It all began in the gut

Like all good stories, ours began with smelly poos ...”Why are we talking about poos when there’s a dish if deliciousness in front of me?

It sure seems like Mum and her hooman doggy owners love talking about our poos ALL the time.

We met Smudge on Tuesday with her pawrents at The Petersham restaurant – and they spent the whole meal talking about how foods affect our poos. They all agreed that the best poos are well-formed with a light film on them.  Spare us the details.

And the next day, Fyfy’s mum met us for a coffee in Mayfair.  It was still early when they discussed our toilet habits!  It all started when Faye, Fife’s mum, saw the consistency of my poos. Crikey! Is there no privacy?

May’s comment:  And this morning I am having a text exchange with Rosaline about Yuuna’s diarrhoea – and what she has been eating. What has my life come to? LOL!

It was hilarious that on both occasions – whether it was over lunch at the upmarket restaurant, The Petersham and again over a morning coffee in Mayfair, we spoke in-depth about our pooches’ poos and their toilet habits.  It is something that only dog owners can discuss so freely and intensely. But we are all learning – from each other’s experiences.

In her first two years, I couldn’t figure out why Darcy would often have a runny tummy about every six weeks.  When the runny tummy evolved into a horrible mess, off to the vet, given Royal Canine Sensitivity to calm it down and then after three days, back to normal food.  It would be fine for a few weeks and then it started all over again! We tried all sorts of kibbles. I didn’t know early on about the different times, about grains, contents, etc. Who knew there were so many types.  Friends with cockapoos at the same time were also trying various ones. Everyone had an opinion.  I refused to change because we’re on the road so often and it was the easiest to travel with. Eighteen months on and the problem persisted and it was during our walks in Hyde Park and meeting other dog owners that the topic constantly came up – the state of their poos!  Then the word around the park was go raw. NO! Two years to the date of her birthday, I finally gave in and have not looked back since we started on Honeys Real Dog Food.

However, our travel persisted and with raw food it always requires some detailed planning. Fortunately, quite a few of our friends we visit feed Honey’s as well and have saved us from transporting it. But we are not always so lucky and on our longer trips abroad, we have somehow managed but with a lot of planning.

But I am always searching for something else that could be an alternative just in case.  We have tried many options but none have never worked properly.  Recently we have been learning about Scrumbles – yes it is a bag of kibbles but I’ve since learnt that not all kibbles are the same. I am impressed by the consideration that had gone into making this a hypo-allergenic food and food content.  The background of the owners and their knowledge of dog food convinced me to give it a try – and possibly a travel option.

Fingers crossed this could be a solution for our long trips and nowhere to store frozen foods. That would be amazing.

And yes, Petersham Nurseries in Convent Garden, London and Richmond are dog friendly everywhere!!!!

APOLOGIES if you are reading this at lunch time!!!!

5 Comments

  1. Sarah Johnson

    Hmm, interesting. I may try Scrumbles when I have to go somewhere with Merlin. He is also a Honey’s boy. He used to scoot and was bothered by a sore bum and “claggy bits”…you know what I mean. As soon as we started feeding him raw that all stopped and we no longer had to go to the vet every six weeks to have his anal glands squeezed.
    And the poos are so easy to pick up!
    Sorry, TMI!

  2. Gill Cannon-Scott

    MrTetley has been raw fed from about 5 months and it’s the best thing we could of done we use primal raw food supplier based in Suffolk. We travel a lot in our motorhome and luckily we have a freezer compartment. If we run out of his complete meals we buy from a butchers and add a small amount of liver and bone powder to keep his gut happy. Tetley’s coat and teeth are fantastic and we love the kickable non smelling poos

  3. Gill Cannon-Scot

    MrTetley has been raw fed from about 5 months and it’s the best thing we could of done we use primal raw food supplier based in Suffolk. We travel a lot in our motorhome and luckily we have a freezer compartment. If we run out of his complete meals we buy from a butchers and add a small amount of liver and bone powder to keep his gut happy. Tetley’s coat and teeth are fantastic and we love the kickable non smelling poos

  4. Anne Morgan

    May,

    I feed my dog freeze dried raw. Its Dr. Marty’s (can only be purchased online and I admit is expensive!) and it has all the nutrients necessary, just add hot water to rehydrate and my picky poo loves it!! It may be a good alternative to use when traveling.

    Anne

  5. Sara Cormack

    Lola and Colette are raw girls and we have the same issues when travelling. Colette decided to investigate Mummy’s Waitrose shop which had been delivered but not put away as a friend appeared for coffee. She decided to open and eat half a packet of dried apricots all the fun of clearing up this morning!

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