Max and Ruffy's Organic Vegan Treats ... Gluten-Free and Grain-Free
Purchases help fund Comparative Oncology Research and Cancer Treatment Grants for Working Dogs 

 


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Online or via pickup, 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:

  1. Our dog treats are always prepared using 100% certified organic, human-grade ingredients.
  2. 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.
  3. Our products are always cruelty-free containing no ingredients from animal or human exploitation.
  4. We only use ingredients that have been produced without the use of conventional pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, GMO or irradiation.
  5. We purchase from companies that use environmentally friendly manufacturing and farming practices.
  6. We only use whole foods in our dog treat recipes.
  7. Our products are produced in a clean way that does not harm the environment, our companions, or other living beings.
  8. All of our spices and herbs are Fair Trade Certified.

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).
 

Mother Quinoa’s Organic Pumpkin Patch Halloween Packs! Special Limited Packaging. Get them while you can!!

 

This flavorful, wheat-free & low-fat recipe blends rich, nutritious pumpkin with the perfect complement of spices. Irresistibly delicious, this treat is easily digestible and a favorite to many dogs.

Ingredients:
Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Pumpkin, Organic Quinoa Flour, Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Cinnamon, Organic Nutmeg, Organic Cloves (all ingredients are certified organic)

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 10%, Crude Fat (min) 8%, Crude Fiber (max) 2%, Moisture (max) 6%.
Mini Bites: Approx Calories Per Treat: 2, Treats Per Bag: 137

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. It is a seed, not a grain, and is more closely related to spinach and beets than to cereals or grains.
 

MINI BITES Size
2-Bag Pack 2.5 oz/ea.
$5.50
MINI BITES Size
3-Bag Pack 2.5 oz/ea.
$8.25

Due to new packaging coming out soon, the treats & sizes below are the only ones available.
Banana & Blueberry mini flavors are packaged in clear bags with labels.

 



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MINI BITES Size
2-Bag Pack 5 oz/ea. $10.50


100% ORGANIC Five-Star Blueberry . . .
Grain Free & Gluten Free

Wildly healthy, antioxidant rich, and delicious blueberries, creamy, smooth extra-virgin coconut oil and a hint of ginger make this a tantalizing treat that dogs love. Wholesome goodness in every bite!
 
Ingredients:
Organic Buckwheat Flour, Organic Blueberries, Organic Coconut Flakes, Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Ginger, Mixed Tocopherols

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 10%, Crude Fat (min) 12%, Crude Fiber (max) 8%, Moisture (max) 5%.

5 oz Mini Bites: Approx Calories Per Treat: 2, Treats Per Bag: 290
8 oz Original Bites: Approx Calories Per Treat: 12, Treats Per Bag: 64

Did you know that there’s a perfect 5 pointed star on the bottom of every blueberry?
Yes, this treat tastes so good it deserves five stars, but it is actually named five-star from the Native American tradition. For centuries, blueberries were gathered from the forests and the bogs by Native Americans and consumed fresh and also preserved. The Northeast Native American tribes revered blueberries and much folklore developed around them. The blossom end of each berry, the calyx, forms the shape of a perfect five-pointed star; the elders of the tribe would tell of how the Great Spirit sent “star berries” to relieve the children’s hunger during a famine.

 



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MINI BITES Size
2-Bag Pack, 5 oz/ea. $10.50


100% ORGANIC 327 B.C. Banana & Coconut . . .
Grain Free & Gluten Free
Give your dog a taste of the tropics! Smooth, creamy banana blended with nutrient-rich coconut creates a tropical sensation that will leave your dog begging for more. Wholesome goodness in every bite!

Ingredients:
Organic Buckwheat Flour, Organic Banana, Organic Coconut, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Cinnamon,  Mixed Tocopherols

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 10%, Crude Fat (min) 16%, Crude Fiber (max) 7%, Moisture (max) 4%.

5 oz Mini Bites: Approx Calories Per Treat: 2, Treats Per Bag: 255
8 oz Original Bites: Approx Calories Per Treat: 14, Treats Per Bag: 56

Why 327 B.C. for the name?
One of the earliest historical references to the banana was 327 B.C. when Alexander the Great discovered it in the valleys of India. Traders in the Indian Ocean carried the banana to the eastern coast of Africa, and Chinese traders introduced the banana to the Polynesians before the second century A.D.

 



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REGULAR BITES Size
2-Bag Pack 8 oz/ea. $14.50


100% ORGANIC Powerhouse: Sweet Potato & Alfalfa . . .
Grain Free & Gluten Free
These savory treats combine two nutritional powerhouses, sun-cured alfalfa and creamy, sweet potatoes. Dogs love the irresistible flavor of this mouth-watering, fiber, and nutrient rich treat.

Ingredients:
Organic Buckwheat Flour, Organic Sweet Potato, Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Sun-Cured Ground Alfalfa, Mixed Tocopherols

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 11%, Crude Fat (min) 10%, Crude Fiber (max) 8%, Moisture (max) 5%.

