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Puppy Raising (publicly viewable board) / Re: Six Months Later...
« Last post by Punktestern on February 13, 2018, 06:19:45 PM »
Thanks guys!!

Sandy, I am extremely proud of her. <3

Arrowcom, thank you for your kind words! <3 It really means a lot, especially coming from someone who actually has a guide dog. I'm really excited for this match - I can't wait until graduation comes and I can speak to her grad!
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: Food allergy update
« Last post by mommagrizzly on February 13, 2018, 05:12:44 PM »
I may have to raise it a while then kill it. Oh joy.

The things we do for our dogs.
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: Food allergy update
« Last post by OlgatheGSD on February 13, 2018, 05:01:23 PM »
Omg sonia lol I've never given straight salmon to Olga but I given her proplan salmon and she stunk to high heaven on it. I have suspicions she might be allergic to chicory root as well since it was the only common denominator in all of the kibble we've had outside of the vegan one and it is known for causing skin irritation on paws of dogs and hands and feet of humans. So salmon isn't on the Fail list until I can independently test it to confirm.

I'll do canned salmon! Thanks for the tip!! That will save me a ton of money. If the salmon doesn't work I'll contact the meat rabbit breeder and check out his stock. They advertised for a fresh litter recently. I may have to raise it a while then kill it. Oh joy.
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Puppy Raising (publicly viewable board) / Re: Six Months Later...
« Last post by Kirsten on February 13, 2018, 02:31:07 PM »
YAY!  :congratulations:
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Puppy Raising (publicly viewable board) / Re: Six Months Later...
« Last post by Arrowcom on February 13, 2018, 02:09:56 PM »
That is so special Punk! I know you get it, but really you have no idea how special you puppy raisers are to us. You really have just opened up someone's life so much more and allowed them to be so much more free and independent and happy! Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for all the hard work that you put in, and all the sacrifices that you had to handle with giving your girl back to the school. You're amazing and I just know the person you meet on graduation day is going to be so grateful and thankful to you! Awesome work!
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Puppy Raising (publicly viewable board) / Re: Six Months Later...
« Last post by Moonsong on February 13, 2018, 01:50:10 PM »
Congrats!
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: Food allergy update
« Last post by RedSonia29 on February 13, 2018, 01:42:28 PM »
Years ago someone recommended that I add canned salmon, bones and all, to the kibble for a rescue dog.  Worked like a charm.  I don't think you necessarily need to cook Olga salmon steaks, although she is certainly worth it. 

If she could tolerate yogurt, maybe you could try one of those protein powders derived from milk (isn't there a goat's milk powder)?

But assuming that protein sources are similar if the animal is in a similar taxonomic group, maybe you should reorder the list to start with proteins that are far removed from what you know she can't tolerate:

Rabbit
Salmon
Kangaroo

These seem greatly removed from the beef that she can't have, right? I'd start there. I'd put buffalo last, since they are close to cows. Elk and deer are similar enough that if she can tolerate one, she can probably tolerate the other.

Lamb
Ground pork
Elk
Deer
Buffalo

I sure hope you can find something that works and won't require you to sell one of your kids.

I was thinking exactly the same thing as Sandy on the order of foods. Try the bunny and fish first because they're easier to get, then the kangaroo. If Olga is allergic to cow she is likely to have problems with other meats from similar animals.

I think Chewy has canned rabbit, salmon, and roo available, but I can't guarantee the quality and purity (they may be canned on machinery that processes red meats as well). Plus there's some salt mixed in.

Beware: Salmon fish farts are the WORST. I gave salmon to Bowie once and it was three days of THE nastiest farts on the planet. He stunk me out of a Big O Tires once, then planted another one in my car about 20 minutes later. It required me to pull over to get some fresh air and gag a little.
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Puppy Raising (publicly viewable board) / Re: Six Months Later...
« Last post by SandyStern on February 13, 2018, 01:28:38 PM »
You should be so proud.

On behalf of service-dog partners everywhere, I thank you. I'm so happy that the client will travel to the ceremony; you earned the right to see the team.
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Puppy Raising (publicly viewable board) / Six Months Later...
« Last post by Punktestern on February 13, 2018, 01:23:33 PM »
I got the email today! (AKA the "I can finally share the news" email.)

Cambrie is leaving for in-home training on February 20th. She and her person will be attending graduation in San Rafael on March 3rd - I will be able to meet the client and present her at the ceremony. <3

(For those that are curious - "In Home Training" is where the dog and a trainer travel to the client to do the two-week training. There can be a few different reasons for this - Health, financially not being able to take two weeks off of work, family members, etc. It means that the client does not come to the campus for training, although in some cases, like Cambrie's, they do make the trip to campus for the graduation ceremony.)
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Health & Maintenance (publicly viewable board) / Re: Food allergy update
« Last post by SandyStern on February 13, 2018, 01:23:00 PM »
Years ago someone recommended that I add canned salmon, bones and all, to the kibble for a rescue dog.  Worked like a charm.  I don't think you necessarily need to cook Olga salmon steaks, although she is certainly worth it. 

If she could tolerate yogurt, maybe you could try one of those protein powders derived from milk (isn't there a goat's milk powder)?

But assuming that protein sources are similar if the animal is in a similar taxonomic group, maybe you should reorder the list to start with proteins that are far removed from what you know she can't tolerate:

Rabbit
Salmon
Kangaroo

These seem greatly removed from the beef that she can't have, right? I'd start there. I'd put buffalo last, since they are close to cows. Elk and deer are similar enough that if she can tolerate one, she can probably tolerate the other.

Lamb
Ground pork
Elk
Deer
Buffalo

I sure hope you can find something that works and won't require you to sell one of your kids. 
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