There’s a new dog food out there called Proportions.  The idea is to customize a diet for your dog’s breed, age, and activity level.  I walked through the phone interview to get a sample for my dog Zip, but I found quickly that his grain allergy and pancreatitis tripped up their formulas.  There is only […]

Old Mother Hubbard Goes to Hollywood

There’s a story on the front page of the The Globe today on the growth of natural pet foods since 2005.  It’s essentially a story on Wellness, who launched a new marketing campaign at this year’s Golden Globes with an opening party at an LA venue called the Buddha Bark Celebrity and Canine Lounge.  That’s […]

February, Choose Anything Raw for Your Food of the Month

The subject of feeding raw diets to pets continues to polarize.  I won’t get into the controversy here.  I’m a raw food believer.  I’ve been feeding Zip a raw diet for most of his 9 years.  I’ve witnessed over time the impact:  lean body mass, bright clear eyes (except during allergy season), calm demeanor (I […]

Food of the Month, January…

Wellness has some strong products in its line of natural dog and cat foods.  My sense, from 4-footed customer ‘feedback’ is that the palatability is best in their canned foods, and their dry cat kibble.  They just seem to hit it square on in those areas, while the dry kibble for dogs has had just […]

California Natural, Food of the Month for December

California Natural, “Nutrition Pure & Simple”.   Don’t you like the sound of that, especially after Thanksgiving?  And with the  lovely but chaotic  festive season upon us, doesn’t simplifying sound good to you?  One protein (lamb, chicken or  herring) and generally one carbohydrate (rice, though the Herring formulas contain sweet potato, barley and oatmeal) makes […]

Wysong Mold Recall

I’m really sorry for the lateness of this, but I only just received notice from our Wysong distributor about a very limited recall.  While they say they’ve let retailers know, they didn’t contact us.  I will make sure that we’re on their contact list for all future email updates. If you have any of the […]

Pet Food of the Month for September

My cats are a little bit sensitive.   They have always had a clean & healthy diet, so I’m assuming their food sensitivities are hereditary.  I have been feeding Wellness grain-free cans most often in the last 5 years (Clara can’t tolerate dry, as she’s very prone to uti’s), with either Prozyme, Wysong’s All Life, or […]

Orijen for July

It’s been a while since the last post, partially because of a vacation but mostly due to my high tolerance for chaos.  I can turn down social events pretty easily but projects are irresistible.  Now that the dog wash is open and we’re closing in on the photo booth, and I’ve hired someone to manage […]

Solid Gold, our Featured Food for May

Solid Gold has, along with Wysong, been a pioneering manufacturer in the natural pet food industry. Both Dr. Randy Wysong and Solid Gold Founder Sissy Harrington-McGill were dismissed early on as radicals, but now, 30 yrs later, they’re credited with shaping the industry. Sissy is known in the pet food world for her strong opinions, […]


I love Canidae.  I’ve been recommending it for years, not only for price, but for a high quality kibble, you can’t beat the value.  Chelated minerals, essential fatty acids, and probiotics/digestive enzymes augment the high quality base diet.  I still ask them how they can afford to make such a good food and keep prices […]