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Canadian households had at least one cat or dog in
2008. The breakdown means Canadians care for roughly
8. 5 million cats and 6 million dogs as pets.
The same study shows that when factoring in the
cost of food, vet visits and procedures, licences, toys,
treats, grooming and pet daycare, Canadians spend an
average of $1,084 per cat and an average of $1,482 per
dog each year.
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PAMPE RED HAS A NEW meaning thanks d ogs,” Fraser explains. “Our pet meals cost
to Trus t Pet Cuisine, a meal service in Toronto m ore than what you could pay for the [least
that prepares gourmet food for cats and dogs expensive] dry or canned pet food, but
Karen Fraser (left) and
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with fresh, organic ingredients and delivers about the same as what premium fac-
it to the home. Karen Fraser, co-creator of tory-made pet food costs.”
the company, has designed a menu that Meals from Trust are either all
is as much fun for the critters’ owners as it fresh (delivered twice a week) or fresh
is tasty for the diners. Dog dishes include frozen (delivered every two weeks).
Quiche on a Leash, custard with chicken The meals contain no preservatives
in whole-wheat crust; traditional shepherd’s and are packaged in the appro-
pie; and, for dessert, Pupcakes. For cats Trust priate size for each dog or cat.
Pet Cuisine offers menu items such as Mack A year ago, Fraser and
and Cheese—the mac is mackerel—and Chapman took up the cause
Chicken Cacciatore. of feeding pets healthy food
Behind the scenes, co-founder Tabitha out of concern for their
Chapman, a personal chef who runs Enjoy well-being. “They are our
Not Cooking—a service that brings profes- best friends,” Fraser says.
sionally prepared meals to the home—designs “They give us unconditional
pet recipes that are then created by chef love and trust, so we owe them
PHOTO COURTESY TRUST PET CUISINE
George Portecarreo. “He became passionate the best quality of life we can
about making wonderful meals for pets when manage.” The service is a hit. for long, healthy, happy pet lives,” she says.
he saw how much they love the food and how If a pet has a health issue, Fraser can con- —Andrew Allentuck
well they do on it,” Fraser says. sult with a pet nutritionist and then have the
“Today, Trust Pet Cuisine is Canada’s chef prepare what is required for weight reduc- Andrew Allentuck lives in Winnipeg with his