The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 16, 1998 · Page 4
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Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, May 16, 1998
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114 SATURDAY. MAY 1 6 , 1998 PETS THE SALINA JOURNAL V DOG TREATS Dogs sample gourmutt treats at specialty bakery Shop caters to pet owners who imbue four-legged friends with human qualities By ROSALIND BENTLEY Minneapolis-St. PaulSlar Tribune MINNEAPOLIS — It is most appropriate for the customers of Eurodog Gour- mutt Bakery & Cafe to lick crumbs from the floor, paw at packed display cases, bay at their owners or fight openly with each other over a pig's ear. This is, after all, a bakery for dogs. Do not laugh. Do not scoff. Do not suggest that someone ought to get a life posthaste. We are quite serious. So are Dennis Smith, 43, and Shelley Thompson, 45. They own this cozy little two-month-old bistro. They bake the treats. 1'Yom their hands and food processor come savory cornmeal and flour-based creations such as Pooch Pizzas, Rollover Oatmeal/ Cinnamon Wraps, Don't Bite the Hand that Feeds You Peanut Butter Bars, Shoulda Looked Squash Cookies and Dogcos (as in tacos — ha ha). The stuff looks human-bakery real. It is dog-biscuit hard. Blame this establishment's very existence on the media, if you will. For during a restless, late-night channel-surfing session last Thanksgiving, Thompson stumbled upon the Food Network and what she saw was not an infomercial but a show that hooked her in that same, car-wreck sort of way. On screen were the purveyors of homemade dog snacks themselves, Mark Beck! off and Dan Dye, owners of the nine- year-old Three Dog Bakery in Kansas City. They cook dog treats for Oprah Winfrey's dogs. They have been on her show. They ship all over the world. They project $5 million in sales for this year. They have franchises in London, Seattle, Chicago, New Orleans and Tempe, Ariz. But not the Twin Cities. Thompson saw her opportunity. She called her sleepy partner, Smith, to her side. "I told him right then, 'We are doing this dog bakery,' " Thompson said. They found a spot in Smith's childhood neighborhood just two blocks south of Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. The area is dog central — yellow Labs being the preferred breed. Mutts would be uncomfortable here. Indeed, on a Saturday morning the steady stream of clients scampering in past the huge Styrofoam bone at Eu- rodog's entrance is an impressive bunch. Snickers the poodle lies across the hardwood floor chomping on a pig's ear (they Eurodog owners Dennis Smith and Shelley Thompson cut out and decorate "Shoulda Looked Squash Cookies," baked dog treats made with squash. Baking is done in the back of the shop. don't actually make these from scratch). Jed the golden Lab gets a Three Button Bone cookie with cranberry and honey glaze. Alice the Dalmatian sniffs at everything, eats nothing. And Bandit, the long-hair Chihuahua, gets anything he wants. Decked in a hand- knit blue sweater, it is a miracle that he is alive, really. He's got a bad heart. "The doctors didn't think he'd make it past three months," says his owner, Colleen Bellows of St. Paul. He's a year old now, so Bellows doesn't mind driving all the way across town to get treats for her baby. "This is worth it, the ride and everything," she says. "This is something for him to look forward to every Saturday morning." Do dogs like squash? But, alas, Bandit and the others are only dogs, after all. They really can't tell one day from the next. Or really, one treat from the next, say R.K, Anderson and Mark Morris Jr., two internationally respected and pioneering veterinarians. Anderson is a professor and director emeritus of the University of Minnesota's Center to Study Human/ Animal Relationships and Environments. Morris, of Topeka, Kan., and his father before him made a fortune with the pet food brands Prescription Diet and Science Diet, the former of which treats serious ailments through a diet regimen. Morris Jr. was born in an animal hospital. It's not the dog that wants the squash in the Shoulda Looked Squash Cookies, Morris says. But rather, the owner needs to believe that the dog does. And that's how many dog bakeries such as Eurodog and Three Dog keep people coming in. "Look, have you ever seen a dog need squash?" Morris asks. "They (bakeries) try to convince the American public that the dog likes the same flavors we do. That's not true. I fed my dog the same diet for 16 years. They don't need treats. They're wonderful for what, they are, but they're not people." And yet people do imbue their dogs and pets with human qualities, Anderson says. Which is a big turn-around from not that long ago when the country was still rather rural and animals were viewed as beasts of burden, not companions or family members. As extended families dwindled and gave rise to more single households, pets began to fill that companionship role, Anderson says. Now there are 54 million dogs in U.S. homes and more than 100 brands of pet foods on the market. Nationwide, owners spent $10 billion on dog and cat food last year. The treat market is a logical extension of the current feeling for pets, Anderson says. If the owner can have Cheetos, why can't the dog have a Peanut Butter Brittany Bar? As long as it or any other special treat doesn't make up more than 25 percent of a dog's diet, it's OK. The extras are little more than empty calories, Morris says. Which brings us to this: Just in case these dog bakeries seem like a trend — one that probably will go the way of the yogurt bar — consider that just 30 years ago there was only Milk Bone Dog Biscuits. Now Photos by Scripps Howard News Service At Eurodog Gourmutt Bakery and Cafe, a bakery for