I know it’s not a huge thing, but sometimes the little things make all the difference, don’t they?
I’ve been searching for a good solution to pet food for years. After the crazy pet food recalls in 2007, we switched to California Natural – it was a local company (when we lived in California) that boasted whole grains and “all natural” (though not organic) ingredients. Since we moved to Seattle, I’ve been eyeing other options….
I’ve thought about the raw diet (also lovingly named the BARF Diet – yes, a terrible marketing strategy). It would be the ultimate in sustainability if I could find local, organic, ethically-raised meat. But truly, it is too expensive for our budget and I’m not sure as a vegetarian I could handle the raw meat factor.
I’ve really wanted to find an organic option, too, because our animals are a part of our family and I really want to feed them quality food. And also because it seems inconsistent with my values to support organic agriculture when it comes to buying my own food, but somehow make an exception for my pet’s food. Unsustainable agriculture is unsustainable agriculture, whether it grows dog food or human food, right?
So, finally, the search is over. Wahoo!
Organix dog and cat food is made with organic, free-range chicken. It comes from Castor and Pollux (named after their 2 pets) in Clackamas, Oregon, which is 189 miles from us (I think that’s probably the closest we’ll ever get). It costs more than our previous brand, but it is packed with protein so the servings are smaller (which means it lasts longer), and darn it – it matters enough to me that I’ll pay more. We don’t have a lot of money, so we are reducing our costs in other areas to compensate. Because it does matter: to our pets, to our farms, to our farmers, to our soil, and to the animals on the farms who are raised humanely because of our support.
And Castor and Pollux gives back to the community in several ways, so it matters to our neighborhoods, too!
We’ve been feeding Raisin and Ellis with Organix for about three weeks now. They both LOVE the food. We’ve also noticed their fur looks healthier and they have a little more energy. It’s an amazing change really. A very worthwhile change. I’m pleased to have found this!
What do you feed your animals? Have you thought about local or organic foods? Has anyone tried the raw diet?