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How Did the Louisville Zoo Help Two Wolves Reproduce? Through Food.

Rudy Green was 14 when he was diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer — a dooming aliment for the elderly chocolate lab.

A veterinarian said there was little to be done. But to buy the dog another week, owner Karla Haas could try feeding it nothing but fresh, unprocessed foods.

The directive made Haas think. If kibble was made for dogs, then why would a vet not recommend it for hers?

The simple question started Haas on a 10-year journey, in which she launched an all-natural dog food line and earned national attention for her work with the Louisville Zoo.

Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine, which first hit grocery stores in 2007, is now sold on Amazon and in approximately 450 Kroger pet food aisles across America.

It was a slow build, Haas said. But with more people looking into the foods they eat, her product has taken off with customers who want to give the same consideration to their dogs.
“You would never dream of giving your kid nothing but Cheerios for every meal, every day of his life,” Haas said. “Yet we’ve been brainwashed to think this is what dogs should eat.”
Haas never expected to get into the pet food business. She holds a degree in social work but spent the past few decades switching between careers, from modeling to sales management.

The only constant during that time was her volunteer work at dog rescues and animal shelters across several states. In Louisville, Haas rattled off a list of organizations for which she’s offered assistance, including the Shamrock Pet Foundation and Derby City Dog Rescue.

Saving dogs is Haas’s passion. And she can’t think of any better way to sustain herself while bettering the lives of pets than through her business, Rudy Green’s.

The line of natural dog food offers five recipes, sold for $10.49 per box in pet aisle freezers. Each box includes four 6-ounce packets of food that can supplement a sick dog’s kibble diet.
“It’s meant to be mixed in,” said Haas, who added that owners stretch out a box by reducing portions. “Most could never afford to do just this. Frankly, I still give my dogs dry food. But I know what’s in it, and I know where it’s made.”

Within three years of launching, Haas’s work caught the attention of a Louisville Zoo employee, who recommended her to a team of co-workers tasked with improving the health of the facility’s maned wolves.

Maned wolves are a near-threatened species indigenous to South America, zookeeper Angela Johnson said. And while they fall into the wolf category, they eat nothing like other members of the canid sector.
The red-coated wolves are finicky, said Johnson, who calls them “canine toddlers.” Five-year-olds Sadie and Rocko at the Louisville Zoo are no exceptions.

The pair of maned wolves are unwilling to eat various foods and are genetically dispositioned to develop certain diseases. In their time at the zoo, Sadie and Rocko have both been underweight with low muscle mass, and Sadie has struggled with irritable bowel disease.

Because of the issues, the two wolves have not been able to reproduce, Johnson said. But after working with Haas and a nutrition specialist to develop a healing recipe for Sadie, the female wolf gained enough weight to give birth to two pups this past Valentine’s Day — a big win for the entire population.

“We talked early on and said first and foremost, we want our wolves to get better and do well and thrive,” said Johnson, who’s worked at the zoo for more than 20 years. “If that works, we want other wolves to have the same benefits.
“This diet isn’t for every single wolf. But it shows a fresh, less processed diet can do good.”

Haas said she’s now working with the nutrition specialist to develop additional recipes the wolves can eat during off-breeding seasons. And other zoos have expressed interest in purchasing the first recipe — named Sadie’s Stew.

“We have had some setbacks along the way,” Johnson said. “… But this diet does seem to keep (Sadie) on track and keeps things going pretty well for her.”
If pet owners want to improve the diets of their own dogs, Johnson recommended trying to supplement kibble with fresh foods slowly.

“It’s expensive to eat healthy and it’s expensive to feed your pets healthy, also,” Johnson said. “Something fresh is better than nothing fresh.”

Reach reporter Bailey Loosemore at 502-582-4646 or bloosemore@courier-journal.com.
RUDY GREEN’S DOGGY CUISINE

What: An all-natural dog food produced in Kentucky at a USDA-certified facility. The dog food comes in five recipes, such as ground beef with brown rice, peas and corn.

Where: Find Rudy Green’s in the pet aisle freezer at Kroger, Rainbow Blossom and ValuMarket in Louisville or online at Amazon.

Cost: $11.99 per four-pack in stores or $64.95 for five boxes on Amazon

More info: Five-percent of the product’s sales are donated to various animal shelters. Learn more at rudygreens.com.

Our Ingredients and Nutritional Benefits

Rudy Green’s uses REAL Human Grade Ingredients to give your dog REAL & safe nutrition!

