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What You Feed Your Dog, How You Feed Your Dog, How You Care For Your Dog
Longevity: Our Physical And Emotional Care Has Doubled The Average Length Of Our Dogs Lives!
Nurturing The Physical And Emotional Needs Of Our Gentle Giants And Little Giants
Our Gentle Giants Are Living An Average Of 15 To 27 Years!
Is Your Dog's Food Heart Healthy?
Does Your Dog's Food Have Too Much Protein?
Does Your Dog's Food Have Too Much Fat?
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All natural Gentle Giants dog food is available in the following stores:
Southern California Stater Bros. Ralphs Gelson's Major Market Buzzard House
Central and Northern California Lucky Save Mart McGowan's Feed
Would you like Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine dog food
to be available for your dog at your local grocery store
or mass merchandise store?
You would save shipping costs! And, you would always have it immediately available!
Your dog can greatly benefit from our all natural dog food and our feeding and care program!
Here's our suggestion:
Ask the store manager of your local grocery store or mass merchandiser to call
his corporate pet food buyer
and request that Gentle Giants be carried in their stores.
If you want, you can call the corporate office of your favorite grocery chain or mass
merchandiser and ask to speak to the pet food buyer. Buyers listen to their customers!
Here is our contact information for pet food buyers: Gentle Giants Products
Contact: Burt Ward
We Would Like To Hear From You!
Do you have questions about how to feed and care for your dog?
Do you have questions about our all natural Gentle Giants dog food?
Ask us! We will answer your questions and give you the benefit of our expertise!
And, of course, we would like to hear your results of feeding all natural Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine to your dog.
Test Your Dog's Food Today!
"The Clogged Arteries Test"
Place a small amount of whatever dog food that you are currently feeding to your dog into the palm of your hand.
For 5 to 10 seconds, use your fingers to rub the dog food firmly back and forth in your palm, then open your hand.
Do you feel a greasy stickiness? If so, that is lard or animal fat sprayed onto your dog's food to get your dog to eat it.
Now, think of that greasy stickiness coating the artieries of your dog.
Isn't it now easy to understand why dogs live short lives?
Did you also know that dogs get heart attacks just like humans?
Now, test Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine dog food in the same way and your hand won't be sticky.
Which dog food do you think is better for your dog's health?
Where you can buy Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine dog food:
Southern California:Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine dog food is available . . .
in all Stater Bros. markets
in all Ralphs grocery stores
in all Gelson's supermarkets
in all Major Market grocery stores in Buzzard House
Central/Northern California: Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine dog food is available . . .
in all Lucky grocery stores in all Save Mart supermarkets in McGowan's Feed
Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions adopts
wonderful and loving Gentle Giants and Little Giants
OUR FEEDING AND CARE TECHNIQUES
DOUBLING THE LIFE SPAN OF YOUR DOG!
We have achieved amazing success in lengthening the lives of our rescued dogs. We have our dogs living an average of twice their normal lifetimes.
We have accomplished this by utilizing our feeding and care program and feeding all natural Gentle Giants dog food.
Here are the three
critical areas that you should focus upon:
(1) What you feed your dog;
(2) How you feed your dog; and
(3) How you care for your dog.
What You Feed Your Dog - Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine
We have our dogs living far longer than is traditional for our giant breeds. Our program for increased longevity combines early spay and neuter, special feeding and care, and our high nutrition, balanced protein, low fat dog food. Because our dog food is so nutritious, our dogs can obtain all the nutrition they need by eating less food than with other dog food formulas. This provides your adopted dog with increased protection against bloat and torsion, a major killer of giant breed dogs.
We require dog food with our minimum specifications to be fed to our adopted dogs. The requirements are as follows:
Crude Protein = 22% - lower protein content to protect against hypertrophic osteo dystrophy in puppies and panosteitus in adult dogs;
Crude Fat = 9% - lower fat content to protect against heart disease;
What We Believe Is Absolutely Critical!
Never Feed Your Dog More Than 22% Protein!
