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June 28, 2012     Volume 3, Issue 26 Follow Us   Facebook Twitter Youtube
 Editor's Note

After many months of grueling research, price comparisons and test drives, my husband and I finally found the perfect car. We were at the dealership last Friday filling out the paperwork when the agent asked me for the name of my employer. So I told him.

“Did you say BARF?”

I’ve pretty much gotten used to being asked this question from countless people when they ask me where I work. With a laugh I reply, “Yes, I work for a dog food company.”

“Oh, that makes sense,” they often reply.


Why does naming a dog food company “BARF” make sense? Does it make sense that many of our canine friends suffer from digestive problems: diarrhea, constipation – and yes, vomiting? I’m sorry but I don’t think so…and neither does my dog, Chewy.

He’s actually the reason why I started working here at BARF World. Chewy has what you would call, a “sensitive stomach”. Before BARF, he was dangerously underweight, had chronic diarrhea and, when it got really bad, he would throw up his food. As a result, he was a sad, miserable little guy. (If you’ve ever had the stomach flu or a bad case of food poisoning, you would know just how Chewy felt).

It broke my heart to see him suffering like this. I felt so guilty that I couldn’t find a way to fix my poor dog.

I spent a lot of time (and a LOT of money) on various brands and types of dog food. You name it, Chewy’s tried it: dry, canned, semi-moist, refrigerated, even a homemade diet. I literally tried anything I could think of with this dog, yet nothing seemed to give my little Chewy relief.

Then a guardian angel came and saved us!

Okay, maybe it wasn’t that dramatic, but boy, it sure felt like that at the time. A friend of mine told me about the benefits of feeding a natural, raw diet to my dog and recommended that I try it. This news came at the perfect time because, quite frankly, I was at the end of my rope. If I had heard about BARF sooner, I probably wouldn’t have done it. My main concern was the risk of bacteria in the raw meat causing further digestive upset in my dog.

But I was desperate so I did it anyway…

So here we are now - 5 years later. Chewy is much happier and healthier and hasn’t had a bout of diarrhea or vomiting since he’s been on this food. And I’ve found a great place to work where I can help spread the word about this extraordinary diet.

For those of you with pets that, like Chewy, suffer from digestive upset, or if you are feeding your dog a combination of a raw food diet and a dry dog food diet (kibble), please check out this very important article from Robert Mueller below. It will save you and your pet from a lot of frustration and mess!

To the miraculous power of raw foods,


Amber Keiper & the rest of the BARF World team

 Pet Alert!
5/20/2012 - Diamond Expands Recall! [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
5/10/2012 - Purina Veterinary Diets Overweight Management Feline Formula (Nestle Purina)
solid recall
5/8/2012 - Solid Gold WolfKing Large Breed (Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc.)
5/5/2012 - 4Health [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
5/5/2012 - Canidae [Various Flavors] (Canidae Pet Foods)
Wolf5/5/2012 - Chicken Soup For The Pet Lover's Soul [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
5/5/2012 - Country Value [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
Wolf 5/5/2012 - Premium Edge [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
5/5/2012 - Professional [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
5/5/2012 - Taste of the Wild [Various Flavors] (Diamond Pet Foods)
Wolf5/4/2012 - Apex Chicken & Rice (Apex Pet Foods)
5/4/2012 - Natural Balance - Various Flavors (Natural Balance Pet Foods)
5/4/2012 - Wellness Complete Health Super5Mix Large Breed Puppy (Wellpet LLC)
Wolf 3/9/2012 - FDA continues to caution consumers about feeding dogs chicken jerky products.

 Latest News From BARF World
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Summer is upon us and that means time for some fun in the sun!  From now until the end of August, we will be hosting a Summer Photo Contest on Facebook and we want to see YOUR best summer dog photo. It can be a photo from a past summer vacation that you absolutely love or one you will take this summer on an upcoming trip. Either way, make sure it is your favorite because there is only one photo entry per Facebook user.

Then, once you have entered the contest, it will be up to YOU to motivate your friends, family and everyone else to vote your photo as the best in the bunch.

jrtThe photo with the most votes at the end of the summer wins a GRAND PRIZE, which includes BARF World goodies for you and your dog and a generous gift from our amazing sponsor Etta Says!

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 If Dogs Could Talk

Like Oil And Water: Mixing Kibble And Raw

By Robert Mueller

In every industry there are combinations of products that just don't make sense to combine. We are taught that oil and water don't mix well. Some antibiotics are better taken with water rather than milk. Basic ingredients don't mix well with acids, such as milk and grapefruit. The list goes on and on.

I point this out because a new innovative marketing gimmick has just been introduced in the dog food world that suggests the combination of freeze-dried raw food nuggets with kibble.

I have been teaching for years that combining a raw diet with kibble is a hard combination for pets to digest. This is because the digestive time frame of each diet is different. As such, you confuse the pancreas when generating the right combination of digestive enzymes. This often results in gastrointestinal upset (mainly diarrhea and vomiting) and in some cases, long-term depression of the digestive and/or immune system.

The question I would ask regarding this new combination food is: “What is the real benefit?”

It cannot be a reduction in price because using freeze-dried nuggets is an expensive alternative to a raw food diet. It cannot be to offer a better digestive advantage because of the aforementioned variance in the digestion cycle.

So what exactly is the benefit?

Perhaps it offers consumers a product that can be used while traveling. After all, a frozen, raw diet isn’t always as easy to store and manage while traveling long distances without proper refrigeration. Then again, pet owners that are true believers in the amazing benefits of a raw diet would use prefer to opt for a freeze-dried raw diet product during travel, forsaking kibble entirely.

Then there is the customer that chooses to use kibble in combination with a natural, raw food diet in order to reduce the cost of feeding large/giant breed dogs or multi-dog households. What I often tell these people is to split the raw and kibble feedings – feed the raw diet in the morning and the kibble at night – and under no circumstances should they combine these two diets into one meal. This usually eliminates any digestive issues and at least introduces an improvement in nutrition for the animal by feeding half raw.

I always question when a company promotes themselves as raw food enthusiasts and at the same time promotes kibble. It seems as if the desire for profit supersedes the desire to do what is best for the health of the animal?

As you all know, I am not a believer in feeding our pets a kibble diet. They are not naturally designed to ingest cooked diets, especially those that contain filler ingredients like corn and grains. But this new concept of combining raw and kibble is even worse because these two diets just don't mix well. Mixing kibble and raw is like mixing oil and water.

Recognizing that this is a controversial topics, I invite you to share your thoughts and comments on this subject on our blog: http://www.barfworld.com.

Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of "Living Enzymes: The World's Best Kept Pet Food Secret", and co-developer of BARF World's BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements - the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. He and his wife love to travel around the world with their dog, Moxie - a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix. 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 barfworld.com/ezine

 Bark Out Loud

Hospitals Allow Family Pets to Visit Patients

It is documented that pets improve our quality of life beyond just our general happiness. Interactions with dogs have been used as a form of treatment for many illnesses including mild cases of depression. Pets can also help prevent illnesses by lowering blood-pressure, helping to prevent heart attack or stroke.

Some hospitals are catching on to this and taking their therapy dog programs to the next level by allowing the patients own dog to visit them. More Here

Wags of Wisdom:

"No one can fully understand the meaning of love unless he's owned a dog. He [a dog] can show you more honest affection with a flick of his tail than a man can gather through a lifetime of handshakes."
-Gene Hill, author and columnist

"Do not make the mistake of treating your dogs like humans or they will treat you like dogs."
-Martha Scott, English author

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