I used to have a couple dogs, but moved on to cats as I grew older. I’m thinking about getting one again though. I consider myself a pretty good pet owner, but to cook for my “family” friend I’m not sure I’d go that far. Would you?
Many scientists believe the dog-human bond, one of the strongest between two distinct species, was first forged through food. Fun to think about, picture this; close to 30,000 years ago a wild dog coming up to a human who may have been sitting in front of a campfire, sitting down, wagged its tail and looking up with those “eyes” looking for a chunk of leftover mammoth meat. A friendship born! Apparently the feeling is even mutual. According to studies by Gregory Berns at Emory University, MRI scans show that the parts of dogs’ brains associated with love light up when they see us, even when we don’t bring them food.) Since then, humans have been sharing whatever scraps they could spare. For the rich, some kennels have their own personal chefs! Did you know, as recently as a generation ago, young French kitchen apprentices first honed their skills by cooking for the customers’ dogs?
Search for “homemade dog food” on the internet, and you will find yourself sorting through thousands and thousands of websites with very little way to gauge which will actually be helpful. Barbara Laino has some advice if you want to cook for your dog. If you are looking for doggie cookbooks, here you can find some. Happy cooking or not! But, come on who can resist those puppy dog eyes.