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Feed Your Best Friend Better
Easy, Nutritious Meals and Treats for Dogs
Rick Woodford

Andrews McMeel Publishing
April 10, 2012 / ISBN 978-1449409937
Non-Fiction / How-To

Reviewed by Linda Morelli

Rick Woodford operated Dog Stew, a company in the Pacific Northwest that produced nutritional, homemade food for dogs. When his dog started suffering from cancer, Woodford devised "human food" for him. As a result, Jackson felt better and has lived for four years (cancer free). When I saw that, I knew I had to read Woodford's book, especially since I have two dogs, one of which has a sensitive stomach.

Feed Your Best Friend Better is loaded with tasty, easy to prepare recipes, the ingredients of which can be found in almost all kitchens. The dishes included provide the various antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, using natural foods, which can be tailored to meet your dog's particular needs.

The real test was trying out the recipes on my dogs, and for the most part, my dog's food sensitivity has disappeared. I found the recipes to be easy and tasty (yes, I tried them), and my dogs loved the recipes I made, especially the Barkscotti and Gingerbread Mailman Cookies. Of course, my dogs scarf down these tasty treats, but thankfully Woodford provides guidelines for owners to limit food intake according to size.

Woodford also discusses feeding puppies and older dogs, but I feel the greatest benefit of this book is the author's in-depth discussion of your dog's nutritional requirements, how to determine the right amount that's appropriate for your dog, and special meals for dogs with medical problems. He also discusses the important topics of begging, aggression, speed eating, and what foods dog parents can share with their pets. The photographs scattered throughout the book are absolutely precious.

Feed Your Best Friend Better is, in my opinion, the best, most comprehensive pet diet and recipe book available today. I have enjoyed it tremendously, and believe it's a must for every dog owner.

Reviewer Linda Morelli is the award winning author of three published romance novels.
Reviewed 2012