September 22, 2010

The following quotes and video footage on weaning puppies onto The Honest Kitchen’s products, are provided courtesy of Mary Young and Gina Spadafori.

“Embark is the best food I have ever used to raise puppies. Unlike when I have used kibble or raw food, I have not had upset tummies during that critical introduction to food other than mom’s milk. The puppies then continue on Embark and mom.

I gradually introduce raw & cooked food, raw bones, and kibble to their diets. When they are ready to go to their new homes at 8-10 weeks, they have had a great start in life. The owners can choose HK, a homemade diet, a raw diet, kibble or any combination. Using Embark as the foundation food for weaning puppies has made a huge improvement in the health of my puppies. Because the puppies do so well on it, it has also improved cleanliness and made it much easier to housebreak at an exceptionally young age. This has carried over after they go their new homes.”

Watch an adorable video of the pups enjoying an Honest Kitchen meal of Embark, our grain-free recipe, which is specially formulated for puppies, pregnancy and more active adult dogs.

Mary Young is one of our Honest Kitchen distributors, and she started weaning litters of her beloved flat-coated retrievers with Embark, three years ago. Mary has had Flat-Coated Retrievers since 1976 and is past-President of Flat-Coated Retriever Society of America (FCRSA), AKC approved judge, judge for field.

Mary is the owner of Windfall Ranch, which offers the best in natural dog food and also a rare heritage breed of cattle, Irish Dexters. Mary actively competes, judges, and breeds an occasional litter. She has been competing with her own dogs since 1977 and has raised 18 litters of puppies during that time.


Mary states, “I rarely breed and I would focus on raising puppies versus breeding. The puppies I have raised on HK Embark are so clean & healthy.”

This is the fourth litter — including the one she co-owned with our good friend Gina Spadafori.

Gina is a long-time journalist and author. She is the Executive editor of Pet Connection and has written a number of award-winning books including more than a dozen that she co-authored with Dr. Marty Becker, Good Morning America’s resident veterinarian.

The first edition of Gina’s top-selling book “Dogs For Dummies,” was given the President’s Award for the best writing on dogs and the Maxwell Medallion for the best general reference work, both by the DWAA.