5 oz Mini Bites: Approx Calories Per Treat: 2, Treats Per Bag: 280
8 oz Original Bites: Approx Calories Per Treat: 12, Treats Per Bag: 64

Did you know that sweet potato & alfalfa are two nutritional powerhouses?
Alfalfa and Sweet Potatoes are two nutritional powerhouses. Sweet Potatoes, along with being a powerful anti-oxidant source, have a very low glycemic index. This means that the carbohydrates in a sweet potato have a very low impact on blood sugar levels, meaning steady energy and less chance of body fat production. The Arabians referred to Alfalfa as the “Father of all Foods” because they felt it added strength, speed and stamina to their horses. Rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins, the many alfalfa nutrients make it one of the most nutritious foods known earning it the names the King of Plants and as the Arabians said, the Father of all Foods.

 
 


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MINI BITES Size
2-Bag Pack, 5 oz/ea. $10.50


100% ORGANIC Tree of Life: Coconut, Molasses & Flax . . .
Grain Free & Gluten Free
We’ve masterfully blended rich coconut with molasses and flax to bring your pooch a treat packed full of pure goodness. The Tree of Life ingredients are each known for their nutritional and health benefits, the combination of them is undeniably delicious! Wholesome goodness in every bite!

Ingredients:
Organic Buckwheat Flour, Organic Coconut, Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Blackstrap Molasses, Organic Flax Powder (all ingredients are certified organic)

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 11%, Crude Fat (min) 17%, Crude Fiber (max) 6%, Moisture (max) 5%.

5 oz Mini Bites: Approx Calories Per Treat: 2, Treats Per Bag: 250
8 oz Original Bites: Approx Calories Per Treat: 16, Treats Per Bag: 56

Wondering why Tree of Life for the name?
Many cultures acknowledge the coconut palm for its endless uses and significant economic value. Virtually every part of the palm can be used by humans in some manner including: producing drink, fiber, food, fuel, utensils, musical instruments and much more. It has often been referred to as the tree that supplies all the necessities of life!



 



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REGULAR BITES Size
2-Bag Pack, 8 oz/ea. $14.50


100% ORGANIC The Kelp Highway: Butternut Squash & Kelp . . .
Grain Free & Gluten Free
Succulent butternut squash seasoned with nutrient rich kelp will peak the sensation of your dog’s palette. Feel good in knowing that our kelp is sourced from clean, pristine, and protected oceans.

Ingredients:
Organic Buckwheat Flour, Organic Butternut Squash, Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Dried Kelp, Organic Parsley (all ingredients are certified organic)

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 10%, Crude Fat (min) 7%, Crude Fiber (max) 8%, Moisture (max) 6%.

5 oz Mini Bites: Approx Calories Per Treat: 2, Treats Per Bag: 255
8 oz Original Bites: Approx Calories Per Treat: 12, Treats Per Bag: 64

Did you know that the first folks to arrive to the Americas might have followed the Kelp Highway?
This treat is named after the Kelp Highway Hypothesis, a theory of the original colonization of the American continents. The theory builds on the Pacific Coast Migration Model, which proposes that the first Americans reached the New World by following the coastline along Beringia & into the American continents. Kelp forests are found adjacent to some of the earliest coastal archaeological sites in the Americas supporting the idea that such forests may have facilitated these human coastal migrations around the Pacific Rim near the end of the last glacial period.

 
 


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MINI BITES Size
2-Bag Pack, 5 oz/ea. $10.50


100% ORGANIC 24 Carob Gold: Strawberry & Carob Flavor . . .

Low Fat & Wheat Free
Amazingly delicious, low in fat, healthy and wheat free! We have combined healthy antioxidant-rich strawberries, energy-rich carob (a legume rich in vitamins and fiber), the Peruvian SUPERFOOD maca which has been shown to increase endurance and strength, and extra-virgin coconut oil to support healthy skin and a shiny coat! An excellent snack for rewarding and replenishing on walks or hikes. Wholesome goodness in every bite!

Ingredients: Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic Strawberry, Organic Carob Bean, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Maca

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 9%, Crude Fat (min) 4%, Crude Fiber (max) 3%, Moisture (max) 4%, Ash (max) 2%

5 oz Mini Bites: Approx Calories Per Treat: 2, Treats Per Bag: 250
8 oz Original Bites: Approx Calories Per Treat: 14, Treats Per Bag: 56

Why 24 Carob Gold?
This treat is full of wholesome goodness: antioxidant-rich strawberries help strengthen and boost the immune system; energy-rich carob, a legume that delivers antioxidants, aids in digestion and is rich in essential vitamins A, B, D and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and iron; the Peruvian SUPERFOOD maca, which aids in increasing energy & stamina, oxygenating the blood, and naturally helping to balance and support the endocrine system; and coconut oil, primarily comprised of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) is efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel to keep your dog energized, while offering a healthy oil to support healthy skin and a shiny coat!

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Due to safety concerns, packages of treats cannot be returned once opened.


 

 

Unnecessary Harmful Preservatives
Dangerous Chemical Preservatives to Avoid:
BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole)
BHT, butylated hydroxytoluene
Ethoxyquin
Proply gallate
Propylene glycol
Sodium Nitrate

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 food industry.

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 nitrosamines.

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.
Associated links

http://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/roc/eleventh/profiles/s027bha.pdf
http://www.fda.gov/cvm/petlabel.htm

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