At Crestwood Mastiffs
we feed our kids a natural diet known as "BARF." BARF is an acronym for either "biologically
appropriate raw food" or "bones and raw food." This type of diet
is based on the writings of Dr. Ian Billinghurst (an Australian veterinarian)
in his books, Give Your Dog a Bone, and Grow Your Pups With
Bones, and more recently,
THE BARF DIET: Raw Feeding Using
We highly recommend this method of feeding as it has contributed greatly to the quality and length life for many dogs.
The following sections are not yet available. For information on BARF, visit the Gold Coast section on Raw Diet. Links are below the picture.
Dr. Billinghurst's web site
Dr. Billinghurst's site - BARF World
What's In Commercial Dog Food — Refer to the "Kibble" page below
Getting Started — Refer to the "Crestwood Diet" page below
What we feed at Crestwood — Refer to the "Crestwood Diet" page below
BARF related mail lists and web site links — Coming under "Lists & Links"
This is truly Mother Nature at work. Gold Coasts Solitaire (Tara) at 4-1/2 weeks at Gold Coast Mastiffs working on a whole beef heart that her dam, Lorena, brought to her after finishing her own meal. No, she didn't finish, but spent about thirty minutes on it before falling asleep.
This puppy started working on pieces of "raw meaty bones" at the tender age of 20 days, provided by Mom. Lorena was also weaned on the BARF diet and her dam, Tegwen, began eating a BARF diet at the age of four. See Gold Coast Mastiffs raw diet page (click the link for Gold Coast in the paragraph above and go to the "Raw Diet" page) for more information while we work on our own page.
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Updated September 07, 2012