25 March 2010

Review & Giveaway: Taste of the Wild Dog Food

Recently I was contacted and asked if I would be interested in reviewing Taste of the Wild brand dog food.


As long term readers may remember, back in October Captain had a pretty wicked bacteria infection where we almost lost him. The poor little guy on top of that the following week had surgery to remove half of his teeth. :( We immediately went on a homemade diet. It works for us since I am usually in the kitchen anyways. (It's not any harder than making baby food, in fact it's even easier since it doesn't have to be pureed) Not being very happy after all those pet food recalls a few years ago, and since they couldn't quite figure out why he had that infection, homemade was the path of least resistance - especially because he was considered anorexic. I had been fighting a battle to get him to eat since we brought the little guy home. Steak? Chicken? Veggies? Gobbled. The food argument was solved, and he's gained several pounds since then.

So at this point you're probably going "Storm? What's your point? Why are you telling us this?"

I know, I know. I ramble on.

A lot. ;)

Anyways, when I read the email, DH was still home so I told him about it. We had actually been discussing food in an emergency situation for the dogs a few days earlier. I'm sure after Hurricane Katrina, the whole world learned that 99.9% of emergency shelters will not allow pets of any kind in. (Hence why a lot of folks stayed behind) Now there are some shelters just for your pets in an emergency situation after what happened, but you have to have your pet secured in a crate, up to date with vaccinations and proof (this is why I suggest a copy of your last vet visit paperwork taped to all pet crates in a waterproof folder/envelope!), and most importantly, food for the pet(s) while they are at the shelter.

You can't exactly stop by the shelter with a crock pot full of beef stew in a situation like that, can you? And in an emergency situation, you can't really stop at Petsmart to come up something you think your pet might eat. We really need to have on hand a 3 day supply of food Captain would eat. (The Grumpy Princess will eat just about anything nailed down. She's no problem, lol)

So to get back to Taste of the Wild, I was happy to see that their products are completely grain free. A lot of allergies can be caused by grains and I knew this was an ingredient I wanted to avoid. I also wanted a good quality pet food. I don't really want to be knocking grocery store pet foods, but it goes back to the whole allergen situation. I wanted any food that we would try to have the first ingredients to be meat, more meat, and even more meat. (Hey, dogs are carnivores!) Some brands, I look at the ingredient list and just cringe. I know money plays a factor in food choices by owners sometimes, but still. Taste of the Wild also has fruits and vegetables in their ingredient list. (It's a lot more digestible than "fillers" like corn is.) You can purchase it at small pet boutiques and feed stores (local folks - you can purchase it at once of the corgi's FAVORITE stores - The Posh Paw over in Gig Harbor (I can't recommend those folks enough!!!), as well as over at Del's Feed Store over here in Port Orchard) You can also order online from lots of great stores.

Also, Taste of the Wild also is good for dogs in all life stages - you don't have to buy a different kind once they outgrow the puppy stage, or if they are starting to get a little older. It comes in dry kibble, or if you're in a situation like me, canned with an easy pop top. (Perfect for emergency situations!)

We were sent several cans of each variety, as well as some sample bags of the dry kibble. We decided to try out the Pacific Stream Canine Formula With Smoked Salmon. This is a 13.2 ounce can, so depending on your feeding schedule and your dogs weight, you may need less than one can or more than one. My two eat twice a day, so I split this between the two of them for breakfast:


I was a little hesitant to feed it to them. It looked alright, and I could clearly see even potatoes. I was just worried Captain would snub it. I actually didn't have anything to worry about, because he inhaled it faster than a speeding bullet:


Whew.

I waited another 24 hours to make sure neither of them were having any ill effects (*coughs* rear end issues), and went on to try the Wetlands Canine Formula in Gravy. They gobbled it up just as quickly, and no problems. They also tried the High Prairie Canine Formula in Gravy (made with bison, venison and lamb, as well as peas and potatoes) and they enjoyed it as well - no arguments about eating it!

So we'll be adding a 3 day supply of Taste of the Wild to our emergency supplies for the corgis. (They have their own backpack with everything they need for 3 days away from home, so we can just grab it and go.) The cans run around $2 each for a 13.2 ounce can, a 15 pound bag of dry kibble runs about $25 - average for pet food store prices.

