5 Facebook Groups I Recommend to Raw Feeders
21 June, 2016

Kimberly Gauthier, Dog Nutrition Blogger for Keep the Tail Wagging

This post was originally posted on Keep the Tail Wagging 11/5/2015; it has been updated to reflect changes.

I have proudly rocked the “I’m A Raw Feeder” t-shirt for more than three years.  I’m not a veterinarian or nutritionist; my education comes from pro-raw veterinarians, nutritionists, and other raw feeders.

I’ve written a few times about my experience with raw feeding groups on Facebook:

I even had my own group for more than a year before it blew up into a week of drama, nasty emails, and name calling.  It was a mess.

These groups aren’t for the sensitive, and it’s taken me years to find groups that I’ve found useful, fun, and welcoming.  There are a few things about each of the groups I recommend that landed them on my list.

1. Clear rules and objectives – it’s frustrating asking a question only to learn that you broke a rule by bringing up a topic the Admins find offensive (kibble, green beef tripe, ground raw, vegetables). You might be scolded and told to read the guidelines (which aren’t clear) or removed from the group.

2. Everyone stays on topic – if a group is very active and friendly, people can forget that there is a reason we’re all there. It bugs me when a group about raw feeding is inundated with a ton of stuff that has nothing to do with raw feeding. A good group has a combination of people who strive to stay on topic and Admins, who gently guide the group to stick with the subject at hand.

3. No bullies and jerks – in my search for a group, I’ve come across raw feeders who forget that they were new once too. These are the Alphas and Bitches of the group (as someone told me last year). The Alphas bully people into doing it their way, while the Bitches come together and attack people for not knowing everything about raw feeding.

4. Various experiences and levels – a group that is 100% Prey Model or 100% BARF (biologically appropriate raw food) is no fun. I like groups with people from all levels, because it provides a well-rounded education on the diet.

Below are the raw feeding groups that I’ve joined, a blurb sharing my thoughts, and a link to join if it looks like a group for you.  The groups are not listed in any particular order.

1.  2016 RawFeeding Rebels:

I enjoy this group, because it’s active, the people are down to earth, and the Admin keeps the drama and conflict to a minimum.  I’ve never seen any conflict in the group; I always come across a post mentioning drama long after it was squashed.

The reality TV lover in me is always disappointed.

In this group, you’re going to come across people who have varying experience levels and the group is so huge that you can search for the information you need without starting a discussion thanks to the Facebook Groups search feature.

This group doesn’t tolerate chat about kibble, so don’t ask for recommendations.  You’ll be warned and your discussion removed.

2.  2016 Raw RoundUp:

This group was created for Raw RoundUp ticket holders.  It was a fun place to get to know other raw feeders, ask follow-up questions, and find replays of the online conference sessions.

The group accepts new members shortly before the annual Raw Roundup; however, once you join, I don’t believe you’ll be removed.

2016’s sessions included excellent information about why raw is species appropriate, understanding the various colors and consistency of poop, and a lot more.  There is something for everyone and it’s neither basic or overly complicated.

3. 2016 NCHS (Natural Canine Health Symposium):

This group was created for NCHS ticket holders.  It was a fun place to get to know other dog lovers, ask follow-up questions, and find replays of the online conference sessions.

The group accepts new members shortly before the annual NCHS; however, once you join, I don’t believe you’ll be removed.

Last year’s NCHS included sessions about the gut, bacteria, allergies, and IBD (irritable bowel syndrome).  With Rodrigo’s butt issues, I was happy to hole up in the living room in a pair of comfy sweats and soak in all the knowledge.


4.  K9Nutrition by Lew Olson and Sharon Mayer Ogilvie:

As I raw feeder and dog nutrition blogger, I’m always looking for a group that is welcoming of different types of nutrition models for dogs.  Several of my friends recommended by K9Nutrition.  One of the admins, Lew Olson, wrote a book I often recommend on my blog:  Raw and Natural Nutrition for Dogs: The Definitive Guide to Homemade Meals.  When I checked out the group, I immediately saw that it was the group for me:

We base this on fresh food diets (raw and home cooked) but will accept any and all types of questions on feeding dogs raw, homecooked or kibble mixed with fresh. I find that if I’m unable to find an answer in one group, I’ll post my questions in another group.  It doesn’t really matter that many people belong to the same group – sometimes if they don’t see a question in one group (because it’s so active) they’ll see it in another.

5. Turmeric User Group:

The Turmeric User Group isn’t a raw group, but many raw feeders are drawn to this group once we learn about the benefits of turmeric.  If you’re interested in learning more about turmeric, if you’d like to add it to your dog’s diet, or your own – join this group.  The files alone are valuable.

One question I had when I was new to raw feeding groups was “why belong to several?”  You’ll start seeing familiar profile pictures in each raw group that you join, and that’s okay.  Each group has its own energy and flow; some groups are very blunt and straightforward, some are gentle and welcoming, and some stay focused on the information – Just the facts, Mam.

What I like most about each of these groups is that (1) I’ve never been made to feel stupid and I’ve never witnessed bullying that wasn’t immediately dealt with by Admins; and (2) I’ve met a lot of great friends in these groups.  There’s always going to be conflict, we can’t avoid it; but these groups allow disagreement without the need to shame someone for having an alternative opinion.

What’s interesting is that what comes across as “blunt and straightforward to me” may just be “gentle and welcoming to you.”  So definitely join several and boil them down to the groups that are best for you.

Do you have a favorite raw feeding, dog health, or dog nutrition Facebook group?

About the Author: Kimberly Gauthier is the blogger behind Keep the Tail Wagging, a blog about raw feeding for dogs and offers a free Quick Start Guide to Raw Feeding for newsletter subscribers. Kimberly and her boyfriend are raising two sets of littermates in the Pacific Northwest where they enjoy a property with plenty of room to run and explore.   Rodrigo, Sydney, Scout and Zoey are all herding mix dogs, including Blue Heeler, Border Collie, Catahoula, Australian Shepherd, and Labrador (a lover, not a herder).


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