12/15/2008 – We are active Breeders/Exhibitors of Champion Dobermans. We’ve always prided ourselves on the health and quality of our dogs, and have researched many many brands of dry kibble over the years to find what worked best for our dogs. They do not live in kennels or crates… they live in the house with us and are an integral part of our family. As such, they deserve the best we can do for them. They are not, however, fed table scraps and junk food.
Originally we fed another brand… and we were happy with it. Then the company changed the formula without notifying anyone. Many of us who fed that brand, however, began to notice a number of changes in our dogs… their coat quality, their stool consistency, vigor and stamina and other not-so-outstanding differences. Upon being bombarded with complaints and queries, they finally admitted that the food was no longer what it was when we were happy with it. We began the kibble hunt again.
There is a feed store in Longview, Washington… Western World by name. They carry a number of different premium brands of dog food among feed for other large and small animals. During a conversation with the manager, Jody, one day while I was reading label after label – and muttering – she suggested I might try CANIDAE. “Right”, I thought, “here we go again.” I must tell you, I totally expected our dogs to have projectile diarrhea, loss of appetite, and a number of other maladies from once again changing their diets. I bought a small bag and prayed for only a few bad results… and for the dogs not to be too uncomfortable with what I was giving them.
I have to tell you, I was astounded. There were no ill effects – even from an instant change-over… rather, the positive results were visible very quickly. Mostly in the smaller and less frequent stools I was picking up. Within days I saw differences in all the dogs, and they actually ENJOYED the food. Even DRY, which was a mind-boggling leap forward for our kids. I ALWAYS had to doctor dry kibble with something tasty to entice one or two of them to eat all their meals. NOT SO with the CANIDAE ALS… if one little kibble accidentally hit the floor before they got their bowl, all four of them dived for it!
Our show dogs’ coats began to gleam (and it actually even FELT better to the touch), their eyes were bright and shiny, they were actually eating less… and they were totally satisfied. I do add a bit of canned mackerel once a week, as well as raw ground turkey, also some water-pack tuna is a great addition to their kibble for a treat. But they don’t require the additions to enjoy their food… they eat it dry and are happy to do so. Anyone who knows a Doberman, knows that’s just not totally typical. For some yes, but for ours… not even.
The first litter of babies we had after we put the dogs onto CANIDAE was another awakening to be sure. We have always started our babies out on a pablum mixture of baby rice cereal, goat milk and some strained grocery-store baby food lamb. Then we work them slowly into a mash from kibble added to the the pablum. It’s gradually shifted into moist kibble and by 8 weeks they’re usually on kibble and canned. At 3 weeks old, we began this CANIDAE litter with the pablum made from a mixture of pureed moist CANIDAE ALS (NOT puppy, but ALS), goat milk and a bit of pureed raw ground turkey, all blended together into a consistency that was appropriate for the age of the puppies. They dove in like little lions. Within 10 days, the goat milk was eliminated and they were eating strictly the softened CANIDAE mixed with raw ground turkey and warm water. This is the combination they were eating from then till they went to their new homes. We were so in hope the new owners would stick with it, because … well, because it works!
In all the years we have been breeding Dobermans, I have never seen such a healthy, robust litter of babies. Shiny coats, bright eyes, hard bodies, tight feet, and FULL OF ENERGY to spare. At 7 weeks, they were eating dry kibble in the morning and the ALS with raw ground turkey for their evening meal. Exactly what our adult dogs eat. And they were thriving – just like their parents and aunts and uncles were… and still are.
We encourage our puppy owners to keep their babies on the CANIDAE and those who have, swear by it. Hard muscled dogs come from good nutrition, and we have those hard muscled dogs to prove that CANIDAE All Life Stages is the nutrition that we will keep providing for our dogs.
When CANIDAE announced they were changing their formulas, I cringed and began looking around for a substitute in case the new formula didn’t agree with our kids. Just for grins, we tried the Chicken and Rice and the Lamb and Rice… they both disagreed terribly with all the dogs… in a variety of ways. So we went back to what had worked for us for so long… the All Life Stages. The change-over to the updated formulas was practically unnoticeable. And everyone is still thriving.
Thanks CANIDAE… Our older retired show dogs, our moms and dads, our Champions, our current show dogs… AND our babies… will continue to be fed ALS. And they look and feel great!!
Keith & Judy P
SW Washington State