Has a nutritional issue with your own pets forced you to research and come up with creative solutions? Write about it! You could help others. Read how an award-winning blog got started and enjoy some dog treat recipes too!
Writer: Jodi Chick
Jodi shares her story…
My interest in pet food and treats started after the great food recall of 2007.
We had adopted Felix less than a month earlier and almost every brand of pet food in my house was on the recall list. I was horrified. I had just adopted this furry little ball of happiness and I could have killed him. I feel really lucky that I had a second chance to get it right. I swore that I could and would do better.
I took a correspondence course on traditional canine nutrition and read everything I could find on pet food and what goes into it. We discovered that Felix had some pretty terrible food intolerance and allergies and finding a food and treats that worked for him was a huge task. I branched out into a more natural & holistic nutritional approach and it proved to be exactly what Felix needed.
I started Kol’s Notes (ironically not named after Felix) to share my notes on what worked and didn’t work for us. While Felix was at the heart of my inspiration, my puggle, Kol, took centre stage on the blog. He’s a natural ham and made for the camera. He was the dog willing to pose with treats and as a HUGE food hound, he makes a great spokesdog for what we do.
As it turns out, writing about treats day in and day out is a lot of fun, but also a lot of work and you start running out of ideas pretty woofing fast! This year we decided to talk about all the dog-friendly aspects of our life and branched out into sharing some of our Doggystyle DIY projects and crafts, green, pet friendly living tips, sharing our training challenges (and unconventional solutions) and some ideas on how to have a pet friendly home that doesn’t look like it’s gone to the dogs, along with our treats and recipes. It’s amazing because it’s opened up a whole new group of friends and followers.
I love my readers and really think of them more as long distance friends than anything else. It means the world to me that they invite us into their lives and come to read what I have to say. I never really imagined that anyone other than my friends and family would read my blog, so the fact that it’s turned into such a big thing for us still amazes me almost every day. I’m so grateful.
I was moved to tears when we won the BlogPaws Best Bark Blog Award earlier this year and so touched when our fans nominated us for the Petties Award for Best Dog Blog. It’s incredibly humbling.
I think the great thing about Kol’s pals is that they are so widely varied. I don’t think there’s a single “type” I could pigeon-hole them into, but what they all seem to have in common is that they’re smart, savvy and want the best for their dogs, whether that be making treats at home or finding store-bought treats they can be confident in. After all, isn’t that what we all want? To take care of our furry family members as well as they take care of us?
Jodi shares some tasty dog treat recipes:
Special thanks to Jodi for sharing her amazing story and recipes!
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