In 2019, Noel, our family’s dog for 13 years died of complications due to pancreatitis. Our hearts were broken, but we felt led to find a new puppy. At a local shelter, we found King, a labrador-mix, and immediately wanted to give him a forever home.
Instantly, King’s antics and exuberance made us love him unconditionally. I was horrified to discover that everything I fed King gave him severe diarrhea and I began to panic! I had just lost Noel and I couldn’t imagine losing another dog. We worked closely with our veterinarian and learned that diet would be a key factor in his recovery. Therefore, I was determined to educate myself about the nutritional needs of dogs.
I discovered after reading labels and doing research, that many brands of dog treats were using low quality ingredients. I was angry, sad and frustrated that I was not aware of this information for Noel. Sadly, I bought into the marketing “Grain Free” diets and “Made in the USA” or “Organic” on the product labels and read no further. I found companies were using “globally sourced” ingredients to keep their cost down. I did more research on chicken meal and beef meal and what kinds of things they use to make this ingredient. (I was horrified).
Obviously, as a chef, my skills could be put to good use finding a solution. I spent weeks formulating, testing and rewriting recipes that provide dogs the nutrition, satisfaction and crunchy taste they crave. So that’s when I started baking woof-a-licious dog treats.
Thankfully, King no longer suffers from chronic diarrhea. I rely on my veterinarian, exercise and high quality nutrition to keep King healthy. My King loves these treats and I think your dog will too!