And Never Feed Your Dog More Than 9% Fat! (check the "Guaranteed Nutrient Analysis" information on your dog food bag)
Nutritious Grains: Pearled Barley, Brown Rice, Oatmeal and Flax Seeds;
Vitamins and Antioxidants: Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Beta-Carotene, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Niacin and Biotin;
Omega-6 Fatty Acids = 1.25% minimum for healthy skin and a healthy coat;
Omega-3 Fatty Acids = .5% minimum for healthy skin and a healthy coat;
Glucosamine = 600 mg/kg for bone, hip, and joint benefits;
Chondroitin = 300 mg/kg for bone, hip, and joint benefits; and
Probiotics to increase digestion and absorption of food.
We recommend Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine dog food to maximize the longevity of our Gentle Giants and Little Giants. It is specially formulated with the highest quality ingredients and with the proper balance of protein and fat content to maximize the longevity of our Gentle Giants and Little Giants (our dog food is excellent for all breeds and for all ages). If you haven't already done so, please see Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine for further details.
In addition to complying with our minimum requirements, Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine contains 3 protein sources, 9 real garden vegetables, 3 natural fruits, and 4 nutritious grains. It also includes enriched levels of antioxidants (Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Beta Carotene) to help support the immune system, sequestered trace minerals (SQM) for improved mineral bioavailability, and numerous important vitamins and nutrients.
How You Feed Your Dog
Here is how we feed our dogs to maximize their life span . . .
We feed our Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine only, because it is highly nutritious with low protein and low fat content to be heart healthy.
We feed dry food only - Only if a dog is severely underweight or upon the recommendation of a veterinarian, do we add canned food.
We elevate all of our food and water bowls at a height so that our dogs don't have to lean down to eat, they just tilt their heads down to eat. We do this to avoid bloat and torsion, the number two killer of giant breed dogs.
We do not limit the amount of dog food that we feed at each feeding. If our dogs are hungry, we feed them more.
We feed our dry food for 10 to 15 minutes only, and then we remove the food. We never leave the food out (free feed) because if dogs have any stress or exercise with food on their stomach, they can bloat and die.
We always provide fresh water daily.
We do not allow our dogs to exercise for 1 hour before and 1 hour after each feeding - We do not feed for 1 hour after riding in a vehicle.
We feed our puppies under 6 months of age 7 to 8 times a day.
We feed our puppies 6 months of age to 1 year old 6 to 7 times a day.
We feed our puppies and adults over 1 year old 5 or more times a day.
How You Care For Your Dog
Longevity: Our Physical And Emotional Care Has Doubled The Average Length Of Our Dogs Lives!
Nurturing The Physical And Emotional Needs Of Our Gentle Giants And Little Giants
Our Gentle Giants Are Living An Average Of 14 To 18 Years!
Because we have been enormously successful in prolonging the healthy, happy lives of our Gentle Giants, we have strict care requirements so that our adopters can hopefully enjoy the same amazing success that we have had. Everyone wants their dog to live the longest, healthiest, happiest life, and if you agree to comply with our requirements, you will have the opportunity to love and enjoy a Gentle Giant from us and have your loving canine family member be with you nearly twice as long as you would have otherwise.
Our Gentle Giants and Little Giants are house dogs, not outside dogs. And, they are not garage dogs, laundry room dogs, barn dogs, shed dogs or patio dogs. They must live inside your home in the main living area as a member of your family, day and night, and go outside only to eat, to go to the bathroom, for short periods of play, and to be with you and your family whenever you are outside. At all other times, they must be inside the main living area of your home.
Many people have traditionally left their dogs outside during the day, and brought their dogs in only at night. Their dogs usually live short lives (in the case of Gentle Giants, usually 7 to 9 years). Some people leave their dogs outside day and night, and their dogs usually live even shorter lives.
We cater to the physical and emotional needs of our dogs and they live a lot longer.
For example, we allow our dogs the freedom to go outside whenever they want to, and conversely, the freedom to come back inside whenever they want to. These are the same freedoms that a human has.
So, it does take a little extra effort to pay attention to what your dog is trying to communicate to you. And by doing this, your dog feels that he or she has some say so in their life and they don't give up and resign themselves that they are either “cooped up” outside or “cooped up” inside. This freedom we give them enriches their emotional needs and their spirit, and they are happier. Happier dogs live longer.
Our dogs go outside every few hours (or sooner if they want to). Yes, they frolic and play in between feeding times. You can see that in the many photos on our website. But, after about 15 to 20 minutes, they've had enough and that frolic and play gets old for them and they want to come back into their "den" (figuratively speaking), which is their house (and if you adopt from us, your house).
