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If you’ve found this website, it’s likely someone you trust has shared the positive results they’ve gotten from switching their dog or cat to a natural, raw diet. The question is: Why is a raw diet the way to go? Following is a short article written by Mary Voss, owner of, our supplier. Mary has specialized in breeding, racing, and coursing dogs for 20 years and has seen the benefits first hand of a raw diet. The article is about dogs, but the principles apply to cats as well!

Dogs were in existence long before the creation of kibble. So how could they have possibly survived? In the wild, a dog will catch its food and devour nearly all of it—the flesh (a good source of protein), fat (a good source of energy), bone (a good source of calcium), muscle and organ meats, and the stomach, including its contents (a good source of enzymes, minerals, and pre-digested plant material consisting of herbs and grasses).

Whether you want to admit it or not, dogs, both domesticated and wild, are members of the carnivore family. Anatomically, they are built for it. No one describes this more eloquently than Juliette de Bairacli Levy in her book, The Complete Herbal Book for the Dog: A Handbook of Natural Care and Rearing:

"...the dog is a meat eater, from the teeth fashioned for tearing and crushing, the powerful jawbones and muscles, the small, very muscular stomach, the short intestines (to avoid putrefaction of flesh foods), and above all, the very powerful digestive juices peculiar to the carnivorous animals - digestive juices that can dissolve even lumps of bone. In health, the dog's juices, both of mouth and stomach, are strongly antiseptic, and thus "high" meat and even flesh from diseased animals - food which would kill a human being in a day - can be eaten without harmful effects."

Levy's philosophy of raising dogs is called Natural Rearing, and it means just what it says—raising canines in such a way as to reproduce the way they would exist in their natural state.

Natural rearing diets, such as NR (Natural Rearing) or BARF (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, also known as Bones And Raw Food), are based on fresh foods such as raw meats, raw bones, raw vegetables, and herbs. Because dogs in the wild would not eat every day, one day of fasting (only for adult dogs) per week is also recommended. This allows the animal to cleanse its body of toxins.

Cooking breaks down many of the proteins and amino acids in raw meat, thus destroying much of its nutritional value. The canine, being not only a hunter but a scavenger as well, can exist on a diet of cooked food, but it will not be in optimal health. I guess a similar comparison would be to place a human being on a strict diet of only hamburgers and fries for the rest of his or her life!

Raising your dog on poor diets will eventually have its effect—disease, immune deficiencies, short life span, high vet bills—the list is endless. Thanks to the works of Juliette de Bairacli Levy, Dr. Ian Billinghurst, Wendy Volhard, and Dr. Kerry Brown, Dr. Tom Lonsdale, and Kymythy Schultz, a step in the right direction (back to nature) has been taken. Their books have been an invaluable source of information for all dog owners.

What is Green Tripe?
Green Tripe is the stomach of ruminating animals. These animals (cattle, buffalo, sheep, deer, goats, antelope, etc.) are four-footed, hooved, cud chewing mammals with a stomach with four chambers—the rumen, reticulum, omasum, and abomasum. The food the animal eats (e.g., grass or hay) is swallowed unchewed and passes into the rumen and reticulum where it is regurgitated, chewed and mixed with saliva. It is again swallowed and passes through the reticulum and omasum into the abomasum, where it is then further broken down by the gastric juices, amino acids, and other digestive enzymes. Yummy!

Why should my dog eat it?
So…why Green Tripe? The answer is simple: because it is the best, most natural food you could feed your dog. Top breeders/kennels of performance dogs have known this for years. The following excerpt from Juliette de Bairacli Levy's book, The Complete Herbal Book for the Dog, says it best:

"I would suggest breeders make good use of such flesh foods as the following: ...paunches of all animals (the raw, uncleaned paunches of healthy grass-fed animals can be fed with much benefit to all breeds of dogs). I learned this from a gypsy in the Forest of Dean: this man had bred many famous greyhounds, and he told me that such fare was the finest of natural food tonics."

How can something so disgusting be so good? These same gastric juices and enzymes not only aid the animal in digestion, but they also aid the dog in digesting and efficiently utilizing his food. The amino acids are necessary for muscular development, and the other gastric juices, I believe, are the best cleaner for their teeth!

An analysis of a sample of green tripe by a Woodson-Tenant Lab in Atlanta, Georgia found the following:

  • The calcium to phosphorous ratio in green tripe is 1:1.
  • The overall pH of green tripe is on the acidic side, which is better for digestion.
  • The percentage of protein is 15.1.
  • The percentage of fat is 11.7.
  • Green tripe contains the essential fatty acids, Linoleic and Linolenic, in their recommended proportions.
  • Green tripe contains Lactic Acid Bacteria, also known as Lactobacillus Acidophilus, which is the “good” intestinal bacteria. It is the main ingredient in probiotics.

Finally, because of its rubbery texture, serving green tripe in large chunks also aids the dog in strengthening its jaw muscles and serves as a form of canine dental floss.

Why “Green”?
The white tripe you find in the grocery store has been cleaned, scalded and bleached. It has almost no nutritional value for the canine. This tripe is usually found in dishes such as menudo. Green tripe does not necessarily refer to its color; in this instance, it refers to the fact that it has not been touched—not cleaned, not bleached, and not scalded. Its actual color is brown; however, sometimes there will be a greenish tint due to the grass or hay the animal ate just before slaughtering.

Nothing beats the "green" tripe from a freshly slaughtered animal, but since that’s not always an options, and its authorized distributors offer green tripe products that have been ground, frozen, and packaged.’s products come from grass-fed and organic animals that are USDA inspected and passed for human consumption. They are antibiotic free, and no hormones have been added.

Want to learn more about the origins of Green Tripe? Read No Guts, No Glory, by Mary C. Voss, owner of

The Complete Herbal Book for the Dog, Juliette de Bairacli Levy
Give Your Dog A Bone, Dr. Ian Billinghurst
The Hollistic Guide For A Healthy Dog, Wendy Volhard & Kerry Brown, DVM





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