Monday, May 3, 2010

Welcome to Dog Food Month

I am a person who sometimes struggles with believing something is positive... and acting upon that belief. For example, I believe in saving the environment, yet I still sometimes use paper towels and drink out of disposable plastic water bottles.

I realize the same is true when it comes to my pet's food. I believe in feeding the healthiest, wholesome ingredients. And yet, sometimes I buy what I have a coupon for or what is handy. And then I also realized, I don't fully understand what is healthy and what I should feed my dog.

So, I decided to devote this entire month to dog food, and learning all I can about it. I welcome your insight, comments and personal experiences. Please leave a comment or DM me if you'd like to contribute a post. Upcoming posts will feature guest blogs, product reviews, book reviews, and reports on natural and holistic food, obesity, vegetarian food, raw food and more. Please join us right here every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in May for dog food week.

How about you? What do you feed your dog, and why?

7 comments:

Alexis Grant said...

I'd love to learn more about what to feed my dog... I usually just go with a well-known brand for older dogs. Looking forward to dog food month!

Jenny Kendall said...

Hi Peggy,

I've been working on what to feed my Ellie (chronicled over at her blog).

One thing I did was cut back on the number of feedings - instead of a breakfast of kibble, she gets her morning nosh on a rubber chewie filled with my mixture of peanut butter mixed with yogurt,(or other goodies) with crunchy homemade treats mixed in - then frozen.

For lunch, a raw chicken bone. For dinner, premium Blue kibble, just a scant cup. (She's a 60 lb GSD).

She gets much of her food intake from her click rewards which I make myself (recipes are at the blog).

It's a process. I believe in leftovers IF the leftovers are from healthy human eating (fresh, local).

She looks great, has great teeth, she's somewhere between 2-3 yrs old (as a rescue, I can't be sure of her age).

Peggy Frezon said...

Wow Jenny, thanks for sharing. That's great that you're incorporating treats and click rewards into Ellie's daily dietary total. It sounds like you're working hard to ensure good nutrition. I'll check out your blog. Thanks for dropping by and check back. We'll be covering more dog food issues, including obesity in upcoming days.

Rod@GoPetFriendly said...

We have a Shar Pei and a 3 year-old rescue GSD (like Jenny). Don't know if you have heard of GoPetFriendly.com, but we travel the US and Canada in an RV searching for places to go and things to do for people who prefer to travel with their pets.

Since we are on the road about 70-80% of the time, we were searching for somethhing that would combine the benefits of a raw food diet with the ease of serving kibble. We found it in a dehydrated raw food from The Honest Kitchen. It's made from human quality ingredients AND both our dogs LOVE it. The food travels well, is convenient to store, and only takes a few minutes to rehydrate.

I also saw you plan to speak about obesity. Last week, the Daily Kibble (http://www.dailykibble.com/scoop/042810.shtml) reported that over 1/2 the dogs in the US are obese. It's not bad enough that Americans are killing themselves with their diets, but it's another matter when we do it to our pets.

Mary Haight said...

Hi Peggy - looks like quite a few of us are talking about pet food on our blogs:)I just came from Edie Jarolim's blog at www.willmydoghateme.com where I saw your comment and decided to come take a look! Your idea to pursue the topic for the month is great and I look forward to seeing the results!

Marsha Mack said...

I prefer dog foods that contain alot of protein and fats for my mini-schnauzer (Gretchen). I will not buy any dog food that contains contain grains or fillers (grain free) and I also try to keep the carbohydrates.

Organic and all-natural dog food reduces skin problems, reduces digestive disorders, gives my dog Gretchen much more energy and overall, she is as healthy as can be!

Rod@GoPetFriendly said...

We have a Shar Pei and a 3 year-old rescue GSD (like Jenny). Don't know if you have heard of GoPetFriendly.com, but we travel the US and Canada in an RV searching for places to go and things to do for people who prefer to travel with their pets.

Since we are on the road about 70-80% of the time, we were searching for somethhing that would combine the benefits of a raw food diet with the ease of serving kibble. We found it in a dehydrated raw food from The Honest Kitchen. It's made from human quality ingredients AND both our dogs LOVE it. The food travels well, is convenient to store, and only takes a few minutes to rehydrate.

I also saw you plan to speak about obesity. Last week, the Daily Kibble (http://www.dailykibble.com/scoop/042810.shtml) reported that over 1/2 the dogs in the US are obese. It's not bad enough that Americans are killing themselves with their diets, but it's another matter when we do it to our pets.

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