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Category — Dogs

5 Reasons Why the Tata Hexa is Great for Traveling With Your Dog

5 Reasons Why the Tata Hexa is Great for Traveling With Your Dog: My Tata Hexa Review

 
Dogs and Cars - Tata Hexa

Cars and dogs are a hit combination but not every car is comfortable to travel in with your dog. We are a family of seven, 5 of whom are dogs, so I have very specific requirements of a car. And the Tata Hexa pleasantly surprised me by meeting almost all of them!

Over the last 7 years we’ve travelled with the dogs in a variety of cars and each trip was a learning experience on dogs and cars; what works for them and what doesn’t. The most important lesson I learned when travelling with dogs – make sure your dogs are comfortable, it’s more important than you think.

Almost all dogs love cars but that doesn’t mean they are comfortable. The amount of cabin space, the roll of the car, the smoothness of the drive, the temperature control inside the car, these are some of the things that can make journeys fun for your dog and you.

It was some of these things I was looking at when I checked out and drove the Tata Hexa over the weekend. I wanted to evaluate how well it would work for me and my dogs, and with this in mind I build a checklist. Here’s 5 reasons why I think the Tata Hexa is great for traveling with my dogs.

 

Tata Hexa Cabin Space

A Spacious Cabin that Allows Movement

 
Just like we cramp after sitting in one position for a long time, dogs cramp too. In small or restricted spaces dogs get fidgety and restless. Dogs need space to move and stretch.

With my pack I’ve noticed they like to rotate between windows, taking turns at each one. The Hexa which is a six seater has a lot of space and windows which makes it a car I think my dogs will enjoying riding in and looking out of.

Of course it won’t fit all 5 of my dogs, very few cars can, but it can definitely accommodate 4 of my dogs – 1 big dog, 1 medium dog and 2 small dogs – with ease.

 

Tata Hexa Soft Edges

Soft Edges and Smooth Contours for Safety

 
Many people use seat belts for their dogs in cars, I prefer to let them move about and make themselves comfortable. It’s an arguable point but it’s what seems to work for my dogs.

However allowing free movement requires that the cabin be a safe space in which the dog does not get hurt. There should be no sharp edges and protrusions that can cause injury.

The Hexa has soft touch interiors, all the surfaces feel soft to the touch. They aren’t cushioned or squishy but neither are they plasticky. All edges are well rounded and there are no sharp edges.

 

Tata Hexa Drive

Smooth Both in Acceleration and Braking

 
I don’t like jerky drives, I hate being thrown forward and back. The dogs don’t like it either. Sudden acceleration and braking throws them off balance and disorients them.

It’s this jerky movement that is one of the main reasons dogs have motion sickness and may dislike cars. But jerky driving isn’t just about driver skill, it’s also about the car and its built.

Over the weekend I got to experience both the manual and the automatic variants of the Hexa. In both versions I found the drive to be smooth. The car accelerated and braked with minimum jerk, and there was barely any body roll too. Even in the off road test, the car controlled sudden braking well with its EBP (electronic brake prefill) technology.

 

Tata Hexa Cooling

Uniform Cooling Across the Car with Climate Control

 
Cars can easily become ovens for dogs. Without the constant movement of cool air dogs can over heat quickly inside a car and even suffer a heat stroke.

Keeping windows open when driving is one solution, but this is a dangerous thing to do. Dogs have been known to impulsively jump out of cars, get their heads stuck in windows and even get hit by high-speed insects and debris when they stick their heads out.

The safest and best option is to keep your windows closed and the air-conditioning running. However in most cars, it’s only the front row or first two rows that have air vents, and this makes for bad air flow.

In the Tata Hexa though, each row and seat has its own air vent and the fans for the passengers in the front and the back can be controlled independently, so there are no extreme temperature pockets and there is uniform cooling across the car. The air-conditioning also has climate control for cooling relative to the outside temperature.

 

Tata Hexa Music System

A Silent Cabin and Surround Sound Music System

 
Dogs startle and get agitated at sudden loud sounds, so a noisy truck coming too close or a loud honk next to the car makes dogs jump out of their skin.

