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Dawg House Winter 2010 Newsletter

In This Issue:

  • New Dawgs
  • Raw Food
  • Kelly
  • Dawg Blawg Ideas


In each newsletter we like to welcome our NEW DAWGS to the pack…. here we go! A big WOOF to: LEXIE (Spaniel mix), BAILEY (Shar Pei / Australian Shepherd mx) , BRAEDEN (Foxhound / Dane mix), QUINCY (Pointer mix), PEARL (mix), CROGA (Shepherd mix), MIDNIGHT (Lab / Retriever mix), MOMO (Standard Poodle), REMY (Spaniel mix), SHINO (English Springer Spaniel), BAILEY (Boxer), HAILEY (Jack Russell Terrier), PALOMA (Aussie mix), and LIZZIE LOU (Terrier mix). Thanks for joining up!


Have you ever wondered what’s in your dog’s food? Dry, processed dog food has most of the basic ingredients dawgs need for a healthy diet, but there is a significant movement toward a RAW FOOD DIET that we’d like to explore a little in this post.

Why consider switching to a raw food diet? Here’s a good starter list from one of the best raw food sites:

A raw diet provides a range of benefits that commercial dog diets can never hope to even closely match.

These benefits include:

  1. no doggy odour
  2. naturally cleans teeth – no need for toothbrushes, de-scaling jobs, or gum disease
  3. the time it takes for a dog to chew a raw meaty bones give their stomach adequate time to get the acids moving
  4. much less stools produced – and they are firm, and turn chalky after a couple of days
  5. decreased or non-existant vet bills (your dogs are healthier!)
  6. less cost for dog food – commercial dog foods are ludicriously expensive
  7. mirrors what a dog would be getting in the wild – and certainly even the modern day dog has a digestive tract exactly the same as a wolf
  8. puppies develop at a more appropriate rate – and quick growth spurts are avoided. A GOOD breeder will want to stop fast growth in any pup.
  9. the ripping and chewing involved in eating raw meaty bones develops the jaw, neck, and shoulder muscles of the dog. Commercial dog foods will never assist in this important muscle development.


Good, right? The raw food diet is most commonly referred to as a BARF diet (really!), which stood originally for Bones and Raw Food (coined by it’s creator Australian veterinarian Ian Billinghurst), then it sort of morphed into Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, but most people just call it raw diet now.

Check out Dr. Billinghurst’s site here: http://www.barfworld.com/index.shtml

So what exactly IS a raw food diet? What’s in it? Here’s a good description of ingredients that also outlines the basic philosophy behind raw food:

You feed it the diet that it evolved to eat. … Artificial grain based dog foods cause innumerable health problems. They are not what your dog was programmed to eat during its long process of evolution. A biologically appropriate diet for a dog is one that consists of raw whole foods similar to those eaten by the dogs’ wild ancestors. The food fed must contain the same balance and type of ingredients as consumed by those wild ancestors. This food will include such things as muscle meat, bone, fat, organ meat and vegetable materials and any other foods that will mimic what was those wild ancestors ate.


Most people who switch their dawgs to a raw food diet report dramatic improvements in health, coat, and even temperament. Most also report a lot fewer vet visits, fewer allergy symptoms, and even better breath!

Of course, making the switch takes a little research and work, as you find the right recipes, ingredients and suppliers, and make room in your fridge or freezer for storing the prepared meals. But these things become routine soon enough.

There are lots of options, too: several companies provide prepared raw diet meals and raw diet food elements like proteins for purchase, so that can take some of the work out of it – you don’t have to do it all yourself!

Here are  some good sample raw diets from scratch:




Here’s an example of pre-prepared raw diets:


And some good general resources on raw food diets:



We were inspired to do a little research on this topic because we have several clients who are preparing the raw food diet for their dawgs, including Guinness and Emma, Harley, and most recently, Raleigh made the switch.

This would be a great place to start a discussion! Let’s hear from you about the raw food diet!



We recently lost a dear old pal. KELLY was profiled in our Spring 2009 newsletter when he was diagnosed with cancer. Kelly’s mom continued to work with vets as Kelly’s cancer came and went, and finally reappeared as a large mass inside his sinus. With no real hope for a surgical solution or easy recovery, Kelly went to the big squirrel chase peacefully. We will miss you very much, big guy.



Got any good ideas for the Dawg Blawg? Send em in!

We could use a few ideas for articles, topics, rants, and other good stuff for our Dawg Blawg, so send em in! Want to do an editorial? Share a funny dawg picture? Want us to cover a particluar daycare, health, training or behavior topic? Let us know and we’ll get right on it!

Send em to: contact@dawghouse.biz



Happy Valentine’s Day from all us Dawgs!


Dawg House Spring 2009 Newsletter

Hey! Newsletters will be posted on the Dawg House Blawg from now on! Now you can leave comments and stuff! Read up and then go poke around!

In this issue:

– Dawg House Moving Plans

– Recent Foster Dawg Adoptions

– Bernie Memorial

– Raleigh and Bo ~ AKC Good Citizens

– Kelly’s Back! And he has a story…

– Harvey, Jackson and Coco ~ Graduation Class of March 2009

– Upcoming Humane Society Event–Puttin’ on the Dog!


dawg-house-logo-clean-small1Dawg House is Moving! After almost five years in our original building, Dawg House is moving to new digs. Don’t worry – we’re not going far – just a few blocks north of our present location.

