Dog­gie del­i­ca­cies to pam­per your pet

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by Jane Bar­low jbar­low@thek­m­

CA­NINE cui­sine has never sounded so tasty!

Va­lerie Link’s dogs are fed a diet which in­cludes camomile tea, fresh gin­ger, gar­lic and pars­ley.

Their weekly diet can in­clude tuck­ing into turkey loaf and liver and onion chews and be­ing treated to dog­gie style iced cup cakes, ca­nine carrot cake or veg­etable bis­cuits.

Miss Link, of Hythe, runs a com­pany called Dog­gie Del­i­ca­cies. She has com­piled a book of dog food recipes and sells dog treats.

It all started when she worked for a pub­lish­ing com­pany who ran a com­pe­ti­tion to find the best recipes for home­made dog food and treats. They were in­un­dated with en­tries and from th­ese 150 were cho­sen to go in the first Dog­gie Del­i­ca­cies book. The third edi­tion is due to be re­leased in April, with 1,500 sold so far.

Miss Link said: “We were amazed at the re­sponse. I thought I was the only mad per­son who cooked for their dogs.

“I never liked feed­ing my dogs tinned food or dry com­plete food, which is so ex­pen­sive. I thought there must be an al­ter­na­tive.

“I started with chicken soup and stews with veg and I gave the dogs that in place of tinned food. I talked to vets and oth­ers and de­vel­oped my own recipes.

“It is cheaper than tinned dog food and far more nu­tri­tious. It is time con­sum­ing but as I do a lot of cook­ing for my­self and I en­joy cook­ing, I don’t mind. I eat well my­self and I car­ried this over to the dogs.”

Miss Link, who was born in Cal­i­for­nia and works at an al­ter­na­tive health clinic in Sandgate, has five pe­tite bas­set grif­fon vendeens.

For a copy of the book or to or­der dog treats con­tact Miss Link at dog­gie del­i­ca­cies@ya­

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