November 8th, 2013
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Recently, news broke that made-in-China dog jerky treats had killed about 600 pets (mostly dogs, along with almost a dozen cats) and made thousands more ill. Poor guys. The FDA’s veterinary medicine chief, Dr. Bernadette Dunham, called it “One of the most elusive and mysterious outbreaks we’ve encountered.”

I hate that headline. I love my two cats, Lily Gorilla and Coco, who, I’m afraid, are pretty spoiled. (They occasionally score leftovers from the Food & Wine Test Kitchen and from restaurants around New York City.) Still, there are some lengths I’m not ready to go to, like paying $1,000 for treats.

Here are some of the more extravagant things people are doing for their pets. And before my cats start feeling left out, I’ll note that they’re all geared toward dogs.

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$1,000 Kobe Beef Treats
If you’re determined to feed your dog top-shelf ingredients, Organic Pet Boutique offers Kobe Beef and Truffle Jerky Treats for dogs. It’s made-to-order. And costs $1,000. The upside: Shipping is free. And a percentage goes to the no–kill shelter Best Friends Animal Society.

Make-Your-Own Dog Treats
"Dog-Gone Good Cuisine" by Gayle Pruitt (a nutritionist and chef), has more than 100 recipes, most of which can be served to both dogs and people, like Dirty Dog Rice, or Curried Beef Sliders on Gluten-Free Buns. If you’re into making special breakfasts for your pet, check out the recipe for Chia and Flaxseed Pancakes.

There’s also a smaller Canine-Only section that features raw food (i.e., raw grass-fed chuck roast with green beans and tomato sauce). The author does remind readers to “Always consult your veterinarian when using new ingredients.” The book comes out in February.

Stolen Pet Food

In November 2012, robbers made away with 20,000 pounds of Pet Chef Express dog food (valued at $35,000) from Atlanta’s Intown Healthy Hound warehouse. They sneaked in through a window and removed pallets of dog food with a forklift. There were no security cameras or alarms on the property so the thieves were not caught.

Dog-Friendly Shots

“We don’t eat the same flavors every day, so why should our dogs?” asks the folks at Doggie Shotz. They’re sympathetic to pets that might need nutritional supplements but want them to taste like cheeseburgers. So this gravy-like condiment comes in dog-friendly flavors including BBQ Baby Back Ribs, Bacon Cheeseburger, Bacon N Eggs, Chicken Stir Fry, Turkey N Mash, and 3 Cheese. But it’s 90 percent fat free, and includes ingredients like fruit juice concentrate (to supply vitamins A, C and E) and carrot powder (for vitamins A, B6, B12 and C).

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    March 17, 2014 at 8:58 pm |
  2. john bond

    I think it's so ridiculous what people do for their animals that'll die in five years. I wouldn't be surprised if some of those dog beds were more expensive then my house. I can imagine pampering your animal a little bit because they're important. I would feed my animal special food every now and then but I definitely wouldn't spend this kind of money on them.

    February 3, 2014 at 6:08 pm |
  3. shawn l

    The pathetic part is that these people tend to treat their dogs better than they treat the people around them.

    November 13, 2013 at 9:38 am |
    • Dr. Phil

      Your post alone is proof of why most sane people would prefer to spend a day with their pets then with another person.

      November 13, 2013 at 9:41 am |
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        February 3, 2014 at 6:56 pm |
  4. Lexis

    I cook for my family and our dog, she is a member of the family and should eat well. Better to spend some money and some time on a good food (I am not talking about $1.000 treat, may be its is good but cannot afford it) and that way save some money on veterinarian appointments. And I agree with Rich "Our pets are worth anything we can provide for them..."

    November 12, 2013 at 5:36 pm |
  5. Burbank

    Too bad dogs just inhale everything and don't even taste it. What a conspicuous consumption waste!

    November 10, 2013 at 1:29 pm |
  6. donna

    It's sad that so many people only feed their dogs highly processed foods. FYI, people who make a sell dog food aren't necessarily the best ones to give advice on what dogs should be eating. Just because the label says that one cup a day of their food is all your dog needs, doesn't mean that's true.

    Dogs evolved to eat whole, natural food just like we did. Would you want to live on nothing but processed food and multivitamins for the rest of your life?

    My cat developed severe kidney stones after years her diet of name brand cat food, when I diligently followed the maker's instructions. Lots of cat foods increase dangerous oxalates- the form of kidney stones that require surgery. She now eats prescription cat food, and whatever moist meats, which are low in oxalates, that I can tempt her with.

