Our Dog’s name is Daisy and she is a 3 year old Cairn Terrier. She loves to play with her ball and chase anything that moves. We recently switched Daisy to Longevity raw food after her being on kibble since a puppy. We did this as we wanted her to have a high quality food that would hopefully prevent her from having skin or other health issues as she aged. We also had read about the many benefits of a raw food diet for dogs and wanted to have the healthiest dog possible. Prior to switching to the raw food, she did not get too excited when it was feeding time. Now when she knows it is time to eat she gets super excited, dances around, and licks her bowl as clean as she can get it when she is done – she absolutely loves it! The fact that the food is made locally and gets delivered to my door quickly after ordering makes Longevity very easy to recommend.
Chase is a loving, happy, grateful, energetic and enthusiastic member of our family. She loves to adventure into the ravines along our favorite walking routes and doesn’t appear to mind one bit getting muddy from tail to the tip of her nose. All in a day’s work. She runs and leaps like a puppy, especially in pursuit of squirrels (the likes of whom she has yet to successfully talk down from a tree).
Chase loves just about everything we do – watching movies, checking the mail, gardening, going for walks, eating. Oh, especially eating. Chase was 21 pounds when she was found running the highway by Chase, BC (not a coincidence) and weighs in now at a healthy 46 pounds. Her raw diet, supplied by West Coast K9 Services, keeps her at her ideal weight, and makes for one healthy, happy pup. And our purpose in life, at least one of them, is to ensure Chase’s happiness. So far, so good – we receive excellent performance reviews from Chase Girl! Add to the mix that WCK9’s product is excellent value and, well, it makes spoiling our Chase girl very easy.
We were feeding king & shadow a very high quality dry dog food since we got them at 6 weeks. We started to switch our dog food to longevity raw dog food around when they were 8 months .Well in 2 months there coats came live we call it the glow Now after 5 months king and shadows coats have the coolest blue tinge glow which means 2 very heathy dogs.
We are very glad we switched dog food when we did being a frozen food and the way it is packaged makes it very convenient to store and feed but most importantly our dogs love it and they now have the GLOW!
And we did it! Jax successfully achieved a score of 195.5 (out of 200) for his first leg in Open 18A and I couldn’t be prouder! We competed at the Golden Retriever Club of BC Trial in South Surrey on July 20-21, 2019.
As many of you know, Jax and I started competing in obedience only in the last couple of years. A few weeks before this trial Jax suffered a soft tissue injury in his shoulder and I wasn’t even sure he would be up for competing. I have been trying to enter the outdoor trials with Jax as I am way less anxious, and Jax has fun! We have spent most of his life training outdoors and he seems right at home. After just a quick run through in the barn the day prior and first thing Saturday morning, I loaded up the dogs and headed to the trial. I was excited but still a bit nervous. In order to receive the CDX title Jax needs to successfully pass 3 legs in front of 2 different judges.
Jax looked like a pro in the ring. I was so overjoyed to see him perform the way I know that he can. He did an awesome retrieve both on the flat and over the jump and finally nailed the broad jump that we had previously been struggling with. We still have two legs to go to get his title, but July 20 is a day that I will always remember. It’s so worth all the training, hard work and failures when you finally achieve the goal you set for yourself.
Big thank you to Keltie Lang for all of your coaching over the past year. The Golden Retriever Club of BC for putting on what was probably one of my favorite trials.
Also, thank you to the most amazing veterinarian that I could not live without Dr. Marlow at Brookswood Veterinary Hospital. Our incredible chiropractor that keeps Jax moving at nearly 8 years old, Dr. Lana Patterson at Fort Family Chiro! And for those of you interested, Jax is Powered by Raw! Longevity Raw Dog Food, which has made an incredible difference to Jax’s health.
And Amanda, thank you for bringing Jax into the world!
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We first decided to have Bella on the raw food diet for her stomach. It’s a wonderful product, locally made, good quality, and affordable. We love knowing where the food comes from, and that we’re giving Bella the best of what’s out there.
Lukas loves his food, and he is thriving on it. He has had virtually no digestion issues, has a shiny, healthy coat, and strong white teeth. Melissa always has the product available for us, and using it is easy – we just take out the day’s portion the night before and defrost overnight, then refrigerate. Great product!
As many of you know, I have built this company (both training and raw food), because of my GSD Jax. He has challenged me as a trainer and opened my eyes to proper canine nutrition. He is the reason behind my WHY, which is to create a community of like-minded individuals who LOVE their dogs, and want to give them an optimum life.
I’ve had Jax since he was only 7 weeks old. To be completely honest, I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I brought him home. Coming from a background in animal welfare, I started training him with primarily all positive reinforcement. As he got into his teens, he was a holy terror. Trainers, and others told me he was a “bad dog”, “aggressive”, etc. I refused to accept this. I knew I had to be doing something wrong. This is when I started my journey into balanced training. I was so committed to never failing him again that I had his name tattooed on my wrist on his first birthday. It was a symbol of my commitment to him. To be the handler that he so deserved.
Our first big milestone was being validated at the JIBC for Security/Protection in 2014. I was super proud of that accomplishment. I definitely had a dog that would protect me. A big, bad biting machine, but looking back my obedience was still a hot mess!! (Friends, you remember those days!)
By the grace of God (or perhaps incredible luck), we have since had the opportunity to learn from some of the best obedience trainers (Doug Leaf, Keltie R. Lang, (workshops with Sylvia Bishop)). Training with these individuals resulted in my leap from the protection world to the world of CKC Obedience trials. 2018 marked another milestone when Jax received his Companion Dog (CD) title.
Competing with Jax in obedience has been about a lot more than just teaching my dog obedience. I’ve made many errors with Jax over the years and it has been a challenge to re-train so many of the things I originally did so wrong. I have this overwhelming sense of anxiety when I step into the ring with Jax (and only Jax, not any of my other dogs), because I know that if he doesn’t perform well it is a reflection of my handling. It kills me to feel like I let my dog down.
So here we are, May 2019. We have just returned from the Kelowna Kennel Club Outdoor Trial. We did not come home with any ribbons, but we had fun! It was by far, the best we ever performed in the ring as a team!! Jax was attentive, and I finally found my confidence. In a way, that is worth more than any ribbon. He nailed many of the exercises but failed to jump the broad jump, and failed to jump the high jump on the return with the dumbbell, which resulted in disqualification.
Now most people don’t post their failures. I am, because this is OUR journey. I have come a long way from having a German Shepherd that I couldn’t walk down a hallway without him barking and lunging at people and dogs. I am so proud of the work we did yesterday, not to mention what well behaved shepherds I had for the long drive and the hotel stay. This weekend I truly enjoyed the journey, even though we didn’t cross the finish line.
Congratulations to all of those that did cross the finish line this weekend, you are an inspiration. And good luck to all of those still competing today!
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