Why Raw

Why Raw?

People are looking at their own health just as we should be looking at our pets. We know we can't survive a healthy life without proper nutrition, so why can our dogs? Nutrition is after all what keeps us healthy, without a balanced healthy diet the body can not function at full capacity making it more susceptible to sickness and infection. More and more concerns are being raised about cancer, skin conditions, immune related disease, colitis, irritable bowel, pancreattis, joint disorder, etc. and it only makes "Common Sense" that we are what we eat.

Raw foods do not contain unnecessary additives or ingredients. Raw foods are considered "Whole Foods". Whole foods are foods that are unprocessed and unrefined, or processed and refined as little as possible before being consumed. Whole foods typically do not contain added ingredients, such as sugar, salt, or fat.

Many chemicals are added to commercial pet foods to improve the taste, stability, characteristics, or appearance of the food. Many additives have been added to the base ingredients long before they hit the manufacturer, thus not requiring them to be listed on the finished product ingredient lists. Additives provide no nutritional value. Additives include emulsifiers to prevent water and fat from separating, antioxidants to prevent fat from turning rancid, and artificial colors and flavors to make the product more attractive to consumers and more palatable to their companion animals. Additives can be specifically approved, or they can fall into the category of "Generally Recognized as Safe" (GRAS).

Raw foods have been proven to help the immune system build a stronger defense system. Owners of raw fed dogs report many benefits of increased vitality, stamina, immune strength. They report less weight gain, allergies, hot spots, anal gland issues, ear infections, stinky skin and arthritis and that is just the beginning. Most owners report raw fed dogs having clean white teeth free of bad breath and tartar. It is believed that carbohydrates in the dry food are broken down by enzymes in the saliva and form sugars, which in turn, cause increased tartar build-up. Carbohydrates and sugars are sticky and adhere easily to tooth enamel helping the bacteria's that cause plaque to thrive.

Raw has been proven by experience, over and over again not only in the animal kingdom but in the human realm as well.


To provide "Common Sense" diets for our beloved pets, using only human grade products carefully selected to provide optimum nutrition. Ongoing work with nutritionists, veterinarians, and breeders since 1996, makes Common Sense the most researched and complete raw food diet available today.

Bullinger Shepherds is one of the top German Shepherd Breeding kennels in North America. Tracy Bullinger has fed over 260 litters and world champions with the "Common Sense" diet. This is the most extensive feeding trial done on any raw frozen dog food on the market today. The results have been significant, the diet is safe and proven for all stages.

Common Sense is manufactured in a private USDA facility in Ferndale, Washington. Our ingredients or carefully selected to insure quality and consistency with all of them sourced in the USA. We only use Human Grade Whole Foods and do not add any artificial or non-naturally occurring ingredients to our food.