Grain free bone broth infused treats for canines (felines love them too!)
Josie was the queen of all dogs, raised in a loving home with my young daughter and myself through the '90's and early 2000's. Her regular diet consisted of commercial dry dog food and the occasional taste of chicken, which she loved. Her treats were generally raw marrow bones and when she was especially good, I'd give her one of those wheat-laden bones in a box. Around the time she turned 8, Josie developed a cancerous mast cell tumor. After it was successfully removed, I began to research cancer in pets. I was sad but not terribly surprised to find that the majority of food and particularly the treats we feed our pets are full of absolute garbage for our most cherished animals! Pesticide laden grains abound along with fillers and unhealthful meat by-products from questionably raised and slaughtered animals. All these are contributors to ill health. Yuck. I started fooling around with human grade homemade meals and treats for my pets instead of what I'd always done prior.
Forward in time two dogs later. After personally suffering from multiple years of auto-immune and inflammatory diseases, I decided to make complete dietary and lifestyle changes for my family and especially our pets. Paleo became the way...Eliminating grains, legumes, dairy and most sugars from our diets reduced overall inflammation. All processed foods were eliminated and replaced with simple whole veg, fruits , and nuts - organic whenever possible. Humanely raised, grass-fed/pasture raised meats and fresh wild fish (no farm-raised ever) replaced shiny supermarket plastic coated product direct from the factory farms.
The one major addition to my family diet was bone broth. Bone broth adds soothing and healing enzymes to the diet. They aided in reducing inflammation illness and some foods cause. Bone broth began to play an important role in the maintenance of my family's health. As a food purveyor, I could not help but make every type of bone broth that I could research in every way possible. All my dogs and cats were crazy about the smells of chicken, beef, and often goat. After making sure it was healthy for my pets, I began adding it to their diets and making all their treats from scratch with bone broth as the base of my healing.
There was one problem for me. Each batch had way too much waste at the end of the process and meat at the bottom of the pot. Could all that leftover be viable? I knew that bone meal existed but it seemed so industrial in pet food processing. I have spent years practicing a more sustainable lifestyle and I was dismayed and worried about how big a footprint bone broth really has when manufactured. So I started experimenting with the remains making my own bone flour and paste as a unique way to utilize what otherwise ended up as mulch. Turns out It makes an excellent product, full of health-giving calcium and phosphorus. That seemed like a great place to start cultivating ingredients; to develop a special treat - a tasty pet cookie full of anti inflammatory and health and environmentally promoting ingredients.