Even in the grocery store, where I know I will not find dog food I'm willing to give Elka, I still go down the dog aisle. I look at the treats, and the ingredients of food, squeeze squeaky toys and look for tennis balls that I have not bought before. I'm sure I must have an interesting look on my face, depending on the object of my attention; horror or disgust when it comes to the food ingredients, amusement when it comes to the durability of the toys (or lack thereof). I do buy things, once in awhile.
I do occasionally buy the Rachael Ray Just 6 treats, because they do, in fact, have only six ingredients (which could be worse), and Elka seems to like them well enough. There's apparently a "Just 6" kibble now as well; it has many many 6's of ingredients. I will not buy it.
Recently, I bought a bag of chicken flavored "Soup bones" for Elka. It's doggie junk food, I'm not fooling myself, but every once in awhile, I look for something to give her that I think might occupy her for a little while, or interest her.
Ingredients, per Amazon.com, are :
Wheat Flour, Rice Syrup, Glycerin, Potato Starch, Chicken, Chicken Meal, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Wheat Gluten, Ground Peas, Poultry Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Carrots, Gelatin, Natural Chicken Flavor, Monosodium Phosphate, Phosphoric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (a preservative), Calcium Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide (color), Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sulfur, Iron Oxide (color)
Not so great, really. Kind of garbage. At least there's chicken, and peas and carrots. Also, they're made in the USA. I won't be buying them again, likely, but Elka does, in fact, like them. Which brings me to the other claim on the bag: "long lasting."
Now, I know Rachael Ray has a pit bull, named Isaboo. I don't know what counts as "long lasting" in the Ray household, but in mine, I want more than 5 or 10 minutes. 30 is nice, but not really expected. Guess which category the "soup bones" fell into?
The accusing face of somebody whose treat is done already:
So yeah. If you don't mind junk once in awhile (I eat junk once in awhile. So does Elka. I'm trying to narrow my margin. Her food tends to be better than mine.) I guess I could, say, give her a real bone, but then there's the worry of fracturing teeth, and things along those lines.