Pupza For Free, Surf & Turf, Chicken Rice and Dog Food Recalls
The risks of kibble, my favorite recipe + One of Ced's top3 all-time meal is featured this week.
Thank you so much to everyone that ordered our Pup Cocoa and Santa Paws Cookie Mixes. We truly appreciate the support, and are so excited for all the lucky pups that should have already received their winter goodies in the mail.
Since Pupza was such a popular recipe we’ve made it available for everyone this month. Our mission is to help people learn the benefits of a whole food diet for dogs. Anyone can make delicious and healthy dishes for their dogs with everyday foods around kitchen. And it’s fun, too! You can help spread the message by sharing our posts with your friends and family.
Most people think that feeding a commercial diet is better for dogs, and I don’t blame them. The information online leads you to believe it’s the best option. So do vets and dog food companies. It’s true dry food is definitely more convenient as it doesn’t spoil like fresh food does. Also, it’s generally cheaper.
But the convenience, cost and shelf life come with significant drawbacks. Think about how foods are made to have a long shelf life. Drying alone is not enough. Foods need preservatives, heat and processing to last a long time. Whole food ingredients are expensive, so companies use synthesized vitamins, and byproducts instead. Vitamin D is one example where this can cause trouble. When consumed naturally in foods, it’s safe, but adding a vitamin D supplement can be risky as it is fatally toxic at low amounts. Over the last several years several well known dog food brands were recalled for containing too much added vitamin D in addition to those brands recalled for contamination with pathogens.
Onto new recipes:
One of my favorite foods is Hainan Chicken Rice, a dish with variations all over Asia. Our version is a convenient and quick continuation of our pup and me meals. Throw everything into a rice cooker, and in less than an hour every one and every dog will be satisfied.
Cedric loves watching his food being cooked on the griddle, so we try to make it a regular thing. This week we grilled up some Surf & Turf. I’m pretty sure this is one of his top 3 all-time meals. You don’t need a griddle to make this for your dog, here’s a super simple, pan-fry version!
Some people were worried about Edith not getting as much food as Cedric. Keep in mind she is half his size and needs less food. Also, I always try to be careful not to overfeed them. Others were concerned that she doesn’t get to witness the cooking experience. At 4 months old, she’s still under puppy training and not quite ready to sit still yet, but we’ll get there in time! Meanwhile, she safely enjoys a frozen yogurt and snacks in another room while we cook. So, I’d say she’s getting a pretty good deal.
Have a great week and happy holidays,
Joelle and Cedric