    November 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm |
    • Pete

      You need a life. And a date !

      November 10, 2013 at 11:44 am |
    • Burbank

      You have to carefully read cat food labels for the ash content, that's what causes the cystitis. Tuna, dry food and milk are the biggest culprits as well as fish based wet food. I am completely against giving cats and dogs dry food other than just a tiny handfull to help keep the teeth clean, no matter how much it's recommended by veterinarians. It's not rocket science, if they were intended to eat dry food all thier lives then nature would have made crunchy prey! Also, I'm pretty sure that most arthritis you see in dogs (also some cats but they don't seem to get it as badly) is caused by inflammatory gluten in the diet. Cut out anything that says wheat, barley or rye on the dog food label and watch the arthritis disappear within a matter of a week or two!

      November 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
    • Fiona

      Years ago, when this "B A R F" (bones and raw food) diet was the new thing among crazy dog owners, I asked my vet about it and got a huge eye roll in reply. He said it was the worst thing you could possibly feed your dog.

      You endanger your dog's heath to make yourself feel superieor. Good job, donna.

      November 11, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
  7. GeorgeandLokisMom

    Pete, I think judgement day will be very tough for you. Go examine the mote in your own eye.

    November 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
  8. GeorgeandLokisMom

    Frozen green beans are my dogs favorite treat. I can stand there and feed them for hours. It's how I trained both of them.
    To the guy that wants to take all of my hard earned money–get a job. I've been poor. I've been skip meals for days poor, food stamps poor, do I buy diapers for my kid, or gas to go to work poor. Now I have 2 houses, one I live in, and one I rent out. I still work my hind end off every single day, I donate, and the amount of money I pay in taxes is more than double what I've made in salary some years working full time. So talk to me again about how I don't want to give you money? It's MY money, you loser.

    November 9, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
  9. donna

    I am a big fan of giving our dog a variety of food experiences. She has a bowl of dry food a day, usually a combo of a couple types. Then she gets whole food everyday. Whatever protein we are having, veggies and a little carbs. She is not a fan of most fruit, though every once in a while she'll ask for a banana, She loves cooked veggies, and we'll do chicken thighs for her if our dinner isn't suitable.

    November 9, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
    • Fiona

      FYI, dogs do best eating roughly the same thing every day. Too much variety makes for digestive distress. Mixing up different kibbles is a bad idea because kibbles are designed to deliver adequate nutrients at a certain dose.

      November 9, 2013 at 1:20 pm |
      • donna

        Sorry, Fiona, but I disagree and so does our vet. My dog is extremely healthy, happy and energetic. And dogs did not evolve to eat the same thing every day any more than we did. It's certainly *easier* to feed them the same thing everyday, that doesn't mean better.

        November 9, 2013 at 1:27 pm |
        • Fiona

          I agree with the guy who said you need a date. You also need a better vet.

          November 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm |
  10. Pete

    Oh, there will be a judgment day and for many people that will be a tough day. Just sickening.

    November 9, 2013 at 12:20 pm |
    • paul

      ......i'm sorry for feeding their dogs fancy meals?

      let me just just reiterate what you're saying. you believe jesus will come down from the heavens, wrath of god following him, and purposefully strike down and drag to hell anyone who has fed their dog "a fancy meal"?

      ...ya you're lost and worthless.

      November 9, 2013 at 1:44 pm |
  11. StormySyndrome

    I'm all for spoiling my fur babies. In fact, I'm all for giving them whatever their little hearts, and bellies, desire. With that...there is a freaking limit. $1,000 for dog food??? Excuse me?? That isn't necessarily eating better than anyone...but more waste of cash than anything. I'm sure as my pup finished his $1,000 can of dog food, he'd look right at me and say, "Pardon, do you have any Grey Poupon?" No, in fact i'm a lot more certain he'd just look at me as usual, give me a few tail wags, ask for his pettances, and fall asleep for his 5th nap of the day. In other words....if you think anomals have any clue how much you spend on their food, you'r esadly mistaken. While i refuse to feed my dogs pure dog food from a store, mostly because it's leftover garbage from the low grade garbage food they try to feed us. I feed my pets whatever i am eating that day..... they are my children the same way anyone elses children are theirs. If i don't eat $1,000 worth of dog food per dogs sure as heck wont. Even if i could afford $1,000 for dog food, I'd be sure it was enough for about 4 years worth of feeding...anything more than that is pure waste and absolutely retarded.

