*Originally posted on March 29, 2017, this entry was our very first post on our blog! As we approach our one year anniversary, we wanted to re-share our first post and what inspired us to start this blog. Thanks for your friendship and support this past year!
-Love Anmitsu & Madison
In 1992, my mother traded a watermelon for our first family dog - an English Springer Spaniel mix. We had limited financial resources and purchasing a dog was out of the question (rescuing from a shelter was not a common practice then). If not for the kindness and generosity of my mom's friend, we would otherwise not have been able to get a dog. So we exchanged a watermelon for our beloved, Roscoe.
As a first time dog owner, we didn’t know much about quality dog food. Now you have to remember, this is before the internet and it seemed everyone was feeding commercial dog food from the big chains. So we decided on the colorful 'Kibbles 'n Bits'. The ingredients were Corn, Soybean Meal, Ground Wheat, Animal Fat (BHA Used As Preservative), Corn Syrup, etc. The package also had a photo of a delicious steak to entice us to purchase! In retrospect, we fell into their marketing gimmicks.
Today, the perception of quality dog food is slowly changing for the better. Most everyone agrees that in order for optimal health to occur, animals must consume the foods they were designed to eat. It’s called a species-appropriate diet. Each species have their own biologically appropriate food requirement; it helps them to heal and thrive. Unfortunately we have been able to deceive ourselves into believing dry dog foods are good because our pets overall vitality do not immediately decline. Instead, we’ve created dozens of generations of nutritionally weakened animals that suffer from diseases– a link the traditional veterinary community has not acknowledged.
Many of the big-industry pet food companies caution against using real food. Why?? They want us to feed as much of their product as possible. If you supplement with your own ingredients, you’ll less likely feed their food.
Kibble to this day are the most widely used form of dog food. It's the cheapest to mass produce and has the longest shelf life. But even if kibble have the perfect ingredients, in order for it to be shelf stable, it needs to undergo high heat to take form. This creates a carcinogen called acrylamide. It’s formed when certain starchy foods are cooked at high temperatures (above 250° F) causing a chemical reaction between certain sugars and an amino acid in the food.
Roscoe passed away after several health issues. Our second family dog, Thunder, who also ate kibble (a brand sold by the vet) passed away with health issues. I know for certain both could have lived a much longer and comfortable life if we had provided them with the right nutrition. Not the "nutrition" the pet food industry recommended. Dogs can't derive all the nutrients they need for vibrant health from a dry nugget that can be fed day after day, year after year.
I'm trying my best to avoid all kibble for Anmitsu (doesn't matter who or where it's sold). It's definitely not an easy task. Raw costs quite a bit, and I found it difficult for a puppy to be placed on it. The dietary needs of a puppy are different and I don’t have the knowledge of balancing the calcium and phosphorus content in the food (LOVE to learn! message me!).
Currently, Anmitsu is on Stella and Chewy's - the closest to a raw food diet pre-packaged and available in stores. I hope in the future to mix her meals with homemade and freeze-dried raw. I'll continue my next post about this awesome dog food and the difference between freeze-dried and dehydrated food.
**Update: After a year, Anmitsu is on an ALL raw diet. We remain customers of Stella and Chewy's and use their products when we travel or if we forget to thaw her food. Currently, we purchase meat from the local market, Darwin's Pet food -Natural Selection line, and Happee Dawg (Not all of their meats are hormone-free). Anmitsu is thriving on the raw diet and we couldn't be happier! We hope you also find what works for you and your dog. If you have any questions, please DM us on instagram!