White noise or music reduces the effect of the loud noises outside but in most cars the music across the car isn’t balanced and its louder at the back than in front. Now take into consideration that a dog hears 10 times what we do, can you imagine how loud the music would be to them.

The Tata Hexa however wins on both counts. The cabin is super silent, so silent in fact that, the person sitting right at the back can hear clearly the driver speak in a normal voice in the front. And the music system is top-notch with JBL speakers spread all around the car to give surround sound so you can keep the volume low and yet hear each note clearly. Together they make for a comforting atmosphere inside the car.

 

Tata Hexa Features

All the Little Bells and Whistles

 
Apart from these features of the Hexa, the Tata Motors team has paid attention to a lot of other little things that make traveling in the Tata Hexa an enjoyable experience.

There’s a chiller above the glove box where you can keep food and water cool with the help of the ac. So, you can have chilled water even on a hot day! And the windows have built-in sunscreens you can deploy easily to keep the harsh sun out.

Another add-on that wow’ed me was the carrier that can be added to the roof to make for more storage space. With the dogs taking up all the cabin room, the roof storage is critical.

Tata Hexa Carrier

 

Tata Hexa Air Bags

6 Airbags!

 
This is an excellent safety feature but just like with little children, airbags are not safe for dogs and can hurt them badly when they deploy. This feature was and is one of my biggest concerns but it seems like they will not be a danger to the dogs based on the image above, actually they might be great for the safety of the dogs.

 

Tata Hexa Logo

Summary and Parting Words

 
This was my first ever automatic SUV experience and what an experience it was. I enjoyed driving the car and was surprised by the control and ease of driving. It felt like a big car and yet didn’t feel like it.

The steering wheel gives lots of feedback and is very responsive. Not having to worry about gears on bad roads and traffic was such a blessing. I’m completely convinced about the automatic version except that it does not have all the driving modes and 4×4 option of a manual drive.

If you are a family with dogs, this is a car you should definitely consider. :)
 

Shoutout and thanks to Tata motors and Indiblogger for inviting me to test the all new Tata Hexa in Hyderabad. The Hexa will launch in January 2017 but bookings open in November 2016. Please check the Tata Motors website for more details.

October 27, 2016   4 Comments

Elu and The Foreign Body Adventure, and Other Books

Elu happy before surgery

This week was a week of adventure, not the fun kind, but adventure still. And I can say that, now that it’s over.

Two days ago Elu started throwing up in the early morning. Throwing up is fine, the dogs do that once in a way but Elu continued doing so at regular intervals. She was drinking lots of water but throwing it all up; in three rounds she must have thrown up about a litre. That’s a lot!

A vet visit late in the evening and an x-ray revealed a blockage in her intestines. I admitted her as she needed to be kept under observation and surgery was scheduled for the next day. I returned home to a quieter house and a restless me.

Elu's first x-ray

Come time for surgery the next day Elu looked frisky and happy; she looked too happy to be going into surgery. Another x-ray revealed the obstruction had moved from the intestines to the rectum. That’s a simple statement but there’s nothing simple about it, it’s a big deal. It’s super good news!

Elu's second x-ray

Foreign body surgery is a big deal. One – it’s a delicate surgery, two – recovery from it takes long and three – it’s expensive. A Gastrointestinal Foreign Body surgery involves opening up and re-closing the intestine. Any leaks left behind would cause a toxic leak. The surgery leaves the intestine weakened and it’s takes time to strengthen it. This is a surgery best avoided, if it’s possible.

And that’s why the movement of the obstruction was a big deal. It meant the surgery got called off, and Elu got sent home, along with instructions to be constantly observed, to be given some more laxatives and lots of bananas. She’ll be back to normal within a week.

The foreign body inside Elu

She passed the obstruction out this morning. Turned out to be a bone, of a size that should never have gotten stuck. In my 5 years of feeding my dogs Model Prey RAW, this was the first time this had happened. Guess the freak weird odd thing can happen anytime!

