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Better Than Liverwurst
Is dog food just pâté by another name?

“Tastes like dog food” may not be the insult you think. According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, only 3 of 18 human participants in a blind taste test were able to identify dog food from among samples of pâté, liverwurst, Spam and Newman’s Own dog food. While I think this says more about the competition than about dog food, the results highlight something we all suspect about taste—that it’s about much more than taste buds.


Personally, I’m happy about the results because I’m always a little freaked out by how much I want to snarf my dogs’ peanut butter and molasses cookies. Still the test leaves one question unanswered: Faced with the same selection, which do dogs prefer?


Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com
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Submitted by Kathy Konetzka-Close | May 11 2009 |

Isn't that interesting? I know that oftentimes when I'm serving up chicken dogfood (or catfood, for that matter) I often think to myself "this smells like it would be great on a cracker!". LOL So I guess I'm not that surprised by the results. My dog prefers whatever we're eating, but he doesn't often get it so it's obviously my fault for not being as consistent as I should be. His organic cookies come from a friend who's also a personal chef, so I know the ingredients are the absolute best. They don't taste too bad, either--a little on the bland side, as they're made with honey rather than sugar and not spiced as much as "people food". But they smell absolutely delish!

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