Bookcover of Chow by Rick Woodford

CHOW: Simple Ways to Share the Foods You Love with the Dogs You Love

Rick Woodford

Countryman Press
December 1, 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1581572889


Rick Woodford

Rick Woodford, known as the Dog Food Dude, began cooking food for his dogs after his dog Jackson was diagnosed with cancer and given a year to live. Rick resolved to send Jackson out with style by cooking him food usually reserved for humans, only to find out the transition to human food made Jackson feel better and live for four more years, cancer-free. Woodford lives near Portland, Oregon.

Nobody keeps us company in the kitchen as faithfully as our dog (or dogs!). However, too often we feed dogs unhealthy treats like cheese and fatty meats, leading to upset stomach or obesity. Lists of foods that are dangerous to dogs are widespread, but there is little information out there on the foods that are healthy for our dogs.

CHOW provides pet owners with an easy-to-use guide explaining what foods can easily be shared, how much is the right amount for various size dogs, and the benefits and proper portions of more than 100 foods that we are already using to prepare our own meals. In addition to a simple swipe-into-the-dog-bowl method, each of the foods is accompanied by a recipe with a few ingredients that combine to provide a powerhouse of nutrition.

Think your dog won’t eat a blueberry? Try providing it frozen, cut in half, or even a dried version, and your blue-heeler might have a whole new perspective on what she likes. CHOW provides tips for each food and helps us teach our dogs that not every food needs to have the shape and smell of kibble.