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    Quote Originally Posted by margoo View Post
    Thanks Kristy. Roxy is settling in really well. She seems to feel quite comfortable around Nero and I think he understood that he has to be gentle with her. They share bed and sofa quite happily. When she is finished with her food Nero will doublecheck her bowl if she hasn't overlooked any yummy pieces and so does she in his bowl.

    And (most importantly) she doesn't try to escape from our garden anymore! Well, she hasn't in the past days when I left them alone with access to house and garden. Tomorrow is a big day as I'll be out most of the day! But I'm not too worried. I think she accepts us as her new home now. At least she is puffing her chest quite a bit if she sees 'strangers' in our garden (she saw OH's reflection in the windows).

    She loves going for walks but is getting tired after only 30 mins or so. I put it down to her having hardly any muscles yet, so we take it easy. She is such a sweet dog, it's really hard not to like her
    WoW - what a week you lot have had - 'Margoo'!

    All the above - plus she put on weight !!!!! May have been only 100 gms - but at least she hasn't lost weight in the last week - which would have been more of a worry.

    Just to remind you again - that it still is only early days - and if you continue giving reports as above in the quote - I really do not know what you have to worry about with this little girl !!!

    Roxy is very different in build style to Nero and really her best weight will be no where near where Nero's will be !

    Have a look at these:

    http://www.thedogsite.com.au/all-abo...border-collie/

    http://www.thedogsite.com.au/all-abo...ds/koolie-dog/

    So you can see that her average weight as an adult dog - would be between 12 and 20 kg. I am using this purely as a guide. The best way to see whether a pup needs more or less food is by looking at them. It is really obvious ! Much like us ????

    So as far as putting extra weight on Roxy - it is best to do it gradually and not try to do it all in 1 week !

    As others have said, kangaroo is a very lean meat, so just by exchanging 'Roo with chicken, lamb and/or beef you will see more condition come on her.

    With time her fitness levels will also rise.

    Keep up the excellent work you are doing with your new pup ! I look forward to reading more good news reports from you !!

    No more cheeky episodes ?

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    Riley, you're right. If she was stressed out here she'd probably even lost weight. I didn't look at it that way...

    I just tried to take some pics. Really difficult because she always sticks her nose into the lense but here is one that gives an idea how skinny she is. It still doesn't really show because of all the fur - but when I stroke her I feel every bone in her spine and I can easily count her ribs.
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    And another one that shows her beautiful face...
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    She's just lovely!! I wouldn't panic on the weight. It will come in time. No need to rush. She may be light but she is not drastically light.

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    Im a frequent user of satin balls. I have a GSD that is high octane and can burn calories just walking away from his dish.
    I tend to have to do a month on, month off, just to keep him at 45kg mark. He's just shed his winter coat, and is looking really thin at 42kg currently. Satin balls will sort that.
    The amount of poo trebles, the coat feels slightly greasy on satin balls. But 3kg heavier on it.
    Ive tried talking to him about exercising less, but he wont listen lol

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    This kind of hinges on the raw meat diet V barf diet V manufactured diet (lots of cheap grains).

    When you say fatten up, I imagine you mean make the dog larger (more muscle etc rather than just fat)?

    Feed the dog a bag or chaff (kibble) and they will get fat, but at what cost (ie health). Yes I am a meat and raw fan ..

    .. In meat lamb and pork both have high amounts of fat usually, but some dogs are sensitive to these fats (particularly pork).

    The equation is the same as for humans excercise - KJ = weight. I definitely would not reduce the exercise any, as fitness = health. But if you can feed your dog a variety of meats and offal to keep them interested they should surely eat in excess of what they need if you leave it out.

    As a 'by the way' the concept of meat is to give a dog energy (or KJ) via protein and fats as opposed to KJ from Carbs. Roo meat is lean, but of course it is high protein, which can easily be converted to energy (or fat). I didnt see why your dog was losing weight or if there was a health issue involved, but a raw diet, with as many animal sources you desire (including eggs etc) I would imagine would be the healthiest way to go in increasing weight (muscle/ bone and fat).

    If your dog is refusing food, or just limiting its volume, meat dog treats may also do the trick. The reason I say this is that meat already has the ability to increase weight, and with meat treats the water that makes up 75% of the weight is removed, so a dog can more easily consume a larger volume of food in one sitting, than if water was included. Again chicken and pork treats would be the way to go. GOOD LUCK!

    Very interesting conversation about Saturn balls, first time I have heard of them too.
    Bruce is a "dog walker in inner west Melbourne" & sells "Healthy Dog treats." My dog Archie approves of these things.

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    What about peanut butter?

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