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Hi & Welcome To The K9sOverCoffee Blog!

If you’re looking to learn a thing or two about (DIY) raw dog food and doggie health sprinkled with select dog travel entries, you’re in the right place.

Here on K9sOverCoffee, I share lots of raw dog food knowledge including raw meal prep advice, DIY raw dog food recipe ideas as well as tips for fit dogs at home and on the road.

Below you’ll find links to the 3 main sections of the blog:

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    Your Host Barbara Rivers

    I’m a trilingual, 40-something dog lover, e-book author and dog nutrition blogger.

    K9sOverCoffee | Barbara Rivers is the blogger and founder behind K9sOverCoffee

    I hold a Master of Arts in American and French studies from Heidelberg University, Germany, and a certificate in raw dog food nutrition from Dogs Naturally Magazine.

    However, I am neither a veterinarian nor a dog nutritionist and can’t provide consultations (yet – I am looking into studying to become a dog nutritionist and set that goal for the end of 2023. Stay tuned!).

    I also have a background in content & e-mail marketing in the e-commerce world.

    Additionally, I worked as a professional dog walker and pet sitter in Ashburn, VA and then Sanford, NC for almost a decade. I spent 6 years of that time running my own business K9sOverCoffee Pet Services in Central NC.

    That said, I know a thing or two about walking dogs and keeping them fit, ha!

    Check out my blog post 5 Tools of a Professional Dog Walker to get a glimpse into my former life. Who knows, it might inspire you to start your very own dog walking and pet sitting business!

    Tools Of A Dog Walker - A Glimpse Behind The Scenes: My Pet Sitting Car | Unleash Your Dog's Superpowers with Raw Dog Food & Exercise.jpg

    Disclaimer: This section contains affiliate links. I may earn compensation when you click on the links at no additional cost to you.

    My Blogging Journey

    The K9sOverCoffee blog was born in August of 2014, featuring Missy & Buzz, my then two Boxer Mixes. 

    K9sOverCoffee | The blog K9sOverCoffee features my two boxer mixes Missy & Buzz

    After Missy’s cancer diagnosis, treatments, & recovery throughout late 2014/ early 2015, the blog’s focus has been on dog health.

    The way I bring out my pup’s superpowers is with a combination of daily physical & mental exercise and species-appropriate raw dog food.

    The latter helped Missy be in remission from cancer for 3 years and outlive her oncologist’s life expectancy by 2 additional years.

    Unfortunately, she was re-diagnosed with the disease in early 2018 and got her wings in late April. Not one day goes by that I don’t think of her, and she will continue to be missed dearly until the day we meet again. 

    K9sOverCoffee | In Loving Memory Of Missy, 2011-2018

    After my divorce, Buzz has been living with his Daddy.

    I eventually welcomed a new furry friend into my life in January of 2019. He’s a lovable 38 lb Feist mix whose name is Wally West.

    You can read more about him in my post “Introducing Wally West, My New Dog”.

    Wally is also raw-fed and goes on daily backpack walks with me. As a matter of fact, his new raw diet has helped relieve his itchy skin issues tremendously! | My dog Wally with his raw dog food featuring wild venison, beef, duck, thread herring, lamb, and veggies and herbs.
    Wally with his homemade raw dog food | Wally and his Commuter dog backpack from Ruffwear
    Wally’s Commuter Backpack from Ruffwear | Wally and his dog backpack from One Tigris
    Wally and his dog backpack from One Tigris

    Check Out My Raw Feeding Shop & Resources

    I already mentioned that I’m a certified raw dog food nutrition specialist through Dog’s Naturally Magazine University

    Certified Raw Dog Food Nutrition Specialist Certificate of Completion

    In my raw feeding shop, I share raw dog food recipes, explain how to do raw dog food meal prep for your dog at home & more.

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    I invite you to browse a variety of helpful tools for raw dog food meal prep and keeping your pup fit in my Resources section.

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    If you’d like to stay up-to-date on my blog content, I invite you to sign up for my free weekly newsletter

    You’ll get two FREE raw dog food cheat sheets excerpted from my raw dog food e-books when you join the newsletter community.

    You can expect to:

    • Learn about the different components of a balanced raw dog food diet
    • Read my opinions on raw dog food brands
    • Get raw dog food and homemade supplement recipe ideas
    • Join us on occasional road trips
    • Get dog training and fitness advice
    • Learn about dog gear I personally use
    • Be invited to participate in occasional giveaways. For example, our quarterly turkey neck giveaway!

    You can also follow me on Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and Twitter for unique picture & video content. | Working on Wally's polite leash walking skills
    Working on Wally’s polite leash walking skills with Mighty Paw’s hands-free bungee leash set & dog treat pouch | Hiking with Buzz and his dog backpack from Outward Hound
    Hiking with Buzz and his dog backpack from Outward Hound

    How to Navigate The Blog

    The following blog posts are some of the most popular here on the blog:

    But of course there’s many more!

    Rather than scrolling through all the content pages, you can:

    (1) Filter the content by category. Just navigate to the footer section at the bottom of my blog and click on the category you’re interested in.

    (2) Use the search bar at the top of my blog to look for a specific term. Just click on it which will open an area for your search term. Type and hit enter!

    Work With the K9sOverCoffee Blog

    If you’re a brand representative and are looking for a highly engaged and motivated dog food & dog gear blogger, please refer to the Work With Me section to find out more.

    I’m available to work with brands, enter new affiliate relationships and accept blog sponsorships as my blog continues to grow as a resource in the raw dog food & dog gear world.

    You can also book me for your copywriting, Amazon product listing and e-mail marketing needs.

    See you soon, bis bald & à bientôt,


    Raw Dog Food Game Changers


    Save 15% on anything at Raw Paws Pet Food with code K9Savings. They’re located in Indiana and ship nationwide within the US.


    Save 10% on your first order of anything at Raw Feeding Miami with this referral link.


    Mighty Paw’s Slow Feed Insert combined with Yeti’s Boomer 4 Dog Bowl. Both are top rack dishwasher safe.


    Dr. Harvey’s Paradigm Base Mix. It’s low-carb which is particularly great for dogs on a keto diet and those with health issues like diabetes and cancer.

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