Thanks to my friends at Go Pet Friendly and my friend Kim (@kimhalligan1) on Twitter, I decided to try The Honest Kitchen.
As they say on their website: They’re a family owned company that makes healthy, dehydrated pet foods, supplements and treats for dogs and cats.
But what I like is this:
– The food is 100% human-grade ingredients that “you’d recognize from your own kitchen”
– There are no fillers (think “grains”), by-products, artificial preservatives, colors or flavors
– It’s quick and easy to prepare – just add water (the food is dehydrated)
– A portion of their profits are donated to charity (you gotta love that!)
– They’re customer service oriented – you can ask them a question on their Facebook page and they get back to you right away!
– And lastly, they will never become a part of a “major multi-national conglomerate” – this last one is huge for me because many of the better dog foods (the ones that get high ratings for the ingredients they contain) are being bought up by major multi-national conglomerates. When shareholders are involved and dividends have to be paid, companies look to cut costs and that usually means lower quality. I vote for quality I can trust. Sorry conglomerates!
The first day I introduced “Force” (one of the The Honest Kitchen selections) to my dogs I watched to see what they would do. After all, this wasn’t the kibble they were used to eating. Daisy gobbled it down right away, but Jasper took his time to sniff it, taste it and then, he too gobbled it down. The second day, Jasper rejected it, but Daisy gobbled it down again. The third day, Jasper and Daisy both gobbled it down immediately. And, it’s been that way ever since!
What I like about how my dogs reacted to the food is:
– Both of them licked the bowls clean (they never did that with kibble!)
– Daisy and Jasper now eat their food right away (they never did that either!). Jasper used to leave his food in his dish and eat it whenever he got hungry. He never seemed all that interested in his old food. In fact, he seemed to be more interested in whatever another doggie client had brought with them! But, not anymore!
– No more soft stools. I know it sounds gross, but I have found that I have less to pick up and what I do pick up is easier to pick up! Who’s going to complain about that?