A recent investigative report on suspect dog treats from China led me to do a little research on the treats I feed Jelly, Bubba, and Lulu. After all, just because it says “all natural” and “made in the U.S.” or “made in Canada” on the label doesn’t mean some of the ingredients don’t originate in China. And so, this weekend, I fired off some emails. And, today, I heard back.
The company offers several products but the one I usually pick up for my dogs is the Pumpkin & Banana flavored dog treats. Why? Because I like pumpkin AND banana – and the treats smell like freshly baked pumpkin and banana! Also, Jelly, Bubba, and Lulu really enjoy them. So, will I keep feeding them to my dogs?
YES! The packaging states they’re “100% Natural” (Ingredients: Pumpkin, Organic Oatmeal, Pearled Batrley, Potatoes, Oat Fiber, Canola Oil, Brown Sugar, Bananas, Cinnamon, Natural Flavor, Vanilla, Mixed Tocopherols [a natural preservative]). And, according to the response I received from a company representative:
“Good Morning and thanks for writing regarding the origination of our treats, we appreciate your concern for your pet’s health. Fruitables treats are manufactured in the U.S.A. from ingredients sourced in the US and Canada only. We work closely with our suppliers to ensure that each ingredient is to our specification for each production run.“
Well, that puts my mind at ease.
The company, Cloud Star, offers a variety of treats, but the ones I usually get for my dogs are the Peanut Butter flavored biscuits. Why? Because I love peanut butter. Also, the treats are in the shape of cute little gingerbread men. And, Jelly, Bubba, and Lulu really enjoy them. So, will I keep feeding them to my dogs?
YES! The package says they’re “All Natural” (Ingredients: Whole wheat flour, Peanut butter, Expeller pressed canola oil, Mixed tocopherols [a natural preservative]). And this was the response I received from a company representative:
“Good Morning Joseph & furry friends,
First and foremost thank you for your loyalty to our Buddy Biscuits. All our treats are manufactured and sourced in the United States. All our ingredients are sourced in the USAJ
Thank you for asking these questions, you can never be too careful or ask too many questions when it comes to your dog’s health today!“
I checked out the Cloud Star website and discovered they offer a variety of treats, both crunch and chewy, and even offer Gingerbread flavored Buddy Biscuits (Wheat flour, Rolled oats, Blackstrap molasses, Natural gingerbread flavor, Expeller pressed canola oil, Mixed tocopherols [a natural preservative]) for the holidays!
Huzzah! I just completed the fifth act of the outline Paul and I are working on (for that script we’ll eventually write and which, someday, somebody may actually be read by someone who may be interested in making it a television series. A boy can wish.). Tomorrow, I finish up the tag and then it’ll be smooooooooooth sailing.
Hey, just hard that my buddy, author Jeff Carlson, has a new novel out, The Frozen Sky:
“I’m hooked.” —Larry Niven
“A first-rate adventure.” —Allen Steele
BENEATH THE ICE
Robot probes find an ancient tunnel beneath the
surface, its walls carved with strange hieroglyphics.
Led by elite engineer Alexis Vonderach, a team of
scientists descends into the dark… where they
confront a savage race older than mankind…
Based on the award-winning short story,
The Frozen Sky is a new full-length sci fi thriller from
the international bestselling author of Plague Year.
Check out Jeff’s recent guest post at SF Signal: http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2012/09/goest-post-the-last-of-the-mohicans-jeff-carlson-on-aliens-spaceships-and-the-frozen-sky
Or, even better, check out The Frozen Sky:
Which reminds me – I’m long overdue for a Recent Best Reads entry. I’ve got a bunch of great books to recommend, maybe later in the week.