Why Real Food?
GMO FREE . LOCALLY SOURCED MEATS AND PRODUCE . MADE FRESH WEEKLY
Sophii's Whole Food Meals are small-batch home-made foods made with local and organic produce wherever and
whenever possible, including meats, vegetables, fruits and herbs from our region's producers and growers.
For thousands of years, dogs and humans have kindled a deep relationship like no other known to mankind. At the center of this relationship is food. Feeding our dogs every day is part of the unwritten and unspoken deal we have made in return for their companionship, love and protection. We love to feed our dogs, and our dogs love to eat!
Our dogs are no different from humans:
what we put in their bodies is a major factor in their health and quality of life.
Sophii's Choice meals are prepared at the temperatures necessary to remove hazardous bacteria and improve digestibility, all while best preserving the integrity of our ingredients. Our primary nutrients are derived from natural whole foods. We use the highest quality human grade produce and meats to achieve the nutrition needed for dogs to thrive.
Today, we have such an array of choices in what and how we feed our fur-babies, just as we have more conscientious choices for ourselves. Our lifestyle, wellness goals, budgets and ecological alliances all influence what we put into the food bowls, and our own plates. If you value sustainable and organic ingredients for yourself, it makes sense to extend the benefits to your own dog. Right? Does it make sense to feed a biologically inappropriate commercial pet food with added flavor enhancers and digestive aids, when you can feed your dog whole, unprocessed, species-appropriate nutrition? More people are turning to a plant based diet for personal health and lifestyle reasons, which is wonderful. However, we need to fully appreciate that our dogs are carnivores, and they are built to thrive on a meat-based diet. Certain vegetables, fruits and seeds are excellent sources of nutrition, but should accompany a foundational meat recipe.
Dogs require 22 essential amino acids to handle all their metabolic and energy requirements, but their bodies are only able to produce 12 of the 22. The other 10 must come from the food they eat. Essential amino acids from high quality animal protein build healthy cells, organs, muscles, enzymes and hormones. Dietary fat provides energy, essential vitamins and important animal fatty acids from sources that are important for healing, normal cell membrane synthesis, reproduction and a healthy coat and skin. A dog's protein source should provide a wide spectrum of amino acid profiles including beef, bison, chicken, eggs, fish, lamb, turkey, duck, venison, elk and goat. As you can see, protein is a crucial component of every cell in your dog's body.
These home made stews are made in Owen Sound, using the finest local produce available to us in Grey and Bruce counties, wherever possible. The recipes are based on nutritional research and diets created by: Richard H Pitcairn (DVM), Rick Woodford, and Andi Brown. These foods are intended to add to your dog's regular food (daily kibble intake cut by half and supplemented with stew added to kibble). You may choose to change over to a fully kitchen prepared diet, where supplements and minerals must be added to your dog's meals to provide complete nourishment to your pet.
As with any wellness plan changes, please check your pet's dietary and nutritional requirements
with a veterinarian before changing your dog's diet.
You can honour the animals that provide nutrition to both you and your dog by purchasing humanely raised meat.
Please support our local farmers and enjoy some of the best foods our region has to offer.