July 01, 2019 by Tamara Coleman

This winter in Florida my tummy went through a period of upset at both ends. Went to the veterinarian, got meds, everything improved. My human decided to switch me from raw to cooked for a while, and got out her crock pot and commenced to make some home-cooked meals for Wookie and me: chicken with rice and split peas; white-meat turkey with a little oatmeal and cooked carrots; and always plenty of cooked pumpkin.

Then one evening she forgot to turn on the crock-pot, and when she went into the kitchen the following morning to give us breakfast….there was no food.  Boy, did she freak out.  Luckily she had some of our frozen raw food in the freezer, so she commenced to zap it in the microwave, telling us repeatedly how sorry she was to have to expose our food to microwaves.

She decided to see what kind of cooked foods were available at the local pet specialty store. It couldn’t be kibble, and it couldn’t be canned.  She noticed a new food in the refrigerated section called Bark Bistro Bark Bowls  It was cooked food in three varieties: “Turkey-n-Mac” (turkey with egg noodles, zucchini, carrots, cranberries, pumpkin, and salmon oil); “Chicken-n-Quinoa” (chicken with quinoa, kale, peas, carrots, apples and salmon oil); and “Beef-n-Mash” (beef with russet potatoes, butternut squash, green beans, carrots, green peas, apples, and olive oil).

She bought one of each.

Now, we all know that I have a good appetite.  I do, of course, have my likes and dislikes. Don’t feed me raw carrots—yuck—or fresh cantaloupe, peach slices, bits of pears or apples.  I don’t like frozen green beans. These are a sadistic treat for a dog watching his or her waistline, dreamed up by humans in a version of the starvation diet. Don’t give me strawberries or blueberries unless they are well combined with salmon, venison, duck or rabbit.  You can give me peanut butter anytime. And French fries, and cheese and yogurt. I am allowed, in fact, to dumpster dive at BioStar in Rick’s office for his daily empty yogurt container, which I lick clean.  Rick and I have an agreement on this: I get to lick the container but not carry it around in my mouth throughout the offices and production area. The other dogs at BioStar could get jealous.

Bark Bistro Review
Bark Bistro The first variety of Bark Bistro I tried was the Beef-N-Mash. My human was hesitant to try the Chicken-N-Quinoa first, as she wasn’t sure what I’d think of the quinoa. The beef with potatoes was awesome.  I sucked it up in about four nanoseconds, and then tried to horn in on Wookie’s bowl.  She would have none of that.  I had to wait until she was finished. By then, to my disappointment, I found that she had already licked her bowl clean.

Seeing as my human is totally obsessed..... 

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