When it comes to dog food, how much thought are you putting into the purchase? If your vet hasn’t advised you to pick up some expensive grub for your pup for some dietary or health reason, are you just picking up what’s on sale? Well, there’s certainly nothing wrong with buying pet food that’s affordable, but if you’re Jonathan Cooper, owner of All Good Dog Food in Ontario, you want something that’s very good, with ingredients you can see and name.
Cooper started the company because, as he tells the Toronto Star, “Do you know what they put in commercial dog food? It’s like feeding your dog the equivalent of McDonald’s every day!” So, he went to work, trying to formulate something fresh, tasty and nutritious for little doggies. And now he has.
His meat loaves ($6.50 per 750 grams) come in three varieties: beef, lamb and chicken. And the ingredients are very human-friendly. Each dish has muscle meat, organ meat, whole fresh eggs, fruit and vegetables (apples, potatoes, green and orange vegetables), purified water, rolled oats, human-grade stone ground flours (oat flour, brown rice flour, barley flour), organic spelt, sunflower oil, carob powder and nutritional yeast. He also uses herbs like parsley, oregano, marjoram, rosemary, ginger and garlic. But no salt, because dogs can’t digest it properly.
If you were to sit down and eat, say, a ballpark frank, a dog eating this meatloaf would be eating better than you.
In fact, there is nothing in this dish you cannot eat – it’d probably be a little gamy, but it’s certainly healthy. Imagine, for a second, setting the table for you and your dog. You light a candle, maybe turn on Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out?” and then you both dig into the same dish. That’s called the future.