You may know us from our Instagram account @the_prettypointers which follows the daily adventures of my two Hungarian Vizslas, Hendrix and Luna.
Since we started our Instagram account I have posted photos of Lunas daily raw meals which has sparked a huge response from people looking for more information on why I feed certain things and how they can feed their dog the same diet! It also invited some ignorant and very rude people to tell me I was “killing my dog” because dogs cant eat proper food and should only eat dried processed food……yeah those guys!
So after many requests in 2014 I decided to start this page in order to help educate people on raw feeding, the benefits, the do’s and don’ts and first hand diet plans of my dogs.
Have I always fed raw food? No, When I first got Luna at 8 weeks old she was reared on kibble (Purina Pro Plan).
Why did I switch? I had been looking into the benefits of raw feeding from day 1 and I always intended to switch her ‘eventually’. However we were fighting a constant battle with trying to get her to eat! She wouldn’t eat her kibble unless we added either, Gravy (which is far to salty for dogs) or Tinned Sardines/Tuna. I was literally spoon feeding her the entire bowl full. It was a very stressful time! Then at 4 months old she started to develop problems. We were going to the vets constantly with ear infections (due to yeast from grains in her food) and then she had a full blown reaction from the kibble, Hives! Her body was covered in itchy lumps from head to toe it was a very sad sight. Especially as the problem was due to something that I had been feeding her. That was the real kick in the backside I needed to make the switch!!!
I had always studied Sports Nutrition and its effect on Performance. So moving into the canine nutrition field wasn’t that all too dissimilar.
But when I started it was nothing like it is now where you can get pretty much any pet shop and pick up raw. There was ZERO information at arms length and I put in months of researching, reading books and talking to pro raw vets to get as much knowledge as possible to give my dog the best life possible.
So to make it easier for other people I put everything I learnt into this blog!
Not before long my name and this blog was getting out their in the raw feeding world and I was invited to talk about the Raw Diet at our local vet practises and even write the raw feeding guides for holistic magazines and companies like Dorwest Herbs as well as helping to write online guides for a number of companies in the UK and USA.
6 years on from starting the blog I managed to turn this hobby into a business and we opened our first Raw Dog Food Shop called PrettyPointer.
We are located inside Grangewood Garden Centre, Tamworth, B78 3HP.
We stock a full range of Raw Food both for Complete Diets and Prey Model Diets as well as a huge selection of natural supplements, Oils and treats. If you need it, we have it!!
Its incredibly satisfying for me helping dogs that come into the shop with allergy and health issues and watch them transform their lives by switching to the raw diet!
We also have a facebook page for our shop where I regularly share detailed info on diet, meats and supplements. So if your looking to stay up to date and learn please follow us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/rawatprettypointer/
Our female Vizsla Luna enjoying chomping on a whole Rabbit