This project's funding goal was not reached on August 6, 2014.
About this project
I've been making my dog's food since he joined me and he eats many things that I do. I've also lived with rabbits and parrots. The rabbit and I ate the same lettuce and I eventually started eating the freeze-dried fruits and vegetables that I fed my bird. My friend's turtle adores chicken. So we started wondering: Why do we have to eat different food?
Like many people with dogs I'm curious about these fancy new treats and foods. The ingredients look like people food so they should taste fine. But no. We tried my puppy's treats and discovered that they weren't exactly terrible but they weren't quite good.
All the ingredients make sense and are similar to something anyone might bake. Fancy dog biscuits are basically the same as a Vegan cookie. Now, certainly those aren't always the tastiest things on earth but they've come a long way and I've actually enjoyed a few of them.
So, we asked ourselves, why can't there be a dog treat that is tasty enough for a dog and a human?
Why indeed? There can be! As we have both been cooking and baking most of our lives we decided it was time for Shared Snacks!
We've been experimenting and researching with ingredients and techniques and we've come up with some pretty great treats. With a bit more time and resources we will create a delicious treat that you will find yourself stealing from your dog!
Be sure to check the updates page to see our progress.
Fruits and fruit juices can provide the sweetness we love and my friend's gluten free flour recipe means the texture doesn't need to resemble a 20 year-old tea biscuit. There's still a lot of work to be done but we can do it and my dog loving friends at the run think it is a great idea. We've even got a commitment from a wonderful local pet store, Bushwick Bark, to stock our new treats!
Why make food we can share?
First of all, why not? The sharing of food is one of the most important ways that humans bond: let's not exclude our furry friends! A snack shared with a friend or stranger can break down boundaries, so why not between dogs and people? Not to mention it's fun to share food. And consider the fact that out of the fourteen thousand years we've spent with our canine friends, dog food has only existed since the fifties! What did they eat before that? Whatever we did.
What we need to do.
So we are seeking your help to allow us to dedicate the necessary time and resources to developing testing and producing the world's first food for all of us.
Funds will primarily be dedicated to sourcing high-quality ingredients and providing us with the time and resources we need to bake a zillion different treats until we find just the right ones for you and your canine friends. We will also be developing packaging and labels. (Easy to carry but easy to open and ideally resealable: dogs are impatient and have great noses.)
It's not just about your money.
The whole point of KickStarter is to be part of something you believe in and we invite you to be as large a part as you wish. In that spirit, all contributors will receive recipe cards because we hope that you will make these snacks yourself! Additionally, we plan to create a basic snack that can be modified to your canine friend's taste. Bad breath? Add parsley. Sweet tooth? Some dehydrated strawberries. You get the idea.
If you are in New York come join Guapo, Achilles, Candice, Max, Jax, Ruby, Dallas, Oliver, Potato, Apollo (and their humans) at the dog run to join our product testing team!
Why you should be a part of this.
If you believe that food is food and there is no reason why we can't all share, then contribute in whatever way you can and help us change the way we all think about what we and our companion animals eat!
Risks and challenges
The bottom line is this will only work if our snack smells and tastes good to humans and dogs. As you know, humans are pickier than dogs. It's important to many people that treats be gluten free and we want to honor that. We don't think dogs or humans should eat too much sugar and nobody should eat high fructose corn syrup. Our Snack has to taste right and feel right. The bottom line is that our greatest challenge is satisfying two modern palates. Having recently had the perseverance to perfect our homemade pizza crust we believe we can rise to the challenge.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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