Ice Ice Baby
April 29, 2011 § 22 Comments
If the title of today’s post is giving you irreversible memories of the ’90s and that of American rapper Vanilla Ice, then let me quickly refocus your attention with a dose of cuteness—courtesy of Miss Maple 😉
Blogging has introduced us to people from all walks of life and whose personal experiences with their own furry friends have inspired us to try new things that we wouldn’t have otherwise thought of ourselves. Lately, I have become very impressed by pawrents who have banished commercially-produced dog food and are faithfully feeding their furkids a BARF diet with amazing results.
Although Maple gets to enjoy some of nature’s bounty in the form of fruits and vegetables, her main staple still consists of kibbles. I hope one day we can strike a balance and provide Maple with a more well-rounded diet that will ensure her a long and healthy life. Until then, we’ll be taking one small pawprint at a time. As a start, we recently purchased a package of raw beef marrow bones.
The idea of feeding Maple raw foods at home, however, has been a contentious issue for me. The thought of Salmonella and E. coli being spread by Maple’s little paws from floor to rug to furniture sends me into hypochondriac overdrive. Thanks to Anna from AKG Inspiration for this great suggestion: use a towel as a place-mat (it makes for an easy clean-up job). Why hadn’t we thought of that!
And now, here’s how we have begun introducing Maple to the idea of situating her tooshie on a towel when eating raw foods:
1.) Train with Ice-Cubes. They’re a good starter and if they accidentally fall off the towel, well then, no worries, it’s just water.
2.) Towie, Sit, Stay, OK. These are the four basic commands we use with Maple. Towie (short for towel) is a new word we’re teaching Maple. That way, she won’t confuse her Towie for her a Blankie, which is intended for play and snuggles.
3.) No! I almost forget the fifth and most essential command. In the event Maple decides to move the ice-cube to another location off the towel, we’ll say ‘No’ followed by ‘Towie’ and Maple will return to her spot on the towel (well, at least we hope she will for the most part).
4.) Sit Back and Relax. It’s a lot of fun just watching Maple having a blast with the ice-cube. Seeing Maple this way has certainly given us the confidence of feeding her raw foods in the comfort of our own home.
I can’t wait to share with you Maple’s very first experience with a raw bone treat. Come back on Monday to view the event unfold!