BTW, just in case someone thinks I'm selling out for a free product: I still recommend homemade food. However, Taste of the Wild is a good choice if you're not ready to make that step, and definitely great for emergency situations like what I was talking about above if you already do. While I do homemade, I'm not 100% strict - my dogs still get commercial dog treats from time to time and their beloved "boneys" (those rawhide and busy bones) - well, Captain just drools on them, but they still get them. LOL

Win it! One lucky reader will a great prize pack that includes: three cans of Taste of the Wild, three samples of Taste of the Wild dry food, a $30 gift card to PetFoodDirect.com, a sample of Bright Bites, a Bright Bite collar and the book, "101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog” (I'm jealous! That's a great prize pack!) To enter, just tell me all about your dog. :) Are you familiar with this brand?

As always, if you have completed the first entry above, you can also receive extra entries for:

-Subscribing to my feed OR following my blog
-Blogging about this giveaway with a link back
-Tweeting about this giveaway (leave the link or include @psychotichouse)

That's up to four (4) possible entries! Giveaway ends April 10th, 2010 at 11:59 PST. US Only, sorry. :( Please leave your email address in your comment, or have it available in your profile so I can contact you if you've won. Winners drawn via Random.org.

I received samples of this product. All opinions are my own, yours may differ. If you are considering switching brands of dog food from your usual, please be careful, and do the switch slowly. If your dog doesn't want to eat it, don't force them. Many good pet food stores will take back an open pet food for in store credit if your pet doesn't like it!

110 comments:

Miss Daphne said...

I have a Beagle that is 4 1/2 named Mali. She is a a bit over weight and thinks she is a lap dog! I got her off of Craigslist 4 Summers ago from a lady who was homeless for the time being.
I think that Mali was abused from different behaviors she has. If anyone yells she really cowers by me and shakes. I am her mama and proud of it. My husband is jealous of how much more I prefer her over him. *His words not mine*.
I am interested in learnng more about making Mali as well as my cat home made food. What is a good site to learn more? Oh and I have not heard of that brand but I am interested!

Kerry said...

I have a 7 year old female German Shepherd. I gave her a sample of this food a few years ago that I got at a pet store. She really liked it, but it's pretty expensive. It seems to be a high quality product.

Cricket said...

I was "adopted" by a now ~12 year old mixed breed, and she's been a wonderful companion. Sometimes it's way too easy to forget how long we've been together - between the cat and her own wonderful personality, she stays pretty young... :)

Mysharona said...

Our dog loves to bark as if she can talk.

lsfish said...

I have a bulldog who eats this brand because of allergies.

M said...

Charlie is a 3 y.o. mut Terrier who barely tolerates Caesar. Maybe this would work for him.

나중에 보자 said...

We have a 2 year old Black Lab named Robin. I inherited her - when we started dating. She's such the attention whore (don't worry - she's spayed).
She's a great dog, but has stomach issues, I think this is because she had Parvo when she was younger. She's all better now.
Right now she's sitting upstairs with DH and keeping him company while he sleeps :).

Sandra K321 said...

We have a 6 year old yellow lab named Scooter. The best description is to say just read Marley and Me because other than not being afraid of thunder storms, I think Scooter is the reincarnation of Marley. He has slowed down a bit though because he tore his ACL in his left rear leg and the operation was only partially successful.
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Sammy said...

I have a teacup chihuahua that's a year and a half who is the pickiest eatter. She eats Royal Canin Chihuahua-28 and Natures Recipe canned.

We recently adopted a schnauzer that's about 9 months old who would probably eat anything if he had it in front of him but he has digestive issues and we're still working on finding the perfect food for him. Maybe Taste of the Wild is it...

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Sarah D. said...

I am not familiar with the brand. I do not have my own dog but I have a four-legged niece named Genevive. She is treated like a child by my sister and visits often. She is a lovable spaz! I would use/spend this prize on her for when she comes to visit me, her "Aunt Sarah".

wildcat32 said...

Our dog is a 5 month old lab/pit mix. He is spoiled rotten. I have never heard of this brand before.
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Moni said...

We just got a doggy, a 2 year old Affenpinscher. We got her about a month agoa dn originally it was suppose to be my husbands job but the little dog is afraid of him and follows me around everywhere!

Thanks!

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chibi nasu said...

My dog, Yuki, is an 11-month Siberian Husky with a quarter German Shepherd. She's young, but quickly learning how to become a good companion. I love to spoil her, and have been considering Taste of the Wild for a while. Definitely interested in it! Don't like too much filler in the foods I feed her, and since this has no grain, that's perfect~!

Jenndiggy said...

Chance is a dog we've taken under our wing. He's a spaniel mix.

No, I've never heard of this brand.

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AF_wife said...

WallE is our year and a half old Bichon Frise! He is my best friend and my son all at the same time! I can't imagine life without him! ..as I'm saying this he is whining :P

I've never heard of this brand but would love to give it a try!
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Laura said...

