WHO EATS BUGS ON PURPOSE? DOGS DO, THAT’S WHO. Yes, there are bugs in your food – on purpose. And I am not just discussing bugs found during your daily dog walks. Nope. We’ve found out that these bugs are being fed to dogs directly and deliberately by their loving owners. Honestly, this is shocking … possibly, only to me, as I am new to trendy foods and remain on the safer side of finer cuisine. Who knew that inclusion of pests would become the next hottest trend in pet food? I just have to share this with you. Plus, Salmonella may now be a problem. And oh, poo bags have risen to the top of importance in the doggy world with pending legislation. This and more on my FOOD – The Doggy Perspective page. Let’s get into it right now.
RSPCA Has A Plan For Your Dog Poo Bags
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals promotes animal welfare, right? Right, of course they do. They specialize in animal rescue and welfare causes for all animals. I am personally a huge advocate for poo bags. They just make things better, after all. Repeated use of the same areas intended for relieving your pooch become horrendous if not properly looked after. This is no small issue. Poo is unsightly. Deal with it! Disease can spring from these areas readily and they become breeding grounds for the worst! For example, have you ever visited the dog park to find the ‘Caution, possible canine respiratory infection may be contracted here’ sign? Well, I have. Since I believe it impossible to carefully avoid a micro-organism, I return swiftly to the vehicle, wipe my sneakers, and Sophia’s paws, backside, eyes, and snout, then get the heck outta there. It is your decision to go with a large breed, let’s say a Saint Bernard or Great Dane, right? The pile is … well, its big. Certainly, when the little toy poodle handles business, the end result of all of that good FOOD is different. But, no matter the size of pile, it should be removed by its owner, leaving the area clean and clear for the next wave of doggies.
This is so important that an animal charity has given a “big paws-up” to plans from Wrexham Council to ensure all dog walkers carry poo bags. Wrexham.com reports that the local authority had launched a consultation on a new ‘Dog Control and Dog Fouling’ Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), ahead of the expiration of current rules on 1 March 2020.
Under the new plans, any person who is in control of a dog would need to carry a bag ‘designed for the purpose’ of holding dog poo. RSPCA Cymru welcomes these plans, which they say will “encourage responsible dog ownership”, and help “ensure harmonious relationship between dog-owning and non-dog owning communities”.
“Ensuring dog owners carry an appropriate receptacle will help tackle fouling and encourage responsible dog ownership, while helping to ensure harmonious relationship between dog-owning and non-dog owning communities. Thedoggyperspective.com is all about this. So, I’d have to say that’s right. Those in your community which do not yet own a dog, I am certain, find discovering dog poo in their path, disturbing. Be kind guys, buy poo bags in bulk and share with individuals less prepared than yourself! Our policy here at thedoggyperspective.com is simply No Poo Left Behind! Let’s be good citizens, people.
Okay people, the tails at CBS NEW YORK (newyork.cbslocal.com) are wagging about The FDA. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is cautioning pet owners not to feed their pets one lot of Aunt Jeni’s Home Made frozen raw pet food after a sample collected from a store in the District of Columbia tested positive for Salmonella.
The product is Aunt Jeni’s Home Made All-Natural Raw Turkey Dinner Dog Food, 5 lb. (2.3 kg), lot 175331 NOV2020.
Anyone with the affected Aunt Jeni’s product is urged to stop feeding it to pets, throw it away, and sanitize surfaces that may have come in contact with the food.
“(The) FDA is issuing this alert because this lot of Aunt Jeni’s Home Made frozen raw pet food represents a serious threat to human and animal health,” the agency said in a statement. “Because the product is sold and stored frozen, FDA is concerned that people may still have it in their possession.”
According to the FDA website, salmonella can affect both human and animal health. People with symptoms of a salmonella infection should consult their health care providers.
Consult a veterinarian if your pet has symptoms of salmonella infection.
For more information, see the FDA website.
Don’t say I didn’t tell you….
Bugs In Your Food
Say what you want to say, but we don’t want any of this Bug infused food yet. CNBC has the tea on the latest bug protein craze and how entrepreneurs are persuading Americans to eat insects.
Listen to this…do you share fast food with your fur baby? How about that KFC? UMM hmm. Colonel Sanders. Check this out…
Yum Brands’ KFC, the nation’s largest fried chicken chain, recently announced that it had struck a deal with Beyond Meat to sell 100% plant-based nuggets in more than 60 restaurants in the Charlotte, North Carolina, and Nashville markets. That limited roll out began on Jan. 29.
According to KFC, the decision to sell the nuggets, named Beyond Fried Chicken, follows what they call an “overwhelmingly successful” one-day test launch at a single Atlanta KFC in August. One week’s worth of the nuggets sold out in five hours.
Consumers are already receptive and interested in alternative protein sources beyond traditional beef, pork and chicken. Some analysts say bugs could soon follow suit and become the next big protein of the future.
The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization has encouraged the consumption of insects since 2013, advocating for the inclusion of insects in a daily diet, as a sustainable and nutritious alternative to resource-intensive staples such as beef, poultry, and fish.
