When we first arrived in Vienna we bought a small bag of grocery store brand dog food. Their selection was pretty slim- one kind of kibble and one kind of canned food. And it was orange. James didn’t like it and we really didn’t like how orange it was. We decided to look for a specialty dog food store like we had in DC – a small shop with lots of options and preferably natural options.
We found it! Bunter Hund is a small pet shop in the 7th district and it has dog food with ingredients that sound amazing!
See if you recognize some of these as you read the bags and jars of food in German:
Goat, Horse, Deer, Fennel, Millet, Beef, Pumpkin, Chestnuts, Pumpkin Seeds, Raspberry, Egg Shells, Egg, Cheese, Cottage Cheese, Linseed, Seaweed, Rosehip and Sea Algae. Fun!
It is actually pretty normal for Pferd to be in dog food in Austria. That is horse. And apparently you will find it on restaurant menus, too!
I love how some of the food is in jars, not cans. It looks so pretty and fancy.
Then in the treat section I noticed a bin with Kaffeeholz KaustÃ¤be. These were thick pieces of coffee wood made from a coffee bean plant. I’m not sure if they will give James a buzz, but apparently coffee wood is a very close grained wood that is hard. It is graded, dried and sanded to make a safe and satisfying chew for dogs. And it will chew down but not produce sharp splinters.
We picked one up for James and he LOVES it. He chews on it every night after his dinner: