Gourmet Dog Food? Really?!?!

18 Nov
Gourmet Dog Food? Really?!?!

I watched “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood” this morning like I often do on Sundays, but this morning I saw some foolishness beyond compare.

Gourmet, locally grown, raw dog food.  Why?!?!  When some people in the richest country in the world, “[a]n estimated 14.9 percent of U.S. households”, some people feel the need to go overboard in feeding their pets.  I mean dogs will literally eat anything, yet no one told these folks…

I once dated a guy from Eastern Europe and he was disgusted by the infinite selection in the pet food aisle at a local grocery store.  He just kept shaking his head and asking, “What is this?”

When I asked him what he fed his dog at home, he told me they just fed the family dog scraps after they were done with a meal.  What was good enough for them was good enough for the dog without them having to specially prepare food for the dog.

The problem isn’t one of the 1% or the 53%, but a problem of people who choose to live in an alternate reality where they get to ignore the problems majority of the world.  They’ve created a cocoon for themselves and no one says, “Hey, a block away and around the corner a whole other world exists.”  What a world we live in…

And by the way, people in countries with emerging markets aren’t likely to buy this crap from American manufacturers, so good luck with those trade deficits…


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4 responses to “Gourmet Dog Food? Really?!?!

  1. Janice Rahimi

    November 18, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    Most of the food we humans eat is crap, processed beyond belief. if you eat correctly, like these folks do, it is only humane to feed your pets the same good diet. Best of luck to them.

    • dailyballyhoo

      November 18, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      I appreciate your comment, but I think you completely missed my point or at least didn’t address the hungry or “food insecure” people I referenced. As I mentioned in the post, you chose to ignore that part…

      When nearly 15% of the United States population who work hard don’t know how they will get their next meal, our priority should be on helping those people. These folks wish their only worry was whether or not to eat organic/locally grown or processed food.

      This doesn’t mean that I’m advocating people neglect their pets, but instead reasonably prioritize. We can feed the hungry and feed our dogs reasonably priced food that is already at the store.

  2. Nicole

    November 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    We actually have been feeding our dogs THK for 3 years because the processed dog food available in our supermarkets is horrible. We do donate generously to charities who help those in need, but my family works hard and we save and spend in the ways we think are appropriate. Feeding ourselves and our animals, healthy, well balanced meals is a major part of our life. The Honest Kitchen makes an amazing food for dogs that keeps them moving and looking younger, longer. It is fuel for their bodies.

    • dailyballyhoo

      November 28, 2012 at 2:56 am

      Thanks for reading my blog and leaving a comment!

      I find the easiest way to stay healthy is to simply eat like I grew up eating. My mom cooked almost every night, so we very, very rarely had processed foods. And we didn’t have money to eat fast food or drink soda, so that rarely happened, as well. We never ate candy and my mom baked most of our sweets because “sugar makes kids hyper.”

      Also, my dad insisted on a vegetable, starch, and protein of some sort. Those must have been the general food rules when he grew up in the 50’s. He wouldn’t let us use salt at the table and he’s not a fan of beef. My parents were extremely old fashioned/strict about what we ate. Needless to say, while somewhat monotonous, we were always really healthy.

      My dad even had a rule about what our dachshund ate. The dog had to have wet food. If my mom bought cheap food my dad would fuss.


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