Growing up Latina, food was a mainstay for our holidays. Generations gathered at abuelita’s (little grandma’s) house to create gastronomical delights. The big, wooden kitchen table was the central hub where, regardless of family dynamics – my tia’s (aunts) could take arguing to a whole new level – everyone united to prepare empanadas, tamales and menudo. As a kid it was empowering, being a part of the adult community, enjoying the melodic cadence of Spanish speakers making food. There’s a but, coming…. but making menudo stinks! Why? Because it has tripe in it – preparing tripe has a funky smell. Yep, it does – I’ll get into that a bit more when I release my newest book Piñata Diaries (draft image to the right). Back to the dogs now: so imagine my surprise when I heard that tripe is good for dogs. Menudo for your dog?
Menudo For Your Dog? Not Exactly!
Tripe, green tripe to be exact, is quite the little magical elixir for your pooch. Now, don’t go running off to a Latin market, they don’t have the tripe your looking for (it’s all cleaned and bleached). Raw tripe comes from four chambered stomach of grazing animal (e.g. venison, cows, buffalo, etc.), and ‘green’ means that the tripe still has all of good digestive enzymes and helpful bacteria for your dog’s probiotic health needs. So, no warm menudo soup for your dog – but Fido will dig yummy, healthy green tripe!
No Family Gatherings To Make Green Tripe?
Not exactly, unless you consider opening a package or can of tripe a family adventure. We’ve found a few places to get tripe while shopping from the comfort of your sofa (aint this decade great – remember when you actually had to drive to the butcher!?!). A few of our favorites are:
Darwin’s: From organic, grass fed beef and an excellent source of green tripe. Nothing else. Has a robust odor (that’s code for: stainky). Packaged frozen, we semi-thaw, separate it out in serving sizes in tiny containers and put it back in the freezer. Pull one out each day and serve. Your dogs will go crazy for Darwin’s green tripe.
PetKind: In a variety of gluten and grain free flavors such as beef, bison, lamb, and venison. PetKind’s tripe is akin to a moist dog food and is relatively odorless. We serve PetKind when we travel or during busy times when we need things super easy.
Go Ahead – Add Some Green Tripe To Your Dog’s Diet!
They’ll benefit from the Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids (minimizing inflammatory responses) and the balanced calcium and phosphorous electrolytes that help regulate skeletal, cardiac and muscle contractions, and nerve/electrical membrane transmissions. Who know’s maybe by adding green tripe to your pup’s meals he’ll be the next Underdog (too old of a reference for you?)!
Thanks for reading, and until next time – take care and keep on lovin’ your dog!
With lub, MattieDog, a little dog making a big impact in this world!®