Special thanks are due to Anitra and Preeti who stood by me as always through it all (couldn’t have done it without you guys xxx), the Cessna Lifeline Team with extra thanks to Dr. Pawan & Dr. Nitin and loving hugs to Akhil and Dr. Anusha for watching over my girl during her stay there.

And there ends the Elu adventure, but this week also had me falling sick with what looked like a simple eye infection turning out to be conjunctivitis. Between my sickness and Elu’s adventure, I missed out on my running and will have to buck up next week.

conjunctivitisYep, scarrry… 😀

I did finish Menaka’s Choice by Kavita Kané this week and have started with Mastani by Kusum Chopra.

Mastani by Kusum Chopra

We’ve also reached the letter ‘H’ in the #AtoZChallenge and I’m so proud of managing to write in spite of all that’s been happening. I’ve also found some interesting blog that I’m enjoying reading everyday through the challenge. I share the posts I enjoy on twitter so connect with me there – @freya3377 and I’ll also list them here on the blog sometime.

In other news, I had my first mangoes of the season and enjoyed attending the Decutter Flea Market held to help Roxanne Davur’s Probably Paradise Animal Shelter.

Declutter flea market

First mangoes of the season

 

This weeks additions to my #TBR

 

Happenstance by Carol Shields
Happenstance by Carol Shields
(The Readers #149)
Two Novels in One About a Marriage in Transition: one direction is the wife’s story and turn it upside down to read the husband’s story. Just that makes me want to read the book!

One Point Two Billion by Mahesh Rao
One Point Two Billion by Mahesh Rao
(The Readers #149)
13 stories from 13 different states of India, should make for uninteresting read.

The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
(All The Books #47)
I’ve heard of those before and even then this book about cancer had piqued my interest. Maybe it’ll get picked this time.

Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julie Quinn
Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julie Quinn
(All The Books #47)
The lastest from Julia Quinn in the Bridgerton series. I enjoy Historical Romance and I should pick up this series sometime, especially since I’ve read her before and liked her writing.

What news from you this week? Any adventures? 😉

April 10, 2016   No Comments

So Long Buddha, Run Free My Child

The Buddha Welcome #BuddhaTheWise

Buddha – The Wise One
11 Sept. 2004 – 22 Dec. 2015

Che and I decided early in our relationship not to have babies but like a lot of other parents we landed up with an unplanned baby. Unplanned she may have been but she was never unwanted, and we enjoyed her so much, we had 5 more in 5 years. Yep, we’re really bad at family planning. 😉

Two nights ago I lost my first born, my oldest son. Words seem inadequate to describe what I am feeling. There is a blankness, a numbness, an emptiness that is yet to set-in that I know will leave behind a void never to be filled.

Buddha came into our lives late in his and our lives, he was 6 then. I still remember that day when Che looked at me with puppy-eyes and asked if we could bring home another dog. I remember telling him that I’d first like to see the dog.

So, Che whisked me off to Windward Kennels to get me to meet the dog he was already in love with; to convince me to take him home. I still remember my first impression of Buddha – a timid dog who took time to warm up to strangers, a guy who rather be left alone than be in the thick of things and yet so beautiful both inside and out.

Buddha The Quiet One #BuddhaTheWise

I thought he would be easy, a cake walk for me that would also be an excellent calming influence on the two young nut-cracks we had. I was proven so wrong!

As the months rolled by Buddha transformed, he still retained his quiet introspective self but he also started to display a boisterous self who joined in the games, the play, the charges to the door and the barking howling matches.

He came into his own and stopped backing off, he started to take dogs head-on. Clear about what he wanted, what he liked and disliked, he now didn’t hesitate to put the dogs in their place. And as the months rolled by I fell in love with him, more and then some more.

Buddha was a dog no one who met him would forget. He made an impression, an impression all his own, an imprint unique to just him. But he had his quirks – he was terrified of crackers and loud noises, had a dislike for too much excitement, pee’d slow and long, and had a mouth so foul-smelling that you’d never forget a kiss from him, that is if you hadn’t died of the aroma. 😀

A couple of years ago when he had been diagnosed with an enlarged heart and arthritis, I started to worry but Buddha’s love for life made the problems look like they didn’t exist. He fought his way through it all with help from various people who loved him and stayed active right up to the end.