BEEFY RICE: Lean Beef, Brown Rice, Peas, Carrots, Olive Oil.
Nutrition Facts: Crude Protein not < 6%, Crude Fat not < 5%, Crude Fiber not > 1%, Moisture not >75%, Calories per 6 oz pouch: 230.
Beef is the ideal protein for working breeds such as German Shepherds, Great Danes, Sheepdogs, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Boxers, Bull Mastiffs, Dobermans, Rottweilers, Akita, Malamutes, Great Pyrenees, Borzoi Hounds and Pomeranians as well as all types of CATTLE DOGS (makes sense, huh?)
Lean ground USDA Choice Beef -A favorite of many dogs, this superior protein provides essential amino acids and minerals. Specifically found in high amounts are:
• B vitamins that: help with circulation and utilization of fatty acids (for healthy skin), boost the metabolism to help overweight dogs, fight anemia by producing red-blood cells.
• Potassium, Sodium and Magnesium maintain fluid balance and aid nerve function.
• Calcium and Phosphorous for teeth and bones, transfer of energy and muscle function
• Sulphur for healthy skin nails and hair to fight itchiness and allergies
• Iron critical for healthy red blood cells and to boost immune system
Brown Rice -A wholesome whole grain that provides the complex carbohydrates that your dog needs for energy, also contains:
• Choline is a fat emulsifier, a deficiency of which causes heart disease and neurological disorders
• B1, B3 , B6 vitamins for circulation, metabolism and processing of other nutrients, a lack can cause diarrhea, dermatitis and dementia as well as lowered immunity
• Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that aids healing and retards aging and can prevent heart disease
• Manganese for collagen formation and to prevent impaired growth
• Chromium, which is sometimes called Glucose Tolerance Factor is needed to metabolize glucose
• Silicon to maintain flexible arteries and to heal wounds and ward off skin disorders.
• Potassium, Magnesium (see above)
Peas -Provides protein and a good source of:
• Vitamin A supports skeletal growth, immune system, vision and nerve function. A shortage of this can lead to skin lesions, liver damage, blindness, deafness, infection and night-hyperactivity
• Fiber aids in the management of cholesterol and blood sugar
• Potassium (see above)
Carrots- Offer antioxidants and phytochemicals that also provide Vitamin A and Carotenoids that fight cancer.
Olive Oil- A tasty “good” fat that has anti-inflammatory properties and is heart healthy. It also:
• Is found to fight cancer
• Is rich in polyphenols that function as anti-oxidants
• Protects the digestive tract
• Supports healthy bones
• Improves brain function

PORK, PASTA & POTATO: USDA ground pork, white potatoes, diced tomatoes in juice, elbow macaroni, celery, flour and water.
Nutrition Facts: Crude Protein not < 7%, Crude Fat not < 7%, Crude Fiber not > 1%, Moisture not >75%, Calories per 6 oz pouch: 230.
Pork was historically a staple in the diets of Standard, Miniature and Toy Poodles, as well as Pit Bulls, Manchester (Rat) Terriers, Pugs, Pekingese, Shar-peis, Shnauzers.
Diced USDA Choice Pork: Lean pork provides all 9 essential amino acids in an easily digestible form. It helps to build and repair tissues throughout the body and a small amount provides over half of the RDA for different nutrients a dog needs. It also is high in:
• Vitamin B1which helps in carbohydrate and protein digestion and a lack of which can cause central nervous system disorders and muscle weakness
• Vitamin B2 does much the same as B1 but also helps with cell growth and a lack of it can cause skin lesions, excess shedding and an oily coat.
• Vitamin B3 stimulates circulation, processes amino acids, and aids in HCL production. A deficiency of this can manifest itself in dermatitis, diarrhea and dementia.
• Vitamin B6 is essential for metabolism but more importantly a shortage can cause a host of problems: neurological disorders, anemia, heart disease, tooth decay, dermatitis, swollen tongue and lowered immunity.
• Vitamin B12 for red blood cells and assimilation of fats, carbs and proteins and to prevent fatigue and impaired neurological function.
• Magnesium is important for proper muscle and nerve function and if lacking can lead to convulsions and seizures.
• Iron, Phosphorous and Zinc (see above).
Whole White Potatoes: Contain multiple B vitamins plus:
• Potassium and natural sodium to maintain fluid balance for energy and cellular health.
• Iron for healthy red blood cells and cellular respiration.
• Magnesium is important for proper muscle and nerve function and if lacking can lead to convulsions and seizures.
• Vitamin C which helps with collagen formation and builds strong bones. It also prevents dental problems. Most dogs do not need a lot of vitamin C.
Pasta: Made from enriched flour and contains folate, thiamine, niacin and riboflavin.
• B vitamins that the body uses for turning food into energy.
• Iron for healthy red blood cells and cellular respiration
• Fiber for a healthy digestive tract and solid bowel movements.
Tomatoes: We use diced tomatoes in juice.
• Rich in Vitamin A, C and Folic Acid.
• High in Alpha-lipoic acid to help glucose to energy conversion.
• Choline Rich to help maintain Cellular membranes, assist in nerve health and absorption of fats.
• Excellent source of anti-oxidants and potassium.
Celery: We use chopped celery which has anti-inflammatory properties:
• 12 + Antioxidants are found in celery that protect against cellular damage and promote healthy organs and blood vessels
• Vitamin K is essential to blood clotting and protein production- a deficiency can lead to internal bleeding.
• Copper which is necessary in the production of melanin and linked to iron metabolism
• Calcium for healthy teeth and bones.

