Welcome to the new Alternative Dog

Interested in dog nutrition, dog behaviour, dog health, dog art, dog literature, dog photography, dog sport, dog holidays, dog equipment, dogs and the law, dogs in religion… in fact, anything to do with dogs? Concerned about ethics and sustainability? Believe in complementary and alternative medicine? You have come to the right place.

The Alternative Dog, which began life as a single page newsletter in 2017 and has since become a substantial quarterly magazine, is launching a blog. Every week we plan to add one or two feature articles. Some from the print magazine, some new. We don’t really have anything as formal as an editorial policy. Rather, we will be including canine-related articles and stories that interest us.

A clue as to what interests us is to be found in the title of our publication. The word ‘alternative’ means ‘different from the usual or conventional’. You won’t be surprised to hear, since we are artisanal raw dog food producers, that we’ll be including lots of articles about canine nutrition. Any reference to diet, naturally leads to a discussion about health. We believe that prevention is better than cure and that the only logical approach to animal (or for that matter human) medicine is a holistic one. Modern medicine has a vital role to play, but it isn’t the only answer. Our new blog will, therefore, be covering different aspects of complementary and alternative medicine. As Hamlet remarked: ‘There are more things in heaven and Earth / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’

The connection between health and farming is an obvious one. After all, if food is to be thy medicine (and who are we to argue with Hippocrates?) then where it comes from is of paramount importance. We shall be writing about ingredient quality, agriculture, and farm animal welfare. Our editor is the founder of Honey’s Real Dog Food, Jonathan Self, a former journalist turned organic farmer. Anyway, you can expect to read about the state of British farming, dog food miles, the effect which the routine use of antibiotics in factory farming has on canine health, soil depletion, the move towards regenerative agriculture and other related topics.

So far, so serious. We are, of course, dog lovers. We plan to include lots of content that will appeal to other dog lovers. Canine behaviour is one such topic. We are into all the various canine sports. Dog themed films, books, art and photography will also be covered extensively. Ditto dogs in religion and dogs and the law. Plus, dog holidays, dog transport, dog beds, dog jewellery, dog clothing and pretty much anything else dog-related that happens to catch our fancy.

To avoid missing any of our posts we would like to recommend becoming a subscriber. Once a week we’ll send you an email with either the full text of whatever we have published in the previous seven days or – if it seems overly long – a summary. By the way, The Alternative Dog will not be carrying any advertising and nor will we send you any marketing material. We certainly won’t pass your details to any third parties. And if you don’t like what you are reading and wish to unsubscribe we make it easy.

What about our print version? This will still be sent out to all Honey’s customers free of charge and will also be available (again free of charge) to anyone who requests it.

Finally, we are always looking for content. If you are interested in submitting an article, please email editor@honeysrealdogfood.com