Kratos, Kona and the new puppy has found the joy in the peaches and plums that fall off of the trees at work. They have never eaten a pit (Trust me I find them all over the office and porch) and seemed to really enjoy them.
JoAnne- It's good to hear that Ash is doing well! Maybe an old blanket or towel can be placed where he wants to eat instead of in his crate? It could be that the crate is causing him enough stress that he doesn't want to eat.
Sara- A person can eat junk food their whole life such as a dog can survive off of anything. It doesn't mean it is as healthy as it could be. Just saying. Also, I'd caution on too many fruits especially with smaller dogs like yours as it's sometimes too much sugar for their bodies and can make them sick.
You dont have to tell me not to feed too many fruits... I know that. (in humans, it's not great either) My dogs get fruit and veggies as treats, and never get sick off them. They are a healthy weight, and have activity levels matching their breed types. A couple of them do get sick off raw meat (Oliver, for one, and Scout cant eat chicken) I have tried feeding raw (Prey model, 80-10-10) to see if, indeed it was better. Oliver was seriously sick, Scout and Zoe had diarrhea, the only dog that was OK was Mouse. I joined a raw feeding yahoo group, and informed myself as much as possible, but after 3 weeks (Oliver only lasted 5 days, he was a mess! Vomiting, diarrhea lethargy) of diarrhea, then large amounts of soft, irregular poo, I went back to kibble... If it's going to make my dogs sick, it's not worth it. To this day, even a small amount of raw meat or egg will give Ollie the squirts for a couple of days!
What I hate is raw feeders telling people to ignore vets, that they dont know anything about feeding, and that dogs are wolves, and therefore should eat as such. Dogs evolved from Wolves, but not the wolves from today, the wolves they evolved from were more likely to scavenge, had different pack structures, and were smaller. They had way more tolerance for people, a greatly decreased flight distance, and a longer window for socialization. A completely different animal than todays wolves, who evolved to avoid people, especially in the last 1000 years, as people set out to eradicate wolves, thinking them a menace.
They are not even close to the same animal anymore, and after 30 000 years of eating people's garbage I dont think I need to feed my dogs raw.
But I am NOT saying to not feed raw, not in the slightest, many, many people feel their dogs are healthier, and if you feel that you want to feed raw, and your dogs are doing well, then go for it! I just know it was not for my dogs. All I'm saying is that a quality kibble is good too. And please dont think less of us that do feed kibble, my choice was extremely well informed, tested, and found perfectly good for my dogs.