February 14, 2009

good eats for hudson

Hudson began eating this food at his first home. The breeder said we could change it if we wanted to, but the change should occur very slowly as Yorkies have sensitive (tiny) bellies. As soon as we got home, I looked up this food on the internet and saw that it sells for about $2 per pound, meaning the big 15 pound bag that they sell it in would cost us $30. This is apparently the going rate for Biologically Appropriate Real food Kibble

For the past 9 months I have been trying to buy the one bag of purina beneful dogfood that does not contain any animal by-product which is just a nice way of saying that it doesnt contain any ground up chicken bones, beaks, feathers, feet and whatever else constitutes a "by-product". In addition to the by-product, most dog foods contain mostly cornmeal and wheat gluten which many dogs are bothered by. Shadow has sensitive skin and I have often wondered and I think the vet may have suggested, that the corn ingrediants could be to blame for the itchy, dry skin. Another point worth considering is that the cheaper the food, the less nutrition which ends in more waste product. Taking into consideration all of that information, the ingrediants of the Orijen puppy food reads like a gourmet recipe. It is made without grain and is low in carbs which means the carbs in the food come from veggies and fruits. This stuff is packed full of minerals and vitamins from natural sources and is high in omega 3 fatty acids, which often people give as a supplement to the dogfood anyway. I know that we often cook shadow an egg with the hopes that it will help his skin and coat. So, factoring in all of the above, I believe we will stick to the Orijen puppy food. Our little guy will take a LONG time to eat 15 pounds of dogfood compared to Shadow. And we may just mix in a little of the good stuff for Shadow. Right now he is cleaning up the tablespoon or so left in Hudson's dish like it was a little treat left over for him. Shadow deserves any kind of treat he wants, he has welcomed Hudson into his home and allowed his family to become Hudson's family. What a good guy. We are successfully a two dog family and just as you tend to be more relaxed with a second child- we seem to be old hats at this puppy thing.

4 comments:

Cedar ... said...

awwwww,..... what a face! makes this cat-person just want to smother that little guy with snuggles and kisses!

corin said...

Cedar: Hudson is as close to a kitty cat as a dog can get.

City Mouse said...

That dog is seriously adorable. We've gone back and forth with what type of food. We also settled on "no animal byproducts" food, though I forget what it is - I'm so used to just seeing the bag I forget the name. Kinda gross, the things they put in a lot of dog food.

Funny - Change of plans, and now it turns out we're going to stop at that RV dealer you saw along 87.

Greg M said...

He looks like my Quincy! Q is 7 pounds of Yorkie terror. now he's 2 and a half and still acts like a puppy with ADD/OCD! Has this queer obsession with empty water bottles, but only if the cap is on it. I'll send you pics of him somehow...