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Need a spot to spend quality time with your dog? Renton, Washington, and the surrounding areas have plenty of places for you and your wet-nosed companion to explore. Whether you want to hike, play or simply enjoy a beer and snack with your dog, there’s a place in Renton to enjoy.
“Cooking destroys some vital nutrients, which is why many foods need added vitamins to meet your dog’s nutritional requirements,” explains Store Staff Member Max Hanckel. “With raw food, you’re getting what you need directly from the food. And with a raw product, you preserve the natural living enzymes in the food that are killed through the heating process. “
“If you want most of the health benefits of feeding raw food, we recommend feeding at least 50 percent,” said Shoreline Store Lead Kelsey Deans. “For dogs, that can be a very easy transition to make. For example, with my own dog, I feed her half kibble and half raw. It’s a cost-effective way of meeting her nutritional needs [with some raw food].”
Mud Bay recommends a raw diet for dogs because it offers a wide variety of benefits to them. One of the biggest benefits is the amount of moisture that raw food can add to your dog’s diet. A frozen raw diet contains intercellular moisture locked into every bite, while freeze-dried and air-dried foods can easily be rehydrated on an as-needed basis.
While all our Muddies are proud dog and cat experts, some are talented artists as well. In the moments between have conversations with customers and stocking shelves, these gifted Muddies bring plenty of fun, color and information to the chalkboards in our stores. Click through to see some of our favorite Mud Bay dog and cat chalkboard art displays!
In 1997, two women who loved animals founded Mercer Island Orphans and Waifs in a single room in a pet grocery store. Over twenty years later, this shelter—better known as MEOW Cat Rescue—is responsible for saving 800 to 1,000 cats and 30 to 50 dogs each year. And on October 13, MEOW is encouraging everyone to support their work by participating in the CAT Run in Marymoor Park. The CAT run, which actually stands for Covering All-Terrain Running, benefits MEOW and the work that they do all year.
“People often don’t think about the differences between a carnivore’s body and herbivore’s body. It’s not just about teeth shape,” explains Dr. Katy Patterson-Miller, Director of Dog and Cat Health and Nutrition at Mud Bay. “Herbivores have long digestive tracts that can efficiently break down plant matter so it can be used by their bodies. Carnivores, by comparison, have much shorter digestive tracts. And they don’t make the necessary digestive juices to fully digest plant matter.”
Portland is an incredibly dog-friendly town. Chances are, if there’s a bar or restaurant with an outdoor patio, your dog is welcome to join you for some appetizers during happy hour. There are also over 10,000 acres of parks just within the city limits, and most welcome dogs. But with all the choices available, it can be hard to know the best spots to try with your canine companion.
“I’ve looked at the studies surrounding muscle loss and senior dogs, and if your dog doesn’t have a health condition that requires a low protein food, it’s better to look for a food with at least 24 percent dry matter protein,” advises Dr. Katy Patterson-Miller. “If you look at the back of a can, pouch or bag of dog food that translates to 8% for raw frozen dog food; 5 % for wet food; and 22% for kibble and freeze-dried foods.”
To celebrate our move to our new location in Bellevue, we asked Muddies to share some of the best dog-friendly places in Bellevue and the surrounding areas. These spots are all dog friendly, so whether you want to eat, play or explore with your dog, the Bellevue area has you covered.