My 3rd “Generation” of Weimaraners Are eating The Honest Kitchen
I often say I’ve been feeding The Honest Kitchen to my dogs as part of their daily meals since the company began in Lucy Postins’ own kitchen in San Diego, but I really had no concept of how long ago that was. But then I came upon one of the original lidded plastic buckets in which the food used to be sold — I kept the buckets because they were so well made and endlessly recyclable for many uses. As I was rinsing out this container before putting in the contents of a fresh box of THK chicken, I noticed it had a date stamped on the back of it — and apparently had made the move with me and my dogs from living in California to East Hampton and finally Vermont over a twenty year period. The date was May 31st 2006 — and it still has the original label, faded over time, for their Preference recipe.
It’s incredible to look back and realize that Lucy was the originator of a back-then-astounding idea of making food for dogs from gently-processed freeze-dried, human grade, super healthy ingredients. Nowadays, Lucy is mindful of being ecologically careful and the food comes in cheerful cardboard boxes that announce how many bananas, coconuts, string beans and pounds of free-range chicken go into every container of their food. Here’s what it looks like now, sitting atop my “collector’s item” early plastic tub before I refilled it.
I’ve been feeding this wholesome food to what I now realize is four generations of Weimaraners I have adopted from rescues (Lulu and Billy Blue from Friends for Pets in Sunland, California… Scooby Doo from Southampton Shelter on Long Island… Maisie from Weim rescue in Virginia Beach (a loooong drive from Vermont to pick her up!), and Wanda, from right here in Vermont. And then I was cleaning out my tool shed and discovered an even more vintage Honest Kitchen container that was housing organic tree fertilizer.
It’s easy to lose track of time, but when you have a date stamped right on a container there’s no doubt about it. It’s such a nice feeling to know that in a changing world, some things don’t just remain the same, they get even better.
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