The Pet Food Jungle

Hi guys!

As you know we here at Camp WriggleButts feed a home made, raw prey model diet. This isn’t something you can do without spending some time learning about nutrition and how to make the food balanced and correct. Although we’d love for every cat and dog and ferret out there to have a natural diet like us we understand that it’s not likely to happen, at least not in our lifetime. We came across these great videos about reading pet food labels and just wanted to share. Learning how to figure out what’s in the bag/can and whether it’s good for us can be hard, and these videos are quite easy to understand and very informative. What Dr. Karen Becker says is very representative of what we’ve learned after years of reading studies and articles and text books so we feel confident in recommending them.

Note – these are American videos and so all the talk about choosing American products is of course only valid in the US, although the part about avoiding Chinese treats is probably true for all of us. We generally recommend you to source your food as locally as possibly, and that goes for both two- and four-legged friends.

The planned post for today about Gummi’s new toy can wait until tomorrow. We hope these might be of use to some of you and we’ll probably include them in our food section of the website once Mom has the time to make it all better.

Hyssing, Virus, Gummi and Bajas

PeeEss: Mom’s knee is much better already after a weekend having it up most of the time. She also went on an exciting visit on Saturday that we’ll get around to tell you about eventually.

Shopping abroad!

We hope you all had a great Halloween. Halloween isn’t really celebrated in Norway.. Or.. Well.. Seems we’re sort of adopting the tradition. Mom isn’t sure she likes it. Not that she dislikes Halloween.. but that the people selling all sorts of stuff “import” holidays like Valentines Day and Halloween just to make more money.. We allready have a similar tradition during Christmas. During the week between Christmas and New Year kids dress up and go knocking on peoples doors and sing christmas songs. They’re rewarded with fruit, cakes and candy quite like when trick or treating. We prefer to ignore the doorbell and eat the treats ouselves, but mom usually protest. Stupid. Once the door is opened we love to kiss the children, though.. They give us plenty of hugs and kisses.. But we’re really not getting to the point. We’re very sorry!

On Halloween mom took us shopping abroad. Sounds more fun than it is, probably. When we got up in the morning we all got in the car and started driving. We love going in the car, because we love to go wherever mommy goes. Nimbus used to get car sick, but he got over it eventually. Good for him. And good for us, too. We don’t like to be crated individually in the car.. It’s much nicer to cuddle in a heap. But when one of us gets sick all over the crate it’s not so fun after all..

Anyways.. Off we went.. You do get to the point where driving in the car isn’t so much fun any more.. It’s sort of boring, actually… We farted a bit, but that was the only major entertainment. Oh.. and mom sang along to the radio.. Next time we’ll videotape her and post it on our blog! Revenge is sweet.. Eventually we crossed the border into Sweden.. but when we get to the store it turns out mom is intending to go in alone. Major bummer.. So we stayed in the car all alone while she was in there enjoying herself in the meat isle… We could smell the meat when she returned so we knew where she’d been.

So back into Norway we go.. And finally we go to the only interesting place to shop. The Dogfood Place! You see. Usually mom give us this lovely, raw food. She drives far into the countryside to a really nice guy, Magne, who produce this great, raw food. She buys plenty of it when he’s making it fresh and then we all go home and pack it in small containers for us to eat for dinner each day. We just love this food! And the guys working there are all really great and mom usually let us out to run free on the fields there for a while. It’s really isolated so quite safe. This time it was really windy and rainy and horrible.. but we really had to go potty.. We had been in that car for two countries! That’s like forever! But then Nimbus decided he’d rather pop into the production area to have a chat with the guys there. He even got a snack. Mom said that’s a shame, ’cause now he’ll certainly do it again. Of course he will. It was great fun. Then Coco followed and took a trip in there too. Bajas was the only one who went straight back to the car/crate. He’s such a mommy’s boy.

While mom carried in the groceries Nimbus checked out the trunk. It sure was food in there!
It was Halloween after all, so he tried to make his scariest face when caught! Let’s get a close-up. This picture almost made mom laugh to death. We’ve no idea why.

While mom got all 60kilos (sorry.. we’re metric) packed and stuffed in the freezer we all helped mom test the quality of the food. Tasted just yummy… We suggested to just eat it all and go back for more the next day, but sometimes she’ll just not listen to reason.. Oh well.. At least there’s no more kibble! Hooray!