Heard an interesting interview on NPR the other night with Michael Schaffer, the author of One Nation Under Dog, who writes about our obsession with our pets and how much we spend ($43 billion) on keeping them fed, bathed, and healthy.

The subhead says it all: “Adventures in the New World of Prozac-Popping Puppies, Dog-Park Politics, and Organic Pet Food.”

On that last subject, dog owners unwilling to feed their mutts food that could kill them (a la the China-melamine-dog food scare of 2008) might like to know how you can feed your beast a home-cooked meal without having to cook it yourself.

On Saturday, April 18th (noon-2 p.m.), Dr. Janice Elenbaas, a self-proclaimed “canine chef,” will provide demos and samples of Lucky Dog Cuisine, her home-cooked meals for dogs. Dishes like Perfect Pooch Pasta, Tail-wagging Turkey, and Bugsy’s Best Beef and Barley can be ordered and delivered frozen to your home.

Dolittle’s will be getting into the fresh food action next week as well. They’ll be installing Deli Fresh refrigerators the week of April 20th, where you can buy fresh food for dogs. It comes in rolls, meatballs, and treats.

The biggest benefit of both types of freshly cooked meals is that they don’t have the fillers and meals you might find in your standard grocery store brands.