Dogs and humans have been living side by side for centuries. In modern life, they’re part of our families — loved and necessary companions. As our relationships with our dogs has changed, what we feed our dogs has too. From foraged food to kibble, what humans put in the doggie bowl has evolved.
“At the end of the 14th century Gaston III, Comte de Foix … wrote a book about hunting called Livre de Chasse, which included a section on how he took care of the greyhounds he used in the hunt,” notes an article titled Medieval Advice on How to Take Care of Your Pet from Medievalists.net. “Besides being fed bran bread, the dogs would also get some of the meat from the hunt. If a dog was sick, he would get better food, such as goat’s milk, bean broth, chopped meat, or buttered eggs.”
Dog food has commercialized since the 14th century. One of the most widespread innovations to how we feed our pets was the creation of dry kibble, which is now widely available comes in a wide variety of sizes — need a 30 pound bag of kibble anyone?