I would love to try this food on our yorkies.

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cstironkat said...

We have two Alaskan Malamutes. Kouga and Milele bring so much love and joy to our lives. Kouga is a rescue and we got Milele from a friend.

Donna said...

I have two dogs, people call them the ODD COUPLE....Rusty, the Irish Setter is 10 years old and use to lay around the house all day getting no exercise at all until we brought home Suki Suki, the Japanese Chin, he's a little over a year and brings out the puppy in Rusty...they are so cute to watch, the little dog is the boss.

Yes, I've heard of Wild Dog and yes, I would love to try it or should I say, Rusty and Suki Suki would love to try it.

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bleatham said...

Our beloved furbaby is our puppy GingerBelle. She is a 10 week old Shih Tzu and she currently weighs 4.5 lbs! She is such a sweet baby and she has made a wonderful addition to our family. My 11 yr old daughter is technically her "mama"...which makes me "nanny"!
GingerBelle has been a very bright spot for my daughter and has really changed my daughter's outlook on everything. She takes great care of her "baby" and makes me very proud. It doesn't hurt that I get to snuggle and spoil Ginger either!!
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marcia goss said...

Our dog Sushi was adopted from PAWS about 2 years ago. She is a very sweet 4-year old Australian Shepherd mix. I am not familiar with Taste of Wild Dog Food, but would like to try it.
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cdziuba said...

Never heard of the brand until now, and we have a Boston Terrier. She's a holy terror, and the sweetest dog on the planet.


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Merren said...

My crew consists of 3 Boston Terriers...or Terrors if they are feeling particularily mischievious.
They eat IAMS at present...and way too many table scraps.

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Elaine said...

I have a beautiful little black dog named Bambi. We got her from the humane society a few months ago and I'm not sure what breed she is, but she's so loving and happy! We were worried how she'd get along with our cat, but they've turned into best buds for life =)

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Karen said...

I have a german shepard mix and a pitbull mix. I am not really familiar with the brand but have heard the name before. I know they would love it.

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Grampy said...

Good idea. Claudia my Rat Terrier would love to try it. She eats mostly dry food. We tried different one's. Ol Roy sets best with her.
She is almost a year old.
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amanda said...

i have never heard of this brand, but i bet my dogs would love to try it! i have a 9 year old fiest and a 9 month old whippet.
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dispatcher_kristy said...

I don't think I have heard of this brand but I think my 2 1/2 yr old and 1 year old chihuahuas would like it.

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lynn said...

I have a chihuahua and a lab. I haven't heard about the brand but I am interested.
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April said...

I have a doberman and he's a big baby. I've never heard about this brand but I'm very interested.

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rubymoon said...

I have a 6 year old Beagle named Mable Sue. She is such a sweet gal and probably my best friend next to my husband. I have had her since she was a puppy and we love her to pieces. I haven't heard of this brand of dog food. So your review is compelling.

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heatherzilla said...

I have 10 year old schnoodle. We have had her seven years. She came tousa a stray and was in terrible shape - heartworm positive, terribly matted hair with skin infections underneath, ear infections and any parasite you can think of. She is a wonderful dog, and a great addition to our family. She has helped foster over 40 kittens.

I am familiar with Taste of the Wild. Duchess normally eats grain free Canidae, but I have thought of getting a sample of Taste of the Wild to see how she likes it.

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Terri said...

Zoey is a year old, she's cute and loves to play. Her frenemy is our cat Roxy. They love each other but not when it comes to food. Roxy will eat the dog food and Zoey doesn't like it. I've never heard of this brand but Zoey would love it I'm sure.

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sweetsue said...

I "share" my mom's dog Muttly. He is a sweety and loves to play tug-of-war, but has a touch of arthritis, so he can't play as much as he used to. I have not heard of this brand before.
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shiloh said...

Not familar with the product, but have a snoring 60 lb. English bulldog sleeping behind me. His name is Abraham, but we usually call him Abey Baby. He is often a very bad boy, but very much loved.

paula michele said...

I have 2 dogs. One is a beagle/Chihuahua mix and the other is a Chihuahua. Both dogs were rescued. I am familiar with Taste of the Wild. I feed our dogs the Venison and Buffalo dry food. They love it. The Chihuahua's previous owner told me he didn't like to eat. He inhales is food now (she was feeding him cheap stuff that had corn as the second ingredient). We get ours at Care-a -lot. We find it doesn't cost much more than the cheapier made foods. The dogs fart less, too.

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msrodeobrat said...

i have never heard of this brand.

i have a cocker spaniel named Espresso. she is 3 years old and a bit of a picky eater, she refuses to eat unless you stand beside her while she eats.

