It should come as no surprise that we love our dogs here at Bob’s Red Mill. Like any other dog owners, we care that our dogs are warm, happy and well-fed. There are so many choices when it comes to what to feed a dog these days and not all of them good. When we first started getting letters from customers telling us that they use our products to make healthy dog food and treats, we were a little surprised. A few years later, we started hearing about the customers who fed their dog a gluten free diet because they, too, were gluten intolerant. Today it’s simply run of the mill to hear about the new dog treat or dog food that uses our products to create the healthiest options for allergen-sensitive pets and owners who just want to give their dog the same nutritional attention that they afford themselves.
It makes sense, doesn’t it? I put a lot of effort to be sure we eat right, why wouldn’t I do that for my dog? After all, he’s a member of my family, albeit MY pooch is a spoiled member of our family. I don’t go so far as to make my own dog food, but I do look at ingredients and make informed decisions about his diet.
Here is a list of some of our favorite dog food companies that use our products to create delicious treats for your special four-legged friend. I am sure there are many, many more companies out there- these are just three that I know about. I think what I love about each of these is that they’re made for sensitive doggies, but they’re good for all doggies. No taste or texture compromises here.
The folks over at Dog Park Barks got in touch with us a couple of months ago to share their treats and their story. Driven by a desire to make healthy dog treats for their Stella, Ryan and Molly started Dog Park Barks after the soaring popularity of the homemade treats at their local dog park. These bite-size treats are made with organic coconut flour, flaxseed meal, organic chicken broth, vegetables and lots of other good stuff… essentially all ingredients that you can read and recognize. None of this “DL-Methionine” and “Potassium Sorbate” that you find so often in big brand dog treats. Dog Park Barks are small batch treats made with love by real people. You can find these treats locally in San Francisco at Jeffrey’s Natural Pet Foods and for everyone else they’re available for purchase through the Dog Park Barks Facebook page. DPB is currently featuring Peanut Butter and Banana as their flavor of the moment. My own dog couldn’t get enough of these!
Annette has been a customer of ours for years and we’ve been so pleased to see her business grow. Inspired by her rescue dog, Lambchop, Annette created her line of treats that were made with real ingredients and void of wheat. Biscuits by Lambchop offers two flavors to pick from- Starlets (apple with honey and cinnamon) and Choppers (banana with coconut and vanilla). You can purchase these adorable treats from the Biscuits by Lambchop website. My only concern with these treats? That you’ll mistake them for human cookies, although I’ve heard that you won’t be sorry if you do!
Front Porch Pets creates a wide variety of treats for your pooch made from sweet potatoes. They offer “rawhide” like treats which are essentially dried slices of sweet potatoes and cookies made from different combinations of sweet potatoes, applesauce and other dog-friendly ingredients from Bob’s Red Mill like blueberries and pumpkin seeds. These treats can be found at a variety of stores using their store finder or ordered directly from the Front Porch Pets website.
Do you know of a great dog treat that you want to share with the rest of us? Please let us know in the comments, I’m sure others will appreciate suggestions.
Finally, a post about dogs wouldn’t be complete without a dog photo. Here’s Fergus, my pooch, after enjoying his Dog Park Barks. I don’t think a camera exists that could have caught him before that treat was gone.