It started Tuesday, when I found out that, after a good 18 months of talking loudly about it around town in hopes that someone business-savvy was listening, that a dog store is going into an empty storefront in my 'hood. I was so excited! According to my neighborhood blog, the place is mainly a dog bakery and boutique, but expressly stated that it would have dog food (going so far as to say more dog food than cat food). Even better!
So I left a message and asked if anyone knew what brands. After that pet food poisoning a few years ago, I'm absolutely freaked out to feed Alice anything but human-grade, made in the US food. We've been feeding her dry California Natural and Evo, both of which Alice/we like. The only problem is that it's tough to get here. We currently have to drive far (about 45 minutes in traffic and lots of aggravation) or to a store about 15 minutes away but with a difficult parking situation to get those brands. Having a place that carried something comparable two blocks away would be an absolute dream.
The discussion it spawned on my neighborhood blog hasn't been helpful in finding out this information-- except to contradict what was written in the post to say that the store doesn't carry food. The blog author hasn't clarified where they got their information, and an inquiry to the store to find out if they have food hasn't been answered. Let's just say I'm frustrated and leave it at that.
I was taking solace in the fact that at least we had the semi-close place with bad parking, but then I got a newsletter from that store last night... stating that they're closing.
I won't say that I cried, but I did spend a good hour trying to research new foods-- just in case the new dog bakery doesn't carry food after all. I'd really like to find a brand that doesn't require me to make more of a commitment just to purchase than I've made to The Human Male, but won't kill my dog.*
So I'm opening this up to you. What do you feed your dogs, or what would be your recommendations to try? Here are my requirements:
- Natural (doesn't need to be organic)
- Made in the US
- Preferably a small bite formula, or small enough to eat with an epic underbite
* I should also probably mention that The Human Male's stance on this is that I'm overreacting, and that we could probably feed Alice banana peels and tin cans and she'd be happy and live for 70 human years. I'm pretty sure he's right, this little dog is bulletproof. But I think it's not out of the question to find an alternative to opening up the garbage can and letting her go to town.