25 Jun 2012

New Dogs!! and what to feed them!

After many years of discussion and pleading and many months of planning we adopted 2 dogs on the weekend!

Lady and Rowan
Meet Lady and Rowan. 
They are a pair of Shih Tzu crosses from a rescue shelter (Monika's Doggie Rescue) and we think they are a mother and son.
As I write both of them are asleep on my lap and my laptop is precariously perched on the arm of the chair. They've been here just over 24 hours and are looking pretty settled.
We're new at this and trying to get our heads around it. We have been on one short walk and have given them a bath and fed them twice. We are devoting most thought to some basic training (toilet training being high priority) and the what and when to feed them dilemma.  
We are almost vegetarian mainly because we have issues with how meat is produced - factory farming etc. So the little meat we do eat is organic or at least free-range. Pet foods seem to be produced at the other end of the farming spectrum. We don't really want to be part of that. So we're trying different things (a fish for dogs brand, some dry dog food from an ethical brand, leftover fried rice, vegetables and I'll buy some meat tomorrow). We're reading a lot and planning to make a supply of our own dog meals when the holidays start next week! So far they don't seem to be fussy eaters - they're very keen to eat anything - so that will help with trying new things.
It's going to be an adventure!

Rowan asleep on his favourite bit of couch!

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