We say in our literature that a “doggie door” is optional, not required. What isn't optional is leaving your adopted dog outside other than when it is eating, going to the bathroom, briefly playing, or being with you or your family when you are outside.
Our dogs are house dogs, and they must be allowed to stay in your house, or more pointedly, they must be left in your house and not left outside, whether you are home or not.
When we started rescuing Great Danes 16 years ago, our dogs were living an average of 7 to 9 years. Now, along with the many other Gentle Giant breeds that we rescue, we have them living an average of 14 to 18 years. A significant attribute of our success in doubling the length of their lives is to nurture their needs and instincts, and living inside has shown itself time and again . . . in fact, thousands of times with the giant breed dogs that we've had living here during the last 16 years, to be a key ingredient, if not the most important care ingredient, in lengthening their lives.
Spaying And Neutering
All of our Gentle Giants and Little Giants are spayed or neutered at six months of age or as soon as we get them after six months of age. Spaying (females) and neutering (males) does not only prevent excessive breeding, which, if left unspayed and unneutered, results in so many millions of unwanted dogs that end up in animal shelters each year, but, spaying and neutering your dog at an early age (the optimum age is six months) is critical to extend and prolong your dog's life.
Cancer is the #1 killer of dogs, and 85% of all cancers (whether they end up developing in the bones, organs, blood or skin) originate in the reproductive organs. So, by spaying or neutering your dog at an early age, you are giving your dog the gift of a much longer life! This is one of the most important things that you can do for your dog, and it is one of the key things that we do to help our dogs live an average of 14 to 18 years.
If you want to adopt a dog from us, you must spay or neuter your own dog prior to be approved for adoption. Also, unspayed and unneutered dogs do not always get along with spayed and neutered dogs, and we have achieved an amazing level of socialization, good behavior and easy handling with our dogs (see Our Gentle Giants Training) by combining spaying/neutering with our immensely successful training techniques. We feel that it is in the best interest and safety for our dog and for your dog that you spay or neuter your dog before we adopt a dog to you.
We Use Crates To House Train Puppies!
Our dogs are crated trained, but we only use crates when our youngest puppies are learning to be housebroken. When our puppies are housebroken, usually at four to six months of age, we stop using crates. If a puppy is still in the chewing stage, we will "baby gate" them in our kitchen when we can't watch them. Giant breed dogs are not comfortable in crates, and they are not happy in kennels, so we don't use either after four to six months of age.
Keeping Your Gentle Giant Out Of The Sun And Out Of The Heat
Giant breed dogs need to stay out of the sun. Most giant breeds have a single coat of fur, and have no protection against the harmful rays of the sun. They can develop skin cancer very quickly. Once the skin cancer develops, the dogs usually develop internal cancerous tumors as well. This can quickly lead to death.
Other breeds of dogs have a short, thick inner coat of fur that protects them from the sun. Because most giant breeds do not have a short, thick inner coat of fur, they should not be allowed to lie out in the sun at all.
Giant breed dogs also need to stay out of the heat. Their bodies do not dissipate heat well, and they can get heat stroke, which can cripple them or kill them.
If someone wants to keep their dog outside, whether it is during the day or at night, whether they are home or not, we will not adopt to them.
Feeding Your Dog To Maximize Its Life Span
Our care and feeding program has worked magnificently for the thousands of giant breed dogs and many small breed dogs in the last 16 years here where we could see and experience and tabulate the results first hand. No one else in the country that we know of who cares for dogs has accomplished this or anywhere near this to our knowledge.
It is our love for these dogs and our total commitment to saving, enriching and lengthening their lives that has provided us with the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these magnificent animals.
That is why we do what we do and why we have (what may seem strict to some people) the requirements that we have. In the end, the dogs we adopt have proven to be living longer, happier lives in their new adopted homes, and that has made their adopters happier because their loving canine companion is with them longer. You can read this first hand in the many emails that we have posted on our website.
How We Feed And Care For Our Dogs
Every day we feed more than 600 lbs. of our Gentle Giants World Class Canine dog food to our rescued dogs. We feed our adult dogs five (5) or more times each day, and we feed our puppies eight (8) or more times each day.
