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June 29th, 2011
Volume 2, Issue 7

July is sure to be an exciting month! Fireworks displays, family vacations, and neighborhood barbeques are being planned everywhere across the country.

How about you? Are you and your pets planning any fun activities or trips for the 4th of July holiday?

Speaking of fireworks and the 4th of July, make sure you read the article in the “If Dogs Could Talk” section. You’ll hear all about the “July 4th Dogs” and how my dog almost became one. This is some scary stuff but you definitely need to think about it especially with all the fireworks displays and activities going on.

On a lighter note, check out the “Good Dog” section and meet the marvelous Dachshund dog. Being that July is National Hot Dog month, what better breed to honor than the brilliant and handy “weiner dog”?

The Philadelphia Zoo celebrates its 137th anniversary this Friday, July 1st. Zoos have played an important role in the development of raw diets for our own household pets. Find out exactly how in Robert Mueller’s article on “Raw Knowledge”.

Happy Independence Day!

Amber Keiper

Mark Your Calendars:

July is National Hot Dog Month

  • July 1, 1874 – Anniversary of the Philadelphia Zoo – our nation’s first zoo.
  • July 2 at 12:00pm – Halfway Point of the Year. We have half a year left to go to year 2012!
  • July 3-August 11 – Dog Days of Summer. Don’t forget your sunscreen! These are the hottest days of the year (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway).
  • July 4 – Independence Day holiday. REMINDER: BARF office and fulfillment centers are closed this day.
  • July 6, 1935 – Dalai Lama’s birthday. Tibetan spiritual leader and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

  • July 7, 1940 – Beatles singer and drummer, Ringo Starr’s birthday is today.

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If Dogs Could Talk

Don't Let Your Pet Become a “July 4th Dog”

by Amber Keiper

I want to share a short story with you about how I almost lost my dog, Chewy a few years back and also hopefully give you a few tips on how to avoid this scary situation with your own pets.

It’s our normal tradition to get the family together for a barbeque every 4th of July. This normally includes my mom and step-dad, my two brothers, my husband Jesse’s parents, his brother as well as our family dog, Chewy and his “uncle” – a miniature pincher named Louie. We get together to share stories and enjoy each other’s company as the smell of smoke and barbeque sauce fills the air.

As evening wore on and it began to get dark, the family all decided to go up to the house to watch a movie together to pass the time before the big fireworks displays began in our neighborhood. 

During the middle of the movie, my husband, Jesse, decided to take Chewy out for a quick potty break. Now, you must understand that Chewy is a well-trained dog…he always comes when called. This is why Jesse thought nothing leaving Chewy off leash while they went outside.

It was supposed to be a quick in and out deal…

While Jesse and Chewy were outside, they both heard a loud bang followed by a bright explosion of light in the sky. Someone had set off a huge firecracker near our home and spooked the pants off of both Jesse and Chewy.

Chewy was so freaked out by the explosion that he bolted right out of the yard and into a nearby field before my husband had time to react. Jesse panicked and called out for Chewy to return but it was too late! Chewy was nowhere to be found.

Fearing that Chewy would get lost or hit by a car, Jesse rushed back into the house and explained to us what had happened. We all quickly set out to look for our poor lost dog and after hours of searching, there was still no sign of our little guy.

Around 11:30 pm my cell phone rang. When I answered the call, a pleasant female voice on the other end asked me if I had lost my dog. I couldn't believe it - Chewy was found!

She explained that she and her daughter were just leaving the shopping mall a few blocks away from our house when they happened upon a furry black dog in the parking lot.

Though he seemed a bit frightened, he was quite friendly and when she called to him, he hesitantly came near enough for her to be able to see that he had a collar. Eventually she was able to coax him into allowing her to hold him so she could make out the information on his dog tag and give me a call.

Now, luckily MY story had a happy ending…but did you know that more dogs are lost on July 4th than any other day of the year?

It's so common that animal shelter personnel commonly refer to these lost pets as of "July 4th" dogs.

