So many pet foods out there.. ! aisles and aisles of them, all claiming to be the very best, highest quality or made with the freshest ingredients blessed by mother nature herself, etc etc. I remember when I was a little girl we fed our dog Purina Puppy chow as a puppy (the kibbles with the powdered stuff on it that turned into a creamy substance when water was added) and then Purina Dog chow as an adult/senior. There were no breed specifics, special needs, ‘hormone free, additive free, all natural, free range, soy free/wheat free/ choices out there. A few years later while watching Price is right one day I saw a commercial for ‘cycle’ brand dog foods. Cycle one, cycle two, cycle three. It was pretty much laid out in front of you. Feed your dog this.. and it will eat.
Everything was so simple back then…
but then came greedy corporations that thought making pet food (AND human food for that matter, but that’s another rant!) was too expensive for their bottom line so they cheapened it, started adding fillers, fake colors, fake flavors and crap that has now become what we call our food today. Working in the veterinary field as long as I have, I have witnessed hundreds of cases of doggy diets done wrong. Your average consumer will judge a pet food by how it is displayed on the container. “Fresh garden greens, carrots, peas, potatoes and chicken” Wow! perfect! it all sounds fine and good until you come home from work that night to find “Fido” has vomited on your carpet and those ‘fresh garden carrots’ have left a bright orange stain that is very unbecoming of a fresh carrot. What I’ve noticed is usually it’s the prettiest bags that hold the biggest lies when it comes to picking out a pet food. One brand which will remain nameless looks amazing on display, but it’s all for show. The majority of allergy cases we have seen have been related to feeding that brand of pet food. Dogs will start having recurring ear infections and skin issues, wake their owners up in the middle of the night licking and chewing on their feet and butts. Anal gland issues, you name it! That’s what you get when you eat stuff that doesn’t belong inside your belly… your body starts to revolt! It’s not the pet owner’s fault at all, it’s false look of the food and the bells and whistles in its advertising that makes them think they are making an amazing choice for their furbaby.
Influenster once again offered to send me a product to test, and this time it was for my dogs. A new food that was debuting to the public in March. Rachael Ray’s Nutrish/Dish with Chicken and Vegetables.
My dogs were thrilled at the opportunity to eat! No, really! Usually when I feed them I have to put their bowls at opposite ends of the room. Otherwise Rebel will gobble up a mouthful of his food then run over to Daisy’s bowl and do the same.. running back and forth until both bowls worth of food are packed tightly in his mouth like a hamster. He will then attempt to chew and swallow what is in his mouth like a doggy version of ‘chubby bunny’ that often ends up with him coughing out whole pieces of kibble and me chasing him around trying to make sure he doesn’t choke himself to death. I did an ‘unboxing’ video for Influenster and it turned into a double feature of unboxing and taste test. Mainly because once I opened the bag the dogs were REALLY interested in what I had. The first thing I noticed in the bag was dried veggies. Carrot slices, shriveled up dried peas and little dice shaped dried potato bits. Then there were chicken bits with kibble. I divvied out a bit of each piece and let my dogs check it out. Both were enthralled in eating the food. Not gobbling up and swallowing as fast as possible but rather enjoying each bite. Their noses remained in their bowls (THEIR bowls, Rebel wasn’t doing his usual running back and forth routine) until almost each bite was gone. The only thing they had trouble with was the rather large carrot slices. I tried to break them into smaller bits but resorted to just soaking them in a tiny bit of water to soften them.. then they were free game to devour! Overall I really like this food for my pups. They really took to it and it is very apparent that Rachael Ray formulated this food with the pet’s health in mind. It’s not just a ‘pretty’ food but rather a REAL food. Am I going to switch my dogs over to this when it officially hits the shelves? You bet!
Another reason now why I loves me some Rachael Ray.. 😉
Thank you Influenster and Thank you Rachael Ray! ❤