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  1. Hi, today is my second day with my new blue merle Luna, I have been thinking to switch her to a raw food diet and came across this website today. My questions is would it be alright to feed my puppy this food by the guidelines on the website. I am concerned with feeding her to much protein at this early stage of her life. http://stevesrealfood.com/ Here is what I found on protein in the FAQs on the site; On a dry matter basis, Steve’s Real Food for Dogs is 45% protein, and Steve’s Real Food for Cats is 48% protein. On the package of all pet foods, one can find a guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis refers to the amount of the product by weight that is protein, fat, fiber and water. Steve’s Real Food for Dogs is 10% protein by weight. The natural diets of dogs and cats contain a lot of water, as does Steve’s. Almost all natural ingredients have a high water content: Meat is 60 to 80% water, vegetables and fruits are 90% or more water. The natural method for dogs, and especially cats, to get their water is through their foods. Water does not add calories. Therefore the proper way to look at protein is on a dry matter (DM) basis. Remove the water, and look at the percentage of the food that is protein. On our label, we list the percentage of the product that is protein. With natural diets the two percentages are quite different. For example, let’s compare Steve’s Real Food (listed as 10% protein and 78% water) to a premium kibble (listed as 28% protein and 10% water). Divide the listed protein percentage by 1 minus the percent water. Examples: Steve’s chicken, Protein (DM) = .10/(1-.78) = 45% protein. A premium kibble, Protein (DM) = .25/(1-.10) = 28%.Like all natural diets, Steve’s Real Food is a high protein food. In contrast, all kibbles are much lower in protein than the ancestral diet of dogs and cats. Even vegetables on a dry matter basis are more than 30% protein. In addition, with kibble much of the protein comes from grain, which is not a natural or complete source of protein for dogs and cats. There is a considerable difference in the quality between the protein in real, raw meats and the protein from extruded grain-based foods. and this is what they recommend for a puppy; http://stevesrealfood.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Feeding-Charts-6.gif Any suggestions or comments are greatly appreciated, thank you. Leo
  2. Just to stay on topic, Im still looking for a way of obtaining a blue merle border collie from a reputable place (puppy or rescue). Hopefully by the end of summer. Thank you for all the responses.
  3. But dont they test for these things or do they develop over time? So buying a pup I wouldn't know if it has one of these problems until later, despite the fact that the breeders say the pup has been tested?
  4. I live in Bellevue, close to seattle, but like I said before I dont mind traveling to any other state. PNW BC Rescue looks great but they dont currently have any merles. Going to check That'll Do Border Collie Rescue and http://bcrescue.org/phpBB3/ Thanks again.
  5. Thank you guys, NorthfieldNick, could provide me with a few rescue places to start out with in WA and the surrounding area?
  6. I would first like to thank everyone for the warm welcome to these boards, I will be spending much of my time here learning about my future friend. Your responses have been detailed and have helped me a lot in my search. I am now more cautious with where I will find my puppy. Would you mind sharing these breeders with me? I am very concerned with getting a healthy puppy. If anyone can suggest any breeders around the US I would much appreciate it. As for those that are suggesting rescue, I am planning on doing it this way with my second and third dogs when I am a more experienced trainer. I just want my first dog to be a puppy. Thanks again for all the help.
  7. Hi, Im currently searching for a blue merle border collie puppy. Just a question that been on my mind; most of the pups that Im seeing online have pink noses, does this change over time to black or does the pink stay even when the pup becomes an adult? Also if anyone can suggest anywhere I can find the pup because I've been looking everywhere. I live in WA and am willing to drive to any state to find the puppy. Thank You -Leo
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