An Honest Approach to Nutrition


I’m happy to report that one of our recent rescues just claimed his new owner. At first site, Dog loved Owner and Owner loved Dog. Together, they drove off into a beautiful sunset of best friendship on a day that was overcast to anyone outside their new world.


Under the influence of tail wags, face licks, and head pats, one thing was forgotten during Dog’s transfer to Owner – Dog’s doggy bag. When Owner called to gush about Dog’s good behavior, even when shopping for new food on the way home, Owner went on to say something like:

I bought [X brand] because it had the word “healthy” on the bag. I only want what’s best for Dog.

Cringe. Owner’s mentioned brand is far from best, known instead for it’s substandard meat meal, high percentage of fillers and animal testing.

Grateful for the opportunity, we talked to Owner about identifying quality meat sources vs. fillers. Still, the question remains. With highly researched marketing terms used to persuade trusting pet owners, how does one know what’s truly good as opposed to what simply appears to be good?


As thrilled as Owner is about Dog (and Dog about Owner), I am equally thrilled about a free e-Book just put out by The Honest Kitchen. Inside is plenty of information to help identify high quality food and to show the impact of food choice upon our pets.

According to Lucy Postins, companion animal nutritionist and founder of The Honest Kitchen:

Several of the top reasons that cats and dogs are taken to the vet, are often directly related to the foods they eat.

These include ear and urinary tract infections, food allergies and dental health issues. Learn more and get your hands on a handy ingredient guide – for free:

The Honest Kitchen – Feed Your Way to a Healthy Pet (PDF)

I’ll be offering this guide to adopters from now on, and I’m happy to provide it to you too. Happy learning!


I am a proud participant in The Honest Kitchen’s ally program. I joined because, after dangerous recalls and increased deception about what constitutes “healthy” food in the pet food industry, I finally found a human grade, socially and environmentally conscious dog food company that I can trust my dogs’ life with. While I do receive samples and a discount through the program, I tell everybody I know about The Honest Kitchen because – bottom line – I want them to feel as good about what they feed their dogs as I do.


  1. What a great opportunity to help educate people about the confusing world of dog food! You're post made me think about my sister, who recently became a dog owner when she adopted Strauss. I'm going to send her a link to the ebook too!

  2. The more I read, the more I realise how much food quality really matters. Thanks for posting about this resource. I have a feeling I am about to be horrified.

  3. Great example of how many of us our fooled by the clever wording on packages today – both human and pet food. Glad a pup found a new home and that you had the chance to educate folks on food. I feed The Honest Kitchen to my pets (I order through Chuck and Don's) every day and they love it. I wouldn't feed them anything else. I also recommend the e-book. Very helpful!

  4. And it's not just dog food that has misleading labels. Human food labels are very hard to understand.

    That's part of the problem with getting food from a manufacturer instead of from the earth, I guess.

    • Hi Pamela,

      Agreed! My frustration with manufactured/processed food began long ago with human consumption. I only recently began to think about what my animals ate. I can't, for the life of me, figure out why I never made the connection between their food and health sooner. I just never considered the alternatives to what "read" as a healthy concoction on some colorful bag.

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