Unlike other brands of dog food where you have to limit and regulate how much your dog eats because your dog might over eat another brand of dog food, with our Gentle Giants dog food, your dog will actually SELF-REGULATE itself how much he or she eats and will not over eat our Gentle Giants dog food. Most people find that their dog will actually eat as much as 1/3 less of our Gentle Giants dog food than what they fed before switching to Gentle Giants dog food. Their coats look great, they have more energy, and you have 1/3 less stool to clean up.
We receive dozens of emails each month from people who have had amazing results from feeding our Gentle Giants dog food and following our feeding and care techniques that provide their dog with the opportunity to live a much longer life.
We invite you and encourage you to follow our feeding and care techniques and to feed our Gentle Giants dog food to your dog. Please let us know of your results. You can send email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new customer orders Gentle Giantsfor her dogs.
Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine
From: Lilian Crabtree
I ordered six bags and they were delivered last week. All my dogs love the food!
I've never seen them so enthusiastic about their kibble.
Have a great day.
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People tell their familty and friends how well their dogs do on Gentle Giants.
Gentle Giants dog food
From: Judy Nike
I just wanted to let you know that I was visiting my mother-in-law and for some reason we were talking about your dog food. She originally gave me an article to read that she saw in our doctor's office on Gentle Giants.
She actually switched her dogs to your food so she gave me enough to transition my Sheltie over and he's been doing great on it.
In fact, we have told many more friends and they switched over as well.
I guess I's like to say thanks for creating a healthy, affordable and agreeable food that my critter does extremely well on.
It is great to know there are people out there who are more about the animals than the profit.
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Listen to a recent Radio Talk Show
about our Gentle Giants dog food!
Click the 'Play' button below to listen
KFIV Modesto, CA
Dave Diamond Radio Show
Dave takes calls from listeners who discuss
their results feeding
Gentle Giants dog food.
These people switched their dog's food to Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine in time - their puppy will be fine!
From: Nita Newsom
My husband and I were approved to adopt from you a few months ago, but were then made aware of a great dane puppy that was blind in one eye who was not receiving the attention needed. After much consideration, we decided that we wanted to help this guy out. He was three months old, living outdoors in Kansas in the winter. We paid to have him flown to us after discussing his health for over three weeks with the owner/breeder. We were appauled at the condition of this poor puppy upon arrival. No veterinarian should have given the "ok" to fly. He had to go immediately to the hospital and was admitted for two days due to infection. Both eyes were infected and swollen shut. His muzzle was swollen and oozing blood and puss from the whisker holes. His lymph node was the size of an apple! It was the saddest thing we had seen.
So, he just finished a month of anti-biotic treatments along with anti-microbial/anti-fungal wipes and four other meds. The point is that he's getting all the fur back on his face and he CAN see out of one eye. We are taking him to the Opthamologist soon to see if we can restore sight in the other. But, after a LONG month, he is happy in his new home and playing, carefree, like a puppy should.
The reason I'm letting you know about this is that in the middle of all our issues, we were trying to put weight on the poor guy as well. When he first arrived we were feeding him a 24% protein food (Blue) with canned food of the same brand mixed in. I had researched the food like crazy, but was having a hard time finding what we needed. We do have another 5-year-old dane. Blue seemed to be the best choice of what I could find, at least on paper. The point of my story is, that within ONE WEEK of eating this food our puppy's legs started to bow out a little. At first I thought it was nothing, but then my husband mentioned it, too. We had already ordered the Canine Cuisine from Gentle Giants but it was taking a LONG time to arrive. That's when I called the number and you answered, directly. We had the food the next day.
Our puppies legs are STRAIGHT. He is gaining about five pounds per week, and since we switched food, his legs don't look even remotely crooked. I can't believe how quickly that was resolved.
I just placed another order for two bags of Gentle Giants food today. With a hungry puppy and a 5-year-old, we are using the food pretty quickly. Please find the attached pictures of our pup, Butkus.
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These people didn't switch their dog's food to Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine in time - their puppy died!
Sammy Hartnett wrote:
I am sorry if this is the wrong section for this letter, but the site is loading slow and I am slightly desperate
I was told of your rescue by my mother-in-law who lives in Norco, California.
I have a four month old Great Dane. He is an ornery stubborn lovable harliquin with blue eyes and I adore him to pieces. In the last month he has developed panosteitis (sp). The first episode was not that bad and lasted a few days.
