we provide organic, eco-friendly, and chemical-free products, plus items
to beautify your home and spirit.
As a small
volunteer-run nonprofit, we can't compete with the pricing at large stores. However,
having no paid staff allows all our net proceeds to fund cancer research and treatment
for working dogs. Sit, stay & shop for
what truly matters — health, home, happiness and healing.
We believe that health issues arise from all of the
preservatives, sugars, heavy processing and harmful insecticides and chemical
fertilizers in foods. At the Land of PureGold we only carry those
treats that we would allow our own dogs to eat. Everything must be human-quality
and for proteins, organic or free-range. For that reason, the cost may
be somewhat higher. But, honestly, we believe our furkids are more than worth
it. They have such a limited life span with us as it is, so we figure it is the
least we can do to try and extend it by providing only the best.
When you see Max & Ruffy’s selection of yummy organic dog treats we
want you to feel like you are reading off of a menu at an outstanding vegan
bakery. These dog treats are made by Kelly and Beth, from scratch, in Maryland
using 100% USDA certified organic human-grade ingredients. In other words, if they won't eat
it, they won't include it in their treats. In their minds, if it is not good
enough for them, then it is not good enough for your dogs. With that said, you
will never find an ingredient in the product line that is “not fit for human
consumption.” A human-grade ingredient is defined as an ingredient that has met
the standards for human consumption and has undergone stringent testing
protocols to insure quality and the absence of anything not fit for humans. Purchasing healthy
treats from a cruelty-free, ethical dog treat company is
no longer a challenge, as Max & Ruffy’s promises you that:
Our dog treats are always prepared using
100% certified organic, human-grade ingredients.
The fat in the treats is derived solely from healthy beneficial oils
of either extra-virgin coconut oil and coconut flakes or extra-virgin olive oil.
Our products are always cruelty-free
containing no ingredients from animal or human exploitation.
We only use ingredients that have been
produced without the use of conventional pesticides, synthetic
fertilizers, sewage sludge, GMO or irradiation.
We purchase from companies that use
environmentally friendly manufacturing and farming practices.
We only use whole foods in our dog treat
Our products are produced in a clean way
that does not harm the environment, our companions, or other
All of our spices and herbs are Fair Trade
Max & Ruffy's product offerings includes several
different flavors, each offered in two sizes, "original" for mid to large dogs
and "mini bites" for small dogs, training of any size dog, or for use in toys
and games. The mini bites are now smaller than the circular pieces shown below.
They are now in fun shapes (heart, star, bone).
WE ONLY SELL THIS LINE
IN 2 or 3-BAG PACKS. IT IS SIMPLY MORE ECONOMICAL THAT WAY.
Due to new packaging coming out soon,
only the PUMPKIN
treats are available:
Click on image for supersized version
Click on image for supersized version
MINI BITES Size
2-Bag Pack, 5 oz/ea. $10.50
Mother Quinoa’s Pumpkin Patch
. . . . .
Wheat Free & Gluten Free This flavorful, wheat-free recipe blends rich, nutritious pumpkin
with the perfect complement of spices. Irresistibly delicious, this
treat is easily digestible and a favorite to many dogs.
5 oz Mini Bites: Approx Calories Per Treat:
2, Treats Per Bag: 275
8 oz Original Bites: Approx Calories Per Treat: 13, Treats Per Bag: 64
Why Mother Quinoa?
Quinoa (pronounced Keen-Wah), from the Quechua word kinwa,
originated in the Andean region of South America and has
been a highly important food for the past 6,000 years. The
Incas honored it as a sacred crop and referred to it as
“chisaya mama” or “mother of all grains.” This staple crop
was so highly honored that at the start of each growing
season the Inca emperor would traditionally sow the first
seeds using golden implements.
Due to safety concerns, packages of
treats cannot be returned once
BHA, BHT, and Ethoxyquin are three dangerous chemical preservatives that have
been linked as cancer-causing agents, yet are still permitted for use by the pet
In the United States, BHT has been banned for use in baby food, while Japan,
Romania, Sweden, and Australia do not permit it to be used in any human food.
Japan has also banned the use of BHA. Regardless of the known harmful effects of
BHT and BHA, we continually see these harmful chemicals being used in a number
of “big name” pet foods. In dogs, these chemicals have been linked to dry skin,
allergies, dental disease, liver disease, kidney damage, and tumors. If these
chemicals have shown known carcinogenic qualities why should we allow them to be
fed to our canine companions?
Ethoxyquin, which was originally developed for use in the production of rubber
and as an herbicide, is currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) as a pesticide and permitted for use in pet foods as a preservative. The
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) also lists it as a pesticide. A
study conducted by the Department of Pathology, Nagoya City University Medical
School, Japan, found that BHA and ethoxyquin lead to stomach hyperplasia and
cytotoxicity. Ethoxyquin has been found to pronounce kidney carcinogenesis,
increase the incidence of stomach tumors, and enhance bladder carcinogenesis.
The FDA, Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM), has received numerous reports
linking ethoxyquin to allergic reactions, skin problems, major organ failure,
behavior problems and cancer. With the known dangers associated with ethoxyquin,
the FDA only allows .5 to 5 ppm of residue in human foods, but still allows 150
ppm of it in food for pets and livestock. In 1997 the FDA’s Center for
Veterinary Medicine (CVM) requested that the pet food industry voluntarily lower
the ethoxyquin residue in pet foods to 75 ppm but there is still no mandatory
requirement. Zero ppm would be a much healthier number.
Propyl gallate is a chemical that is added by manufacturers to prevent spoilage.
This is another widely used chemical preservative that is suspected of causing
both liver damage and cancer.
Used by the pet food industry to help retain water and give products their
unique texture and taste, Propylene glycol is considered by some to lend to the
cause of most health problems seen in dogs associated with chemical
preservatives. Propylene glycol has been associated with causing dry-itching
skin, hair loss, dehydration, excessive thirst, and tooth and gum problems. The
FDA/CVM now prohibits the use of this preservative in cat foods after scientific
studies have shown that propylene glycol reduces red blood cell survival time,
renders red blood cells more susceptible to oxidative damage, along with other
adverse health effects in cats after consuming this preservative. Although the
FDA/CVM has prohibited the use of this substance in cat foods, it can still
readily be found in big name commercial dog products.
Sodium nitrate used as both a red color enhancer and as a preservative is yet
another commonly found preservative in commercial pet foods. Also known as
sodium nitrate, this preservative found also in processed meat for humans, has
been shown in studies to produce powerful cancer-causing chemicals called
Keep in mind that most people feed their dogs the same food every day for years.
While eating foods with these carcinogenic chemicals in them once in a while may
not hurt a dog, eating it day in and day out can end up causing serious and
completely unnecessary health problems. Because dogs eat the same brand of food
over and over, it is important for dog owners to choose food that is healthy and
free of harmful preservatives.