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Merrick’s Backcountry

I stopped feeding Hoshi Merrick’s Backcountry because he couldn’t digest it. His stool were too soft. At best they were soft and formed but mostly appeared the consistency of toothpaste. It was really messy to clean up. I got it on my hand! He had been on it for about 1-2 weeks before I decided to stop using it. It made him gassy too. The house started smelling bad.

I started feeding Hoshi Canidae again. He’s done well on it. Again, the dry food is only part of his raw chicken diet. It’s meant to save me time preparing his meals. It makes up ⅓ or ¼ of his daily diet.

Merrick Backcountry
Merrick
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Hoshi doing well with dry food

Hoshi’s been taking Canidae’s Pure Ancestral for two weeks now. He gobbles it up right away and has nice firm stools. The only difference I notice is the increased amount of stool. I would say it’s about 3 times as much compared to his raw chicken diet.

Canidae Pure Ancestral
Canidae

Hoshi has gained too much weight. He normally has 3 to 4 chicken thighs a day but I’ve been substituting one with dry food . Lately, it’s been 4 servings so I’m cutting it down to 3.

Gave Hoshi a bath

This was another bad summer for fleas. I’ve been using Frontline and a homemade flea repellent but Hoshi’s belly was still peppered with fleas. I gave him a thorough bath, trimmed his essentials. I even coaxed him with cheese into having a few nails trimmed.

Hoshi after bath and groom
All clean and trimmed
Time Activity
2:15 Bath & blow dry
1:30 Trim
3:45 Total Time
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Mae Stecker Park

I took Hoshi to the park in Shelby, Michigan. It was very pretty this time of year.

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Adding store-bought food to Hoshi’s diet

Hoshi has been on a raw diet for eight years now. He does really well on it. His stools are well formed too. I prepare his food myself but it’s time consuming. I’ve decided to add a little store-bought food to his diet and save some time. I’ve been substituting a chicken thigh with ½ cup of dog food. He tolerates it well although his stools are slightly soft.

I’m using Castor & Pollux’s Organix right now but bought Merrick’s Backcountry and Canidae’s Pure Ancestral to try later. If he does okay, I might add more dry food to his diet to save even more time.

Castor & Pollux's Organix
Castor & Pollux
Merrick Backcountry
Merrick
Canidae Pure Ancestral
Canidae

 

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Obedience training weeks 3-4

Week Three: Lessons included “come.” Hoshi sits and few feet away then comes and sits at my feet facing me. Introduced “heel” taking a few steps then Hoshi sits at my side.

Week Four: Lessons included recall using long-lead. Practiced “stay.” Hoshi would stay until I came up to him and gave him a treat. “Heel” with me abruptly walking backwards then stopping–I would call Hoshi and have him turn around and sit at my feet facing me.