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Monthly Raw Food Order – October 2014


My friend Rachel at Our Life Plus Dogs keeps a monthly log of her raw food orders, and it seemed like a fabulous idea so I stole appropriated it for keeping track of what the Namaste Dogs eat. I’ll preface this by saying that my freezer is a 7 cu. ft. chest freezer, and I have two rather large dogs, so the orders I place last me 6-8 weeks. I buy most of my meat mixes in bulk from Dieta Yum, which is pretty much the only raw food for pets supplier available to me here in Spain. My raw meaty bones I get for free or for just a few cents per kilogram from the local butchers, and we buy fresh fish from the fishmonger since we have plenty of selection of fish, being that we live on the coast.

On hand right now, pretty much nothing. I have 2 kg of lamb mix in the freezer which will last me 1.5 days, and I will probably buy a whole chicken from the butcher tomorrow to last the dogs until our order comes in on Wednesday.

So my order for October/November looks like this:

  • 2 cases of 100% whole ground chicken (with bone and organ) – 12 kg (26.5 lbs) – 26.76€ (13.38€/case)
  • 2 cases of turkey blend (more details on what’s in that below) – 12 kg (26.5 lbs) – 40.48€ (20.24€/case)
  • 1 case of puppy mix (more details on what’s in that below) – 6 kg (13.25 lbs) – 21.10€ (21.10€/case)
  • 2 cases of chicken/beef blend (more details on what’s in that below) – 12 kg (26.5 lbs) – 29.82€ (14.91€/case)
  • 1 case of lamb blend (more details on what’s in that below) – 6 kg (13.25 lbs) – 15.77€ (15.77€/case)

That’s a total of 48 kgs (106 lbs) of meat mixes, all with organ and bone, so I don’t need to buy organ meat, but I do add raw meaty bones because my dogs do better with a bit more bone.


Now for what is in those blends.

Turkey blend:
Turkey 60%, Lamb Tripe 20%, Zucchini 9.5%, Apple 9.499%, Garlic 0.001%, EVOO 1%

Puppy Mix:
Chicken 40%, Green Tripe 20%, Beef 15%, Salmon 5%, Chard 5%, Carrots 5%, Sardine 3.999%, Turnip 3%, Eggshell 1%, Spirulina 1%, EVOO 1%, Garlic 0.001%

Chicken-Beef blend:
Chicken 60%, Beef 19%, Carrot 9.999%, Chard 5%, Turnip 5%, EVOO 1%, Garlic 0.001%

Lamb blend:
Lamb 19%, Chicken 60%, Carrot 9.999%, Chard 5%, Turnip 5%, EVOO 1%, Garlic 0.001%

For raw meaty bones, I normally get chicken backs and carcasses, lamb necks and ribs, pig tails, or beef short ribs, or a mix thereof, depending on what my butcher bags up for me. I generally pick those up weekly.


With tax (10%), my order came to 147.32€ (or $186). Spread over 2 months and allowing for free RMBs, that works out to a total cost per dog, per month for this order: 36.75€ ($46.40). Cost per day, per dog: 1.19€ ($1.50)



Journey to the USA, Part Two

The day after our very long plane ride, followed by a very long layover, then a very long car ride (are you seeing a recurring theme here?), we got some much needed rest and once we woke up, we needed some sustenance for the day ahead. We headed to Bojangles. OMG y’all, I seriously missed that place. Not very many gluten free options for me to choose from, sadly, but my need for some hot, fresh biscuits outweighed the risk of painful gastric issues, so we dove in face first. I saved my copilot Journey a bit because, hell, he deserves to try all the deliciousness too, doesn’t he? Of course, I won’t feed him in a restaurant, so he got his outside at the car.

Journey at Bo's

After refuelling our bodies, we headed down to Mom’s and happily greeted our family that we hadn’t seen in a few years, since I was in between assistance dogs. My daughter decided to take Juju out to explore our new surroundings…


…and of course, if there is water, anywhere, he will find it. Even if he had just been groomed the day before. Especially if he had just been groomed the day before.




We tried to go back to the house. We really tried. But Juju found more water. And became a Bernergator.


Let me tell you, there is nothing more beautiful than a mountain dog in his element.


Or sillier than a mountain dog trying to play hide and seek. Hint: they fail. Epically.


More on our American adventures in the next installment!


Journey to the USA, Part One

Last month, Journey and I, along with my daughter, took a trip home to visit family and friends. Journey has done short flights before, but this was his first big international trip, and it was exciting for all of us.

The first day, we had to travel from Málaga to Madrid, then from Madrid to Chicago, then from Chicago to Richmond, then from Richmond down to Charlotte, NC. Things in Málaga were a breeze, even if Journey looked bored.


He was a champ on the plane. We had a nice little two-seater row, perfect for my daughter, Journey and me for our short little hop to Madrid.


Things in Madrid SUCKED. Our hour layover… wasn’t. We had to change terminals, so we only had enough time to get off the plane and for whatever reason, our special assistance escort was not there waiting for us, so we had to make a mad dash for the train on our own. I tried to potty Journey in the ladies’ restroom but he just gave me a bewildered look like “but mom! I’m never ever supposed to pee inside!” and wouldn’t go, so… sorry buddy… we’ll try again in Chicago. We barely made it to our gate in time.

On the Madrid to Chicago leg, we took J’s harness off so he could get more comfy.


Here’s where I have to give a HUGE shoutout to Iberia Airlines. We were treated fantastically, they had blocked off an extra seat for us so basically we had an entire row to ourselves so Journey had tons of space, the food was fabulous (we highly recommend the pasta! and the hummus omggggg) and the on board entertainment kept us busy for most of the flight.

When we landed in Chicago, special assistance WAS waiting for us… however, there was another nightmare ahead of us. We were only supposed to have an hour and a half layover in Chicago, and despite being told in Málaga that our bags were checked all the way through to our final destination, turns out we would have to pick them up in Chicago, and recheck them after going through Customs and Border Patrol. Of COURSE our bag was the last one out, and despite having a special assistance escort fly us through security, passport control, CBP and get us on the train, and to the gate with minutes to spare… we missed boarding and therefore lost our connection to Richmond. They rebooked us on the next flight…. six hours later. Great. And of course we were stuck in the one terminal in all of O’Hare that had the WORST dining and shopping options available to us.

So we decided to make the best of it and find a place to potty Journey and settle in for a loooooong wait for our next flight.


Many hours later, we were finally boarded on a puddle-jumper to Richmond, landed there at midnight and my brother picked us up. By this time we had been traveling for well over 24 hours and were beyond exhausted. We fell asleep in the car on the way to Charlotte. My brother did wake us up for a moment at a rest stop just across the VA/NC state line so that Journey could do this:


And then we got back in the car, drove to my brother’s house and passed out.

More adventures from the USA in the next post!