Barking Blondes: Booby snacks, talking tripe and canine cakes
On Wednesday, during “face down dog asana “in our regular yoga class, two Swedish meatballs fell from one of our bras – thus exposing the hiding place for dog treats. More conventional owners favour dried morsels in a bum bag. However, we believe, the brassiere is accessible and meatballs more nutritious.
Our two dogs Molly and Matilda have never eaten processed dog food. Consequently, they don’t give off that dog meaty smell so often associated with dog breath. Both of us have had, in our own lives, tricky relationships with food so it was inevitable we were going to be vigilant when it came to what we fed our pets. Knowledge, in this area, really is power. As with humans, so many allergies, behavior and digestive problems can be assisted with a proper diet.
It’s a standing joke with family and friends that Molly and Matilda have grown up on a diet based on raw, green tripe. Yes it’s a bit smelly and, yes, it’s not always easy to purchase unless you do your research, but it’s incredibly cheap and full of goodness. It also has the added bonus that enzymes within it actually help clean teeth.
If you open our freezer, there is a teddy bear (freezing them keeps moths at bay) and five layers of frozen tripe. No human food .We may dress like dogs’ dinners but our dogs’ dinners come first.
We add fruit, vegetables and occasionally yoghurt to the offal but that is it. If you choose to follow our delicious doggy diet PLEASE don’t microwave the tripe as one of our poor listeners did. The smell is horrendous and will permeate the air for days.
Dog food is a lucrative industry. How often do you see a new puppy owner, struggling out of the breeders or the vets with bags of recommended dry food?
Getting a puppy’s diet correct is tricky. Their digestive system is fragile and it needs the correct combination of vitamins and minerals but surely these are best obtained from fresh sources early on in their lives?
Eve and her Yorkie, Sally, are both getting on in years and we meet them most days during their constitutional in Regents Park. Eve has cooked an evening meal for her dog every night of its life. She admits that whilst Sally is dining on minced beef and green beans, she herself, due to economics, must settle for spaghetti on toast. It’s debatable as to which of these elderly ladies has the glossiest coat!
Burlesque performer Lady Alex from London’s café de Paris, packs fresh sardines in her Chihuahua’s lunch. Essential fish oils help this tiny performer’s limbs to keep supple and dance perfectly ( the Chihuahua not Lady Alex).
For the busy dog owner, last year Pimlico hosted London’s first ever pop up dog diner . Pooches could choose from ‘today’s specials’ on a blackboard and were encouraged to share tables as in any other busy café. There was a garden area out back with parasols and a smoothie bar. It was an instant success, so why hasn’t some groovy entrepreneur invested in a permanent version?
This year, we are already seeing the popularity in designer doggy cake companies, who use healthy ingredients, such as liver and spinach, to tempt any birthday party for mutts. It’s far more healthy than feeding them biscuits from your own tin.
And when the sun eventually shines, canine ice cream and sorbets are now available in carrot and apple. In fact, there is an ice cream van selling K99’s at a park near you. Chicken flavoured . Yum! Yum! Woof! Woof!
‘Barking at the Moon’ airs on Thursdays from 10pm-midnight on BBC London 94.9 FMTagged in: barking at the moon, barking blondes, bbc london, dog food, dogs, healthy, tripe
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