"I had a Newfoundland dog when I was a kid. It was my best friend! I never had a better dog. Maybe I remember him through rose tinted glasses, or maybe it was just a really cool dog!
He and I were similar, especially in that we both loved the water! I started yachting when I was 8 and spent all my free time on the water. Time passed, but my love of the water and sailing remained. So when we decided to get a dog, I knew for sure I wanted one that was water friendly. After studying hundreds of pages of the Internet, I realized that it's a Portuguese Water Dog. It is hardy, well-trained in the water, very loyal, smart and fun, and gets along with children.
Even though there are about 10 million dogs in England, it is very difficult to find a puppy. Especially when you want a puppy of a rare breed, of which only about 200 are born a year in England. Especially at lockdown, when the demand for puppies has gone up to 400%. But I made up my mind, I wanted just this dog and decided that I would look until I met "my" puppy. We ended up bringing India from Portugal, as it is the birthplace of these dogs and Portuguese know how to raise and work with these dogs.
I've always had dogs and over the years I've probably tried every feeding option. Without knowing the basics of nutrition, it's easy to get caught up in the great marketing of some companies. Especially when that marketing is organized by American brands that are considered the coolest on the market. Look at McDonald's, for example. Everyone knows it's "not healthy at all," but they promote their brand so well that I'm sure everyone has been to their restaurant at least once in their life. It's the same with pet food. You don't have to believe one advertisement or "what it says on the Internet," but you have to study the issue from different angles, listen to the opinion of professionals and make your own conclusions.
One day I heard the phrase: "Dogs are wolves, and should only be fed raw meat, like wild animals!" I can agree with this, but we should not forget that living next to humans for thousands of years and eating adapted food, the dog as a species has evolved and already differs greatly in both behavior and digestive capabilities from the wild wolf. We should also not forget that in the wild, predators only eat fresh prey, which has fresh blood full of essential micronutrients. Just because purchased meat is raw doesn't mean it's as balanced as fresh prey. Doesn't mean it's free of pathogenic bacteria and parasites. The topic of raw food is very popular right now because it is "more prestigious," more "environmentally friendly," and most importantly more profitable for raw food producers. And the higher the profit margin, the more advertising you see! The topic of gluten intolerance, after in-depth study, 'also turns out to be more of a "marketing" strategy than a really widespread problem for dogs and cats.
I live by the principle of hearing, researching, thinking, drawing conclusions and taking responsibility for my decisions. Always ask questions!"