Our new address will be 2201 North Stone (just south of Grant on the west side of the road) starting in June. We’ll be open as usual through the end of May, but we will be taking a short break the first week of June to move, get set up at the new place, and catch our breath a little. Then on Monday, June 8, we’re up and running at Dawg House 2.0! We’ll send out more updates on the moving schedule as they happen.

So why are we moving? Lots of reasons, all of them positive!

  • First off, the new building is a little more modern, so we have less upkeep to worry about.
  • Plus, we’re having a brand-new AC and heating system installed (woo)!
  • Parking will be improved with a large, private lot and a street-safe entrance in the back of the building. 
  • We’ll be adding on-site boarding and a separate daycare area for on-site boarders who aren’t a regular part of the enrolled daycare pack (our cushy, premium at-home boarding service will still be offered). The new on-site boarding will be offered at a slightly lower rate than our take-home boarding.

Stay tuned for lots of moving news, including a house-breaking party and moving schedule details. We’re sooooo excited! More on this story at:



Dawg House clients, a generous people by nature, often welcome foster dogs into their homes. The primary value in fostering dogs is that they learn the behaviors, rules, and perks of life in a single-family household, and this experience prepares them for transition into a new ‘forever’ home. Fostering is a rewarding experience for those with the time and patience for it, and seeing a dog that you have fostered be adopted into a new home can be a very emotional and satisfying experience.

Two of the foster dawgs you may have seen around Dawg House were adopted recently: Jax (fostered by McCabe‘s dad) and Reeses (fostered by Zoey‘s mom). Both went to good, well-screened homes and we wish them all the best. 

Jax and Reeses

Jax and Reeses


Bernie is an old friend of Dawg House who passed away in January.

We’ll miss you, buddy. 













See more Bernie here:  




akc-cgc-logoRaleigh and his little brother Bo both passed their AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Test this month! Awesome! 

There are a good handful of dawgs in our pack who have become AKC Good Citizens, and we’re proud of all of them and their owners for working so hard at this demanding and rewarding challenge. The test consists of these ten points:

  1. Accepting a friendly stranger
  2. Sitting politely for petting
  3. Appearance and grooming
  4. Out for a walk (walking on a loose lead)
  5. Walking through a crowd
  6. Sit and down on command and Staying in place
  7. Coming when called
  8. Reaction to another dog
  9. Reaction to distraction
  10. Supervised separation 

More detailed descriptions can be found on the AKC site:


Bo & Raleigh and their Mom

Bo & Raleigh and their Mom (we couldn't get her to sit still ;~))















“I was away at a conference and had boarded Kelly with Creature Comforts, early December. One late afternoon I get a call that he was bleeding profusely from his back hock and they were taking him to the vets immediately.



Well, long story short, he had a mass on his back leg that turned out to be a haemangiosarcoma cancer mass. A significant blood vessel grew into the mass and the mass eroded into the blood vessel. Result – massive bleeding. We are so fortunate that they were with him right when it happened. He ended up with a 4-5″ incision right around his back ankle.

But that is where the fun begins – the incision kept opening because it was in a bad place and it took the 4th try of various dog mouth/wound restraining implements to keep Kelly’s big tongue from messing with the wound. So I’ve had Kelly on house arrest with a very large satellite dish – er I mean Elizabethan collar – on for weeks. Yes, you can well imagine this has made Kelly very happy. I have had to come up with all sorts of games to keep him semi-quiet. A bored bloodhound is a terrible thing to behold.

Kelly and I went back to my regular vet for bloodhound emergencies (Pima Pet Clinic) and we have let the incision ‘granulate’ – that is – fill in, rather, with tissue. It has been a LOOOOONNNNNGGGG process, with twice weekly bandage changes. But we are finally there. Tell Ripley Kelly will be back  probably in a couple of weeks.

As for the cancer. Well the good news is that it was a mass on the surface and the biopsy showed clean edges. Dr. Darowalla (my bloodhound long term health vet) and I put him on chinese herbs known for helping with blood  disorders. The rest of it is up to the guardian of bloodhounds.” -Kelly’s Mom

Let us just say that we at Dawg House are so happy for the way this story turned out.  There are still unknowns with metastasis for Mr. Kelly, but he truly has 9 lives.  This wasn’t the first health trauma for poor Kelly, but let’s hope it’s the last.  We’re just thrilled to have him back in our pack behaving just like a bloodhound–and Ripley is thrilled too!


Harvey,  Jackson and Coco celebrated their graduation from Basic Obedience class on Thursday, March 19th! These guys deserve a big round of applaws! Woo-Hoo!

Classes were held at Paws & Claws Pet Boutique with trainer Vanya Moreno:




Harvey ~ Jackson ~ Coco



hssazHumane Society of Southern Arizona Event! 

Puttin’ on the Dog!

Friday, May 1st, 2009 .

5:30PM – 9PM

Tucson Country Club


For more information on this wonderful event:


Spend a lovely evening at Tucson Country Club to benefit homeless dogs in our area.



“Every time you stop a school, you will have to build a jail. What you gain at one end you lose at the other. It’s like feeding a dog on his own tail. It won’t fatten the dog.”  -Mark Twain


Keep checking in on the dawg blog – and let us know what you think – leave your comments! (P.S. – the ‘New Dawgs’ section will be back next newsletter with a gallery of pics!) 

As always, thank you for being a big part of our pack.

Your friends at Dawg House,

Erica, Christopher, Benjamin and Finnegan