On The Road to Recovery #BuddhaTheWise

When his heart started to act up a couple of weeks ago, he valiantly held on while I fretted. He loved his walks and demanded them, and I, had to give in and take him in spite of my misgivings. On his last day, he walked well, ate heartily, showered me with time and attention and refused to leave my side.

And when he went, he went just as quietly as he had come in 5 years ago. A gentle presence by my side that slipped away before I knew it. He gave us 5 glorious years that we will relive forever. He was Buddha, through and though, aptly named for he had learned all the secrets of the universe and he held them all in himself.

I lost a son two nights ago, my oldest, the first born and I will never be whole again. I’m not a mother of human babies and I don’t know the pain of losing a child but what I do know is that words aren’t enough to describe my grief, no balm is soothing enough for this chasm I have in my heart, no amount of tears can wash away this pain I am feeling.

You will be missed Buddha and yet I know you will always be with me, as that little hole in my heart that will be filled again only when we are reunited. Run free my child, I hope you get your very own hammock up there. xxx

 

That should have been the end of this monologue but there are people I must thank for him and his life before I close. Preeti – a big thank you for sharing Buddha with us, Devisri – for kicking me into getting his diet right, Dr. Pavan, Dr. Ramesh, Dr. Ajitesh & Dr. Girish at Cessna Lifeline and Dr. Shiv Prasad his homeopathy doctor with the magic sugar pills – for keeping him medically healthy, and the brat pack for keeping him happy. Special thanks to Anithra, Chaitanya and Mom & Nanisaheb for being there always, even at the end and for his first toast.

December 24, 2015   4 Comments

Pawsible Weekly: A Little Happiness

One of the biggest lesson’s I have learned from the dogs is to find happiness in small silly things. To let go and just go with the flow. Don’t let it get to you, what it is, depends on how you see it.

There are so many things the dogs do that completely flips my mind. Like waking up day after day to a puddle of pee, or Buddha digging holes in my garden just after I’ve loosened and levelled the soil.

On bad days the dogs have it from me when things like this happen. But on good days (and there are more of those each day) I can see though it and smile.

One of those rare days when Senti managed to hold the bladder through the night. And then was in such a hurry to pee that he aimed at his spot though Buddha’s legs.

On good days I can understand that Senti couldn’t hold his bladder for another hour. He needs to pee around 3 or 4 in the morning and a lot of times I’m too tired to wake up for him. Picking up pee first thing in the morning doesn’t see so bad those days. I find myself smiling indulgently.

Buddha in his pit, while Elu contemplates joining in.

That indulgence also shows up these days when I catch Buddha covered in soil inside a pit of his making. Or when I find Cuckoo and William comfortably settled is soil they have just disturbed to bring out it’s coolness.

A favourite spot of the dogs. First they dig, then they settle.

They may not be the best thing for the garden, but the garden is the best thing for them. The same applies to me too I think. They are the best thing that has happened to me and on bad days, it’s what I have to remind myself the most. It’s also one of those things that helps me though bad days.

It’s difficult but I’m trying to chuck the pains and the bad days, the issues and troubles, and remember that it’s the small joys that bring happiness. Live in the moment, move on quickly in the bad ones and linger and enjoy the good ones.

That seems to be one of the secrets to happiness.

June 8, 2015   No Comments

Pawsible Weekly: Poop Queen

Disclaimer: this article is shit, is about shit and everything shit, so if you are not into shit or eating at the moment, don’t read further.

For 29 years of my life the only poop I knew intimately was my own, then the dogs came along. Now I am a professional Poop Inspector and Investigator along with being an expert Poop Hunter and Collector. That’s a lot of titles so let me explain them.
 

Poop Hunter

 
Each of the dogs have their poop zones, their favourite spots, but sometimes I think the pressure comes on suddenly or they decide to set up a treasure hunt and then the shit could be anywhere. Even in the middle of the hall!
 

