Sandra Page Mitchell: Interior Designer, Artist, Animal Wellness Advocate

Judge rules against prescription dog food companies

Rewards 12.5 Million judgement

If she had to choose only one word to describe Bailey the Cocker Spaniel, Sandra Page Mitchell tells me without a moment’s hesitation, it would have to be “angel.” And certainly, as she spoke to me recently about her art, how she came to adopt Bailey, and why she choses to feed her only Lucky Dog Cuisine, I could think of no better word to describe this beautiful little girl.



Speaking to me over the phone from her home in downtown Los Angeles, Sandra described two of the deepest passions in her life. The first – her passion for art – has been the determining factor motivating her choice of career. In addition to being the President and Co-Founder of M+M Creative Studio, an award winning interior design firm, she also is an accomplished modern abstract impressionist artist. Among her many achievements, she holds a graduate professional degree in architecture and undergraduate fine arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Currently, she teaches Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles. Her work as an artist is exhibited internationally in galleries and corporate collection, and is largely inspired by solar landscapes. The latest series of her work will centre on the magnificent Los Angeles sunsets of summer. It was her other deep passion though – for animal welfare – that would lead her to the Lange Foundation and Bailey.

Founded by Gillian Lange, the Lange Foundation is dedicated to assisting in the very worst cases of companion animal neglect. Gillian and her team scour the public shelters around California looking specifically for animals in the most need of help – often the severity of their health issues has left them days, or even hours away, from being euthanized. Sandra was particularly drawn to the Foundation by their priority to save animals in the most need.

In 2007, Gillian spotted Bailey at a public shelter in South LA. Bailey was in dire need of the kind of serious medical and emotional attention that the shelter was not able to provide. But because of the Lange Foundation’s allocated surgery budget, they were able to take in Bailey and give her the time and attention she needed to make a full recovery. Gillian was confident that when Bailey was fully rehabilitated, she knew just the person who would give her the forever home that she deserved. That was how, on her 40th birthday, Sandra received a call from Gillian suggesting that she come in to meet the “angel” Bailey. Though she wasn’t considering adopting another dog at the time, from the second that Bailey curled up on Sandra’s lap and cuddled, it was obvious to Sandra that Bailey was meant to be her girl and come home with her.

At the time, it was thought that Bailey was approximately three years old. However, after she was further examined by a vetrinarian dentist, it was found that she was likely less than a year old. It was simply that the hardship of her early life had made her appear much, much older. Looking at this beautiful girl today though, it is clear that she has flourished under Sandra’s care. After ten years together, the scared, sick, malnourished dog is completely gone. She still cherishes her first toy from Sandra – a pink bunny) In fact, this little girl loves all things pink so much that she will often collect together all her pink toys specifically and put them in her bed with her!

From the day she came to her forever home, it was of upmost importance to Sandra that she did everything possible to ensure Bailey would be healthy, and be able to live a long and happy life. Sandra wanted Bailey’s food to be not only of top quality ingredients and chemical free, but also that it would also appeal to this typically picky breed. In her words, Lucky Dog Cuisine “saved her world” by being the only company she found where she could have absolute certainty as to the quality of ingredients that were being used. After originally coming across the brand through a recommendation from the oncologist that was treating her first Cocker Spaniel’s cancer, Sandra switched to Lucky Dog, and when it came to Bailey, she never considered feeding her anything else.

Today, Bailey is a happy, healthy city dog – preferring hanging out with her mom or walking around the fifth floor deck of their LA condo building, greeting people along the way – to the usual “dog activities.” You will often find her sleeping contently by the desk while her mom works, cuddling, or going to Santa Barbara for a day at the beach. Sandra currently sits on the Board of the Lange Foundation as an honorary member, and continues to assist the organization however she can – often finding donors for much needed paint, small construction projects and furniture at the various facilities.

We here at Lucky Dog Cuisine are so happy to have you and Bailey as part of our Lucky Dog family! Thank you for all that you do to help our most vulnerable animals.

To find out more about the Lange Foundation: Instagram: @lange_foundation

For more information about Sandra’s original paintings and prints:

Instagram: @spmitchell

Lange Foundation supporter Sandra Page Mitchell holding Bailey

Lange Foundation supporter Sandra Page Mitchell holding Bailey

The use of Presciption dog food is one of my pet peeves and shows that the
phrase “Marketing over Mother Nature’ holds true.
If you are a dog owner, you may have heard about the class action suit
against prescription dog foods. Hills, Science Diet, Royal Canin and Purina
are some of the brands that are accused of misleading consumers and
veterinarians about the benefits and ingredients of their products. The
lawsuit claims that:

  • these companies charge premium prices for prescription dog foods that are not significantly different from regular dog foods. In fact, they are made in the same facilities, using the same suppliers as low-quality grocery store brands like Alpo and Beneful.
  • they do not have any scientific evidence to support their claims of treating or preventing various health conditions in dogs. They are not made in facilities that follow traditional drug manufacturing protocols.
  • that these companies have violated consumer protection laws and engaged in false advertising.

The class action suit was filed in 2019 by a group of dog owners who purchased prescription dog foods from these brands for their pets. They are seeking refunds, damages and an injunction to stop the companies from selling prescription dog foods without proper authorization and
. The suit is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

Prescription dog foods are supposed to be specially formulated to address specific health issues in dogs, such as kidney disease, diabetes, allergies, obesity and more. However, according to the lawsuit, these products are not
regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other agency,
 and they do not require a prescription from a veterinarian to be sold.

The lawsuit claims that these companies have exploited this loophole to market their products as prescription dog foods, even though they are not approved or tested by any authority.

This suit also accuses these companies of using low-quality ingredients and fillers in their prescription dog foods, such as corn, wheat, soy, by-products and artificial colors and flavors. These ingredients may not only be ineffective for treating or preventing health conditions in dogs, but they may also cause adverse reactions and allergies in some dogs. The lawsuit cites several examples of dogs that suffered from health problems after
consuming prescription dog foods from these brands, such as vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, skin infections, kidney failure and death.

The lawsuit seeks to hold these companies accountable for their deceptive and unlawful practices, and to provide compensation and relief to the dog owners who have been harmed by them. It also aims to protect the public interest and the welfare of dogs by ensuring that prescription dog foods are properly regulated and labeled, and that consumers and veterinarians are informed about their benefits and risks.

Please be aware that the FDA does not review or verify the health claims on any veterinary diet.

Take a close look at the ingredient list and ask your vet for evidence that the foods in the prescription diet are any better than most regular diets. Also please keep in mind that while your vet has the best intentions, they get little or no nutrition training and often what little training they do get comes from the very companies that are named in these lawsuits. 

Ultra processed foods made with poor quality ingredients are not what your dog needs if they are suffering from an illness. Give your dog a fighting chance with fresh, quality foods for a long and healthy life. 

This lawsuit was settled in July of 2021. Hills Pet Food paid $12.5 million to participants.

Is it any wonder that here at Lucky Dog Cuisine we believe wholeheartedly “Fresh is Better”
The food we send your dog is the exact same food we feed our own beloved pack. 


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