Tips to Avoid Having Your Pet Become a “July 4th Dog”:

  1. Best Case Scenario:  Leave your pets at home. Be sure to place them in a well-secured area, as some pets will become destructive if spooked. Remove any items nearby that could be damaged. It's also a good idea to leave the radio or television on to help muffle outside noise.
  1. If you decide to take them with you, don't leave your pets in the car. Leaving the windows cracked is not enough to keep the temperature inside a car down for your dog especially during the hot summer months.
  1. Never leave your pets unattended even if they're fenced in or on a chain or leash. Like Chewy, pets may try to escape if frightened and could become entangled on their leash causing injury or even death.
  1. ALWAYS make sure that all your pets have current identification tags on so that if they do become lost, they can quickly be returned to you.
  1. Use Rescue Remedy on your pets to help calm them during stressful situations. Bach flower remedies such as Rescue Remedy are great for pets and people too. They can be used to naturally help relieve anxiety, stress and fearfulness during loud fireworks displays.

I hope these tips help you keep your pets safe and sound this weekend!

Amber Keiper is the Marketing Assistant and Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. She and her husband have two rescue animals that are now healthy and proud BARF brats – a terrier mix named Chewbacca (“Chewy”) and a tabby mix named Chiquita (“Chiqui”).

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Good Dog

Dachshunds - Great Big Heart…Itty Bitty Legs

by Evan Price

For July’s issue of the BARF World E-zine, we officially welcome the summer.  July is host to a couple of the biggest holidays of the year: Independence Day…and of course my birthday (which is July 25th)! 

Since it is my birthday month, I get to write about whatever topic I want to for my article.  And as someone who grew up with Dachshunds, I have made the decision to write about this very special breed. 

Actually it’s quite fitting as July also happens to be National Hot Dog Month – “hot dog” being a common nickname for the Dachshund breed.

While the origin of the modern Dachshund is German (dachs meaning “badger” and hund meaning “dog”), there is some evidence to suggest that these dogs trace as far back as 3000 B.C. to ancient Egypt.  Mummified remains of Dachshund-like dogs have been uncovered, as well as engravings of short-legged hunting dogs.

As the name would indicate, Dachshunds are hunting dogs, primarily bred to track badgers, although they are also used to hunt foxes, rabbits, and fowl.  They have the distinction of being the only certifiable breed to hunt both above and below ground.  They do not seem to give any regard to their small stature, tracking with intensity and hunting with a ferocity that exceeds their physical size.

Dachshunds mainly come in “standard” (15-28 lbs.) and “miniature” (10-12 lbs.), but a couple of other sizes have recently become available.  These are “toy” (less than 8 lbs.), and “tweenie” (13-14 lbs.)  Short-haired Dachshunds are the most common, closely followed by long-haired while wire-haired Dachshunds are the least common breed type. 

Other features of the Dachshund include a long snout for increased ability to pick up scent while tracking, flap-down ears to keep out dirt and grass, a broad deep chest for increased lung capacity while burrowing, paddle-shaped paws that are excellent for digging, and a strong tail which can be pulled in the event that the dog needs to be retrieved from a hole…or underneath the couch.

Dachshunds are one of the most popular breeds in America as well as Germany and several other countries. 

Although extremely loyal very playful, and quite intelligent, Dachshunds have a reputation for being stubborn and a little hard to train.  Patience is a must with this dog breed.  

Because they are hunters, they can be aggressive in certain situations.  They are also fearless, and have no problem challenging a dog 10 times their size or larger.  They have even been used in packs to hunt wolverines.

Dachshunds have a predisposition to develop back and neck problems due to their odd shape. This breed can easily become obese if overfed or underworked which can contribute to a higher risk of developing these health issues.

Despite this, their shape provides a fair amount of enjoyment to those around them, often being referred to as “half a dog high, and one and a half a dog long”.  This supports their nicknames: “hot dog”, “sausage dog”, “wiener dog”, and “weenie dog”.

