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Rose enjoying a turkey neck

From the desk of Bette Schubert, Bravo co-founder:

Little Rose has been teething the past few months, and has now lost most of her puppy teeth. Her adult teeth are growing nicely, and throughout this process, I’ve learned (or re-learned) a few things about puppies and teething.

Rose has had plenty of things to chew on – it’s one of the many perks of a mom who works with Bravo Pet Food. Some chews and flavors she likes more than others, and trying to find the right fit has been an interesting process. Matching the size of the chew to the dog AND to the stage of their teething is very important.

Raising a puppy has reminded me not only of the importance of dog health, but of how different each pet is (both in preference and in needs). Rose has already made her favorite chews clear: duck feet, small bully sticks and small trachea chips. She’s also found a few larger bone options that she can’t live without:

  • Turkey necks – We had to branch outside of the Bravo collection for these, but they make for a great chew for little teeth. Puppies eat the meat and do not consume the bone until their adult teeth come in. Rose gets turkey necks when they are slightly frozen, which helps ease any pain she might have from losing teeth. A semi-frozen snack is also a great way to keep a puppy busy and exercise them at the same time.
  • Marrow bones – Firstly, you should always be sure you’re treating your pup with the best sized bone. With marrow bones, I scoop out some of the marrow and replace it with Bravo raw, Homestyle Complete, or other things like yogurt, all-natural peanut butter, or crushed bananas to create a more complete snack. Beef/pork neck bones and knuckle bones are also excellent chews that provide hours of fun for your dog.

As Rose’s adult teeth emerge, I’ve noticed that the chews she was willing to tackle a few weeks ago no longer interest her. I’ve found that if I soak the duck feet, trachea, or small bully stick in water, she’ll eagerly take them, whereas before, she’d go to town on them right out of the package. To adapt to her tastes, I’ve started soaking them overnight – not only does she love this, but it makes the chews last longer.

Even just a little research will tell you that turkey necks, duck necks and chicken necks are nature’s toothbrushes. Looking at Rose’s happy puppy smile, I can definitely see why!


From the desk of Bette Schubert, Bravo co-founder:

It's no surprise that Bravo's story starts with a dog. Cricket, my beloved golden retriever and arguably my other half, was the catalyst that helped me to share my values and healthy wishes for pets everywhere.


Cricket - Rose's Great Great Grandmother

I used to feed traditional raw meals - think grinding up chicken necks as part of the protein - when I realized that the nutrition was universal but the amount of effort and access needed to feed that sort of diet was not. I was feeding a litter of Cricket’s puppies when my grinder broke, and that’s when I decided that a raw-fed lifestyle could - and should - be a more streamlined process for pet parents like me.

Through research, I found Bogner Quality Meats, a business that’s been providing meats to restaurants and families in New England since 1942. The same company that still manufactures Bravo Pet Foods today. We started this journey together, including Cricket as our taste-tester and perpetual employee of the month. 

Six years ago, I was devastated by Cricket’s passing. Around that time, I was in the midst of traveling for Bravo, and decided that a new best friend would be a commitment that was too daunting. I made the tough decision not to have a dog until things settled down.

As of 2017, that time has come: Cricket’s great-great-grandpuppy, Rose, is my new companion and I’m elated to be able to share the raw-fed journey with this new bundle of energy and happiness.

For the first time in what feels like a lifetime, I’m navigating all things puppy. So much has changed in the six years since I’ve had a dog in the house full-time. This blog is going to be a part of this new journey - a way to document our process and help share the things I’ve learned and realized after all these years as a healthy pet and raw feeding advocate. I hope you enjoy following me and Rose on our new path.




No question pet owners respond to convenience, top quality and the best possible nutrition for their companion animals. The newest and fastest growing segment in the category is freeze dried raw diets. Bravo, a long time leader in raw diets responded with our line of Homestyle Complete dinners. Homestyle Complete dinners are made with premium meat or poultry as the #1 ingredient. Then we add organs, chickpeas, a generous helping of garden vegetables and cranberries. Plus we add natural herbs such as turmeric and sage. These uniquely delicious recipes are designed to provide complete and balanced nutrition for dogs of all ages and breeds. And since they don’t need to be refrigerated, you can take them wherever you go. The pet owner response? A rapid growth in sales and new formulations coming shortly to better serve our customers .

04-27-2017 - What veterinarians have to say about raw diets

   So what do holistic veterinarians have to say about raw diets and Bravo?

The Animal Wellness TV Channel interviewed veterinarains at the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association national conference to get their thoughts about raw diets. Here is what they had to say.


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