This is winter in the Bay Area.
It can get cold, but instead of snow, we get mist and rainfall. Strange things sprout in this dampness and chill.
I don’t know what all these mushrooms are. ID help is appreciated, as no doubt some are poisonous to dogs. Which is why I get nervous about Bowdu’s recent habit of chewing on grass. He started munching in earnest a couple months ago, grazing from a clump of weeds by the backyard fence. He moves deliberately, purposefully, like he knows what he’s doing even though it puzzles me. Sometimes he’ll trot outside straight towards the weed hedges, and when he’s had enough, he’ll come right back in.
And recently, he started chewing on grass at the park, too.
He doesn’t seem to be doing this to induce vomiting, as I’ve observed from Bowpi. She was a little pukey during the first few weeks of her arrival, mostly due to nerves and the change of environment and diet, I think. Aside from her morning pukes consisting primarily of stomach bile (a problem we resolved by giving her a tiny handful of kibble at night and then acclimating her to scheduled mealtimes), she’d also chew grass to make herself throw up, usually minutes after ingestion. I guess dogs just know when they’ve gotta puke, and grass fuels the necessary actions.
Here, Bowpi half-heartedly joined in only because she saw Bowdu chewing grass. Dogs can be copycats too, ha!
Since Bowdu doesn’t do this to puke, that leads me to guess that he likes the taste of grass, or he’s instinctively trying to self-supplement his diet now that he’s getting so much raw. His pre-made Primal already contains a mix of vegetables, and I trust their formula to be a balanced blend. But when they both get their raw meaty bones or whole fish twice a week, I don’t usually supplement with greens. Instead, they get mushy orange foods — canned pumpkin or sweet potato, usually — to accompany their meaty meals.
So we’re trying something out — Zuke’s Mean Greenz added to every meal, if not fresh greens. Ingredients include spinach, broccoli, peas, and green beans in a mix of oats, barley, and molasses. Review pending, after they finish the box. Though it may not stop Bowdu from eating grass altogether, both dogs really like these niblets so far, so we may as well give it a go.
Not everything RAW is happily consumed here…
“Raw parsley? Ick.”
“Raw squash? Why the hell did you give me this crap? Ptooey.”
“Raw carrot? Ooh, I like. I can help you with that one.”
Bowdu’s list of favorite fruits and veggies:
- raw carrots
- fresh Michigan blueberries
- persimmons (no seeds!)
- steamed green beans
- canned pumpkin
- BAKED SWEET POTATO
Though Basenji are also supposed to be quite fond of fruits and veggies, Bowpi only seems to like mushy orange things: sweet potato and pumpkin. Maybe I should offer her some steamed, soft carrots.
I sometimes steam a batch of green beans, chop them up and toss some into doggy dishes, but I stopped adding them to Bowpi’s meals because I’d come back to find a sloppy ring of barely-chewed green bits strewn around the circumference of her bowl. And jerky treats wrapped around fruit, like Dogswell Veggie Life Chicken and Apple treats? She’ll nibble all the meat around the fruit and then spit the chunk right back out if she accidentally ingests it. Oh well. We don’t buy those anymore anyway, not since we cut out all processed chicken from their diet and since we found out they are manufactured in China.
By the way, you see how nice Bowdu’s paws look now? Isn’t it great? So all y’alls coming to the House of Two Bows looking for foot-licking videos will have to go somewhere else for the time being, thanks.