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6B: I Ate This: Un-Seasoned Boiled Chicken Legs

This was by far, the best dog food I consistently had.
My mom boils a pot of chicken legs for Ozzy, my Bichon-Poo. My dog and I share this dish. Well, we don’t eat off of each other’s plate. He has his share on his bowl; I got mine on my plate–with rice. Not that my dog can’t have rice, he can… According to this guide: WikiHow: Prepare Chicken and Rice for Dogs.


Boiling Chicken Legs as they are (NO SEASONING)


My mom buys good, clean, raw (packaged) chicken legs from the market.
When you buy it make sure you do your research on the packaging company and trust its source. You wanna make sure your dog is exposed to almost NO (or absolutely no) toxins! You shouldn’t put up with toxins either.
Then, she fills a large pot with water to boil with chicken. DO NOT add any seasoning (no salt, pepper, NONE of that). After some time, probably around 30 minutes or so the chicken should be cooked and the water turns into broth.

  • Optional: You can mix/melt some broth with rice to feed your dog.


“Tastes like chicken”, bland, good, boiled chicken. It’s HEALTHY for you and your dog. But it doesn’t mean your dog can strictly eat this over a long period of time. It won’t have the nutrition it needs that way. Be sure to mix his meals up. There are lots of ‘mix-n-matches’ available for this dish like carrots and peas. Before adding ingredients be sure to check if what you’re adding is good for your dog.

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2C: I Ate This: AUTHORITY. Experts in Nutrition: Crunchy Dog Treats



Experts in Nutrition
Crunchy Dog Treats
Made with Real Turkey & Pumpkin

The package claims its ingredients exclude artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. It is apparently

  • “Rich in Beta carotene to support healthy vision
  • Natural source of protein for strong muscles and a healthy heart
  • Natural ingredients with added vitamins and minerals
  • Great for training
  • Cleans teeth and freshens breath
  • Helps reduce plaque and tartar buildup”.

Supposedly, Ozzy (my bichon-poo dog) was “sure to wag his tail” for these treats. After several attempts throughout the year of using the product to train and/or reward him, my dog would just sniff the biscuit and leave it alone. 


As I opened the package to peek inside a waft of gingerbread and pumpkin scent filled my nose. Each biscuit was shaped like a miniature brick-like doggie bone. It was a grainy tan brown in colour, with slightly browned edges, indicating these are baked treats. The package was about a third filled with biscuits. I bet the rest were thrown in the garbage bag after spending its lifespan being kicked around on the floor and never in my dog’s belly or waste. I took one. It looked like an ordinary biscuit. I bit into it.


It tastes nothing like how it smelled (which is probably good for dogs as seasoning is bad for them apparently). It has a grainy texture. It actually tastes similar to SkyFlakes crackers with a very faint gingerbread taste. This also reminds me of eating cinnamon graham crackers, except an extremely bland version of it (no sugar, etc.). The more I chew and keep it in my mouth, the more my saliva works with it, creating a fine paste that is similar to baby food “Heinz” bland oatmeal cereal. It did not take long for the biscuit to turn into a pasty and creamy consistency with hints of tiny grainy texture either.


I looked at the ingredients and recognized wheat flour, ground wheat, turkey meal, turkey, pumpkin, oatmeal, dried carrot, rice starch, dried cane molasses, salt, dried egg product, cinnamon, preserved poultry fat, nutmeg, and the rest are all scientific sounding. Looking back at the prided bullet points the package promotes, I am interested in how these biscuits can clean teeth, freshen, breath, and reduce plaque/tartar build up. Would this function work on me too? It seems any dog food/treat that has this ability reminds me of human chewing gum products that can “strengthen teeth/gums” and “freshen breath”.

I Googled “how can dog biscuits clean teeth?” The first link that popped up was from DogFoodAdvisor.com. The same link that showed for my very first blog post. I found myself returning to this site as it answers my questions quite fully so I checked it again. The title of the article by Mike Sagman was “Dry Dog Food and the Myth of Cleaner Teeth”.

In a nutshell, “Dry Dog Food Could Contribute to Dental Problems”! Food particles are easy to remove but plaque and tartar requires physical scrubbing to remove. Plaque is what you must remove with toothbrush while dentists scrape away tartar. An alternative to clean your dog’s teeth is to let them chew on raw meaty bones as it has the ability to flex around the teeth. Keep caution on harmful bacteria and never used cooked bones due to splinters. A surefire way to prevent dental disease in dogs is… get them a toothbrush.


I finally surfed the Internet for some reviews on this product. There was not much. I found most reviews from PetSmart Reviews: Authority Crunchy Dog Treats. Most or all customer reviews on the page gave the product 5 stars upon reviewing different flavors, and said their pets loved them. Still not so convinced, I tried to snoop around DogFoodAdvisor.com and found Sagman’s review for “Authority Dog Food (Dry)”. He gave them 3 stars. I guess it’s not so bad. Either way, I guess my dog’s pretty picky since he was not interested in them.

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