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  1. I don't think there is anything wrong with going through a rescue versus going through a breeder. However, if you are going through a breeder, you need to make sure you do your homework and make sure you are using a reputable one. You have received loads of wonderful advice. I just want to add that I have been researching breeders for our newest puppy for a few years since I knew my daughter's service dog would be retiring eventually. I finally found the breeder I wanted to use and we 'interviewed' each other. After deciding we wanted to move forward, she let me know when she had a puppy she felt would be a good fit for us. This breeder isn't even in the same state. I actually flew up, picked up the puppy and flew back home, all in one day. And ultimately, total cost was likely much less than many pay for these 'designer' mixes (I don't call them breeds).
  2. I'm pretty sure what you want, Zenni can do for you under their progressive options. I was looking at the choices last week and it seems that was one of the options. Zenni has been recommended numerous times here on WTM and I finally tried them out about 4 months ago. Since then I have ordered a pair of prescription readers, prescription sunglasses and bifocals with transition lenses. Last week I was looking at the progressive lenses and it offered three options, one of which, IIRC, was an option for a desktop computer screen and reading. Can't beat the prices either.
  3. umsami, I truly apologize for offending. You have to realize that is one small part of him, as you know, which I won't get into at this time. Other than to say he was also diagnosed with liver cancer just a few hours after I posted this. So if you will forgive what I said and keep him in your thoughts, prayers, mojo or whatever, for he is the only grandparent my kids have ever known. However frustrating as he is. I also edited my original post.
  4. I have 1 friend that teaches online for a local community college and one that works for the state virtual school.
  5. Beans or peas (are they the same thing? LOL) are high up in the ingredient list but it is a US company and sourced and not owned by the big ones so something I might consider. They are, however, owned by a larger company that makes a handful of pet foods. That does give me pause and I will dig a little deeper. I often forget who owns who, which ones have frequent recalls, etc. I probably need to make a list, especially since I have started rotating with puppy. I had completely forgotten that Purina/Nestle owned Merrick.
  6. Orijen has many formulas. Check them out if you are interested. Again, I'm just limited with Radar since I'm trying to keep him on a large breed puppy formula. Fortunately, at this time he hasn't seemed sensitive to anything. It's my old girl that I just can't switch willy nilly. I would occasionally put my older girl on different Orijen formulas when she was younger, it was just a loooong 2-3 week process to switch her. Now I just keep her on the senior formula. She has led a great life and worked hard for my daughter.
  7. Our kids have debit cards attached to their own checking accounts but they are all given AMX tied to our account once they start driving. They use it to purchase gas, groceries and any other errands we ask them to do. They know errands are part of the privilege of using the vehicles. We have never had a problem with them abusing the cards. AMX has always proven to be the most reliable when it comes to fraud so we stick to them.
  8. I would have to look at that a little closer. The main thing I am questioning is the price of the ZiwiPeak. My 65 pound senior eats 1 3/4 cups a day of the Orijen. Most important thing to remember is the higher quality of food, the less they eat. So a large bag lasts her about a month. Of course, my puppy is eating a LOT right now. He gets about 4 cups a day. When I priced the ZiwiPeak it was much higher then 2X. I've never looked at Dr. Marty's. I do have a box of Only Natural dehydrated food I plan on using as a topper soon. Doubt Y will tolerate it but Radar will likely have no trouble. Just transitioned him in one day with no problem.
