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Quarterly Raw Food Order – March 2015



It’s time for me to change the format of our raw food order posts, because it’s no longer monthly or bimonthly and I need to accept that now, as hard as it is. From here out, until I have a second dog, it will be the Quarterly order.

Currently on hand, I have 5x 2kg chubs of assorted ground mixes (mostly because when my order comes in, I scramble the chubs and draw them out of the freezer at random so that I can ensure the most variety), 5 chicken leg quarters, and 1 pre-thawed meal (for today) in the fridge. All told, I have roughly 2.5 weeks worth of food on hand.

This quarter I am trying out a new provider, that has different blends from our usual source, and different case formats as well.

Order for this quarter consists of:

  • 1 case of chicken/veg blend – 12kg (26.5 lbs) – 33.50€ ($37.64/case)
  • 1 case of beef/chicken/veg blend – 12kg (26.5 lbs) – 36.50€ ($41/case)
  • 1 case of lamb/chicken/veg blend – 12kg (26.5 lbs) – 37.50€ ($42.13/case)
  • 1 small case of chunky beef/lamb/veg blend – 5kg (11 lbs) – 17.10€ ($19.21/case)
  • 1 bag of 5 whole beef trachea – 5.50€ ($6.18/bag)

All of the above came as a “value pack” and had a 5% discount applied, bringing the price from 131€ ($147.18) to 124.45€ ($139.89).

In addition to the above, I also ordered:

  • 1 small case of duck/fruit/trachea blend – 6kg (13.25 lbs) – 21.90€ ($24.61/case)
  • 7 bags of whole beef trachea (5 trachea per bag, total 35) – 33€ ($37)

I’m a little excited about this order, because Journey hasn’t had duck before. That’s why I only ordered a small case, in case he doesn’t like it or it doesn’t sit well with him. He should also enjoy the trachea, which are a fantastic source of glucosamine and chondroitin, and help scale teeth as well.

To this, I will be adding our regular standing order of free raw meaty bones, usually chicken carcasses, from our butcher, as well as fresh fish.

What’s in the mix?

70% chicken, 29% apples, turnips, carrots and alfalfa, 1% EVOO

50% chicken, 30% beef, 19% apples, turnips, carrots and alfalfa, 1% EVOO

60% lamb (heart, lung and trimmings), 20% chicken, 19% turnips, carrots and alfalfa, 1% EVOO

Chunky Beef/Lamb/veg: 
44% lamb (heart, lung and trimmings), 44% beef, 11% turnips, carrots and parsley, 1% EVOO

85% duck, 10% pineapple, 3% apple, 2% beef trachea

So that’s a grand total of 47kg (103.6 lbs) of meat mixes, all with bone and organ, so I don’t need to add anything there apart from the above mentioned carcasses and fish, plus 50 beef trachea which can be used as a small meal, or as a snack.

This order, plus what I have on hand, will end up lasting us around 4 months this time.

This supplier offers a 10% discount for all orders over 140€, so that plus the 5% on the value pack gives me a total savings of 24.49€. With shipping (6€), my grand total came to 167.51€ ($188.21). Spread over 4 months, that works out to a total cost per month: 41.88€ ($47.05). Cost per day: 1.40€ ($1.57)

Just for comparison’s sake, a 25-30 lb bag of super premium kibble costs 60-70€ ($67-78) and lasts Journey for one month. So I’m not only paying much less for his raw diet, I’m saving 20-30€ ($22-33) per month!


Karma’s Leash Does Ohio!

Karma’s Traveling Leash left Tennessee and headed to Ohio to spend some time with Erin and the gang.

Karma’s Leash had a great time in Ohio. She got to experience all the joy of Ohio from a snow storm to almost 60 degree weather all in the same week. The little naked man, Sheldon, had never experienced a leash until now, and I am thrilled to say that Karma’s leash helped to teach him. We went for walks, car rides, and even let her do a little driving.








Karma’s Leash – It’s a Wrap in TN!

Karma’s Leash wrapped up her stay in Tennessee this week, and is about to head out to Ohio.

Karma’s Leash rounded out the stay here in TN by going with Achilles to his first big day at my work. Not only did he help with some of my training classes, but he also worked on the sales floor with me. Hopefully some of Karma’s wisdom seeped out of the leash and into him ;)

It will soon be on the way to the next location where the adventures will continue.


Achilles was sporting Karma’s Traveling Leash at work today. I think her calm spirit walked beside him, because he did extremely well for it being his first time on the sales floor and being out of gear at the time.