Despite the fact that most dogs delight in the simplicity of dining on the sublime flavors of their own doo-doo, we pet owners can’t get enough of serving them rarified vittles. Indeed, the trend in dog treats is to cater to an increasingly delicate and discerning hound palate—that may not even exist! Celebrity chefs have even gotten on the gourmet gravy train by offering their own lines of high-end, human-grade Scooby snacks. Let’s face it, in some cases our dogs are eating better than we are. (And would we have it any other way?)
Recently New York magazine provided a glimpse into the world of canine confections by sponsoring a taste test between four brands of dog treats, two of which were associated with iconic chefs of the New York culinary landscape. Two foie-gras-based biscuits were pitted against an organic peanut butter confection, as well as the tried-and-true, Bacon and Cheddar Cheese Milk-Bone. Is it a surprise that the haughty foie-gras temptations were laid to waste by the less complicated and unpretentious Milk-Bone?
But even if the furry ones like the simplicity of those old-school favorites, pet owners are driven to spend their hard-earned scratch on gourmet treats. True, you’re probably not going to schedule a Fido foodie expedition to the Big Apple to taste the chef’s creations we mention above, but many gourmet and organic brands can be purchased online or at your local pet boutique, at relatively reasonable prices. Wag, a pet boutique in Raleigh, North Carolina carries brands like Wet-Noses, organic dog treats made in a family-run bakery in Washington State that come in exotic flavors like sweet potato curry. If your local pet-food purveyor doesn’t stock Wet Noses you can pick them up for about $8 per one-pound bag at Distinctivedog.com.
Those who worship at the altar of Three Dog Bakery know well the creations of Pawsitively Gourmet. These cookies look good enough to serve at tea time! A two-pack of their carob and peanut butter doggie brownies will set you back about $4 at Only Natural Pet Store.
If it is Doggie comfort food you seek, try Sojourner Farms Good Dog treats which come in Chicken Pot Pie, Peanut Butter and Jelly, and Blueberry Cobbler and are corn and wheat free. A box can be had from Healthy Pet Pantry for about $6. Lastly, Snook's makes super-crunchy, and wonderfully rustic, dog treats and dog chews from organic, dried sweet potatoes. Their sweet potato chews look like soap-on-a-rope, but will keep dogs tastily occupied; they start at $7 and can be purchased online directly from Snook’s.
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