Why I Turned To Home Cooking For My 10 lb. Yorkie-Poo
Hi! I’m Kristin, Sawyer’s mom. This is our journey.
As a forensic accountant, I was used to solving problems. With my investigative abilities, I worked hard to make sure things always added up. Then an adorable ten-pound Yorkie-poo named Sawyer entered my life. He was small, but he had a big problem: he refused to eat kibble. Every day, my husband Peter and I, struggled to get our pup to eat enough to grow and survive. We tried several brands of kibble until one day, I actually smelled inside one of the bags and thought, “If it smells this bad, it must taste worse.” I read the listed ingredients on the package. Chicken by-product meal? Animal digest? What are these things in this bag I feed my dog every day?
“There’s no way I would ever eat this dog food, even if someone dared me,” I thought. “Why should Sawyer eat it every single day of his life?”
I realized how little I knew about the pet food industry, about where manufacturers source ingredients and how exactly pet food is made. I had trusted that kibble was a proper diet for my dog. But processed, preservative-heavy food causes so many health issues in humans. Why was it acceptable to feed that to pets? It just didn’t add up.
With my professional background in research and investigation, I dug into the pet food industry. What I learned shocked and upset me. Commercial pet food was developed to be cheap and convenient, and a financially expedient way for the human-food industry to offload and repurpose food-processing products that are otherwise waste. The big pet food brands are owned by human-food manufacturers, and there is no independent body regulating this process. Little has changed since the 2007 Menu Foods crisis, where many pets, worldwide, died from likely exposure to contaminants in their commercial food. Without strict regulations in place, dangerous pet-food contaminations could recur.
I vowed to never serve commercial dog food to Sawyer again. Next, I tried feeding Sawyer a commercial raw food diet, but he became dangerously ill with E.coli poisoning from bacteria in the food. There had to be a better, safer, less stressful way to feed him.
With the help of Sawyer’s vet, I learned how to properly prepare cooked pet food at home, using specially formulated recipes and a human food grade vitamin and mineral blend to balance his nutritional needs. Sawyer not only thrived on his new, cooked food— he loved it, spinning in anticipation of every meal! Finally, meal-time was a stress-free, exciting time.
Problem solved, right?
Almost. Everyone leads busy lives, and Peter and I were no exception. We spent a lot of time trying to find a company that sold convenient, fresh-cooked dog food comparable to what we were making in our own kitchen. Dog food that didn’t use chemicals or waste products or rejected food from the human food chain. We found no company that could meet these strict but simple standards.
To me, the solution was clear. Put together a team of animal health and nutrition experts, as well as trained chefs. Source fresh, tasty, human-grade ingredients. Create the best pet food you could ever feed your beloved cats and dogs. Make it convenient. And do it all in a bright, open, restaurant-grade kitchen. The solution—was Tom&Sawyer.
Our Promise: Every recipe our chefs make at Tom&Sawyer is one we proudly feed Sawyer and can eat ourselves. We don’t cut any corners when it comes to his health and well-being, so this is our quality promise to you and your pet.
We trust that your pets will love the taste of our fresh-cooked meals and enjoy the variety of eating different recipes every day. Whether you choose to feed only Tom&Sawyer, or to include our foods as part of a healthy diet, we know that you will see a big difference by introducing healthy, fresh foods to their diet.
We invite you and your pet to become part of the Tom&Sawyer family. We exist to promote happier, healthier, longer lives for our beloved cats and dogs.
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