Many famous people have come to own and become avid Dachshund lovers.  Dachshund lovers include:

  • JFK
  • Queen Margrethe II (Denmark)
  • Grover Cleveland
  • Pablo Picasso
  • E.B.White
  • William Randolph Hurst
  • Jack Ruby
  • Andy Warhol. 

This fascinating breed is so well loved that the city of Zelenogorsk, Russia has a Dachshund monument prominently displayed.  Every year on “City Day” (July 25th) a parade of Dachshunds can be seen marching through the heart of the city…and every year on July 25th, my own doxie can be seen sitting on my lap, trying to figure out how to get a hold of a piece of my chocolate birthday cake, with raspberry frosting, of course.

For more information on dachshunds, feel free to check out:


Until next time, happy BARFing!

Evan Price is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc.. He is a true dog lover at heart with a particular interest in Daschunds. Evan is also an avid sports enthusiast and bridge player. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.

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Raw Knowledge

When It Comes to Raw Diets, Zoos Lead the Way

by Robert Mueller

On July 1st, 1847 the very first zoological park was established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Three thousand visitors traveled by foot, horse and carriage, and steamboat to visit the exhibits. Admission to the zoo was 25 cents for adults and 10 cents for children. The park was able to exhibit over 1,000 animals on opening day.

What is the importance of this historical event and how has it changed the way we feed our pets today?

It is very important because zoos have laid the groundwork for how our own companion animals should be fed.

Let's face it: One hundred and sixty four years ago, we were merely guessing on the nutrient and ingredient requirements for all these exhibit animals. Yet over the years, zoos have provided the groundwork for dietary and breeding research. They have without a doubt the longest history of breeding success of any institution in this country.

Zoos have become an important stepping-stone in the development of raw diets for our pets. They have completed important feeding trials and established proper nutrition guidelines for all the carnivorous animals in the zoos collections.


It would be wise to review what the zoos do to successfully feed their valuable animals.

Back in the early 70's when I was exporting raw meat diets to all the zoos around the world, the Philadelphia Zoo was one of the last to convert to a commercially prepared feline and canine diet. Up to that point, they were still preparing their own diets, having established one of the first in-house slaughter facilities.

Why did it take them so long to come on board with commercially prepared raw diets for their animals?

They resisted making the change until they were confident that the commercial diets would offer the proper balance of nutrients. They would not be satisfied with unbalanced diets or abnormal ingredients that were unfamiliar to each animal’s dietary needs.

The important lesson to be learned from this is that zoo carnivores are simply NOT fed an unnatural grain-based diet.

So can we learn from the breeding success of these zoological organizations, from their professional exotic animal veterinary staff, and study how to feed our own pets a biologically appropriate diet?

My answer is a resounding “YES!”

If we are to offer the best possible care and diet choices for our beloved companion animals, we should heed the lesson learned from the zoo community. Why not call the zoos that are closest to your location and ask them what they feed their canine and feline collection? You will learn that their feed doesn't come in the form of a heat-processed kibble but in fact whole raw foods!

There is no better gift that could we can give our pets than a lesson learned from the zoos. Feed your pets a complete and balanced raw diet and begin to experience the positive benefits the BARF Diet can provide.

Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist and has been formulating raw diets for more than thirty years. Recognized as one of the early pioneers in promoting raw foods to pets, Rob's history of developing and promoting raw meat diets has exposed him to dogs, cats, and zoo carnivores worldwide. He is also the author of the book Living Enzymes: The World's Best Kept Pet Food Secret. Rob and his wife love to travel with their dog, Ube - a sheltie/beagle mix.

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Bark Out Loud

Monthly Pet Laugh

by Christopher Hampson


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With Owner After 5 Years


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Wags of Wisdom:

“Dachshunds are ideal dogs for small children, as they are already stretched and pulled to such a length that the child cannot do much harm one way or the other.”
-Robert Benchley, actor and author (1889-1945)

“A dog can express more with his tail in minutes, than his owner can express with his tongue in hours.”
-Author unknown

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