Raising Litter Mates



Something good has come out of one of the most heartbreaking experiences I have been through. Although we lost Jordan, I have gained some valuable information regarding dog nutrition. SO valuable that not only has it changed my views on the food my dogs are eating, but also in the foods that we, ourselves consume daily.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Nutritious Home Made Snacks for our Black Labrador Litter Mates.

For those of you who follow my blog, you are all well aware of the struggle we had with Jordan's health. She has inspired me to change not only our dog's eating habits, but our own as well. Since her passing, I have found and opened my own company BrainyCakes Dog Barkery - The Home of Healthy, Wholesome, Nutritious Snacks. Made at home, in my kitchen, with human grade/quality ingredients, I am slowly transitioning Taro and Kratos, our black labrador litter mates, into eating healthy, fresh, wholesome foods. The type of food I would want to consume.

When I think Dog Bakery, I think donuts, cakes and assorted pastries. At first, this is what I wanted to do, create fancy desserts for our canine companions. I still want to do that, eventually, but for right now I am on a clear path to introduce organic, simple, nutritious snacks containing ingredients with naturally occurring vitamins and minerals as well as natural healing property content. I am doing my best to use local businesses for all my ingredient needs - flours and grains from Chilliwack, BC, produce from local growers here and the Okanagan as well as meats that are hormone and antibiotic free. High quality, human-grade ingredients ONLY.

I am excited about an upcoming event - end of May. I have been presented with the opportunity to display my treats! More details to come! You can visit the bakery and new products on our facebook page.

Taro and Kratos are doing well on their transition to fresher foods. I bake them sweet potato strips, just today I baked them some mango strips. I had an organic mango that was extra ripe, so I sliced it up, threw it in the oven and a few hours later it is a great treat for all of us.

As far as kibble goes, I would love to home-cook their food - using fresh meats and veggies. I don't want to do RAW FOOD, I am not comfortable with that diet, but to cook up their meat and vegetables and perhaps adding some supplements is my first choice. Right now, I have switched over to Orijen Dog Food. I add some steamed veggies - broccoli, kale, carrots mainly. For snacks, I give them the same fruits as I eat, except nothing too citrus. Mostly organic apples, strawberries, banana and mango. They also get baked sweet potato and starting today baked mango too! They often get organic pumpkin puree mixed in with their food - I usually bake with it. Once I become more comfortable with their nutritional requirements, I will definitely be experimenting with dog foods - in addition to dog snacks.

It is great relief knowing that my litter mates are consuming high quality foods from known sources. Hopefully people will start paying more attention to the quality of their pet's food in addition to their own. If you wouldn't want to eat it, why feed it to your four legged companion?

Tips on introducing new dog treats/ingredients on my next blog later today.

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