We asked some our favourite healthy influencers how they care for the four legged members of their families.
“I make sure Boss has a mixture of meat, veggies and rice. When I am busy he has ‘takeout’ which is actually some really cute meals I buy from Bento Pets in Bondi and freeze. He has lots of little outfits. He is very small, and gets cold easily, and from the time he was a puppy I used to dress him before we left the house. So now he gets excited when he gets dressed up because he knows it means he’s going somewhere.
Because Boss is part poodle he has loads of energy. I take him on runs with me and he follows me the whole way. Or sometimes I take him down to the dog beach with his ball to have a play. Having Boss in my life keeps me so so happy. The days I don’t want to exercise he is my motivation to get out of the house. He is also loyal and always happy to see me. I remember being home sick a few months ago and he didn’t leave my side at all!”
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Jess Ainscough, Wellness Warrior and author of Make Peace With Your Place: Change Your Life One Meal at a Time (HayHouse, $17.95)
“Our dogs are our babies, so naturally we feed them only the best quality food. Edie (our pug) and Ziggy (our Frenchie) have a diet that consists mostly of organic chicken mince, organic chicken necks, bones and organic veggies that we steam for them. Usually things like sweet potato, carrots, broccoli and kale. Dogs digest differently to humans, so we were told to give them cooked veggies instead of raw. Edie used to eat a lot of raw veggies and salads and it actually made her too alkaline and she had issues with her kidneys.
We also give the dogs supplements. They both get an Omega 3 oil to keep their coats nice and shiny. This is either flaxseed oil or a fish oil tablet. And Edie gets a whole host of supplements. She has a skin allergy and neurological issues, so we give her probiotics, zinc, and Immunocare. Her supplements are super high quality – some are actually the same as I take.
Would you think I’m nuts if I said that Edie and Ziggy also drinks filtered water? We have a filter on all of our taps at home, so it’s not like I’m buying them bottles of Evian. However, I do consider all of the crap that’s in regular tap water and I don’t want my babies drinking that. We want them to both live long, healthy and happy lives so we do what we can to make sure they’re looked after as much as possible.”
Lee Holmes, holistic health coach, author of Eat Yourself Beautiful ( Murdoch, $34.99)
“Cashew is a Maltese shih tzu with a bit of schnauzer. She loves to eat sardines and natural biscuits which I splosh with olive oil. She even eats veggies! All this great food makes her coat very soft and shiny.”
Tess Masters, food blogger and author of The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks—100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! (Ten Speed Press; $34.99).
“We try to give our dog, Cookie the most natural diet and lifestyle as possible. She is a West Highland White Terrier and has a respiratory and skin condition that is common in that breed. After starting her on acupuncture, adding chia gel to her food, giving her alkaline water and feeding her more greens and natural supplements, she improved dramatically. Food really is medicine!”
Aimee Marks, founder of TOM Organic
“We have two Labradors called Olive and Bear. They are very much opposites. When I was starting the business I was working from home and raising guide dog puppies. Then we decided we wanted to get our own. We started them off on a very natural raw diet that the vet recommended. We were giving them raw meat and oats, which was recommended by the vet, but we had a lot of issues with one of the dogs not processing the oats.
After six months of trying so many different things (I was literally in the kitchen blending celery and my own mixes with meat) we ended up seeking out the most natural and breed appropriate brand of dog food. At the South Melbourne Market there is a really brilliant store called Blackdog that do all natural unprocessed food, raw hides and dog treats. All their dog food is locally produced and they are stocked in various stores and online as well. For me it’s about balancing your hectic busy life and wanting to give your dogs the best quality food that won’t compromise their health as well.”