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With recent outbreaks of pet deaths across the nation due to contaminated dog treats from China, more and more pet owners are looking for healthy pet food options made in the USA. The organic pet food industry is one that has slowly been growing and offers pet owners new choices. But even better—all you need do is visit some local hangouts to get treats for your beloved canines.
Barley Bones is a craft dog biscuit producer that specializes in snacks made from organic and high-quality natural ingredients, including locally sourced spent malted barley, a by-product of the beer brewing process. Spent barley is high in protein and is a good source of digestible fiber, which makes it ideal in taste and substance for four-legged family members.
The Barley Bones folks currently make two flavors, Cheddar Cheese and Peanut Butter. You can find them around town at Sturm House Beer Market, Enzo’s Market, Nooga Paws, Pruett’s Signal Mountain Market, The Ark, Moccasin Bend Brewing Co., and East Ridge Animal Hospital, among other places. And they have a booth at the 10 a.m. – noon Saturday Brainerd Farmers Market at Grace Episcopal Church, Brainerd Road and Belvoir Avenue. Or visit them online at barleybon.es and order there.
Those of us who love dogs would do anything to protect them from harm. In this case, ditch the big pet food names and make sure what you’re treating your pet family member to is tasty, not deadly.