Poop Inspector

 
Having six dogs means somewhere between 6 to 12 piles of shit. As a well experienced, researched and studied Inspector I can tell whose shit is whose at a distance mostly. By close-up inspection my guess would be right 95% of the time. 😀

Poop Investigator

 
Identifying poop is just half the battle, the second half involves observing, identifying and tabulating what the turd indicates. Special points are given on finding bone shards, coloured nylon chewie shavings, balls of hair, fur and grass. Thankfully I’ve not found anything else, yet.

 

Poop Collector

 
Poop comes in various states – dry and crumbling, dry and firm, wet and sticky, soft and gooey, liquid gel. The dry and firm variety is the simplest and easiest to pick up. It comes clean of the ground. All the others need a little ingenuity, experience and skill before the art is perfected.

 

Why is Shit so Important?

 
Shit holds a lot of secrets. I’m not kidding, it’s true you know. Your poop can tell you a lot about your body and health. It’s colour, consistency, ease of passing and smell are indicators of many a thing. Looking at poop can tell you about excess vitamins, malnourishment, bleeding, infections, and much more.
 
I started out a novice, but in the last six years of picking up poop, it’s amazing how much I have learned about and from SHIT!

 
P.S. – Day Twenty-One of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge.

May 25, 2015   2 Comments

Pawsible: Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Over the six years that we’ve had dogs, we’ve moved their and our sleeping quarters quite a bit. Sometimes they sleep with us, sometimes by themselves and other times we sleep with them.

Confused? Well, we have clearly demarcated spaces for sleeping at home. The bedroom is our sleeping space and the hall is the dogs sleeping space but we shuffle around. 😀

Every so often we get tired of sharing bed space and the dogs get unceremoniously evicted from the bedroom. Oh the crying we have to deal with for a couple of days. But these bouts of sleeping without the dogs rarely lasts long.

Before we know it we are back to opening the doors to the dogs and cuddling up for the night. Don’t know why we do it considering that that makes eight of us in that room; its not a bedroom, it’s a dorm.

Every night is a new layout, a new pattern. The dogs have their favourite spots and we find space for ourselves in between them all. And then there is Cuckoo who gets up at every sound and when she returns from an inspection expects you to lift the sheet and make space for her. If you don’t, you get punched until you do.

It the reason for the evictions, after waking up a couple of days in a row sore due to weird sleeping positions and sleepless because of Cuckoo’s punching, we’ll tolerate even Buddha whine through the night just for some bed space. So out go the dogs.

There are many advantages to not having the dogs in the room at night. You get the whole bed. You don’t have to doggy proof the bedroom. You don’t have to worry about things lying around. You bedroom doesn’t have a coating of fur. You don’t wake up in the middle of the night to a nasty fart. And so on…

But nothing beats have them around you snuggled and warm at night. I sleep so much better with them around. And I wake up better too, who wouldn’t when you wake up to a doggie face. :)

 

Photo Credit: Chenthil Mohan

P.S. – Day Fourteen of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge.

May 18, 2015   1 Comment

Pawsible Weekly: The Kibble Konundrum

Ever since the heat set in, the mongrels have been fussing about their food. They don’t like most meat pieces, have specific requirements and the requirements change so fast that I can’t keep up with them.

Especially Elu who has been turning up her nose a lot. The amount she has been doing that has had me worried and I switched to chicken for a bit to ease her appetite. But even chicken she is fussy about. She isn’t eating with gusto.

For this reason and the desire to get the dogs used to more types of food, we tried kibble. Drools Focus seems the reasonable best in the market right, so Focus it was. The first attempt seemed a hit with all except William.

The dogs seemed to like the change in their menu. I’d thought they wouldn’t take to kibble easily after meat but no such thing happened. They pounced up on it, happy about the variety and enjoying the crunch of the pellets.

William the first time we tried kibble did funny things as he ate it. His eyes started to water and he looked dopey for a while after eating. By second day he wasn’t bounding up to eat, had had loose stools and he even threw up. At this point we switched back to meat.

It took a week for systems to settle back down and poop to come back to normal. Then this week I decided to try again. One of the mistakes I made last time was to split the meal into two like I do with meat.

