If you’re not familiar with who Kimberly Morris Gauthier is, she’s the author of the dog nutrition blog Keep the Tail Wagging. I found her blog last fall and have been a faithful follower since. Kimberly’s posts are just like she talks: funny, informative, helpful, and passionate. Her dogs are her everything and raw feeding is what she knows a ton about. I went 6 months reading her blog and emails before I found out she has a Facebook group for raw feeders! I found my tribe when I joined her group.
Kimberly offers a plethora of resources on her website. The first thing I found was her quick start guide on raw feeding and from there I just found more and more awesome information she writes about and shares. The blog and the Facebook group have steadily grown over the past months. She’s been featured as a guest authority at many conferences and interviews; so it was only a natural occurrence that she announced she was writing a book.
I ordered A Novice’s Guide to Raw Feeding for Dogs as soon as it hit the proverbial stands. Yup, I exercised my Amazon Prime account and anxiously waited the two days. When it arrived I was elated to find an actual book with good size printing. Not a coiled training guide in a cutesy, hard to read font.
The book is written just how Kimberly’s website flows. It’s organized and covers everything a raw feeder goes through from step one and it’s written in plain English. She took her Raw Feeding A-Z and BLEW IT UP!
This book outlines the various methods people use to feed their dogs, supplements vs whole food, retail sources, and she discusses stretching the feeding budget by joining raw feeder co-ops, like our SoCal Raw Fed Dogs.
There’s a chapter about finding the right kind of Veterinarian to support you and your dogs, where to research feeding topics… the girl full on teaches you through her experience sharing and resources she took thousands of hours to find, how to go from being a novice raw feeder to a Pro.
Then at the end she decided we might need MORE. So she gave us an entire chapter of recipes for raw plus a reference guide for how much and of what to feed. I finished this book over a couple of days time and have earmarked the pages, taken a pencil to it, paper clipped chapters, and photographed some of the reference guide tables. This book is everything a new raw feeder wants and needs. It’s THEE how-to guide for raw feeders. I loved every single bit of it!