I ordered Andi Brown’s book from Amazon.com and am reading it now.
I’m attracted to this quote on Page 13….
“In speaking with vets that practised thirty or forty years ago, before the pet industry grew, they state that they did not see the diseases in dogs and cats that we are seeing today. Cancer, liver and kidney disease, allergies, skin problems, all were basically unheard of in pets” (Ann Martin, in Foods Pets Die For, The Shocking Truth about Pet Food).
That’s certainly food for thought, isn’t it?
I remember when I was eight years old, I had my first dog, Puffin. Two years later, we had Remirth. Puffin lived for 14 years and Remirth, 12. I remember cooking their meals twice a day – it was just meat and rice, that’s all. Sometimes, we added veges. My mother would cook the morning breakfast and I’d cook the evening meal for them after school. That’s all they ate. I don’t remember them being sick, apart from Puffin being very sick a few weeks after he was brought to us. After that, they just lived on happily as we did, eating homecooked food. Puffin and Remirth had never eaten any kibble before, all their lives.
Andi Brown says in her book, “REAL food is the foundation of life”, and that “A person can actually live on potato chips and beer. Some people do but not very well, and not necessarily for very long.”
She reminisced about her cat, Spot, who, in 1986, had numerous health problem which even 5 veterinarians could not treat and at least 3 told her to just have Spot euthanised. Then, she met a kind man named Voyko Marx, who led her to her kitchen and showed her how to cook a stew for Spot. Within one week, Spot’s health problems cleared up.
“Spot’s Stew” has since become Andi Brown’s signature product and it is available for all of us: http://www.thewholepetdiet.com/2011/06/25/spots-whole-pet-diet-chicken-stew/
What makes it so convenient is that it is for both cats and dogs. I cook this (or, as closely as I can follow) for Bobby and the cats.
Just the other day, I met an acquaintance who was taking her Golden Retriever for a walk in the park. She lamented that her dog refused to eat kibble and had to be forced to eat every day. She also said the dog (who was only 2 years old) had skin problems and that another older Golden Retriever of a neighbour’s had even worse health problems. So I casually suggested that she tried raw food or homecooked. Before I could even finish my sentence, she shot me down completely, citing the expensive kibble that she feeds her dog.
Ah…you can only do so much, right? I’ve learnt that when people do not want to hear, they will not hear. And we shall not waste our time trying to make them hear.
So, I smiled and took my leave…to get home to cook for Bobby and the cats!