I’ve just come back from a nice two hour walk with Ted and I wanted to share something that happened along the way that fellow raw feeders may sympathise with and non raw feeders, well maybe, just maybe, it will make you re-think.

About half way through our walk, we were strolling around a lake when Ted spotted two dogs coming up behind us.  He did his best sit and look at me with a “Can we go say hello” face on and I know these two are nice friendly calm dogs so we waited for them.  They are both girls, a black lab and a springer, aged 5 and 6 (I asked their owner how old they were this morning for the purpose of this post).

Ted was in his element as they were more than happy for him to trot around with them, sniffing god knows what in the undergrowth and generally hanging out. A lovely scene you might think but I was seeing a very different picture, one that makes me very sad and is almost painful to watch.

Both dogs’ coats were in rubbish condition, the lab was missing bits of fur and had a very matt look to it’s coat. The springer’s was also matt and when it came to me for a fuss and I felt it’s coat it felt disgusting, sort of slimy and dirty.

But the killer for me was when the springer looked up at me, big smile, tongue hanging out and a full set of absolutely filthy, covered in tartar, teeth.  I dread to think how painful that dog’s mouth is, and then there are the diseases that can be caused by periodontal disease, who knows what other stress that dog’s body is under.

I’ve no doubt that their owner loves them, as we walked and talked it was evident, but I never found that hook with him to mention diet, and I’ve learned over the time I’ve had Ted that you need to get your timing right to have a hope in hell of convincing someone that kibble is poison and a natural diet is healthy.

What really scared me today is the realisation that I can actually tell what a dog is being fed (healthy natural raw diet v processed diet) just by looking at them.  There are things that I am working on besides this blog to help spread the message but I still haven’t really got something that works right there on the spot to help these poor dogs and their owners. I have some ideas of what I might do but if any of you have done things that work well I’d love to hear about them.

I’ve leave you with a photo of what a dog’s coat is supposed to look like.  Here’s Ted on holiday last week, too exhausted to even get on the cushion properly after hours and hours playing on the beach.