    November 9, 2013 at 10:52 am |
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    November 9, 2013 at 9:49 am |
  13. Oscar Pitchfork

    'Kobe beef and truffle jerky treats" for dogs? if people aren't eating them, I'd be willing to bet that, for a thousand dollars a pop, that's NOT what they're made from. Stupid rich people...

    November 9, 2013 at 8:20 am |
  14. Rich

    Our pets are worth anything we can provide for them...

    November 9, 2013 at 7:31 am |
    • Pete

      I would like to provide them a few things, but you wouldn't like them.

      November 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
      • Pete

        Like a free flight to Korea.

        November 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm |
  15. unowhoitsme

    It's just sad that these animals are getting better treatment than some children in this country.

    November 9, 2013 at 6:14 am |
    • gager

      The way the animals are treated has nothing to do with how children are treated.

      November 9, 2013 at 7:08 am |
      • MoMO

        yes it should be spent on homeless kids, before it is spent on some damn animal.

        November 9, 2013 at 11:46 am |
        • Pete

          Amen !!

          November 9, 2013 at 12:21 pm |
        • donna

          So you'll be selling your computer and the rest of your useless belongings to feed poor kids now, right?

          November 9, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
      • Lexis


        November 12, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • Burbank

      That's because people selfishly have kids that they can't afford to feed or support in a reasonable manner. It's child abuse, plain and simple! Even birds have enough sense to know that you need to build the nest before you lay the eggs!

      November 10, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
  16. Gatorfan

    Stupid article. People are free to spend their money however they want.

    Some whiny life failures, however, think the rich have more of an obligation to give their money away instead.

    November 9, 2013 at 5:32 am |
    • Pete

      You going to say that on Judgment Day, my friend?

      November 9, 2013 at 12:23 pm |
  17. Rambo

    What a great country that pets can be fed and pampered with money to blow by rich folks. But when it comes to paying more taxes to help their fellow citizens, they say they can't pay more taxes.

    November 9, 2013 at 2:57 am |
    • miscreantsall

      Well said Rambo.

      Ridiculous. But it's not only rich folks. I see lots of poor folk treat their animals this way, sacrificing other more important needs for their pet.

      November 9, 2013 at 4:45 am |
    • Gatorfan

      Just because you're a failure doesn't mean rich people need to give you their earnings.

      November 9, 2013 at 5:33 am |
    • gager

      How much rich people earn and how they spend it is none of your business. In addition they already have the biggest burden in taxes so you believe nonsense when you say they don't pay their fair share.

      November 9, 2013 at 7:10 am |
      • derp

        Yea, as documented last election Mitt Romney's burden is 13%... poor guy, if only he could get that down a few more percentage points he would be able to buy his dog $1000 dog food

        November 9, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
  18. abbydelabbey

    I confess - I am a vegetarian but my dog eats pressure cooked chicken (skinned and de-boned), wild rice, and vegetables. She loves asparagus. Yeah, she seems to eat very well.....

    November 8, 2013 at 10:40 pm |
    • gager

      Leave the skin on the chicken, they need the fat.

      November 9, 2013 at 7:11 am |
    • sharon

      Good for you. I do the same for my Coco, and I am not rich. When I heard about the treats many months prior to this recent notification of dangers, I returned several bags of my puppy's chicken strips to Walmart and was reimbursed. Additionally, I purchased him a food dehydrator, and I prepare his dried chicken breast and steak jerky weekly. He loves it, and if it makes hime happy, it makes me happy!!!!!!

      November 9, 2013 at 8:00 am |
    • donna

      My dog loves asparagus too! She likes a lot of veggies, but that might be the one she gets most excited about.

      November 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm |
      • Burbank

        Wouldn't want to have to be stuck having the house smelled up with the gas she probably "emits" afterwards from eating it. A trip outside to eat some grass would do the same job and smell better.

        November 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm |


    November 8, 2013 at 5:58 pm |
    • Gatorfan

      Ignorant comment based on absolutely no knowledge whatsoever.

      November 9, 2013 at 5:33 am |
      • RichardHead

        But,she did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

        November 9, 2013 at 8:32 am |
        • Kat Kinsman

          (That was funny.)

          November 9, 2013 at 11:10 am |
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