It seems like every time I tune into the news, there are more companies issuing recalls on dog food and treats. After discovering some of the voluntary recalls were for brands that I buy for Leko, I decided it was time to do a major change.
I started with Leko’s food. After much research on DogFoodAdvisor.com, I switched him from Royal Canin to Blue Buffalo brand of dog food. Blue Buffalo was among the highest rated brands, and I was pleased to see they used real meat and veggies in their blend. They even had a comparison chart on their website so you can see how your current food rates against Blue Buffalo. (And you get coupons for future purchases just for doing the comparison! Score!)
The food switch went smoother than I expected. In fact, Leko loved the new food so much that he completely refused to eat the old stuff. He snorted like a pig as he sifted through his food bowl and spit out the old food all over the floor. Weaning him onto the new food was impossible since I couldn’t get him to eat the Royal Canin anymore.
I was especially surprised by the size of the Blue Buffalo kibble! It was less than half the size of the Royal Canin Poodle 30 formula. Leko has a tendency to not chew, and even though the Royal Canin kibble was small, he would often choke. When my husband came home, I was excited to report to him the news of Leko loving the new food. I got the bag down and showed him the size of the kibble, and just then Leko came running into the kitchen and slid across the floor. He squealed and wagged his tail, begging for me to give him more of the new food!
The small kibble posed a slight problem. Leko is so spoiled that he only likes eating in our company. His food dish was moved near our coffee table in the living room. I became quickly annoyed when I found the new kibble was so small it kept getting stuck deep down in our carpet. He’s such a sloppy eater that I would’ve had to vacuum everyday!
I moved his food and water dish back into the kitchen. He was pretty miffed, but he knows how to work us. If he’s eating in the kitchen alone, he will grab a mouthful of food and bring it just to the edge of the carpet in the living room, spit it out, and eat it off of the carpet… piece by piece. He knew what he was doing. He knows it annoys me! He has me wrapped around his paw so tightly that I now sit on the cold kitchen floor in the mornings and eat my cereal while he eats his food.
Since some of Leko’s favorite treats made the recall list, I decided to start collecting recipes for dog biscuits and start making my own! Just like with people food, sometimes the best things for you are the things you can make or grow yourself! I’m really excited to start sharing recipes we try on this blog, and of course Chef Leko will be giving his ‘paws up’ or ‘paws down’ so you know which ones are Leko-approved!