“5 Question Friday” is a new feature on That Mutt where I interview people who work with dogs.
Today we have Barbara Rivers from K9s Over Coffee, a dog blog about raw food, recipes, exercise and more. She is also writing about raw dog food regularly here on That Mutt!
Barbara owns her own dog walking and pet sitting business in North Carolina and feeds her two boxer mixes a raw diet.
She wrote an ebook called “20 raw meals for dogs.” It is a great resource for raw dog food recipes and learning how to feed a homemade raw diet.
Here were my 5 questions for Barbara:
That Mutt: What’s the worst raw feeding advice you’ve heard?
Barbara Rivers: That it makes the dogs’ human family sick. It’s really no different handling raw meat for doggie meal prep than it is handling raw meat for my own meals.
As long as common sense hygiene is practiced, no one should get sick. I wash my hands with hot, soapy water right after handling the pups’ raw meals and wash down any kitchen counter surface the meal prep was done on.
TM: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever encountered on a dog walk?
Barbara: That would be a shopping cart in the middle of a stroll through our rural neighborhood. We snapped a picture, of course, and posted it on social media 😉
TM: What’s something you’re doing that you’re most proud of?
Barbara: This one is only indirectly dog related – I’m learning to stand on my own two feet, financially. It does involve working in the pet service industry though – by running my own dog walking/pet sitting business and starting to work part time at a pet resort.
TM: Do your dogs sleep in your bed?
Barbara: You betcha!
I will say though that I was very strict about the pups not sleeping on my bed for the first 4 years of their lives. They did sleep in my bedroom, but on their own doggie beds next to my bed.
After experiencing some trouble in my relationship, the pups were allowed on my bed which I found to be, and still do, very comforting.
They’re sleeping on a doggie blanket that gets washed about once a week.
TM: Is there anything you want to say to That Mutt’s readers?
Barbara: Keep being the awesome audience you are! It’s always inspiring to read through the many comments Lindsay’s posts receive from you all.
Thank you, Barbara!
If you have any questions for Barbara on feeding raw dog food or on owning a pet sitting business, leave them in the comments below!
For more from Barbara and K9s Over Coffee:
Ebook: 20 Raw Meals for Dogs
YouTube: K9s Over Coffee
If you or someone you know would like to be featured in a future “5 Question Friday” interview, please email Lindsay@ThatMutt.com