CHICKEN & VEGGIES: Chicken thigh meat, spinach, sweet potatoes, carrots, brown rice and water.
Nutrition Facts: Crude Protein not < 6%, Crude Fat not < 2%, Crude Fiber not > 1%, Moisture not >78%, Calories per 6 oz pouch: 150.
Chicken is an ideal protein for toy breeds and other small companion dogs, as well as Greyhounds, Afghans, Chihuahuas, Basset hounds and Blood hounds; Beagles, Boxers, Cairn , West Highland and Yorkshire Terriers; Spaniels, Retrievers and some herding breeds like collies and shelties.
Chicken Thigh Meat:
• B12 which helps in the formation of red blood cells (key ingredient for an anemic dog).
• Potassium and natural sodium to maintain fluid balance for energy and cellular health.
• Chromium which is sometimes called Glucose Tolerance Factor is needed to metabolize glucose.
• Thigh meat contains amino acids that have cancer-fighting properties.
Brown Rice: a whole grain that provides the complex carbohydrates your dog needs for energy.
• Choline is a fat emulsifier, a deficiency of which causes heart disease and neurological disorders
• B1, B3 , B6 vitamins for circulation, metabolism and processing of other nutrients, a lack can cause diarrhea, dermatitis and dementia as well as lowered immunity
• Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant that aids healing and retards aging and can prevent heart disease
• Manganese for collagen formation and to prevent impaired growth
• Chromium, which is sometimes called Glucose Tolerance Factor is needed to metabolize glucose
• Silicon to maintain flexible arteries and to heal wounds and ward off skin disorders.
• Potassium, Magnesium (see above)
Sweet Potatoes: This natural antioxidant also provides:
• B vitamins for circulation, metabolism, nerve function, digestion, natural steroid production, electrolyte balance and are a natural stress reducer. A deficiency of B vitamins can cause symptoms such as skin rashes and sores, diarrhea, premature graying, low blood sugar (leading to diabetes) neurological disorders, dull coat, lack of appetite and lethargy.
• Potassium (see above)
• Beta Carotene for healthy skin, tissue, vision and immune system
Spinach: Dark green leafy vegetables are among the most potent of nutritional foods, a single serving provides nearly every vitamin and mineral necessary for health, like:
• Vitamin A for a healthy immune system and also which helps prevent liver damage, blindness, deafness and infections.
• Vitamin E for healing, anti-aging and immune system boosts.
• Vitamin K which is essential for blood clotting and to prevent internal bleeding.
• Calcium for strong bones and teeth
• Multiple B vitamins for energy
Carrots: Another antioxidant rich vegetable that dogs LOVE, providing them with lots of:
• Vitamin A for a healthy immune system and also which helps prevent liver damage, blindness, deafness and infections.
• Carotenoids which provide protection against cancer causing free-radicals

