My sister Myrna and her husband Phil live in Sequim, Washington, with their two darling Bichon Frisés. If only every small dog rescue story could turn out like this one!
If you’re curious about how you can improve your Bichon’s diet, here’s Myrna’s account of what she has found works best. This has got to be the clincher for the best dog food story of the year!
We first heard about our two year-old Bichon Frisé sisters, Annie and Emmie, a little over two years ago. They had been given to the local Bichon rescue lady by their third owner, not because they were any problem, but because the three different owners had all had medical reasons for not being able to keep them any longer. They were well mannered, very friendly, house broken, and loveable from the first moment we met them.
The rescue lady and I had a mutual friend, which is how I became aware of their plight.
My husband and I were not the only people interested in making a home for these two. There were two stipulations put upon this small dog rescue adoption. First, they had to go together. They are litter mates, and have been together from birth. One attempt to separate them almost resulted in Annie having a nervous breakdown.
The second stipulation was that they had to go to a home where they would be given oodles of affection, and the new owners had to have time to spend with them. Since we are retired, and it had been about seven years since we had last had a dog, we were ready to welcome them with open arms.
Bichon Frisés are very social creatures, and we get together with others of the breed here in our little community weekly. There are about fifteen Bichons and a few other non-Bichons who attend.
These are not low maintenance dogs. They require daily walks, monthly grooming with brushings in between to keep their wooly hair from matting, and a lot of lap sitting and petting. But they do not shed, which is a real blessing. No dog hair on the furniture, and low risk of allergies.
We feed them twice a day:
- We use Evo Weight Management Kibble, which contains no grain and high quality animal protein. To this I add either ground beef, to which I add carrots, or ground chicken, to which I add green beans. To this we add two tablespoons of applesauce. This provides some fiber to keep their bowels regular.
- They also get a supplement that helps to keep the hair around their mouths and eyes from rusting. Rusting is caused by minerals in their saliva and tears.
- They also get Omega 3 fish oil each morning, and a small amount of sardines in their evening meal.
- They get a “Check-Ups” dental bone as their late night treat,. This is helpful with keeping the tartar build-up to a minimum.
When Annie and Emmie first came to live at our house, they slept in a crate large enough for both of them. After we had them for about a week I stepped out on our patio deck to watch them in their fenced yard. When I turned to come back in the house I slipped on a patch of ice on the deck and broke my wrist. No, I smashed my wrist.
Annie sensed right away that something was wrong and came over to sleep on the rug on my side of our bed that night. She has slept there every night since. After about three days, Emmie joined her there. They very kindly wake me at eight every morning. Once in a while they slip up and let me sleep in ’til eight-thirty.
We have had our “girls” for almost two and a half years and they are as much a part of our family as any of our human relatives. They have added immeasurable joy to our daily lives.
I told Myrna that if anyone reads this article to their dogs, she can expect to hear barks at her door! What dog wouldn’t want to be fed like this?
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