  9. How can there be a comparison? We are talking about peas that are such a small part of the ingredient list versus corn or wheat which is second? Right off the manufacturer websites. In priority order, did not list all stopped after the first 3, 5, etc.. Purina ProPlan Sport: Chicken, Corn gluten meal and Rice Iams Puppy: Chicken, Ground Whole Grain Corn, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Grits, Brewers Rice Science Diet Puppy: Chicken Meal, Whole Grain Wheat, Whole Grain Oats, Whole Grain Sorghum, Corn Gluten Meal Versus: Orijen Puppy: Deboned chicken, deboned turkey, flounder, whole eggs, whole atlantic mackerel, chicken liver, turkey liver, chicken heart, turkey heart, whole atlantic herring, dehydrated chicken, dehydrated turkey, dehydrated mackerel, dehydrated chicken liver, whole dehydrated egg, whole red lentils, whole pinto beans, whole green peas, chicken necks, chicken kidney, lentil fiber Rawz: Salmon, dehydrated deboned chicken, dehydrated chicken, whitefish, turkey, turkey liver, peastarch Acana Puppy (yes, yes, I know!!, rotate!) (Orijen's cheaper brand): Deboned turkey, deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, whole red lentils, whole green peas, whole yellow peas, chicken fat, atlantic flounder, pollock oil, chicken giblets I will keep looking at ingredient lists. I will keep looking at who ultimately owns and makes the food. I will keep looking at tranparency and who is funding the research. And I'll rotate my puppy, at this time going back to Orijen every other bag, looking forward to when he finally can eat adult food so he has more Orijen choices. Stinks being limited to large puppy. I should be in another season of my life in a few years and then I won't be limited to kibble.
  10. Nope, that is the puppy. He was about 5 months then.
  11. Why not grain free? They are dogs. I don't think dogs/wolves would be eating wheat/grain as the main part of their diet in the wild. Just like I don't think lions/ tigers would either (so similar for cats). And yes, that might be way too simple but it makes sense to me. I think they should be getting mainly meat (good meat, not 'meat' that has been rendered down to nothing, from the scraps of who knows what animals), with just little veggies and fruits. Homemade would be great but not realistic for our lifestyle. So I look for companies that use as 'real' meat as possible in as large a % as possible and then fruits and vegetables. I've yet to find one that doesn't use grains, potatoes or peas AND decent meat. I've looked! Yes, I have seen that time and time again. But one bag here and there is not going to kill a dog. One bag from a company that has frequent recalls might. A varied diet is likely the best thing, hence rotating. I can't easily rotate my older dog since she was fed the same thing the first 2.5 years of her life while she was being trained to be my daughter's service dog.
  12. Pen: My senior (12-year-old lab) gets Orijen senior. I try to rotate her to food called Rawz salmon occasionally (it is not very well known). She doesn't transition well. My puppy, 7 months, I am trying to rotate. He is a black lab too. Orijen large breed puppy is what he gets every other bag but his bag right now is Farmina Pumpkin. It is really hard to find good grain free large breed puppy food! I have given him bags of Acana, Merrick, and Victor so far. I always swap back to Orijen in between. The one thing I don't want is for him to be hard to transition like my senior. I also plan on Fromm in the rotation. Still looking for possible others. They also both get a tsp. of Missing Link hip and joint and Missing Link probiotic in each meal. My senior is my daughter's service dog. The organization was thrilled when we changed her off Eukaneba, the food that sponsors them. They knew we were going to feed her better then they were permitted to do. We are training the puppy to hopefully replace the 12 y.o. as she is retiring, so yes, these dogs need to be in good shape for a long time. The dogs eat better than me but I would have to win the lottery to feed ZiwiPeak!
  13. The other thing that bothers me is the whole 'only these companies have vet nutritionists'... disclaimer, I joined a facebook group for dog food and 99% (it seemed) pushed Purina pro plan as the be all and end all, so yes this is part of what bugs me.. anyway, yes, I feel like I have researched every dog food out there and there ARE other companies that work with nutritionists. Do I know that the nutritionist is on staff full time? of course not, but do they need to be? I will continue to feed the best, grain free, meat first ingredient dog food I can afford.
  14. But what guidelines? Because these are the companies funding this research? I just don't buy it yet. I'm not saying there isn't a problem, I'm just not buying that these four companies, that personally, I think have subquality food are 'the' answer, meet the guidelines. I think they are largely behind this right now. For my new puppy, I am rotating him every bag. For my senior, I will continue to feed what works as she just can't handle rotating.
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