TURKEY MAC & CHEESE: Ground turkey, macaroni, spinach, carrots and cheddar cheese.
Nutrition Facts: Protein 7%, Fat 6%, Fiber 1% – 367 kcal.
USDA Ground Turkey:
• Rich in B vitamins particularly pantothenic acid which helps regulate blood sugar (therefore aiding in the prevention of diabetes) and has natural calming effects.
• Choline to help emulsify fats and improves nerve structure and function- a lack of choline can lead to heart disease, fatty liver and thymus degeneration.
• Selenium, which is a super cell membrane antioxidant.
• Zinc for a healthy coat and good digestion.
Macaroni: Just like kids, dogs LOVE macaroni, and pasta made from enriched flour contains more folate, thiamine, niacin and riboflavin than its whole wheat counterpart. It also boasts:
• B vitamins that the body uses for turning food into energy.
• Iron for healthy red blood cells and cellular respiration.
• Fiber for a healthy digestive tract and solid bowel movements.
Spinach: Dark green leafy vegetables are among the most potent of nutritional foods, a single serving provides nearly every vitamin and mineral necessary for health, like:
• Vitamin A for a healthy immune system and also which helps prevent liver damage, blindness, deafness and infections.
• Vitamin E for healing, anti-aging and immune system boosts.
• Vitamin K which is essential for blood clotting and to prevent internal bleeding.
• Calcium for strong bones and teeth.
• Multiple B vitamins for energy.
Carrots: An antioxidant rich vegetable that dogs LOVE, providing them with lots of:
• Vitamin A for a healthy immune system and also which helps prevent liver damage, blindness, deafness and infections.
• Carotenoids which provide protection against cancer causing free-radicals.
Olive Oil: A tasty “good” fat that has anti-inflammatory properties and is heart healthy for people and dogs alike. It also:
• Is found to fight cancer.
• Is rich in polyphenols that function as anti-oxidants.
• Protects the digestive tract.
• Supports healthy bones.
• Improves brain function.

FISH STEW: Tomatoes, Mackerel, Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, Whitefish, Quinoa and Carrots.
Nutrition Facts: Crude Protein not < 4%, Crude Fat not < 1 %, Crude Fiber not > 1%, Moisture not 85% – 100 kcal.
Tomatoes: We use diced tomatoes in juice.
• Rich in Vitamin A, C and Folic Acid
• High in Alpha-lipoic acid to help glucose to energy conversion.
• Choline Rich to help maintain Cellular membranes, assist in nerve health and absorption of fats.
• Excellent source of anti-oxidants and potassium.
Mackerel: An Omega 3 Rich oily fish.
• Protein Rich, with high concentrations of amino acids necessary for good health.
• Rich in calcium, potassium, selenium and magnesium.
• High in Vitamins: Niacin, choline, folate, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C and vitamin B12.
Whitefish: An excellent low-calorie source of protein.
• Excellent source of vitamin B12 and vitamin B6.
• Rich in cancer-fighting selenium and phosphorous.
• High in niacin, potassium, and molybdenum.
• Omega 3 fats fight arthritis, degenerative mental conditions and have excellent overall cardio-vascular benefitting properties.
Quinoa: An incredibly nutritious grain-like seed, widely regarded as one of the “super-foods”.
• Composes all of the amino acids, especially lysine.
• A rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber.
• High in B-complex group of vitamins, vitamin E and essential fatty acids such as linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid.
• Excellent source of vitamin A, folate and antioxidants.
• Excellent source of minerals like iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, and magnesium.
Spinach: Dark green leafy vegetables are among the most potent of nutritional foods, a single serving provides nearly every vitamin and mineral necessary for health, like:
• Vitamin A for a healthy immune system and also which helps prevent liver damage, blindness, deafness and infections.
• Vitamin E for healing, anti-aging and immune system boosts.
• Vitamin K which is essential for blood clotting and to prevent internal bleeding.
• Calcium for strong bones and teeth.
• Multiple B vitamins for energy.
Carrots: An antioxidant rich vegetable that dogs LOVE, providing them with lots of:
• Vitamin A for a healthy immune system and also which helps prevent liver damage, blindness, deafness and infections.
• Carotenoids which provide protection against cancer causing free-radicals.
Sweet Potatoes: A natural antioxidant:.
• B vitamins for circulation, metabolism, nerve function, digestion, natural steroid production, electrolyte balance and are a natural stress reducer. A deficiency of B vitamins can cause symptoms such as skin rashes and sores, diarrhea, premature graying, low blood sugar (leading to diabetes) neurological disorders, dull coat, lack of appetite and lethargy.
• Potassium (see above).
• Beta Carotene for healthy skin, tissue, vision and immune system.

Real Food for Dogs for Over 10 Years

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!

Rudy Green’s Maned Wolf Diet Leads to 2 Pups!

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 is nick-named “Sadie’s Stew”and 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.

 

Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine™ Expansion Contributes to Species Improved Health

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, 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.

Immediate Success

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.

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.

Contact

Karla Haas, President, Rudy Green, Inc.

(502)817-0907

karla@rudygreens.com

Amazon has Rudy Green’s Beefy Rice Dog Food

Buy Rudy Green’s Home Cooking for Dogs on Amazon with all natural ground beef, brown rice, peas and carrots.

Tired of cooking for your sick, old, or picky dog with digestive disturbances, pancreatitis or allergies?  Here is an all natural, human grade dog food that is cooked (not raw) and can be added to dry dog food or canned dog food or served as a complete meal.

Sold frozen with free 2 day shipping available with Amazon Prime.