Love, Tea and Ice Cream
It has been while since I’ve blogged about food. Over the past 2-3 years, I have been partial to the ‘Varietal Feeding’ approach so Boogie has been eating homecooked meals, Stella & Chewy’s patties, Delifresh’s Vital, and The Honest Kitchen.
Not only is varietal feeding important from the standpoint of preventing boredom, it also helps to ensure that Fido will receive a broader spectrum of nutrition, including enzymes, amino acids and antioxidants, compared with when he eats one single processed food every day.
Many pet food manufacturers caution pet owners not to add anything to their products, claiming that doing so will throw off the balance of nutrients. But a modern, domestic canine’s digestive system is not so primitive that it cannot handle a varied diet. As variety is introduced to the diet, so the body becomes more robust, and even more able to derive benefit from new, fresh ingredients.
Three new foods to blog about this week!
1. The Honest Kitchen’s LOVE is a grain-free, gluten-free beef-based dehydrated dog food and it’s one THK flavor that Boogie hadn’t tried before. (Yes, he has tried all of them. I think his fave is FORCE)
How cool is it that THK now uses resealable bags!
One thing I like about THK’s foods is their versatility. You can serve THK with other ingredients like cooked meats and veggies, use as a topping, or incorporate into baked doggie treats.
Tonight I served Boogie his first dinner of LOVE, hydrated with QUIET TEA and he finished up everything. Yep, he likes it.
Quiet Tea™ is designed for dogs and cats, to help promote calmness and alleviate anxiety, tension and excitability during stressful or over-stimulating situations caused by factors such as separation, thunderstorms, travel, or events.
I am still doubtful that Boogie would drink this tea because he doesn’t drink much of anything at all. Not even water. Example: yesterday I offered Boogie some kefir. He took a few licks and walked away. When I added a dollop of yogurt (which is essentially the same thing but in non-liquid form), he licked the bowl clean.
When I hydrated his food with this Quiet Tea, I was very surprised that Boogie did not stop eating and stare at me as he sometimes does “You expect me to eat this?” The tea has a very strong herbal smell … not a smell I imagine that dogs would enjoy, but what would I know.
Perhaps, I’ll make a Quiet Tea Sorbet.…
3. Homemade doggie ice cream: The Pawfect Parfait. Click here for the recipe. The ingredients are all safe for dogs and I consulted The Honest Kitchen recipe book to make sure. The ice cream base is banana blended with raw honey and low-fat kefir. Boogie doesn’t eat banana (like I said, he is a picky eater… doesn’t like any fruit except watermelon) but when it’s all mushed up with yogurt I guess it’s no longer banana. Mixed in are sweet crispy bacon pieces and swirls of unsalted peanut butter. I almost added the rendered bacon fat to the ice cream for extra bacon-y aroma, but decided against this… Don’t want my dog to get pancreatitis or get fat!
Empty clean bowl. I will take this as a sign that Boogie liked the ice cream! Yay.
UPDATE: We just had a visit from our neighbors - Oliver, Piccolo and Benji. Four dogs at an ice cream party! Boogie is now over-the-limit for today.