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In 2014, I decided to start sharing my journey as a raw feeder. I had been feeding my dogs a raw food diet for a year and wrote about what I had learned as part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Looking back, I cringe at how little I knew about raw feeding and decided to update each of those blog posts in 2018-19.
I'm obsessed with my dogs. That's not a surprise, right? I have a blog about my dogs. 99% of my Facebook feed is about my dogs. And 99% of my friends are dog people too. Yep, my name is Kimberly and I'm obsessed with my dogs. They're amazing, they're funny, they're loyal, and they keep the darkness (depression and anxiety) away.
Because of my obsession, I've become a dog treat snob. It started with the chicken jerky treats recalls. When I saw that despite the recalls, a local chain pet store had hundreds of the tainted treats prominently displayed at the entrance, I realized that I was on my own. So I began doing my homework and learning about ingredients. It didn't take long for me to realize that many of the treats I had reviewed for my blog had terrible ingredients.
Shiznit! What now? Bake dog treats?
If you ask Johan about my cooking skills, he'll answer you in about an hour after he stops laughing. It's not that I'm terrible. I have an issue of remembering that I'm cooking and I tend to wander off. So I don't use the stove for extended periods of time. I do, however, rock the dehydrator. But I mostly buy treats through our local raw food co-op and from independent pet stores.
In this post, I'm going to share a list of my favorite dog treats at the moment! These are the treats that I buy ALL the time now.
- Vital Essentials Minnows
- Real Meat Fish & Venison, Lamb & Liver, and Venison
- Scout and Zoe's Carp Planks (these are carp skin)
- Scout and Zoe's Eye Candy (these are carp eyes)
- Dr. Harvey's Power Pops (freeze-dried green tripe)
- Ageless Paws Bison Liver Bites (freeze-dried)
I've found that I primarily feed my dogs real food as treats rather than treats. Duck feet and rabbit ears are a hit in our house. My dogs are going to try duck heads for the first time in a couple of months (I want them to eat them outside at first). And if you would have told me back in 2014 that this would be the case, I wouldn't have believed you.