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Mele Kalikimaka for the dogs

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Although I didn’t go all out buying a bunch of Christmas presents for the pups this year, I did pick up a special treat for them that I had been eyeing for months.

I am obsessed with all things Hawaiian, so I have been looking for a reason to buy Tiki Dog canned food since I noticed Brookside Barkery had begun stocking it. I sprung for a few cans of Tiki Cat back when Luxor still lived with us and was very sick. But I could never justify adding canned food to the dogs’ diet. Grain-free Innova and Evo dry kibble is already a budgetary stretch given the size of our pack. (Oh, Charlie Machete‘s forever family, where are you?)

However, on Christmas Eve, as I was picking out an assortment of locally made baked treats for the dogs, I noticed that several cans of Tiki Dog were on clearance, marked down to $1 each because they expire in January. Finally, I had a reason to spring for the fancy food — doggie Christmas dinner!

Dinner turned out to be dinners. So as not to upset anyone’s stomach through the introduction of new food, we’ve been splitting each of the two cans I bought between all four dogs over the past few days, mixed with the kibble. Just like the cat, the canines seem uber-pleased by the moist, whole food.

Tiki products do not consist of meat-like mush but rather actual chunks of fish, poultry, eggs and vegetables. In fact, the food looks and smells appetizing enough that I would even taste it if I weren’t a fairly strict vegetarian. (Dog food just doesn’t seem like a good enough reason to cheat.)

I wish I could afford to incorporate wet food into the dogs’ diet full-time, but right now that just doesn’t make sense for us. We try to vary their diets by giving them appropriate garden and table scraps. Someday, I would like to do more home cooking for the dogs, but lately we haven’t had time for that. I would also like to find high-quality dog food — wet or dry — that doesn’t have to be shipped from several states away.

So far, I haven’t had much luck digging up locally-made edibles for dogs other than treats.

Do you know of grain-free, organic and/or natural dog food — that’s local to your area or mine?

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About crystalwayward

I live with two formerly wayward dogs. I care deeply about the environment, and I think gardening is a revolutionary act.

Posted on December 29, 2011, in Dogs, Food and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. It doesn’t look much different to a chunky human soup you get in a can. Even the veggies look fresh!

    How many dogs are you caring for at the moment?

  2. I agree — this dog food really could be people food! Along those lines, are you familiar with Dick Gregory’s theory about why Alpo doesn’t have pictures of dogs on the label? Check out the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggsXv9vPgEM

    We are currently caring for four non-Alpo-eating dogs, including our foster boy Charlie Machete.

  3. TikiDog is great! But, yes, ridiculously expensive. As is Evo. Not sure if you know that Natura, the company who manufactures Evo, changed hands over a year ago. There are other more cost effective grain-free options. Not sure where you are located, but I could help you snoop them out.

    Also, kudos to you on the supplementing with table scraps, and fruits and veggies! Dogs love/need/thrive on variety!

    Loving this blog!

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