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Lets Not Kibble
By KatyBeth Jensen For The Dog Files
â€œThis is a fun, easy recipe. From start to finish, it will take about 2 hours. It has 16 ingredients, and serves 12.â€ The sender then writes, â€œWell-worth the effort for the joy you will see in your pup when she is eating her loaf.â€ My PUP?! Â This is a recipe for my dogs?Â Are they nuts?? In no way do I want to add that tidbit to my sonâ€™s overflowing therapy folder: â€œMy mom spent two hours cooking for the dog, but ordered pizza for me.â€ He already wonders who I love best and why the dog has a later bed time.
After reading this 2 hour, 12 ingredient recipe, I wondered â€¦ have we gone over the cliff when it comes to feeding our dogs?Â Ah, now I have your attention! I feel you bristling, fingers poised to thunder across the keyboard, comment section overflowing with, â€œOH MY GOD! IS SHE REALLY going to cross over that line into our relationship with our dogâ€™s food?â€ Uh, well, yes I am.
Recently, a dog mom brought her pup to camp, with a twitch in her eye and shaking hands holding the leash. She shared with me she was spending about 15 hours a week preparing a fresh diet for her very large breed dog. Both the dog mom and her grocery budget were overwhelmed.
I remembered back to when my son was a baby and ready to try solid foods. Several mom suggested I was nothing short of irresponsible for feeding him Gerber’s baby food. They admonished me to bake and mash or grind fresh organic squash, green beans, turkey and then freeze it in ice cube trays. The flashback immediately had me reaching out with empathy to this dog mom.
This poor women had fallen prey to the dog park foodies. Up until that point, her pup had done beautifully on a high end dry dog food which will remain nameless because Iâ€™m smart.Â The dog park foodies set upon her, scaring her sillyÂ with stories of chemicals, dead animals and toxins mixed into her dog food. Food preparation quickly morphed from opening a bag of dog food to a series of steps that now included a blender, choppers, frying pans, boiling, straining, and extra trips to the store. And worse yet, her pup did not even like his fresh diet, so additional energy was consumed playing â€œopen wideâ€ and â€œhere comes the airplaneâ€ with her 90 pound pup. With my encouragement, she went back to buying her dog food, and her relationship with her dog, family, friends, and full-time job improved.
If you enjoy cooking food for your pups, by all means do so. Why not?Â However, terrifying other dog owners by comparing store-bought commercial dog food to rat poison is just not nice.
Speaking of poison, there is no humor in the recent dog food scandals that rocked the nation, resulted in several pet deaths, many animals falling ill, and the nationwide recall of dog food products. We do need to care about what we feed our pets. However, when dog owners pontificate on the evils of commercial dog food, I wonder how the dog I grew up with every grew old on Special Cuts. Think back, do you ever remember your mom taking to the neighbor mom about what she fed the dog or what ingredients were in Buddy’s food? Of course, dogs did not have strollers, diamond earrings, or planned play dates back in the olden days, either. We have evolved.Â Well â€¦ maybe.
After listening to several pet food enthusiasts discuss the awful ingredients in ALL commercial dog food, I was very relieved to check and find out my dog food did not fall within the ALL COMMERCIAL DOG FOOD category (I am still not telling you what food it is!). My pup`s dog food ingredients included chicken, cracked pearled barley, white grain brown rice, oatmeal, carrots and peas. Tip: if you are cornered by the dog food police for admitting you buy dog food at the grocery store instead of a dog food boutique, inquire nicely where they buy their family`s food.
Ok, enough kibbling about the best way to feed the family pup. Â Roughly 17 billion dollars* was spent in 2008 on dog food. It seems to me those dog food billions leave a lot of room for a lot of different dog food options, both commercial and homemade, so go forth and make your choice and I will make mine. After all, I may say kibble, you may say sweet potato, but our pups just say, “Is it dinner, yet?”
Source: APPA Industry Statistics and Trends.
Pats for your Pups,
Katybeth is a professional pet spoiler, living in the Chicagoland area, running her own business, Camp-Run-A-Pup. Camp Run-A-Pup spoils other peopleâ€™s pups, and they do it really well. Katybeth lives with and loves three dogs of her own, Rascal, a Parsonâ€™s Terrier (AKC recognizers her as a Parsonâ€™s; you might recognize her as a Jack Russell), Skippy, a Schipperke with a personality disorder, and Scooby, a beagle that might belong to a neighbor. Katybeth’s newest family star is Soquel’s Last Souvenire, or as they like to call her, Trinket, a show-stopping Doberman pup. Katybeth co-owns Trinket with her mom because she likes being on the winning side of the dog show arena and wanted the rights to tell the real unabridged stories of the oddities of dog showing. the movie Dog Show did not even come close to telling. Katybeth also enjoys writing her blog — My Odd Family. Dogs, dog people, dog shows and owning a dog business combined with hearth, home and family never leaves her at a loss for material to write about.