10 years ago today, the Louisville Courier-Journal ran this article on the launch of Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine in a few local stores. Thanks to our loyal customers we are still growing and are in over 500 stores across the country (and online through amazon everywhere else)!
We appreciate those smart dog parents who know the difference between processes brown nuggets and REAL meat and veggies. Thank you for supporting our mission to improve the quality of pet food and pet’s lives!
Zoo Celebrates Birth of
Two Maned Wolf Pups
The Louisville Zoo is thrilled to announce the birth of two maned wolf pups. The two females were born February 14 to Sadie and Rocko, both five years old. Each weighed about 7 pounds at the time of their neonatal examinations.
Maned wolf gestation is similar to a domestic dog which is about two months. Sadie has nursed the pups since they were born and they should be weaned at around 4 months of age. Both parents will also regurgitate food to the pups to assist with the transition from milk to solid foods.
The Louisville Zoo is continually seeking the very best methods in nutrition, veterinary care, and animal husbandry and consistently monitors the health of the animals. Prior to the fall/winter breeding season, zoo keepers and veterinary staff developed a plan to optimize the health of both adult wolves. Sadie was underweight, had a poor appetite, and suboptimal stool quality. Following a thorough medical evaluation and treatment plan, a diet change was pursued to improve food intake, body condition, and stool quality. This diet change was achieved with collaboration with the Maned Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) nutritionist Dr. Cheryl Morris and Rudy Green’s Doggy CuisineTM creator and President Karla Haas. Special custom-made whole food recipes were developed by these renowned professionals in the field using human grade meats and vegetables. The Rudy Green brand has been producing human grade, gently cooked food for dogs since 2006 and is sold in Kroger pet aisle freezers and online via amazon.
The Louisville Zoo contacted Ms. Haas and together they began experimenting with a custom formulated diet in September 2016. Both wolves were gradually transitioned onto it after initial testing of several recipes. The new diet, in conjunction with recommended nutritional supplements by Dr. Morris, resulted in improvements in overall health. The Louisville Zoo is proud that this team approach has resulted in the birth of two maned wolf pups, the first for the Louisville Zoo in 10 years.
The Rudy Green’s Maned Wolf Diet, nick-named “Sadie’s Stew”, is now being utilized by the National Zoo in Washington DC in the hopes that the animals there care will benefit as well. Interest in alternative and more healthful diets for the maned wolves is spreading among zoos nationally.
ABOUT MANED WOLVES
The maned wolf is native to South America and can be found throughout Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Uruguay. Maned wolves are solitary. The maned wolf is an omnivore. Half of their diet is fruit supplemented with small mammals, birds and reptiles, insects, nuts, eggs and grass. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists the maned wolf as threatened.
Louisville, KY – A company known as a pioneer in the Human Grade Pet Food movement has expanded their offerings to include food for other animals as well. Rudy Green, Inc., manufacturer of Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine™, is now producing a special diet designed to restore health and vitality to maned wolves living in zoos across the country.
About Maned Wolves
Maned wolves are a species native to the grasslands and scrub forests of central South America, and are listed as endangered by the Brazilian government and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. There are now just 72 maned wolves living in 26 zoos throughout the country.
Sadie and Rocko’s Story
The Louisville Zoo is continually seeking the very best methods in nutrition and animal care. That’s why when a concern arose over the health of a pair of young maned wolves at the Zoo, forward-thinking staff and leaders moved to a customized whole-food based, gently cooked diet by Rudy Green’s, which not only seemed to appeal to Sadie and Rocko, it addressed their nutritional needs as well. The Louisville Zoo began using the special diet in September 2016.
According to Rudy Green creator and President Karla Haas, the recipes were developed in collaboration with zoo personnel and renowned animal nutrition professor Dr. Cheryl Morris of Iowa State University utilizing simple, human-grade meats and vegetables. “We had to consider every aspect of their physical condition as well as finding ingredients that matched what they consumed in the wild, blended together in a meal they would like” Haas adds.
The new diet in conjunction with recommended supplementation by Dr. Morris seemed to improve the health of Sadie and Rocko. Zoo keepers noticed consistent stool quality, improved coat quality, weight gain and consistent maintenance of weight— all measureable indicators of good health.
