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Diet dabbas for dogs

entertainment Updated: May 24, 2011 13:41 IST
Megha Mahindru

Thought it’s just women who are eyeing size zero figures? Rashee Shah’s new pet catering service, Pet Café, would make you believe that man’s best friend too is sizing up this summer. Whipping up healthy meals using brown rice and oats as key ingredients, Rashee launched her business last month.

“When I returned home after finishing my studies in London, I noticed that my Labrador wasn’t relishing his packaged food meals. So I started making home-cooked stuff for him,” explains the 22-year-old. Picking up unusual fare like pumpkin, beans, zucchini, spinach and parsley, Rashee prepares low-carb meals for pooches. “Obesity in dogs is mostly caused because of feeding them table scrap,” feels Rashee, who has also taken an online course on dog nutrition. “For dogs above five years, I prepare meals with only egg white and chicken breast, avoiding fat,” she adds.

Home-cooked dog meal services like Waggy Bags Gourmet Dog Barkery and Homecare have been catering to pet peeves and needs through customised menus. But Rashee, who prepares over 40 pooch meals a week, feels it’s the no-fixed menu approach that makes her service a hit even with the fussiest dogs. “Some dogs are allergic to wheat, so I use brown rice, which is easier to digest. I also customise food according to their needs. So if a dog has arthritis, I’ll prepare a calcium-rich meal,” says Rashee about her health-specific doggy bags that start at Rs 55.