Since 2003, I've been making natural raw food and treats for my pets, using only fresh raw meat and healthy locally-grown ingredients.
My goal is to help you keep your best friend healthy and happy too.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Dog Years

Thinking this morning about the multi-faceted culture of the Mosuo people, an agrarian tribe living on Lugu Lake  in China. There are many reasons to study these unique people of the "Women's Kingdom," with their special method of preserving pork, traditionally sustainable growing practices,  brightly colored fabrics, and strongly matriarchal socio-political system. My mind keeps returning to a lovely Mosuo myth involving dogs. 

 It is traditional for each Mosuo child to be formally celebrated into their 13th year on January 1st, in a feast with specific rituals symbolic of new adult rights and responsibilities. Standing at the support pole for the mother's house, one foot on pork, the other on rice, each child dons the full skirt, or long trousers, of their first set of adult clothing. They complete their step into adulthood by offering food to the household dogs; the first of a lifetime of such formally offered meals. Here is the story behind that ritual. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Moving Forward

It's been 10 years since I first started feeding raw meat to my severely malnourished and abused rescue dog Annie. I watched in amazement as her body swiftly healed, her fur grew plush and her expression turned from fear and distrust to sweetness and affection. It took almost 6 months of research and experimentation to find just the right combination of ingredients to provide all the nutrition that her body might need, in an easily digestible and tasty recipe that she'd devour with delight. Watching her grow into a healthy, lovely, and confident companion gave me the impetus to start DogTown Lounge in the hopes that other pets might benefit from what I've learned.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Hunt for Proper Packaging...

Here it is June already! Things have been rather busy around here, working hard to make sure production stays ahead of demand, while constantly on the lookout for better ways to provide the healthiest food and snacks for your family companion. By now, those of you feeding Charley Chow to your pets will have noticed some changes in your frozen food, but only on the surface. For everyone else; we've just upgraded our packaging!

Charley Chow containers are made from bagasse: unbleached sugar cane fibers reclaimed after refining. These new lids are of the same material as the bowls, and the uniform sizes make them easy to stack in the freezer. Spike's Chicken Salad will continue to be sold in 20oz containers for a few more weeks, and then also change to the new style. These 16, 32, and 48 oz flat square containers are biodegradable, so please recycle or compost. They do break down slowly unless shredded; I let the Tasting Team do the shredding.

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year's Update

Happy New Year!
This has been a busy winter so far, and the holidays just flew past. Here's a bit of an update on some of what we've been up to.

Things have settled down quite a bit with our foster dog, Vela, and she's learning some new vocabulary to help her be a good canine member of the Tasting Team.

MINE, LEAVE IT, and DOWN are all new commands for her, but she's offering to lay down for treats without being asked now. Unfortunately, we're still working on COME, which she just doesn't have any reason to listen to yet.