dogs in Minneapolis, Henry, a spaniel, knows that owner, Mary Carl Ramirez, has a treat for him In her bag. there are more than 20 such treat brands in stores. It's the one segment of the pet food business that still has a high margin, Morris says. Smith and Thompson know this. They not only serve treats, but they also cater dog birthday parties, weddings and puppy showers. "Just Neutered" gift baskets are available, as well. To keep people coming into the cafe on a regular basis, however, the couple got authorization from the state health department to serve lattes and espresso to the owners of their customers. Pat Schultz and her daughter Barb Smith are there with their dogs while the women's husbands run around Lake Harriet. Emmett Kelly, Schultz' Jack Russell terrier, is beside himself with the menagerie of choices. All for him, and none for Schultz. T ANIMAL SHELTER SURVEY People give up pets when life changes Dogs dropped at shelters after owners move, survey finds By DRU SEFTON Tliv Kansas City Star The hectic, changing lifestyle of many Americans is prompting them to abandon their pets to animal shelters, a new study shows. And most of those animals — 64 percent — are killed. "Euthanasia of domestic pets in the United States is an epidemic," said M.D. Salman, veterinarian epidemiologist of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. Salman supervised the survey of 1,000 shelters nationwide. The research is the first ever to document why owners relinquish pets. The findings are troubling: • Many owners cite lifestyle changes ("I'm moving to an apartment") or time constraints ("My hours at work don't allow me to care for my pet anymore"). • The majority of owners who give up pets are younger than 30. • More dogs are taken to shelters than all other animals combined. • About 4 million pets annually were brought to the 1,000 shelters surveyed during 1994, 1995 and 1996. Of those, about 64 percent were euthanized; only 24 percent were adopted out. Most others were lost pets ultimately returned to families. Sadly, the findings don't surprise Joedy Kleiner, founding director of the Humane Society of the Heartland in Olathe, which helps place pets. The most often-used excuse Kleiner faces is allergies. "And often it's the time of year just after the air conditioner or heating system comes on," Kleiner said. She explains to owners that the air circulation simply has stirred up the pet dander and that's why the family might notice symptoms more. And there are many products that can reduce or eliminate reactions. But, even so, the owner usually insists on giving up the pet. And often they're back in a few months looking for a new pet, to "try it again." Those people see animals as "throwaway pets," Kleiner said. "They're great fun while they're convenient and cute, but as soon as that changes..." Over at the Kansas City animal shelter on Raytown Road, cus- "They're great fun while they're convenient and cute, but as soon as that changes ...." Joedy Kleiner Olathe humane society director discussing the "throwaway pets" phenomenon tomer service supervisor Dana Watts is learning about another issue first-hand. "I'm moving and I've found out that some landlords are asking for a $300 deposit for pets," she said. "Some places are even charging 'pet rent' of an additional $15 a month." Owners in that situation shouldn't be judged too quickly. "A lot of people, when they come in to drop off a pet, they're sobbing because they have to give up their animal," Watts said. The key to avoiding all this heartache is education. The shelter is planning a volunteer program that will counsel potential owners about pet responsibilities and costs. "We'll tell them that food for a medium dog costs about $250 annually," Watts said. "That vet care, just the basics, is another $150. We'll explain that the animal needs exercise. Then, we'll ask if this is still what they want to do." The humane society also does just that. "Often we are accused of trying to talk people out of adopting pets," Kleiner said. "We are. If we can talk them out of it, they don't really want a pet. "I wish people could realize that when you get a pet it's like having a baby," she added. "This is a commitment that you're making, not just to this animal but to yourself and your community. Because the more pets that are dumped, the more the taxpayer has to pay." Finding your pet a home Despite the best intentions, sometimes an owner is forced to give up a pet. There are kinder alternatives to taking the pet to a shelter, where odds are it will be euthanized. Here are suggestions for finding your pet a new home, from Kansas City veterinarian Wayne Hunthausen, a nationally known animal behaviorist, and Joedy Kleiner, founding director of the Humane Society of the Heartland in Olathe: • Start looking for a home as soon as you know that your pet will need one. Sixty to 90 days beforehand is preferable. • Network. "Mention the pet to every single person — if a guy comes to deliver a UPS package, mention it to him," Hunthausen said. • Talk to veterinary receptionists. They usually know folks looking for a pet, Hunthausen said. • Attractively market your pet. Post a nice photo at your veterinarian's office, church, school, nearby shops. Report that the pet has had its shots, has been neutered or spayed, has been well- fed. Ask a fair price. • Never offer a pet for free. It might be taken for research purposes or even as bait to train a fighting dog. "Put a value on the animal and people will value the animal," Kleiner said. • If you are unable to place the pet, contact a breed-specific rescue organization. Ask your veterinarian for information. WINNER BEST ENSEMBLE ACTMQ ONE OF THE YEAR'S TENSEST FILMS "MESMRIZING! 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