When you switch between types of food, or you introduce a new food/meat, you introduce it slowly and gradually. Instead of doing two meals, I should have done 4 or 5 meals in a day. Small amounts of a new food would be easier on the stomach then a big quantity. That might explain Williams reaction.

Anyway, this time round I went at it slow and did 4 to 5 meals spread through the day. And the dogs seemed to have transitioned better. Tummy’s seemed to have settled, poop is soft but well formed pellets and appetites seem good too.

It’s been a bit more work, feeding six dogs multiple times a day, but the upside is that they and I have had a chance to practice patience. All dogs have had to sit patiently outside the kitchen while one is eating inside. They come one at a time and only when called. They then have to sit and wait for food to be served.

Sounds like a process but when I started out, I was chasing dogs in and out, and doing a lot of other drama too. But doing something 4 times day for one whole week, makes for practice, rhythm, tweaking and good understanding.

It’s amazing to watch Max get better and better each day with his impulse control. Eli is still struggling to figure our the kitchen laxman-rekha but she’s getting better at it. It’s also been fun doing it all with the dogs as the food isn’t messy and icky like meat. 😀

But a week of kibble hasn’t been all good, there are some things that I’m just not content about. Drools Focus doesn’t have corn and hence is the better of the packaged foods in the market. That said, the poop quality though better than other kibble, is still not as good as meat. It’s not hard, compact and only mildly smelly like meat poop, this is poop you’ll remember for a while after cleaning up.

And it’s just the poop that is smelly, even the pee is off. No, it’s not smelly in the stinking sense, but rather smelly in the rich sense. As if it’s filled with nutrients. It’s an overwhelming smell and you can’t escape it. After a week it feels like my whole house smells of kibble pee.

Even the dogs smell different, I think. Over the past couple of days I’ve been feeling the dogs have started to smell kibbley. Dogs should smell I dogs and I’m fine with dog smell but this is body odour.

This week I switch the dogs back to meat and chicken and I’m looking forward to all the smells changing back to before. I wonder how long it will take.

Now that their systems have settled I’m unlikely to ever do kibble for so long here on. I’m going to be switching between kibble, chicken and meats often. Have you done kibble in-between meat cycles? Noticed any of the stuff I was mentioning? What kibble do you feed?

Gawd that was a lot of talk about food, poop and pee. 😛 In other news Max’s ear wax culture reports have come and the Vet suggests a ear canal flushing. One of these days soon we’re going to have to put him under and clean out his ear. I’m hoping the procedure goes off well.

All else is fine on the Pawsible front. See you next week. :)

 
P.S. – Day Seven of the 30 Day Blogging Challenge.

May 11, 2015   No Comments

Pawsible Weekly: April Update

It’s been a while since I’ve done regular posts on the blog. It’s good to be back to the mundane but yet I’ll miss the AtoZ Challenge what kept me on my toes.

I planned to write A to Z Things I’ve Learned from the Dogs but I only partially succeeded, as I was lost many a time about what to write. What I did manage though was to have the dogs in every post. It was all about them, oh well, there was always something about them. 😀

Before I get to a quick update on all the dogs have been up to in April. Here’s a quick list of my A to Z posts.

Appreciate – Everything, Even The Little Things

Befriend – More Curious Less Cautious

Celebrate – Thats What Life’s For

Dedication – Keep At It Until You Are Satisfied

Entertain – In All Ways and Forms

Fulfil – Your Destiny

Get Off Your Ass – Get Moving

Holiday – Impulsively

Instinct – It’s a Gut Feeling

Joy – Rejoice the Little Things

Kindness – A Special Type of Kind

Leisure – Stop and Stare

Masti – It’s All About Having Fun

Naughty and Nice – Makes for Some Spice

Opportunity – Grab It

Play – It’s Not Just for the Young

Quality and Quantity – The Eternal Battle

Resilient – Bounce Back, Slowly but Surely

Sensitivity – Unto Others and Yourself

Tolerance – Understand and Accept

Unique – As We All Are

Vice – There Should Be At Least One

Wisdom – What’s Wise All About

Xenial – Hello Stranger!

