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Monday, November 2, 2015

"The history and truth about dog food, why feed your dog, dog food...?" 'James "Kimo" Rosen' (Kimo's world #96)

James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired professional photographer
 and amongst other things lived in a tent outdoors for 7 years.
Rosen currently resides on the tropical island of Kaua'i
with his best friend and spiritual adviser Obama Da Dog!

Kimo's world #96

The history and  truth about dog food!
Why feed your dog, dog food?

Less than 170 years ago there was no such thing as commercial dog food, you just fed your dog whatever you ate, or whatever scraps were around.

Dog food is pretty much the stuff us humans don't eat, basically garbage--except for a very few speciality dog foods that can cost more than regular human food.

I can buy a huge rotisserie chicken at Costco for $4.99 that is better for my dog than dog food and lasts a week long . She eats half and I eat half. Therefore, $2.50 a week on real food for my dog-- that's less than any commercial dog food.

Doggie Shampoo can cost $10.00 a bottle or more.  I can buy the same sized bottle of generic baby shampoo and if by accident it gets in my dogs eyes it does not make them sting or bloodshot. I bought the 32 oz bottle for $1.59 at Walmart. Boy O boy, does she smell good after giving her a bath with baby shampoo.
No, that's not Erkel,
It's Obama Da Dog!

Americans spent an all-time high of $55.7 billion on their pets last year--and spending will only increase in the coming years.

Dog food, dog shampoo, dog toys and all products for pets are the biggest come on in retail history, here's why;
I'd rather have a ham bone than
commercial store bought
processed stuff! 

" Jim Spratt had the idea that he could make cheap, easy-to-serve biscuits and then sell them to the growing number of urban dog owners. His  Dog Cakes came on the market in 1860, the pet food industry was born." 

"In 1922 Chappel Brothers of Rockford, Illinois, introduced Ken-L-Ration, the first canned dog food in the United States. It was horse meat. In 1930 they started sponsoring a popular radio show, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin. Ken-L-Ration became such a success that by the mid-30s they were breeding horses just for dog food and slaughtering 50,000 of them a year."
I bet you horse lovers didn't know that?

 In 1931 the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) bought Spratt's company and renamed the biscuits Milk-bones. Then they hired 3,000 salesmen with the specific goal of getting Milk-Bones into food stores. For the first time, dog biscuits became a part of regular grocery shopping." 

By 1941, canned dog food had a 90% share of the market …until the United States entered World War II and the government started rationing tin and meat. 
Then dry dog food became popular again. 

People are now led to believe that people food is bad for their dogs? Who do you think started those rumors? That's right, commercial dog food manufacturers!

Commercial dog food, something that was not a necessity has become a multi-billion dollar industry. 

The question still remains would you eat dog food? If your answer is no, why feed it to your best friend?
I might feed my enemy dog food but not my best friend.

It's amazing how most believe because it has a label that says dog food--that this is the stuff your suppose to feed your dog.

If it's  good enough for me, it's good enough for my dog.  Pizza anyone?

James "Kimo" Rosen is a retired professional photographer
 and amongst other things lived in a tent outdoors for 7 years.
Rosen currently resides on the tropical island of Kaua'i
with his best friend and spiritual adviser Obama Da Dog!

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Harmony Bentosino said...

Humans eat a lot of junk food that is no better for dogs than it is humans. A vet I know says that like most humans, dogs should eat both meat and vegetables. Cats on the other hand are only carnivores. I'm not sure where grains fit into all this.

Bettejo Dux said...

You are absolutely correct here. Boots loves vegetables and some fruit. She shares what I eat but I did buy food, that's cause I don't cook enough for two. She loves my soup.

KimoRosen said...

Yes, our animals are our friends, feed then good stuff!

Rick Comstock said...

Last time one of my three mini-schnozers brought me a bird. Earlier one brought me a mouse.... many Geckos have become presents and finger food - pupas...... I took the hint and cooked them up with vegetables. I then realized I could save money by doing this. My dogs are my financial advisers to me now.

KimoRosen said...

Ay, a comedian! Love it! wink emoticon

Anonymous said...

"I'm 29 and since I was 4 my family has owned dogs. We've had 7 total. All dogs were fed one brand of dry bagged processed dog food such as IAMS, Eukanuba, and Science Diet. We always thought we had finicky eaters that were just picky when it came to meal time. We would force them to eat only one kind of dry food a day with maybe a couple treats here and there, or bread and/or rice, cheese, and turkey if they were sick. 4 dogs (a peekapoo, 2 japanese chins, and a chihuahua) did not live past the age of 10. This prompted me to really look in the garbage shit we'd been buying them all these years. After an easy switch to REAL food such as raw chicken hearts, gizzards, pumpkin puree, canned vegetables for dogs by Evangers, cottage cheese, and a bit of peanut butter, my Chiweenie has unlimited energy, less poop, needs to drink less, pees the same, and super shiny coat. She just turned 5 and I got this recipe from owners with a 14 year old Dashchund (after researching thoroughly for weeks on the internet). Her diet is SO much cheaper and now she has a variety. I feed her slightly more times a day at the same portion size appropriate for her 6lb size (1/3 cup per feeding). Science Diet was the worst possible stuff I could have given my dogs. They were often sick, diarrhea, vomiting in the middle of the night or morning, and lethargic. My chihuahua at only 8 developed neurological problems, the chins had enlarged hearts, and the peekapoo developed seizures. I realized dogs just weren't meant to eat some bullshit companies sell in bags. The vets are paid to promote it so they can write "#1 recommended" on the bag. The other two dogs are on a cooked diet and are allowed any healthy "scraps" they like. Peas, carrots, meat. I made sure to study the list of food dogs can never have. Just hoping this is read by one other person that could benefit from my info."

Rick Comstock said...

Your thoughts I share Kimo...... I'm also a owner that has feed my dogs the best damn dog food on the market. But recently in the last few years my beliefs question the simple way out to feed my dogs ... dog food.

KimoRosen said...

Would you eat dog food? It's just a consumer scam... Regular, good food, good diet, is best for them...Remember something I forget to mention, a dogs sense of smell is 200 times greater than humans. Imagine what the aroma of a rotisserie chicken does for them verses kibble? wink emoticon

Rick Comstock said...

As often of being in the dog house as I am, might as well. smile emoticon

KimoRosen said...

Dats funny! ;-)