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posh was a very picky eater.
emphasis on "was."
we brought her home at six months old, and her breeder who had kept her "in the running" as her next show dog told us that posh was her first finicky eater who "demanded" a bit of wet food mixed in with her dry kibble.
so, of course, we mixed in some high quality wet food- either merrick's canne or nature's variety canned in with her kibble, which at that time was fromm's. we eventually switched to nature's variety instinct, because it was grain free, and finally to EVO. seemed like every second meal or so she would go on a hunger strike, with the wet food added. these would last three days sometimes, which meant i had offered her six feedings.
meanwhile, my heart was breaking, she is such a little thing, but i tried to remain strong and i would take her food away after fifteen minutes and try again with the SAME food. eventually, she would eat it all.
sometimes i caved and put some cooked egg or cheese or yogurt over her food...but this would only work for one or two meals and then all of sudden she would be saying "got anything better?"
so, from info i got here, i started putting her food on a plate instead of in a bowl and putting a little warm water over the food, to make it like a gravy.
this really worked the best for us.
when i left for japan last summer my dh decided he didn't want to deal with the canned food and the gravy and all that, so he started giving her just her dog food. guess what? she now cleans her plate EVERY meal and she is only receiving her dry kibble, as is.
so, roscoe is most likely fine and doesn't even need the nutracal. no animal will starve itself and he knows his needs better than we do. stay strong sister, i know it's hard.
just in case your wondering, i am now transitioning to Fromm's kibble because EVO's parent company, Natura, has been sold to Proctor and Gamble. I don't trust Proctor and Gamble to keep the quality of the kibble or the standards of Natura...which is a bummer. So, I've bought a bag of Fromm's and have mixed it with the EVO. She is still "cleaning her plate" which is actually now a bowl....
Maybe some of these guys just need to settle into their age, she turned three yesterday and I think we finally have a consistent eater.