Watership Down revisited: A slightly odd, funny and happy-ending (rabbit's) tail for Easter.
Winter is knocking on the door, time to stack the firewood and get ready for the change in seasons.
Given it was a mild winter last year and we have had a nice wet summer, my property at the moment is a bit like Watership Down on steroids - it’s a bunny explosion with cute furry little hoppers bouncing everywhere. Much like the Watership Down movie, the farmer (me) goes out with his gun but good old Hazel and his many brothers and sisters have an unlikely ally in the form of a particularly enthusiastic staffy lab cross named… Poppy. Every time I go out to eradicate bunnies, Poppy comes along with all the energy of an atom bomb. The good thing is, at the age of almost eleven, Poppy knows the rules: no unexpected explosions.
All it takes is a hand signal from me and like a well oiled and coiled machine, Poppy crouches and freezes waiting for the next command... we both sneak stealthily down the paddock, rabbits are all in place, gun is cocked ready to fire, Dave is poised for action...
As I raise the gun, slip my finger around the trigger, BOOM! an explosion... of barking, leaping, tail-wagging dog madness. The equivalent of a canine atom bomb just went off and I haven’t even pulled the trigger.
Bunnies: gone; Dog: out of control leaping about like a crazed pinball; Dave: empty handed but slightly amused. I think I will just give up and let the bunnies run riot because leaving Poppy in the house while I am out with the gun is not an option - and given I can shoot straight, I would probably be more accurate if I threw the gun at them.
Happy Easter, Bunnies
Historically there has not been much research done into the benefits of raw feeding our domestic carnivore companions, and we wanted to change that. We are contacted by customers on a daily basis who tell us about the wonderful success they have had with raw feeding, and we are strong believers in our philosophy that nature knows what's best for our cats and dogs.
We are currently in a three-year research collaboration with AgResearch, Massey University and two other New Zealand pet food companies that aims to scientifically demonstrate the fantastic benefits of high-meat diets for carnivores - and the first results are out! The study compared a raw, high-meat diet to a veterinary-quality biscuit and found that:
High meat diets are more digestible for dogs,
More nutrients from a high meat diet are able to be absorbed,
Dogs on a high meat diet had higher levels of the bacteria associated with protein and fat digestion,
Dogs on a high meat diet had smaller poo and better fecal health.
This is great news for raw feeders! You can find the full scientific paper here. We will keep you updated with all exciting future results.
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This month you will find the Jimbo's team in Christchurch for the Pet & Animal Expo with giveaways AND the chance to win three months of free Jimbo's Pet Food! Our team of Pet Lovers can't wait to meet you!