He is currently on his 4th day of not being able to get up on his own. I had been feeding him Iams Large Breed Puppy food. I have found out that is not good and have discontinued it. He is taking aspirin and pain killers.
I am scared for him and do not know what to do. I need some serious guidance because he is breaking my heart with every wimper and whine. Any help suggestions or advice you can give me would be HUGELY appreciated.
I am sorry to hear of the problems that you are having, but knowing what you've been feeding your puppy, I completely understand it.
First of all, you should only be feeding your dog our dog food, Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine, for his entire lifetime.
We believe that our dog food is the finest dog food in the world, and it is designed to avoid panosteitis and hypertrophic osteodystrophy and many other issues, which large breed dogs are particularly susceptible to, and which is caused by feeding your dog too much protein. In addition, too much protein can burn your dog's kidneys out and shorten his life tremendously!
When we rescue dogs that have been fed other dog food and exhibit the problems that your dog is having, and when we switch them to our dog food, within four to six weeks (sometimes sooner), they are walking properly again. Not all vets are competent in dealing with panosteitis.
You should also be following our feeding and care instructions, as we have doubled the average life span of our giant breed dogs.
Gentle Giants World Class Canine Cuisine is available at all Stater Bros. markets, at all Ralphs grocery stores, at all Gelson's supermarkets, and at all Major Market grocery stores.
If you wish to discuss your issues further, and if you want me to detail to you our feeding and care techniques, please feel free to call me at (951) 818-2512.
Wishing you and your puppy all the best,
Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions
Thank you for your response. I am in Rockford, IL or I would probably be on your door step with Zeus. I slept on the floor with him last night, because he cried every time I walked away from him. I have an 8 month old human baby, so sleep is not easy to come by as it is. Zeus's issues are not helping!!
He is doing better this morning. He cried to go out and do his business which is HUGE after the last few days.
How can I get the food that you have recommended to me shipped to me?
Can you recommend a veterinarian in my area that is familiar with Great Danes? I am in the process of talking to a breeder here, but if you know of any or know someone who knows someone, that would be wonderful.
Thank you very much for your response. I am beside myself right now trying to fix Mr Z. He is very ornery and quite the trouble maker. I am desperate to get him back to that!!
Just wanted to give you an update on Zeus. He is walking. Not limber or running but I am happy with this for now. Showing a bit of attitude but I think it's just from being in pain. I might be a little cranky if I were him too. Keeping that in check. Getting him out in the sun/shade and fresh air as much as possible.
That is what my husband said about the autopsy, but I couldn't do that to Zeus. He'd been through so much in the last month and I just couldn't let him be cut open. I know in my head I should have, but my heart couldn't let him be put through any more. To say I am a wreck would be an understatement. Zeus was chewing on my end table 3 days ago getting back to himself, and now he's gone.
My sister is the breeder. She is devistated, also. She is upset about the autopsy, because she is scared it could have been genetic. She feels some what to blame. This was her first litter. I got Zeus because his mother stepped on his tail and it broke. She became attached to him since he had to be separated from the litter for a while, and talked me into taking him. I am wondering if there wasn't some thing more wrong with him and his bones than simply pano.
I know this e-mail is not put together well and is a bit all over the place. I really am more intelligent than this. My heart is so broken, my head is not functioning well.
You have been an incredible help. I am getting another great dane as soon as my heart feels better and I do all the research and homework required to raise one. I feel like this is all my fault because I didn't know what I was getting into, and didn't realize what Zeus needed.
I will probably be in touch to ask questions and get some education as my journey eventually starts over - as soon as my heart heals.
Did you ever get Zeus on our Gentle Giants dog food?
If you get another dog, I think that you carefully read and follow our feeding and care information, and feed him Gentle Giants. We have had so much success with our program, and I would like you to benefit from it as well.
You have a direct communication link with us, and you should use it to make sure that you are always doing the very best for your dog.
IF I get another, ok, WHEN, lets just be honest, I get another great dane, I will use your site and you as my bible. No exageration.
I was raised in a very abusive home. I was taught very young never EVER cry. I don't know why, weakness I suppose.
Anyway, I never cry even now. NEVER. My husband and I have been together 13 years and the only time I shed a tear was when I had my first son. Not tears of pain, just a few at the end, because I was happy. I have been crying for 2 days. Not sobbing, ok, occasional sobbing. Tears just keep leaking out of my eyes. My husband is completely whigging out! LOL. He has no clue what to do. Zeus crawled right into my heart and broke it into a million little pieces.
