No Bones About It

The dark ages

I used to feed my pugs, Kitten (12) and Manny (9), conventional dog bones and treats- I believed I was doing right by giving them a fun splurge. This was during a time in my life that I now consider the dark ages. I was living in our brainwashed society of blissful ignorance (every marketer’s dream), living a standard American lifestyle, and eating a Standard American Diet (SAD)…and so were my pugs.

Standard American Pugs

Manny (left) and Kitten (right) were huge- weighing in at a whopping 31 lbs and 27 lbs, and their ideal weight is a mere 20 lbs. For their tiny frames, they were carrying around a ton of extra weight that was stressing their joints and wearing on their health.

I saw the light

It wasn’t until about 8 years ago when I began my first series of water fasting and started making the undeniable correlation between food and health which ultimately thwarted me out of the dark ages and into the light.

Now, Kitten and Manny eat a raw, organic diet with no commercial bones or treats. Oftentimes, I find that even the “health food” dog stores offer bones and treats that are filled or laced with junk: rice, syrups, coloring, flavoring, etc. No thank you! Not only are they unhealthy, but they’re expensive too.

So what do I use for bones and treats?

Once I changed my own diet, the “table scraps” for the pugs became either raw or cooked veggies. They didn’t take to it immediately, but once their palate’s adjusted, there was nothing that could get them more excited than the prospect of fresh veggies!

Kit eating celery stick

Every day, the boys get an organic vegetable “bone”, which varies between a cucumber, zucchini, celery rib, or carrot stick (mind you, the carrots can stain so they’re best enjoyed outdoors). And you would not believe the excitement provoked by this activity!

For treats, we alternate between organic baby carrots, blueberries, blackberries, or a dab of coconut oil/hemp oil. I’ve even attempted baking treats at home with leftover pulp from my morning juice, leftover pulp from my morning almond milk, and flax seed oil (this is a rare occasion).

Berries make great dog treats

Years after we adopted our new lifestyle and diet, Manny and Kit successfully got their weight down to a healthy 23 lbs and 21 lbs. We are still a work in progress, but we are doing so much better now, and we’ll continue on our journey to great health!

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