Why is this important? Because! Where our dogs are concerned, share and share alike … You eat it, they want some … repeat. And, because there are people out there who want to make eating bugs fun.
Chef Joseph Yoon, who is the executive director of New York City-based advocacy group Brooklyn Bugs, aims to raise appreciation and awareness for edible insects through creative programming and by incorporating insects into his haute cuisine. Chef Yoon prepares bug-centric gastronomical creations in his Brooklyn kitchen. Yoon said the first step to encouraging Americans to adopt insects as food is redefining the public’s conditioned perception of insects as pests and making the bug-eating experience fun.
“There is no silver bullet of what will make Americans all change their mind about eating insects,” Yoon said. “And so it’s important for us to just demonstrate this broad variety of how you can really utilize insects. So if you want to hide it and bake with it, if you want to make it sweet or savory, it’s really just showing that there are no limitations to cooking with edible insects and that there is literally something for everybody.”
Wow! Amazing! So, what about the dogs? What does this have to do with dog FOOD?… Let’s dive deeper.
**Crickets as a ‘gateway bug’**
Anne Carlson, CEO and founder of cricket-based dog food and treat company Jiminy’s, has discovered the best way to worm her way into millennial hearts is through their dogs.
Carlson said her company has found success in appealing to younger generations who love the idea that their pet food is more environmentally friendly.
Dogs in the U.S. consume over 32 billion pounds of protein each year, said Carlson, who has dogs of her own. That production volume can leave a hefty carbon footprint.“Cows are never going to be the answer. So we took the idea and pivoted, started to look at all different protein sources,” said Carlson, who said her daughter’s concerns about climate change motivated her to pursue a more sustainable option in reducing dog food’s carbon “paw” print.
Carlson started experimenting with crickets, which she calls a “gateway bug.”
Crickets emit fewer greenhouse gases and require exponentially less land because they’re farmed in small, controlled environments, versus the large fields usually necessary for grazing cattle.
“The more I dug into it, I found the U.N. study that said insects could be the answer to world hunger. It just seemed like the perfect answer,” Carlson said. “And then when we tried it with the dogs, the dogs loved it. We knew we had something.”
The Food and Drug Administration has not yet officially declared bugs as an approved ingredient for pet food, though. Carlson noted dogs eat bugs in nature all the time. To help move past the FDA’s regulatory hurdle, she has commissioned research about the health benefits and digestibility of crickets in pet food. Carlson plans to submit a peer-reviewed dossier with those findings to the FDA.
Edible bug advocates and entrepreneurs said they have long turned to entomophagy — the consumption of insects as food — for both humans and dogs because it just makes sense from a sustainability and nutritional standpoint.
Producing the same amount of protein from bugs requires a fraction of the resources to grow compared with other sources of protein, and bugs tend to have more fiber because you consume the entire thing, said Monica Martinez, CEO and founder of Don Bugito, an edible insect snack company based in San Francisco.
From Our Table
Hey guys, this went quickly. Eukanuba is dedicated to HEALTHY LONG LIVES. This is a 12.5 oz can, and lasted our resident expert, Sophia, 2 days. She is 12 lbs, so we went with 1/2 can per day on her servings. Initially, her reaction was one of skepticism, but she soon warmed up to her dish of Eukanuba. It’s the gravy. Really juicy in appearance and highly aromatic …she gave in and went for it. She left nothing and capsized the bowl. Eukanuba says this Stew can can be used as a complete meal or an enticing topper over dry kibble. Click the link to give it try. This food has a satisfaction rating of 4.8 out of 5 Stars.
Okay Now, Time For A Walk
- Dog License and Rabies Tag
- Poo Bags
- New Collar & Lead
It is so dark outside tonight. The woods seem particularly still. Almost eerie. Let’s go. Once outside, the crisp air revitalizes me and I check the step count on my watch. A measly 2000 steps more to goal. Moving briskly onto the walkway, I pay close attention to my dog’s gate. She’s a bit proud today and encouraging me to trot, rather than walk, alongside her. Up for the challenge, we take off towards the knolls. I can appreciate the sound of kids, car horns, and traffic in the distance. We’ve both been indoors for a seven-hour stretch and need movement. The usual suspects are out tonight. You know them: Litter, dog poop, unleashed pets, and Sophia’s favorite … random cats.
You know, this is a toughie on my left arm as she breaks stride aggressively to change directions in pursuit of the cat. You’ve been there, right? She yanked me! Narrowly missing the small pothole in the cracked pavement, I am refocused. It’s just 1/4 of a mile to the pond and I do not escape the duck dung. It seems unfair that her little paws gingerly step by the stuff while my big feet kerrplop right into it. Once around the pond, we tail the edge of the golf course and catch sight of a few more late night walkers. Walking the last 100 yards, pleased with the now 6900 surplus steps, I breathe deep. Sophia? She’s fine. Already back inside, panting, smiling, and chugging water. It was a good walk. I am happy now that, out there, I did notice neon sneakers and colorful baggie dispensers about, coordinated with reflective dog collars. All is good in the neighborhood…..
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