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Alec Barfield
Local Food Alliance profiles Idahound co-owner, Alec Barfield

Local Food Alliance profiles Idahound co-owner, Alec Barfield

As co-founder of Idahound, Alec Barfield is helping redefine the term “dog food.” The local company, which Barfield launched in January 2014 with partners John Davidson and Chris Cey, makes raw dog food, chews and treats from sheep who are done lambing. Their recipe also includes apples gleaned from fruit trees throughout the valley, carrots and butternut squash, all of which would otherwise end up in the dump. Processing the animals himself weekly, Alec is determined to use every last part of each sheep. Subscribe To Our Newsletter! Want the latest Idahound news delivered to your inbox? Enter your email here. We'll never share your email with...

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Alec Barfield
How to answer, “What do you feed your dog?”

How to answer, “What do you feed your dog?”

At recent pet expo in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I overheard this question being asked again and again. Most commonly, the answers consisted of a single brand (“Oh, I use Taste of the Wild.”) or a protein/carbohydrate combination (“She’s on salmon and peas.”). The vendor would then respond with an alternative, yet equally rigid, option. Lamb and Rice. Science Diet. Same and same. Every day. Long ago we simplified dog nutrition to pre-formulated foods that we buy over the entire life of our pet. Who really benefits from this strategy is obvious. However, I think lots of owners are honestly intimidated by choice (raw or...

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