Last night I couldn't sleep and got on-line. I looked up anything I could find on Great Danes.
I found a site that talked about Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy. Burt, that was Zeus. At first I wasn't sure and found another site that had pictures.
These pictures are EXACTLY what Mr Z's legs looked like. I was wiping gunk out of his eyes for the last day. He had lost 10-ish pounds and his paws in the front were so incredibly swollen. Not only that, but Zeus's first episode that lasted 3 days hit when he was 3 months old.
I had taken him to a different vet than my australian shepherd and my akita because the new vet did his ears. I just decided to be consistant with who he saw. I never in a million years questioned what she told me, because I never had a great dane and I never had issues with any other dog. I had a lab that was allergic to grass and fleas, which still makes me laugh because he was a dog for goodness sake. Other than that though, I never had any dog with a health issue. I woke my husband up and made him come down and see it at 3:00 in the morning. If the dumb moron vet I took him to had xrayed him and we found this, no way would I have ever put him through this past month. I couldn't have knowing what this site says. I took him to my other dogs vet for cremation, and now I am kicking my own butt for not listening to my husband and having the autopsy done. Yes, I know you said so, too.
I am still very angry at myself for not being informed. When I got my Akita I read as much information as I could before I found a breeder. I had him trained with an emergency down just incase he went wacko. I messed with him every day when he ate so that he wouldn't be food aggressive and wouldn't hurt my future kids (I didn't have them yet). I took it very seriously with the aussie, too. She does obsticle courses in the back yard because if not, she gets loopy about leaves being in the yard and tries to herd our kids.
I completely and utterly dropped the ball with Zeus, and I know I screwed up. I wasn't prepared.
Honestly from my heart, USE MY STORY AS A WARNING TO PEOPLE!
Find a vet familiar, more than familiar, with Danes. Do the homework. Do the research. I am back-tracking now, and it can't undo the damage my ignorance caused.
I am sorry this is long and gabby. I am a girl though, and we girls tend to do that.
Former television star Burt Ward, who played Robin
on the 1960s
action TV series "Batman,"
dog food he says will keep canines living longer.
(John Valenzuela, Staff Photographer)
Burt Ward is in the business of keeping dogs healthier for longer.
The former actor — he played Robin in the 1960s TV series "Batman" — and co-creator of the large breed dog organization Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions has developed a high-end dog food line that he says nearly doubles the lives of the animals he shelters.
"We measure the success of our business in terms of life," Ward said as he sat near the pool of his home in Norco, which doubles as the nonprofit's location.
The average life span of a large-breed dog is about seven years, Ward said.
Until recently, Ward cared for a 21-year-old Great Dane, and still has 18-, 16-, and 14-year-old dogs running around his property with canines half their age.
Ward and wife Tracy, who helps him run the rescue, started producing Gentle Giants dog food about 18 months ago.
The food can only be found in grocery stores, such as Ralphs, in California. Ward decided to bypass all the boutique and chain pet stores, he said, to make the product more affordable and accessible.
It's working. His product has been on Stater Bros. shelves almost two years and Ward said sales have more than tripled.
Jack Brown, chairman and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets, confirmed that.
"It's very tough to get placement in a store," Brown said. "It must be a product we believe our customer will purchase and repurchase."
There are 45 to 50 dogs, ranging from 2 to 300 pounds, on Ward's property. They are fed his product daily from 16 large bags — or about 600 pounds.
The food has no fillers like corn or wheat, Ward said, and no added lard. It includes chicken, fish, eggs, nine vegetables, three fruits, four grains, vitamins and Glucosamine.
Ward believes in his product and is passionate about dog food quality.
"There is no dog food in the world that will accomplish what we've accomplished with our dogs," he said.
And he throws out a challenge to every dog owner.
"Compare our dog food to anybody's," Ward said.
Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions adopts
wonderful and loving Gentle Giants and Little Giants
We adopted "Princess Leah" at 16 years old (left), "Marble" at 8 years old (center),
and "Sadie" at 2 years old (right) to Ed and Lindy Kalpakoff
Just wanted to let you know that your 16 year old "Princess Leah" acts like she's a puppy.
She's Ed's baby. Follows him everywhere and loves her walks.
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