Because of the consistent performance of these methods, Washington D.C.’s National Zoo was one of the first to order the special diet.
About Rudy Green’s
In 2006 a business was created out of a passion for animals and success with gently cooked human grade food prepared for the founder’s sick old dog, Rudy Green, for which the company is named. “It’s nonsense to believe that we should be feeding any animal a highly processed, nutritionally deplete, dry nugget that doesn’t resemble, nor contain, real food as the mainstay of their diet” said Ms. Haas. Pet lovers can find Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine™ for their own four legged kids in Kroger stores pet aisle freezers and online through amazon. For more info see www.rudygreens.com.
Karla Haas, President, Rudy Green, Inc.
The Illinois maker of a cat and dog food product issued a voluntary recall over a potential contaminant that could cause symptoms of illness and possibly even death. Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food issued the recall after pentobarbital was discovered in a sample of its Hunk of Beef Au Jus product, WSOCTV.com reported.
Pentobarbital could cause drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, loss of balance, excitement or possibly death if ingested by an animal, the report noted. The recall affects the company’s 12-oz Hunk of Beef product distributed to stores in Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Out of an abundance of caution, Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that was manufactured and distributed in 2015.
The 12 oz. Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that is being voluntarily recalled, due to the potential presence of pentobarbital, has an expiration date of December 2019, a lot number of 2415E01ATB12, and the second half of the UPC code is 80001 (which can be found on the back of the product label).
Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand and coma.
Note: To-date, no complaints have been reported to Against the Grain for this single lot number nor any of Against the Grain’s pet foods, since the company was founded.
In 2015, this one lot of product was distributed to independent pet retail stores in Washington and Maryland, though it has been verified that this lot is no longer on any store shelves. This voluntary recall only affects one specific lot of food.
Consumers may return any can with the aforementioned lot number, to their place of purchase and receive a full case of Against the Grain food for the inconvenience. For any questions, customers may contact the company at 708-566-4410 between 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Central Time, Monday – Friday.
Honey Bunny knows what she’s serving-Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine, of course. But WHAT TO WEAR???
On Jan. 10, 2017, Pet Fooled, a feature film exposing the underbelly of the commercial pet food industry, will debut in Kentucky at 7:15 p.m. at the Village 8 Theaters in Louisville.
The film, which was directed by Kohl Harrington, follows two integrative veterinarians: Oprah Winfrey’s vet Dr. Barbara Royal and Dr. Karen Becker as they take viewers on an entertaining, honest and heart-wrenching journey challenging the multi-billion-dollar pet food industry of which only four multi-conglomerate companies dominate worldwide sales. Pet Fooled originally premiered at the 2016 Catalina Film Festival, winning the Deb Bauer Humanitarian Award.
My motivation comes from my desire to improve the quality of life for as many dogs as possible.
“I made this film because I believe every consumer has a right to know exactly what’s in the products that they are purchasing,” Harrington said. “Consumers have a right to question the products they are buying and demand transparency from the companies regarding quality, sourcing, and long term health effects.”
The filmmakers teamed up with Gathr for nationwide, theatrical on-demand screenings. Health-focused pet food stores across the country are participating in the on-demand screenings, urging pet owners to think about the quality and species-appropriateness of the diets they are feeding to their dogs, cats and other animals.
Local companies that stepped up to sponsor the Kentucky screening include Rudy Green’s, which pioneered the human-grade food movement in 2006 with their gently cooked “Doggy Cuisine,” and Barkstown Road, Louisville’s locally-owned boutique that focuses on biologically-appropriate and high-quality diets to help local dogs and cats lead longer, healthier lives, along with offering other high quality products for pets and pet lovers.
The two companies have teamed up to raise money for The Arrow Fund by donating $1 for each ticket sold. The Arrow Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to increasing public awareness of all forms of animal cruelty; providing veterinary care and support to animal victims of extreme torture, abuse, and neglect; and encouraging vigorous criminal prosecution of animal abusers.
The film was represented by Joe Della Rossa and Craig Gering at CAA and acquired by Dan Fisher of Gravitas Ventures. The film is produced by Michael Fossat. Tickets for the local showing can be reserved/purchased online at https://gathr.us/screening/18504.
For more information about the Jan. 10 screening in Louisville, contact:
Karla Haas at 502-817-0907 Karla@rudygreens.com