We decided to stop and leave some food for the tiny, little guy. Grabbing some bread and a can of soup, Johnny walked to the side of the road and bent down to lay the food on the ground. Next thing we knew, the puppy came running up and basically jumped into the front seat of our car! And as the story would go, the dog had chosen his forever home. His namesake is the popular character Special Agent Gibbs from the television show NCIS, a family favorite.
This guy weighed a mere 30 pounds and was missing some front teeth. After a few weeks, he travelled to the vet to be neutered. He was up to an amazing 55 pounds! We were told he was full grown and most likely a Chow/Yellow Lab mix. His feet still appeared to be two sizes too big for his body and after months of care and tons of food, Gibbs topped out around 80 pounds and is simply the very best farm dog ever. Bar none.
We began studying what a dog's diet would naturally involve. What do they eat when they have a choice? Bones, meats, dead animals and an occasional plant. After careful observation, we noticed Gibb's was self-medicating using plants, specifically herbs. My Echinacea was in full bloom when I observed some of the leaves were missing. I thought some wild rabbits had taken up residence so I started keeping a close watch on that area of the garden. One afternoon I caught Gibbs chowing down on the leaves! Echinacea is a powerful immune boosting plant. He had never bothered my herb before. Something was up. We had already been using herbs to treat certain people conditions and after observing Gibbs, we began to look more into the amazing benefits these plants can bring to our four legged friends. After a trip to the local herb store, Gibbs started on a journey to restoring his health.
We have since added a puppy to the farm. Lucas, named after another famous television personality- the Rifleman- is a Great Pyrenees. He is heir apparent to the farm dog throne and spends his days in 'training', under the watchful eye of the big, tan, general. Gibbs is a tough act to follow. Lucas has now began his own natural journey and is readily consuming health building foods on a daily basis.
Just what exactly do our dogs eat? Can this be done reasonably? Our doggy-friendly base diet is detailed below:
You will also begin to notice a difference money wise. Because you are giving such nutrient dense foods, you will find that your dog doesn't need quite so much food to meet his needs. When adding organ meats and bones, start with smaller portions. Just a bite or two. Because they are packed full of wholesome goodness, a little goes a very, long way! Our products are sold in packages that are approximately one pound in weight and the product is frozen. For ease of use, simply thaw the entire package in a sealed container in your refrigerator. Pull out individual portions, leaving the remainder sealed in the fridge until the contents are fully used. Use caution when handling raw meats and eggs. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly.
What other products do we offer that can benefit your four-legged friends? Chicken necks, backs, hearts, livers, kidneys and more. Click on the slide show below for additional options.
***IT IS UNSAFE AND NOT RECOMMENDED TO GIVE COOKED BONES TO YOUR DOG. WE BELIEVE RAW BONES TO BE SAFE AS THEY DO NOT SPLINTER WHEN EATEN. THIS ENTRY WAS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND THE DETAILS SHARED ARE THOSE EXPERIENCED PERSONALLY ON OUR FARM. THE ABOVE LINKS WERE GIVEN FOR INFORMATINAL PURPOSES ONLY AS WE DO NOT ENDORSE THESE COMPANIES NOR RECEIVE ANY BENEFITS FROM LISTING THEM HERE***