About Doggy Bytes, Me & My Dogs

by DoggyBytes on August 4, 2009

Tanned in my tux
My name is Jim McBean (pronounced McBain). I’m the keystrokes behind the Doggy Bytes blog which exists as a resource for dog owners looking for ways to ensure their dogs live the healthiest lives possible. As with people, good health starts with a healthy diet.

What kind of content can you expect to read at Doggy Bytes? I’ll cover topics concerning canine health in general, but my focus is on informing people of, and educating them about the benefits of feeding a raw meaty bones diet by mimicking as closely as possible (in our urban societies) the diet that our carnivorous best friends evolved to eat.

Many of the principles that I believe in and write originte from who I consider to be the father of the modern raw feeding movement, Dr. Tom Lonsdale. Dr. Lonsdale is an Australian veterinarian and author of the book Work Wonders: Feed Your Dog Raw Meaty Bones.

The book is an easy and informative read, and if you’re interested in learning about how to feed your dog a species appropriate raw diet, I’d highly recommend that you pick up a copy. Of course you should also read my blog.

Me Being Up Front: The link to Dr. Lonsdale’s book points to my Amazon.com affiliate link. The book costs about $11 and yes I’ll make money if you buy it, a whole 40 cents – for real!

Who is Jim McBean?

As of this writing, I’m a 43 year old SWM living on the west coast of Canada.

I’m a night owl, I love the internet, social media, blogging and obviously dogs.

A few times a week I hang out at the office Starbucks, sip on my favourite beverage ( triple grande hazelnut latte) and write, or tweet via @doggybytes, or share dog related stuff on my Facebook page. I’m totally ok with receiving Starbucks gift cards in the mail by the way.

And as you may have guessed by now, I’m very passionate about feeding my dogs the best food that I can, raw meaty bones. Most of what my dogs eat is purchased at the same grocery store where I buy my own food, with the balance coming from retail pet food stores that specialize in raw diets for pets.

I firmly believe that the pet food manufacturers and most in the veterinary field do not have the best interest of our pets in mind, nutritionally speaking. Fortunately there are veterinarians out there like Dr. Tom Lonsdale and Dr. Patty Khuly and others, that do have the nutritional best interests of our furry friends in mind, and the list is growing.

Five things you probably don’t know about me . . .

I’ve been skydiving . . . once!
I shaved my head (of my own volition) in 1999 and have never gone back.
I’ve rescued two dogs. Zack (RIP) my Dalmatian and most recently Zeus, an American Pit Bull Terrier.
In 2007 I found out via Facebook that I have a now 16 year old daughter. She’s beautiful and we’ve been building a relationship.
When I was two years old, my grandparents took me fishing to Lake Winnipeg. As the story goes, we were standing on the beach looking out on the water and I said, “So what is this place, a big toilet or something?” Hey, inquisitive minds . . .
My Dogs

My Girl “Sweety”

Sweety is my 15 year old Border Collie. She’s truly been an angel in my life and a true best friend for all of her 15 years.

Up until 2004 I’d been feeding Sweety Purina Dog Chow or whatever grocery store brand was the cheapest. I’m ashamed of that now, but at the time I didn’t know any better.

In September of 2006 my ex and I left our dogs at a boarding kennel to get away for Labour Day Long Weekend. When we returned, Sweety was probably 12 hours from death, she had acute pancreatitis. As it turns out, the boarding kennel owners were related to the veterinarian that we took to Sweety for treatment, and we never were given any kind of explanation as to why Sweety became ill. We always felt that something happened at the boarding kennel while we were away that caused Sweety to get sick, but we’ll never know for sure.

At the vets recommendation and against my better judgment, I reluctantly switched Sweety to Medi-Cal Gastro, a horrible food. Never comfortable with that, in late 2008 I put her back onto raw food. I feel much better about that, and I know she does too!


My Boy! aka “Juice”

In the summer of 2009 I was a volunteer dog walker with my local SPCA. One night I went in and walked a stray Pit Bull named Zeus. By the end of the walk I’d made the boneheaded decision that I wanted to adopt another dog, and that dog was Zeus. I needed another dog like a hole in the head.

Zeus is an American Pit Bull Terrier, probably between 4 and 6 years of age. He’s not a big guy, tipping the scales at about 55 pounds or so, but he’s quite frankly the most affectionate dog I’ve ever had. He is a terrier though and like other breeds under the terrier “umbrella”, like the Jack Russell Terrier and the Irish Terrier, he can be uber intense when he plays. Pitties play hard!

Zeus can be so so with other dogs, but what I’ve learned is that rather than having a stationary introduction with another dog, if when we meet the other dog and owner and immediately start walking together, everybody becomes friends and it’s all good.

More Photos

You can see more pictures of Zeus and Sweety here on Flickr.

To Contact Me

If you’d like to contact me you can do so through this form, or by clicking on the little envelope at the bottom of my social media icons on the left hand side of the page.

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