Better Than Liverwurst

Is dog food just pâté by another name?
By Lisa Wogan, May 2009, Updated June 2021
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“Tastes like dog food” may not be the insult you think. According to a story in the Los Angeles Times, only 3 of 18 human participants in a blind taste test were able to identify dog food from among samples of pâté, liverwurst, Spam and Newman’s Own dog food. While I think this says more about the competition than about dog food, the results highlight something we all suspect about taste—that it’s about much more than taste buds.

 

Personally, I’m happy about the results because I’m always a little freaked out by how much I want to snarf my dogs’ peanut butter and molasses cookies. Still the test leaves one question unanswered: Faced with the same selection, which do dogs prefer?

 

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of several books including Dog Park Wisdom.