Today we had some visitors to our pet shop, the lovely guys from Green Dog, a small, independent dog food company with a BIG heart… which is right up our street!
We were immediately impressed with the small but perfectly formed ingredient list on the side of the bag we were presented with (it’s not often that a company visiting us proclaiming to be selling a “healthy” dog food is actually doing so!) and also when we were told that the food was free from synthetic vitamins and nasty additives.
Here’s what’s in their Turkey and Rice Puppy food:
Turkey (31% dry » 64.41% fresh*), whole white rice, vegetables and herbs (15%), whole brown rice (14%), whole oats, whole barley, fat.
Yes, that’s everything… really!!
A snoop through the literature we were left with and the Green Dog website threw up even more (nice!) surprises.
For starters, their website states that “The product is steam cooked and air-dried. This traditional method retains the whole-food elements and palatability of the raw materials.”
Most traditional pet food is extruded, which basically means that it is processed en masse at a very high temperature, at a very high speed, and a lot of nutrients are lost. Baked or steam cooked foods usually come at a premium, but Green Dog’s pricing is on a par with James Wellbeloved! (another excellent, hypoallergenic food we carry.)
We then found out that Green Dog:
– Use holistic principles in the formulation of our products
– Use pet dogs belong to members of the public as a ‘tasting panel’
– Use products from local suppliers if possible
– Only use products which can be properly digested
– Do not use products from inhumane farming systems
– Do not use unsuitable chemicals of any description for product preservation, fortification, taste enhancement or appearance, or for any other reason.
– Do not use laboratory animals for testing our product
– Do not use unsuitable by-products
– Do not use ingedients that have been inhumanely tested on animals
Needless to say, when we showed Molly she gave her approval right away Yes, this is just an excuse to show another picture of our Gorgeous boss… check out those fabulous spotty paws!!