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Here we are, at another crossroads, with yet another edition of Desserts, featuring me, the Queen of all things Asian Sweets! Okay, okay...annani kechonkechon ni iwanakuttemo...hee! Well, we've been talking a lot about desserts, but...gomennasai...I have neglected a large segment of our population, yes that's right! I'm talking about our PETS! And in Japan and other countries in Asia, they love their pets just as much as we do. In fact, they've made special pet desserts just for them. What CRAZY little things have they come up with over there? Glad you asked!
We all love gum right? Well apparently so do dogs! A Japanese company named Sumitomo created a gum for dogs named Oinkies. Oinkies are mixed with the ingredients found in jerky with the pig hide to create a chewable form of gum, delicious to dogs! The best part about Oinkies? Dogs can chew to their delight without fear of weight gain! Not only because it's gum and therefore, not to be swallowed, but because Oinkies lasts a very long time, satsifying a craving for juicy smoked pig skin and fiber-rich sweet potatoes. It's also a very great way to reward or keep your dog occupied. In fact, Sumitomo offers free trial samples if you participate in their newsletter program! Kawaii! ^_^
But hey, that's great that they have pet desserts for dogs, but what about cats? Welllll...in Asia, the stigma of cats as evil creatures of the dark magic are still rubbing into that part of the world. BUT! A great deal of mindsets have been changed to realize what us cat owners (guilty as charged! Hee!) have known for a long time...cats are awesome pets! Well, good news! Mikawaya Inc., one of Japan's leading mochi innovators, have created a mochi dessert for cats! That's right! A cold dessert that our feline friends are willing to put their tongues in and lick to their hearts content. But don't accidently digest these mochi, because they'd taste awful to a human! That's because these specialized cat mochi was designed to properly work in a cat's digestive system. They contain amounts of chicken fat, cellulose gum, calcium sulfates, plenty of egg and taurine. Nasty for us, but heaven to them! And just like cats, not all of them will find it to their liking (unlike dogs who eat just about anything...boo!...), but research shows a whopping 91.2% of them approved! Meow meow meow!
Asia is not just Japan right? Let's check out what they have in other Asian countries! Unfortunately, the FDA warns against the lack of safety procedures of pet foods from most Southeastern Asian countries and China. However, in Taiwan, Tomimori Industrial has a lineup for dogs that look like Twizzlers. These "Twizzler"-looking dog snacks come in five flavors and they are designed to prevent halitosis, maintain healthy teeth and promotes shiny hair for dogs. They're also soluable in water to prevent them from floating around your dogs' bowl.
Where else? Hmmm. In Korea, there are kimchi-flavored goldfish pellets that take advantage of the their healthy bacteria and the vitamins A, B and C. These tend to maintain healthier, better-looking, and larger goldfish, as well as other pet fishes that decorate a lovely aquarium :) Yay for kimchi!
Well, that's all well and good, but anything in the States?
Glad you asked! In Fremont, where they're always trying out new things, a daring group called Inu Treats have been experimenting with healthy alternate pet foods since 2008. One of their leading brands are Asian-inspired flavored dog treats that take advatange of the properties that their human food counterparts bring. For example, we all know that seaweed and salmon help fight allergies in people. Inu Treats created a similar treat with similar ingredients that helped heal allergies in dogs! Awesome!!! These colorful, 5-ounce bag labels comes in flavors from Poochie Mochi Blueberries to Woof'N Rolls. And most importantly, the dogs love it! Dogs who have eaten these Inu Treats are usually much healthier and less prone to health-related issues than dogs who eat regular dog food. The products are niche and have sold in over 100+ retailers across the upper West Coast area! Hopefully they'll make a national and even international presence so all dogs can enjoy the benefits of Asian-inspired dog treats!
Wow! It's a pet's world these days isn't it? They sure have it lucky with all these options. But even at that, there still needs to be brought the attention that many animals are continued to be poorly mistreated in parts of major Asian countries. If you would like to see what you can do to stop animal cruelty in countries like China, Japan, Taiwan, India, Vietnam, Korea and the Philippines...or anywhere else in the world, including the United States...visit: http://www.wspa.org.au
Be sure to be back in another 15 days as we talk about more Asian Desserts! Watashi no egao mitara iyatte ienai desho! ^_^