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Keep the Tail Wagging

I love our dogs.  It’s bordering on ridiculous.  My dogs are my babies, my best friends, my touchstones, my obsession, and my inspiration.

Our dogs have inspired me to learn as much as I can about raising happy, healthy dogs, which led me down the path to raw feeding. In 2014, I changed the focus of Keep the Tail Wagging to raw feeding, dog supplements, and raising littermates.

Today, we’re raising 2 sets of littermates – Rodrigo, Sydney, Scout and Zoey – in the Pacific Northwest. Our dogs are raw fed, a diet that comes with its own set of challenges and Keep the Tail Wagging is my platform to share our raw feeding journey.

Kimberly Gauthier

I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest my entire life.  My big move was from Portland to Seattle (my mom got 2 speeding tickets on the way) to attend Seattle University where I earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Business.

I love reading and think the Kindle Fire is the greatest invention from this decade. I’m a Mac convert, have an appreciation of photography, and I love action and superhero movies.  My favorite color is blue, my favorite dog breed is a mix of Australian Shepherd and Blue Heeler, my favorite actor is Robert Downey, Jr., and my favorite food is catfish with sweet potato fries served with sweet tea.

Thanks to our dogs, I have an appreciation of the outdoors, which is important, because I also love food (see Catfish above), so I’m active daily.

Kimberly Gauthier with her Border Collie Mix, Rodrigo

Our Littermates

We’ve had 6 dogs; we’re currently raising 2 sets of littermates.

I know that many people believe that bringing home 2 puppies at once is a bad idea and you can find a lot of negative sentiment on raising littermates online.  I believe it’s only ill-advised when you’re not prepared.  We’ve worked with amazing dog trainers and work with our dogs daily.  The result is a pack of well-behaved, fun, happy and healthy dogs.

 

Rodrigo & Sydney

Rodrigo and Sydney are our first set of littermates; born in March 2010, adopted in May 2010. They are Blue Heeler mix: Rodrigo is also Border Collie, Sydney is also Labrador.  These are my babies and you won’t find the too far from me.

Riley

Riley was a foster failure and Sydney’s shadow; born in January 2012, adopted in May 2012. I wish we would have been able to see her grow up, because she was such a sweet sweet girl. Riley used to nap on my chest and she was Sydney’s shadow. She was a Shepherd mix and passed from Canine Parvo Virus in 2012.

Blue

Blue was our heart dog; born in February 2012, adopted in May 2012. Blue was an Australian Shepherd, Blue Heeler, Munsterlander mix. He changed our lives and we miss him daily. He had the best personality, made us laugh every day, and I feel him all around us.. We lost him due to a car accident in 2013.

Scout & Zoey

Scout and Zoey are our second set of littermates; born on J’s birthday (October 31, 2013); brought home in December 2013. Scout and Zoey are Australian Shepherd, Blue Heeler, Catahoula mix. They brought Blue’s spirit back into our home and helped heal our broken hearts.

Raw Feeding

We feed our dogs based on the BARF (biologically appropriate raw feeding) model. We started with a BARF pre-made raw diet with Darwin’s Pet in 2013. We transitioned to Seattle’s Natural Pet Pantry in 2014 and then to a local raw feeding co-op. Our dogs each have individual needs (and a few food intolerances) and learning what works for each dog inspires many blog posts.

 

Natural Supplements and Healthy Dog Treats

The more I learned about raw feeding, the more I wanted to understand what our dogs were consuming. We order natural supplements and healthy dog treats from select brands that I’ve met as a pet blogger. It’s been wonderful watching so many brands come forward with healthy options for our pets.

I also believe that many of our dogs ailments can be resolved through diet and supplementation and with the guidance of several holistic veterinarians that I’ve connected with over the years, I have succeeded in clearing allergies, digestive issues and joint pain through our dogs’ diet.

 

Working with Keep the Tail Wagging

Ready to introduce your product to a targeted audience of dog lovers who want to raise healthier dogs!  Visit my Blog Sponsorship page to learn more about what we can do together or contact me at kimberly@keepthetailwagging.com to set up a time to chat!


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