Thanks for giving me an idea about the weight with those numbers. It is the prominent bones that make me feel like she's underweight. She's the model picture for the thin end of those weight diagrams, hah.
I will definitely head over to the RAW section; that sounds like a great place to look up specifics.
Luckily Cara is completely mobile with no visible stiffness/pain so I plan on dosing her preventatively.
I actually think she's begun pushing! Seems she might be a bit mouthy, no nipping so far, but she's put her open mouth over my hand a couple times.
Clickers sound really impressive. Looking forward to that level of training!
Wow that's quite a range. I'm thinking she'll be on the smaller end once she fills out properly but she also has big paws/ears and might have a bit more to grow.
BARF okay- will research, thanks!
Thankfully loving her is the easiest thing to do.
She's spending most of her time with her people right now. Although I do worry a little about creating a co-dependency. Working on getting her used to being alone in her dog run for short periods of time too. But she's getting tons of love and praise, she's been amazing so far!
A freeway ramp? Awwwww poor Bella! Thank goodness for you. I love hearing recovery stories like that though.
I didn't even think there'd be an actual cook book for dog food, but of course there is. I'll have to hit up the local bookstores.
I just feel so lucky and grateful to have found such an amazing animal.
Weight- I'm definitely not doing anything special to bulk her up.
Feeding her twice a day at the recommended amount with a very little bit of tablescrap in her bowl every once in a while. I'm noticing that everyone who's shared their dog weights with me are different so I'm definitely feeling less stressed about the "standard" information I read online.
Food- The shelter fed them Diamond Naturals
. The information I read about it was not impressive, but I suppose it could be worse. She's had loose stool the past couple days, slowly firming up. And I plan to leave her on it for a couple weeks before very gradually mixing in her new home cooked diet.
I don't want to cause her any undue stress!
Playing- Interesting! That's good to know. I've never encountered a dog that wasn't interesting in at least gnawing on balls so this is news to me. I think I might try food-based toys with her too because she loves snacks.
Sleep/Joints- She seems to go through waves. She's very high energy in the morning right after being crated and being crated but during the afternoon/evening she's quite chill. Probably a good thing. Fits right in around here. I am glad she's resting up too. I might just do xrays once I find a good vet and settle in. Thank you for being so thorough with your answers! Very helpful.
Aha! I knew I couldn't trust random internet websites, haha. Thank you for the correction. I can't imagine her being in the mid-weight range! Maybe she's relatively tall.
I didn't know that dogs were thin after their litters. I've never had a dog with puppies so imagined it like a human mommy is heavier after a baby. But then again she could've had hers while a stray and not being fed.
So increasing her calories would mean feeding her a smidge more than the instructions on the bag?
Thankfully she doesn't seem to have any medical conditions related to her thinness, but I will be glad once she looks much less like a skeleton.
Do you mind if I ask how tall Halo is? Maybe I should attempt to measure Cara.
I will definitely need to find/purchase some recipes for homecooking as I was already operating under the assumption the food would be mostly rice with meat/veggies/supplements mixed in.
What would someone (or if Natalie comes around- what do you?) use a spreadsheet for? Rotation of different meals/recipes? Or would it be for the proportions of ingredients? Experimentation with what works best for the dog(s)?
Thank you for the links, I'll go look at that right now. I am glad to hear, though, that you've supplemented for joints early on and it went well! Will definitely be doing that, now.
I haven't seen any "self-trauma" while she's been here. She's licked her incision from being spayed a little (and it was sealed with surgical glue rather than being stitched), so I'm going to put a t-shirt on her and if that doesn't work try a cone. Not fun, but that's what the vet we just met today recommended.
Wow- an underwater treadmill? Sounds like your dog's a brave boy. I hope the PT has been going well for you.
I think you all are dead-on with the curiosity thing. She seems a little bit high strung, but I love her eagerness to meet the world. It's been fun to see what things she's familiar with and what things she's never seen before (a DVD player, heehee). Thank you! I'm so very happy.
Thank you all for your wonderful help!