Friday, February 20, 2015

Polkadog Bakery

 For the last few weeks, I have been highlighting different dog treats that can be found in our candy store.The next company (and last for a while!) is Polkadog Bakery. Polkadog is a small canine bakery in South Boston. All of their treats are handmade from scratch every morning. Their ingredients are locally source from neighborhood suppliers. Large dog treat manufacturers often have raw materials shipped to them from all over the country or world. This causes a decline in quality and increases the risk of food contamination. Because Polkdog gets all of their ingredients "right around the corner" they have optimum control over what goes into their treats and what stays out. In fact, they control every aspect of their bakery from resources, to mixing and baking the ingredients to even hand-packing the finished products and shipping! Their treats are superb and dogs absolutely love them!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Petcurean Dog Food

 Currently, we only carry one type of dog food. We have been carrying it for years and are quite proud of the brand: Petcurean. Petcurean is not an economy brand of dog food. You won't find it at a grocery store and it is more expensive per bag. BUT there is the saying: You get what you pay for. Many economy brand dog foods have low quality ingredients that are not as easily absorbed into your pet's system. This results in your dog A) eating more because they are not getting adequate nutrition and B) pooping more because everything is just passing through their system. Here is a neat little diagram (courtesy of Petcurean):

You can see that those cups add up... and so does your garbage bin full of those little plastic baggies.

Petcurean only uses market fresh meats, veggies, fruits and berries that are sourced from a trusted network of farmers, ranchers and producers that must meet or exceed stringent health, safety and quality criteria. These producers are close to the production facility which means there is a lower carbon footprint and a lower probability of contamination. They don't buy ingredients from China and they don't use by-product meals or un-named meat. In addition, Petcurean tests every batch of food for salmonella. AND they only make pet food. A lot of economy dog foods are usually a branch of of some multinational company that makes a lot of other things aside from pet food: breakfast cereal, soaps, household products, ect. Maybe it's just me, but when I do too much at once, I end up making mistakes or cutting corners "just to get it done". For pet food, this usually results in massive recalls for contamination.

Petcurean makes unique recipes because different dogs have different dietary needs. Usually, you can find a blend that will work for your dog. If for some reason your dog is like my cat who cannot eat Petcurean (they make cat food too), there is a really nifty website (Dog Food Advisor) that rates and analyzes dog food. This site really breaks down to the nitty gritty of almost every dog food and will tell you why it gets rated accordingly. I even looked up "Atta Boy Dog Food" just for fun.... It basically flunked out of dog food school.