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 could about raising happy, healthy dogs, which lead me down the path to raw feeding. In 2014, I changed the focus of Keep the Tail Wagging to raw feeding, natural supplements, healthy dog treats, 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 was born in Eugene, Oregon; raised in Portland, Oregon, and I’ve lived in Western Washington for more than 20 years. I moved to Seattle to attend Seattle University where I earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Business and I’ve worked in corporate accounting for more than 15 years.  I dreamed of being a dog mom since I was 10 and the dream of being a writer started at 15.

Kimberly and Rodrigo, a portrait taken by David Friend Photography - Keep the Tail Wagging

David Friend Photography

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 super hero movies.

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

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 results 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 from select brands that I’ve met as a pet blogger. We have standing orders with Bravo, The Honest Kitchen, Bahia-Blue, SmartCOOKEE, Riley’s Organic Treats and more. 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 resolve 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

My focus is on raw feeding, natural supplements, healthy dog treats, and raising littermate puppies.  I’m unable to accept opportunities outside of the scope of my blog if I’m to continue providing quality content for my readers.  Due to the number of emails I get regularly requesting mentions of products and services, I’m only able to respond to those that directly correlate with the Keep the Tail Wagging mission of raising dogs naturally.  Thank you for understanding.

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit Keep the Tail Wagging.