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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Food For Thought

On the front page of yesterday's New York Times Dining Section is a tribute, of sorts, to homemade food...for your pets. The title of the article is "Eat Table Food? Some Owners Say Pull Up a Chair", and it details what lengths some owners are going to these days to feed their pets more like the way they feed themselves: mimimally processed, free range, local, and organic. Among those interviewed for the article is Cesar Millan, the one and only Dog Whisperer, who said, "The dog has always been a mirror of the human style of life. Organic has become a new fashion, a new style of living...and if the human becomes aware, if he eats organic, he wants everyone around him to eat healthy too...".

This sentiment is echoed by Marion Nestle, a nutrition professor at New York University and author of Feed Your Pet Right, who said, "There is a general distrust in the food supply at the moment...[and] people who have chosen to eat food grown on small, sustainable nearby farms want to apply their dietary choices to their pets."

Other experts interviewed for the article offered some cautionary words, though. Korinn Saker, a clinical nutrionist at the Baker Institute for Animal Health at North Carolina State University said, ..."she was not against people cooking for their pets...but cautions that if it was not done correctly, the consequences could be harmful."

This rather lengthly article features experts on both sides of the debate, recipes, and photos of robust pets galore-enjoy it here:

We'd love to know what you think-how many of you cook for your pets and what do you make?

And speaking of food, here's another interesting article to chew on-this time from The Huffington Post, titled, Study ID's 9400-Year-Old Dog, Earliest Evidence of Domestication.
But here's the catch: the bone that identified the dog was found in human excrement. So according to this post, this bone fragment "provides the earliest direct evidence that dogs-besides being used for company, security and hunting-were eaten by humans and may even have been bred as a food source."
And  just so we can't argue our way around this, "DNA analysis confirmed that it [the bone] came from a dog-not a wolf, coyote, or fox."
Read the full article here:www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/19/9400-year-old-dog-found_n_810846.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=011911&utm_medium=email&utm_content=NewsEntry&utm_term=Daily+Brief

O.K. I don't know about you, but I'm getting a little sick to my stomach. Think I'll pass on dinner tonight...unless I am dinner tonight!


Gus said...

We have done the "home made" dog food thing, and while I thought it was yummy, the muzzer felt I was gaining weight too quickly. Can I help it if she is a good cook?


The Daily Pip said...

We saw this article yesterday, but haven't read it yet. My mom has good intentions and would love to make me homemade meals, but it doesn't always happen ...her job gets in the way!

Your pal, Pip

Diana Chiew said...

We used to have home cooked food but then the humans started to worry if we are getting the right amount of nutrition. Now we are back to kibbles.

Donna said...

I love food. People-food is really good! :)

Duke said...

Mom cooks for me because I have kidney disease. I mostly eat ground beef and and sweet potatoe and butternut squash and glutinous rice or pasta. I also get a ton of supplements twice a day to balance my meals and keep me healthy. It's working and I'm in love with my meals!

Love ya lots

Eva the Sheltie said...

My hoomans just give me kibbles because they think it is more nutritious. They are afraid that they can't give me a balanced diet if they give me human foods. So, kibbles again!
How does human foods taste??? I bet it is heavenly good!

Helen said...

We have contemplated the home made route for Spike and Dru but we worry about them getting all the proper nutrients. We have gone through a couple of stretches where they were on Chicken with rice and vegetables because of their delicate systems.

Lori @ According to Gus said...

We fed Gus a homemade diet for years until he developed food allergies :( We were sad to switch back to commercial dog food, but his tummy is better now!

Bocci said...

Right now, I'm getting a high quality kibble supplimented with what we consider some healthy people food, like free range chicken, sweet potatoes, peas and such.
Parental Unit says she wished she had looked into a change of diet for her late pooch, Carson, who had failing kidney's at about 15 and a half years old-the vet told her it was old age kicking in, but who knows...?

Since Parental Unit is in general a crazed food lover, she loves hearing what you all feed your pets-I think she's getting hungry right now...

meowmeowmans said...

I saw that article, too. Really interesting!

Lorenza said...

The article is very interesting.
Right now, I get special kibble for my kidneys and steamed veggies at noon!
Kisses and hugs

Sherry said...

It would be nice to have the time to study up on nutrition and do the cooking. As you say, I'd really have to know what I was doing. Instead it's high-quality kibble here with healthy additions of vegetables and sometimes eggs from our chickens.

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