Before my life as an accidental stay at home Dog Mom, I worked at a premium pet food store in the Savannah area. I'm not going to name any names, but let's just say that the end of my position in the company didn't come on my terms and it had more to do with a conflict in core values than my abilities. I've been on the job hunt for a while now, but I've continued to help friends and family (and even some former co-workers) to determine what's best for their fur babies, as well as pointing out pet food industry recalls, new research, and new products.
Part of the goal of this blog is to help bring further to light what really happens beyond that bag of dog food- not only if it's a good food or a bad food, but what actually goes into the product, where it comes from, WHY it's good or bad, and what's the value for what you're going to spend. Let's face it, not everyone can spend $98 for a 24 lb bag of Addiction Kangaroo and Apple dog food. I compile most of the information about different kinds of both wet and dry dog food from 2 sources: the manufacturer's webpage and dogfoodadvisor.com. From there, I do the ultimate test- we see if dogs like it. And not just any dogs- but my dogs. And one particularly picky pup is Radar, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi. If it makes it into his mouth, then I know that it must be tasty.
When I was still working for that company, I was given A LOT of dog food to try- this is a way that manufacturer's try to get their product into stores. But, one food has always been popular in this house and it's a food that I began feeding after we got Link. Before Link, Radar had been raised on Blue Buffalo Life Protection dog food, and we did well on it. However, after Link came along, his tiny little belly was too fickle to eat the very rich food that Blue Buffalo makes, so we had to find another alternative. At that time, we switched to Nature's Recipe dog food.
Anyway, onto the food itself. Nature's Recipe offers 3 different lines, what they refer to as "lifestage recipes , "special needs" and "ultra premium". These lines then break down further into "flavors" like venison, catfish, chicken, lamb and vegetarian as well as breed sizes, grain free and one specialty line called Farmstand Select that feature bits of dried fruits and vegetables. We're currently eating the Adult Lamb Meal and Rice Recipe so I'll be basing my review on that "flavor".
This food reigns supreme in our home. Not only is the kibble a good size for all three of our pups (ranging from 19 lbs to 48 lbs), a 30 lb bag lasts us for an entire month. What's more, the 30 lb bag is under $40 at PetSmart AND it goes on sale constantly (It's currently on sale for only $35.99). While the venison, catfish, Farmstand Selects and Grain Free varieties will cost you a little more, it's always nice to switch up your "flavor" to keep them interested, and to introduce different amino acids into their diets. After we've completed the bag of lamb, we're moving on to chicken here.
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