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The never-ending saga of trying to find better but affordable food for Brownie continues.

The idea of a BARF diet – bones and raw food – has great appeal. With just a few exceptions, such as onions, grapes and chocolate, she could eat what I do. It wouldn’t require any special or time-consuming preparation beyond fixing portions a bit larger than usual.

The bones, however, are proving to be problematic.

I offered Brownie a fresh, uncooked turkey neck. She looked at it, sniffed it, looked up at me, then walked away. That was less of a response than to anything ever offered to her. Even with a food she isn’t familiar with, she’ll at least take it in her mouth and trot over to the living room carpet, where she can put it down and examine it carefully before deciding whether to eat it.  If she decides not to eat it, she can just leave it there instead of rejecting the offering to my face, which she might think would discourage me from offering any more unfamiliar goodies.

So I took the remaining turkey necks in the package to someone whose dogs thrive on the raw food diet. In exchange, she gave me a package of something called Oma’s Pride turkey and veggie mix. It’s part of a line of prepared raw foods for dogs and cats, made in Connecticut. The ingredients listed are turkey and bone, turkey neck, green beans, okra, yellow squash, turkey hearts, turkey gizzards and turkey liver. After it defrosts, I’ll offer some to Brownie.

Stay turned for dog-food quest part 4!

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