Because little Fido's kibbles simply must be organic, several of the city's high-end butcher shops are now producing gourmet dog food. And though it sounds ridiculous at first, it's maybe, actually, somehow not the worst idea in the world.
Sure, the Times piece has the requisite quotes from the crazy-doting-dog-mom: "They’re first — I don’t care,” says the owner of Jack Russell terrier Mookie, who was "forever changed" by Dickson's Farmstand Meats $10 per pound and a half dog food, made of animal heart, tongues and livers, plus bits of premium steaks like New York strip. But while the price might cause some old-school pet owners to do a double-take, making dog food is actually an easy, profitable way for butchers to use up random, sometimes less-than-appetizing odds and ends that would otherwise go to waste. "It's a good way to use up the offal that people won't eat," explained Meat Hook butcher Ben Turley, who's been making dog food since the store opened. "Animals don't care how it looks. The iron and protein is good for them."
“If you’re not feeding your dog human-quality food it’s a terrifying thing,” said Jessica Applestone, co-owner of Fleisher's meats, who makes two-ounce patties of frozen dog food. (Just ask the creators of Evermore Pet Food, who ate their own human-grade dog food every day for a month.) And anyway, it's not the dog owners who are the real problem, says Turley—"The worst are the crazy cat people who come in and buy $50 worth of chicken bones to feed their cats."