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Written by: David Lewis
Thank you for all of your hard work.
Two years ago, my girlfriend's dog used to be quite lame – he's a Rottweiler/Mastiff/and probably several other breeds rolled into one. Anyway, for most of his life, he ate the standard dog chow from the grocery store. You know the kind – the pellets of wheat, corn, and whatever else gets thrown away as garbage from factories.
When I met her, he was on his last legs. She said “he's just getting old” – which was true. He was 11 then. Apparently, the average lifespan on these dogs is something like 12.
I had heard that these big dogs always have hip problems, but I wondered if he couldn't be helped with a better diet. I basically took everything I learned from you, did some quick research on dog diets, and also found a documentary on the Inuit. Guess what they feed their dogs? Meat scraps – sometimes even stuff that's not really fit for humans (i.e. meat that's starting to “turn,” etc.). The dogs in the film seemed to love it. Huh.
So, I ponied up the dough, “adopted” the dog, and started feeding Moose (that's his nickname – “Maximus” is his business name) meat, marrow bones, and some organ meats. He also gets a few fish pills for his old hips. It seems to help with the swelling and mobility. Anyway, within a month of changing his diet, his energy levels were that of a younger dog, his teeth were visibly cleaner, his poop was smaller and not as smelly, and his coat was shinier. He also stopped “smelling like dog” if that makes any sense. My girlfriend was amazed to say the least. So was I.
He's now 13 and, while he could probably use a bit more exercise, he seems to be quite healthy and happy for a dog his age. He does limp a bit when he walks (it's his hips, they're getting bad in his old age), but somehow manages to gallop for short distances when he's feeling chipper (usually when it's food time).
Thanks so much for everything you do. You helped save my dog's life.