Young-at-Heart – The Child Within

Zestful – Go For It With Zeal

Now for the updates…

Summer here in it’s full glory and the dogs are showing the effects of the heat too. They prefer to be indoors where the granite floors our cold most of the day. You should see the speed with with they troop in after we have cleaned the house. Wet floors and flooded porches are a particular favourite.

Our bedroom is coooler than the rest of the house me thinks, so they dogs line up at bed time and charge into the room even before we can make it there. Our bedroom’s a dorm in the nights with 8 people sprawled out!

The heat is also showing effects in food. The mongrels both prefer chicken to beef. There is a fair bit of fuss when it comes to red meat, so I’m doing T-bone steaks which the dogs enjoy on some days and chicken in the rest. We’re also experimenting with kibble.

All seem to be taking to kibble well, except for William whose tummy seems to be taking time to get accustomed to it. Last time we tried a three day kibble drill, William acted all funny why eating, his eyes would droop and he’d look dopey as soon as he started eating and the look lasted for a while after. Two days in his appetite dropped.

I’m going to try another cycle of kibble this week. Smaller portions for William with more frequency in feeding. Let’s see how he takes to it this time. One option is to give up on kibble, but I’d like the dogs tummies to flex so this time I’m going to push it slow and steady until William’s tummy settles. Will keep you posted.

Max’s one ear has been bad for a while now. We first tried ACV for a while and it definitely made it better but the issue didn’t completely go away, so we took him to CUPA and started him on a course of antibiotic ear drops. The course also showed some improvement but now the course is over, it seems like he’s sliding back. There’s more goo coming out the ear everyday. Not smelling but sticky dark brown gunk. Time for another Vet visit.

All else is good at Pawsible… As always the pack is making everything possible at Pawsible! 😛
What have you and your fur friends been up to?

May 4, 2015   No Comments

Pawsible Weekly: Prey Model RAW

Che and I first heard of the RAW diet 5 years ago, Cuckoo and Senti were around a year old then. I’m not so much of a raw meat fan so it was Che who did all the research and figured it out. It was how we started out.

A RAW diet simply put is feeding your dog or cat raw meat. However it isn’t as simple as that, the idea behind it is that each species has it’s own specific diet. Dogs offshooted from wolves and hence are carnivores by nature.

Being around humans for centuries may have made them omnivores but their base instinct is still carnivorous. Given a choice between curd rice and meat, a dog will always choose meat. And in a choice between cooked and uncooked meat, raw meat will always win.

In the wild, dogs would have hunted and eaten, which means they would eat different animals and different parts of the animal everyday. There would also be days when they wouldn’t bring down prey and hence would have to go hungry.

PMR or Prey Model RAW tries to recreate that. Some even go to the extend of allowing their dogs to hunt and eat. Well, we don’t do that but we do try to give them a varied balanced RAW diet.

We’ve been feeding our dogs RAW for almost 5 years now. And as you can see in 5 years I now know more about meat. I’m still not a fan but I’ve learned more about meat in 5 years than in the 30 years before that! 😀

Aside from me becoming more of a meat person, we have also seen amazing results in the dogs. They fall ill less often, weight control is so much easier, no food fuss, skin and coat is in great condition, teeth are white and breath is clean (my dach’s are an exception in this), even aging seems to have slowed down.

Maximus and William have lost weight and toned out beautifully. I can also help them with their old bones and arthritis better with natural supplements rather than pills and tonics.

Buddha, my old boy who has a heart condition and arthritis doesn’t show a sign of it. And Elu who started out on RAW when she was just 5 months old has grown out beautifully in the last 7 months.

Buying meat for 6 dogs, planning it, and sorting it takes 4-5 hours a week (compared to this the feeding is a snap) but it’s completely worth it when you look at the results.

I’m still learning myself and there is a world of information out there. You’ll hear about stuff we are doing for sure in these weekly updates as we go along for I am constantly trying to figure it out, tweak and fix their meals.

But if you have a dog or cat and are contemplating the Prey Model RAW diet, the RAW-Feeders India group on Facebook is an excellent place to start.

March 9, 2015   No Comments