Funnily enough, our story begins at the dog dentist.
When I found out that our 2 family dogs (the applehead Chihuahuas in the pic below, Chico and Rocco) had to get some teeth pulled I decided to learn as much as I could about K9 nutrition because nutrition is a big component of oral health for dogs (and for humans).
Almost immediately I learned that dogs are very similar to wolves on a genetic level, so by observing what wild wolves eat we can get an idea of what a dog’s digestive system is built for.
It is widely held that the first “dogs” were domesticated about 10,000 years ago, so there have been many generations of dogs that have lived alongside of humans. It is reasonable to think that their systems have adapted somewhat to the human diet.
The common factor between wild wolves and domesticated dogs is that they are built to be meat-eaters: carnivores. From the way their jaws and teeth are built to their digestive systems, dogs are made to eat meat. But modern dogs have adaptable systems that can live off of vegetables and other ingredients that wild wolves rarely encounter.
This means we can feed our dogs very healthy ingredients like fresh spinach in combination with high-quality fresh meat and their systems will benefit from both ingredients.
Keeping things simple is also another lesson from Mother Nature. Simple does not mean easy or cheap. When crafting Granola Barks
my goal was to develop the minimum viable recipe with the highest quality ingredients, not for commercial use but for personal use.
When friends and family shared a Granola Barks
sample with their dogs they were often amazed at the strong positive reaction in their dog’s behavior. This was the cue to me that sharing Granola Barks
with more dogs was going to benefit both the dogs and the humans that encountered the happier dogs.