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BATGIRL isn’t just RAW fed, she’s RAW MEATY BONES fed. We’re on a journey for better pet health, nutrition, and wellbeing. The info and articles in this blog are about real food for dogs, not what we’ve been led to believe by pet food manufacturers like Mars and Nestle.



About Foodie Pooch

As a kid I thought kibble was the right food for a dog. After all, it’s labelled “dog food”, so it must be right, right?

Some decades later, and some lessons learned, I came to the belief raw was the absolute best.

I was wrong.

Way back in 2016 I was having tea with the director of a large worldwide pet food manufacturer, who said “The best diet for a dog is a raw diet, but the worst diet for a dog is the wrong raw diet”.

That statement stuck with me ever since.

In 2018 I became an avid reader of Australian pet food review website Pet Food Reviews, who at the time had helped instigate a Senate inquiry into the safety of the Australian pet food industry.

The investigation, still underway today, really showed how terrible our standards are, and how Australian pet food manufacturers get away with harming so many dogs without any accountability or comeback. 

If anyone hasn’t read the reviews on Pet Food Reviews, then make sure you do. Eye opening – https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au.

All this background information fell into place as I grew to know Sydney-based periodontal vet Tom Lonsdale who has fought the Australian “Junk Pet Food Industry” for decades. 

Tom has witnessed first-hand the damage commercial dog foods can do, whether “McKibbles” or “McCans”, and also first-hand the damage caused by BARF and raw diets.

Tom is an advocate for abolishing the pet food aisle and replacing it with whole prey, and raw meaty bones. Tom’s books Work Wonders and the more in-depth Raw Meaty Bones are essential reading for all pet owners.

But enough about Tom, you can view his website here, this website is about my journey and my knowledge.

So who am I?

I’m merely a long-standing advocate for better pet health. I’ve spent many years involved with the Australian pet food industry, manufacturers, retailers, and all manner of consumers.

I too have seen first hand the harm caused by many diets.

I don’t have all the answers, but this blog isn’t about answers – it’s about thinking and learning, and feeding our dogs and cats a better diet. 

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Why is Turmeric Good for Dogs?

Everyone is talking about turmeric. But what is it about this ancient medicine, and why is the Western world finally catching up to what Eastern and Ayurvedic medicine has known for centuries? And how can it help your Pooch? Turmeric is one of the most extensively researched herb-spices for pharmacological use. It is recognised for its…


What is Kefir, and why is Kefir good for Dogs?

Kefir / PROBIOTICS Kefir is a creamy, dairy based food made from the milk of cows or goats and is one of the oldest forms of cultured milk. Often labelled a “Probiotic Drink”, it is similar in taste and consistency to yoghurt, but kefir provides even more health benefits to your dog (and to you)….


A simple Bone Broth recipe (for dogs and cats)

Other ideas Many use bone broth to aid joint health, which is great in senior dogs, but any dog in general. We also recommend 4cyte gel as Australia’s best joint supplement.


The Power of Flowers – Calendula for Dogs

Its hard to imagine that a simple dried flower can help relieve a range of uncomfortable symptoms in your cat or dog, right? Well Calendula is such a herb, especially for dogs and cats who suffer from hives, inflammation, allergies and itchy skin. Natural, gentle and completely chemical and soap free, it can be given orally,…


Treating yeast infections in dogs naturally

Many dogs suffer yeast infections for a variety of reasons. This guide is for treating yeast infections in dogs naturally, but covers some basics as to why dogs so commonly suffer these infections. What are yeast infections in dogs? One of the most common reasons for Vets visits for dogs are yeast infections – usually…


Bone Broth for Dogs – Fad or Feast?

When winter is just around the corner, everyone in Real Food circles is talking about Bone Broth. But is it a fad, and is it really good for our dogs? All about bone broth Sometimes bone broth is referred to as “stock”, and it’s far from being a fad. Bone Broth has been used in…


Australian Cattle Dog Breed Profile (Blue Heeler, Red Heeler)

Being iconic, the Australian Cattle Dog is one of the most popular dog’s in Australia. In the Outback you’ll find almost every dog owner has either a Blue Heeler or a Red Heeler. If they don’t, they’ll likely own the other popular working breed which is a Collie.


Appenzell Mountain Dog Breed Profile

Of the Swiss Mountain Dogs the Appenzell, named after the Canton of Appenzell, the Appenzell Mountain Dog is the second favourite and third in the scale of size when it comes to these breeds.