This winter’s snow has definitely kept Izzy and me busy. We have tromped through mushy snow, icy snow, solidly frozen snow, and snowflakes. It doesn’t matter what kind of snow it is. He loves it! You’d think he had some Husky in his 17 pound body. He pops like a bunny through the deep stuff, but he never shies away. And even when he had balls of snow stuck to his legs, he didn’t complain when I threw him in the shower to melt the snow off his body with a warm bath. He’s a trooper.
The one thing that we HAVE had a problem with this winter is his skin. When he has a Thundershirt on every time we go out, the heat is on in the house, and he tends to sleep away most days, it dries out his skin. He actually had a bit of dandruff a couple of weeks ago, and I knew I had to do something. I put a combination of olive oil and fish oil on his dry food in the morning (which he’s not crazy about), but something was bugging me about the food. I couldn’t put my finger on it, but I just wasn’t satisfied — and to tell the truth, I don’t think Izzy was either.
This weekend when I finally got out of the house to go shopping with a girlfriend, we ducked into a little pet boutique in Durham, North Carolina called “The Other End of the Leash.” I figured everything would be more expensive and that I would end up leaving without buying anything, but I wanted to see what they had for dog food. The owner of the store asked lots of questions about what I was currently using and proceeded to give me a great education about the types of dog food on the market and how the “filler” a lot of them use is sawdust. Yup, you read that right. Sawdust!
Even the most expensive foods — the ones that tout that they’re made in the USA — can actually be produced in another country, and that country might not have the quality control that we have here. That was all she needed to tell me.
After some discussion, we found a food that would have a high content of fish oil (salmon) and would be grain free. The price was good, as well. What I hadn’t counted on was that Izzy LOVES it! So, here I am doing a testament for Canidae Dog Food.
And sending out some love to the women who run Other End of the Leash in Durham, NC. They were fantastic — and I love that I can now be assured that the food my little guy eats is good for him!