, sardines etc

I tend to up the raw when I notice more shedding, so far so good.
08-12-2014 08:57 PM
David Winners Thanks Susan. I'm new to this area so I will have to ask around.

Thanks wyoung! And thanks for your service.

Third raw meal tonight. No issues. She really loves the chicken. Stool was loose but not horrible tonight. I'm going to keep everything the same same and see how the poop looks tomorrow.
08-12-2014 09:56 AM
Originally Posted by Courtney View Post
Also, let me be clear - the bad guys do not want to come in contact with our "fur missiles"
Teehee... fur missles

As a military member myself, who has deployed numerous times... there is nothing better than watching a MWD and their partner work. There is just something so secure and promising about it, knowing they are there. Can't explain it.. Had the chance on my last one to really get to know a few handlers and their dogs.. even played with a few in the mornings before shifts, just awesome.

Thank you David and Fama for everything you did out there and still continue to do. I just spent a good chunk of the last hour relaying your story to my office when they saw me looking at this thread.. (with the exclaimed "she doesn't have a tail?!")

and thanks Sunflowers for starting this thread!! I can't wait to read more stories! I expecially cannot wait to read the book when it is published!
08-12-2014 09:35 AM
Susan_GSD_mom I don't feed raw, so I don't have any advice there. Just about your source for chicken. A number of years ago I was cooking for my dogs, one had a ton of allergies, and I found a farmer who raised chickens completely natural, no hormones, no antibiotics, free run, etc. They slaughtered fresh for orders. Do you have anyone near who might supply something similar? Amish farms are a good source, too. I don't even buy chicken that is supposed to be human grade from the supermarkets--too much going on there. I have to be careful because my sister has immune problems. Anyway, that's just a thought.

08-12-2014 09:27 AM
David Winners Just switched Fama over to raw, from BB Wilderness, last night. Her ears have been inflamed off and on, and she has itchy periods lasting a few days.

I found whole chickens for $1.35 / pound. I bought 2 and skinned them, to let her adjust for the first few meals, and then cut them up and portioned them into 13 oz bags for meals. She's 65 pounds, so I went with 2.5% per day, split into 2 meals.

I also added her normal supplements, Feedsentiels, Shemp-Oil, Phyt'n Chance, Power of 3 E's and garlic.

2 meals have gone great so far. Good poop this morning.

I plan on keeping her on chicken to see if the inflammation goes away. If this happens, I plan on adding a single protein per week to see how she reacts to them.

Any advice?
08-01-2014 03:28 PM
jetdog After reading through this, who could not love this dog?! Fama is simply amazing and I'm so glad she ended up with you where she belongs! Give her a pat for me and an ear scratch too. Thanks you two!
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