The Whole Dog Journal publishes their list of approved canned and dry dog foods every year. January’s issue covered canned foods and February’s issue, which came in the mail yesterday, covers dry. Jasmine’s core foods–Innova Adult Formula (small bites kibble) and California Natural Chicken & Rice (canned) are both blessed by the WDJ.
The criteria they use are simple:
- High-quality animal protein should be at the top of the ingredients list (and should be at least the first two ingredients in the food since ingredients are listed in order of weight)
- Use of whole foods (vegetables, fruits, grains)
- Locally sourced organic ingredients
You should be wary of products that contain:
- Meat/poultry by-products
- Artificial preservatives
- Added sweeteners
- Artificial colors
Jasmine’s foods meet all these criteria as well as the WJD’s newest–that the companies disclose their manufacturers. This is especially important since the Melamine debacle. Natura Pet Products, the maker of Innova, California Natural, Evo, Karma and Healthwise brand foods, has very distinct manufacturirng quality criteria including the new criteria that NONE of their products contain ANY ingredients from China.
One of the surprising recommendations that WJD makes is that you regularly switch your dog to a different food. Their argument is that a single type of food may have more (or less) of the nutrients that your dog needs, and if you only feed one type/brand of food throughout the dog’s life, he/she may get too much or not enough of vital nturients. They also recommend that when you do change the dog’s food, do so gradually to avoid digestive problems.
I like The Whole Dog Journal in general. It’s a nice, no-nonsense publication about the healthy life of our canines. It’s all substance, no fluff (well, except for selling their own pubs). I highly recommend the newsletter.
Jasmine is getting much more assertive about what she wants. With all the hullaballoo around here, I’ve been taking her up on my lap on the couch each time I take a break. Yesterday, as I finished dinner, Jasmine ran up to me with a happy face and wagging tail. She did her front hop/pup-squeak, and I knew she wanted to “come up.” Well, I was eating and I wasn’t about to bring her up.
She did a lap or two around the coffee table as I finished my food and then came back. This time she actually barked a little bark when she did her front hop. Now, Jasmine just doesn’t bark. I often forget that she can. I asked her if she wanted to come up, and she did her little happy dance. I brought her up.
Ooops. Did I just teach Jasmine to bark? I hope not. I like a quiet pup. But I also like the fact that she’s communicating what she wants.
Notice the little pup-squeak. Oh so cute!
Thanks to Photojojo.com, I found this little Obamicon.me site to create your own Obama-style poster. In celebration of the inauguration of our 44th president, here are Jasmine’s posters:
My Little Wiener Dog
Have a great day, everyone!
Packing. It’s one of the most unpleasant experiences. Boxing up all the stuff you’ve accumulated…well, MOST of the stuff you’ve accumulated (that’s what the giant dumpster in the driveway is for) is an exhausting task. Having a tiny dog shadowing you makes it all the more difficult.
Jasmine is my shadow. Wherever I go, she wants to be. As I’m bending, wrapping and boxing, it’s been increasingly difficult to avoid backing into her or stepping on her. Jasmine is a “stealth dog”–she just doesn’t make any noise (except for the little yelp when I’ve mistakenly stepped on her paw). I’ve been ultra careful about keeping her at bay and not tripping over her, but it’s been tough. I know she just wants to be near me. but I wish she could go into t he other room and just relax. It’s not in the cards, so I keep up the chatter and give her lots of pets.
The constant movement has been tough on her. Instead of settling into her comfy pillow while I work on the computer, I’ve been very busy for the last two weeks. Jasmine has been in constant movement as well. I feel bad that she can’t laze around like she’s accustomed to…oh my poor (spoiled) pooch. When I take a break, I usually bring her up on my lap. She immediately curls up and takes a dog nap. I’m usually back up and working about 20 minutes later, and she reluctantly follows. At night, she drops off into a deep (snoring) sleep as soon as she hits the bed.
In a few more weeks, things will change again when all these boxes and furniture are gone. What will she hide behind then?
When I take a shower, Jasmine does one of two things–she lays down on my robe (which I lay on the floor for that purpose) or she paces around the shower door and occaisionally taps on the door (“Aren’t you done YET?).
The other morning, instead of placing my robe on the floor, I piled it with a bunch of clothes on the bed. I went and took a shower, and when I got out, this is what I saw:
Jasmine scaled the mountain of clothes and pillows and made it to the top
Jasmine has never climbed onto the bed alone before. Apparently, she was so motivated to lay on my clothes that she scaled an accent pillow on the floor which allowed her to climb up onto the cedar chest and onto the bed.
Instead of admonishing her, I grabbed the camera (of course). I called hubby, and he was suitably impressed. I guess we shouldn’t be so amazed that she can figure out how to get what she wants. Dachshunds are good at that!
Since we got Jasmine, we’ve been feeding her kibble mixed with some wet food and water. When we first got her, she refused to eat dry kibble. She would sniff it and walk away. She would have nothing to do with it unless we mixed some yummy wet food in with the dry. Oh, my pampered pooch. We then started mixing in about 1/2 cup of water in with the wet to make a gravy and to give her plenty of hydration. Jasmine doesn’t seem to drink much water, and we were worried that she was not getting enough to stay healthy.
Well, tonight I found out that I’ve been played. Now, that probably doesn’t surprise any of you Dachshund owners out there to find out that a 10-pound hound has manipulated her way into gourmet food. However, it might surprise you to know that she allowed me to SEE that I’ve been played.
When I was fixing her dinner tonight, I was thinking of the 18 things I have to do this week. I put her wet food/water mixture into the microwave (15 seconds takes the chill out of the refrigerated wet food…YES…I KNOW…I KNOW…). In my preoccupation, I put down her dish with the dry kibble in it instead of waiting until the wet food was mixed in. To my surprise, Jasmine jumped on it and started crunching away.
Dry kibble! She’s eating dry kibble. Waitaminute. She’s eating dry kibble!
All this time, I thought she poo-poo’d dry kibble. As she crunched away, everything became clear. I’d been played.
So what did I do? I poured the water/wet food mixture in her bowl and she happily lapped away. Everything is as it should be.