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12 Wild Days of Blue: 5 Golden…Retrievers? Don’t Forget the Dog

Have you ever arrived at Aunt Florence’s door at Christmas only to realize you neglected to include a gift for her beloved rat terrier? Not this year. Dogs are human, too. Or, at least we like to think they are. And that means good nutrition is important for fighting disease and staying healthy for them just as it is for us.

A dog’s genetic makeup is like a wolf’s – historically, they got their food from the wild by eating berries, just like early man. Antioxidants and whole ingredients are important for preserving good health, and healthy treats show Aunt Florence that you care about her beloved fuzzball.

Day 5: Healthy Wild Blueberry Dog Treats 

For healthy organic treats for the dog this year, we start in Biddeford at the Growling Gourmet. They make handcrafted treats for dogs using organic ingredients, without sugar, salt, wheat, corn or preservatives. For purposes of the 12 Days of Blues, their crowning achievement is their Maine Blueberry Dog Treats, chosen for their high antioxidant content. Combining blues with rolled oats, molasses, and flax seed makes a satisfying treat. Fido may want to try Carrot Cinnamon or Sharp Cheddar treats as well.

We end at Barkwheats Bakehouse in Stockton Springs. Barkwheats is a B-Corp, a corporation whose mission is to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. They use buckwheat flour milled on a buckwheat-only mill, which means treats are guaranteed gluten free, and their ingredients include parsley, sea vegetables, pumpkin, blueberries, sage, chamomile, lavender & honey – all carefully chosen for their important nutritional properties. Our choice is Peace Berry, a flavor that uses wild blueberries to deliver powerful antioxidants to support your dog’s immune system.

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