Happy Monday everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Over here we had a bit of a slow but still fun and productive one. I definitely can feel myself slowing down and needing to take more and more breaks, but I'm doing my best to push through (no pun intended...yet!) We did a good amount of shopping this weekend especially for Nugget. I haven't really had the chance to buy any cute clothes for our little one since I've been trying to practice self control with not buying too much before the baby shower and just simply not having time to get out to all the baby stores I've always dreamed about shopping at for our kids. Well this weekend I hit it hard! Maybe a little too hard, but I can't wait to show you everything I got because it's all so dang cute and dapper! We also saw Coco with a couple of our really good friends and it was so wonderful! If you haven't seen it yet, get to the theater ASAP! My friend and I also heard that Disney is going to be taking Olaf's Frozen Adventure off the movie starting December 8th, so if you were wanting to see it, you need to go this week! I wouldn't say it's mind blowingly good but it is still so cute and has so much holiday spirit in it!
Today I wanted to talk to you all about a question I get frequently from a lot of people...what kind of dog food do we feed Wrigley? The answer from almost the beginning is Taste of the Wild. First I'll start with the very beginning of why we even chose to seek out this brand of dog food....
We adopted Wrigley from the Story County Animal Shelter when he was about 14 weeks old. He was a healthy and happy pup. We were sent home with a small bag of Purina Puppy Chow because the shelter said that is what he had been eating while there. Once we ran out of the small trial size bag we figured we would just keep feeding him that kind of food since we'd read that it's not good to switch up your dog food with the snap of your fingers. Plus Purina was well known and very accessible. We went and bought a decent size bag and went about our lives with our new puppy. We noticed after a few days though that Wrigley was just not really feeling well. He threw up a couple times and every time he went to the bathroom he had diarrhea. Sometimes he couldn't even hold it in because he was feeling so sick (FYI he was a very easy pup to potty train so that wasn't the issue). I took him to the vet after a couple days of this and the vet said it was either his food or he had the puppy flu. He didn't have a fever though, so we were very relieved with that. We were told to give him lean boiled beef and white rice for 3 days and slowly start to incorporate his food back in. Well by the time he was solely on dog food again the stomach issues started back up. I took him back to the vet and she recommended I try switching food types to have a different main ingredient. Wrigley's Purina Puppy Chow was chicken based. So I started my research on the best dog foods out there.
Research & Info Discovered
What I found during my research of mass produced dog foods was really scary. I discovered from multiple sources that while the main ingredient in dog foods like Purina and Pedigree is things like chicken or beef the filler part a lot of the time is road kill. ROAD KILL. It made me sick to my stomach to think that we we're feeding our puppy something like that. I immediately started looking up clean and organic dog foods and of course was led to Blue Buffalo. I had mentioned my concerns and findings to a couple people and was given some advice to go to this speciality store where we were living at the time and talk to the shop owners about the dog foods they had and what ingredients to be looking for. The shop owner told us that yes Blue Buffalo is a great brand of dog food but if our pup is having some sensitivity to food it might be best to go with this small brand of all organic dog food called Taste of the Wild. We took some time and looked up the brand and we're on board with giving it a try. We went with a bag of the puppy food with bison being the main ingredient. We slowly incorporated this new food in with his current diet of beef and rice and it turned out to be amazing.
Top Quality Food
Once Wrigley was off the beef and rice part and just eating Taste of the Wild he was still 100% fine. He wasn't getting sick anymore and he was back to his hyper self. It was such a massive relief that the issue was as simple as the food we were giving him wasn't agreeing with him and that we found one that worked but was also packed with healthy ingredients for him. The blend that we feed him is a mixture of bison, venison, sweet potato, raspberries, and so much more natural items that you actually recognize if you read the label. Here is the full list. After he turned 1 we started slowly incorporating the same blend of Taste of the Wild but for dogs instead of puppies. His health, coat, teeth, and energy have always been excellent and our vet tells us every year that the main reason for that is the food that we give him. I will be forever grateful to the people that led us to Taste of the Wild!
Where to Buy It
When we moved from our college town of Ames, IA to the Chicago area, I was a little worried about where I'd be able to find this food because I always went to that small horse feed shop in Ames to get it when we were living there. I had never seen the brand at grocery stores, Target, or even Pet Smart and Petco. If you live in the Chicago area though you've probably see these pet shops called Pet Supplies Plus and Bentely's Pet Stuff...well both of these shops sell it and they really are all over the place! Pet Supplies Plus tends to be a little bit cheaper and they do have stores in other states besides Illinois. If you don't have one of these two stores in your area you can visit Taste of the Wild's website and enter your zip code to find the closest retailer to you. If you have small locally owned pet shop near you, that is most likely going to be where you'll find it. So not only will you be getting great, healthy food for your dog, but you'll also be supporting small businesses! Such a win win!
Worth the Price
I will admit that a bag of Taste of the Wild pet food is more expensive than brands that you can find at Target and Walmart, but I believe it is 100% worth it. I will always pay more to know that I am feeding Wrigley good food that is not going to harm him and will continue to keep him healthy for a very long time. We usually pay around $15 for a 5 lbs bag. Wrigley eats about a cup of food a day, so this equates out to us usually having to buy a bag of dog food once a month. Wrigley weighs about 16 lbs for reference.
Please let me know if you have any questions about this amazing brand of dog food! We have been feeding it to Wrigley for almost 6 years now and can truly attest to it's superb standard. They also sell cat food and while I can't attest to how well it works for kitties, I'm sure the excellent standard of care and ingredients is taken with the cat food, too.
What kind of diet is your dog on? I'm always looking for good treat brands to stock up on for Wrigley, too, so please share! Have a great week ahead, friends!
I’m Diana; curator & author of Tiny Dapper Fox. Here you’ll find posts on motherhood, home life, travel, & fashion/beauty as well as City Guides for places all around the world. Make yourself cozy and let’s be friends!
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