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Michele said...

Thank you for the giveaway. I have 3 dogs but, I'll tell you about my yellow lab. He loves to play and everything is a "ball" to him. When you ask him to go get his ball, he will bring toys, sticks, empty soda bottles and even rocks! Did I mention that he'll do flips for rocks? lol

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Christine said...

This would be marvelous! I have two miniature poodles, Jake and Indiana, that I am struggling to feed. I have been giving them generic pet food for a few years but have recently become more wise to the realities of most pet food qualities. I have been researching and researching and have been seriously considering Taste of the Wild for them. Cost is absolutely a concern for me, but the cost to quality ratio seems good for TOTW. Anyway, a few samples wouldn't hurt. :D

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ferriz said...

not familiar with the brand but shadow is the man in my life. he is spoiled rotten and will not eat his dinner if i do not sprinkle cheese on it. he is a great guard dog in theory but he is really a big scardy cat. ;)

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Stephanie said...

We have a very fun lab named Charity, she is great with my children. I have only seen this brand one other time, it sounds good.

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Jolynn_Reads said...

We have 2 dogs, a female beagle named Sassy is 10 yrs. old and Buddy is a Border Collie he's 2 yrs. old.
The first time I've heard of this brand was a couple of mo. ago when I tried to win another prize pak giveaway.
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Melissa B. said...

We have a Sheltie named Casey. We've never heard of this brand, but I'm sure he would love it.

Shellie said...

My name is Brutus and I am a food-a-holic. I am a boxer who LOVES food. When my family goes to work I just help myself to what is lying around-bread, raw egg noodles, and I even clean out the trash can. My family gets very upset when they come home and say I need help. I try to control my food urges, but I can't seem to stop myself even though I know it's not good for me. So I snuck on my Mom's computer to win this contest I LOVE FOOOOOD!!!
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susitravl said...

I have two beautiful, fantastic dogs, both rescues. Foxy is a funny 25 lb terrier mix who runs to the door and jumps as high as the doorknob when you ask her if she wants to go for a ride.She hangs her head out the window and SMILES. Little kids get such a kick out of her - all the time I hear them saying "Look, Mommy - that dog is smiling!"

Lucy is our ferocious 4 lb Chihuahua that loves Three Dog Bakery Cookies. She knows that if she is a good girl when she is outside she will get a cookie when she comes in. If she barks while out, she just heads to her bed when she comes in - if not, she runs to the kitchen and waits.

sherri419 said...

I have heard great things about this dog food and would love to try it! I have 4 "furry members of the family". They look around like "who are you talking to?" if you call them dogs...LOL. Niqu and Loki are my senior shepherds and just great protectors. Belle was left at the dump and is very timid but very loving. Beau is my newest addition. He is a 9 week old mini dachshund and is the biggest love bug you have ever seen! I love them all! Thanks!

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Erica C. said...

My great mutt was from the shelter that I volunteer at. He just stole my heart! I've never heard of this brand, but I'm sure my pooch would enjoy it.

susan1215 said...

I have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Daisy who loves to lay on my neck. She also likes to sleep under the covers of my bed. I have not heard of this brand of dog food

demmi said...

I have two dogs one was a stray and the other a shelter dog I have never heard of this dog food before

Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I have two dogs who are like children to me -- 3-year-old Pepper Too, a salt & pepper female miniature schnauzer; and 2 1/2-year-old Mitzi, a black & tan female Dorkie (dachshund/yorkie designer hybrid) :) I've heard of Taste of the Wild, but haven't tried it yet. *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Charlene said...

I have never heard of this brand, but "Penny" (my dachshund) would love to try it.

carolpie said...

My dog is a large 10 year old white male poodle. He is a crazy boy that loves to eat, but is not a fan of dog food. He is not overweight at all.
Yes, I have seen this dogfood and I would like to try it. Jack needs to eat food that is grain- free now or he gets very itchy and goes nuts and he turns pink when he bleeds it stains his hair! I found that out when he tried a new food and then figured at his age he had to quit the grain, which they don't digest well. (Same for me as I do best on low carb for my arthritis). So I would like to try this one and see how he likes it and how he does on it.

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Mari said...

I'd love to win. Actually my pooch would love this. Right now we have him on Blue Buffalo but I'm open to trying other natural brands. I have a friend who has pet foxes and she does a lot of research on cat and dog food. After I realized all of the additives and grade D (and possibly rancid) ingredients in most dog food I am now very particular about what our pets eat. In fact they probably eat better than we do!
Anyway I am sure that Steffan would like to try this. The price is comparable to what we pay now, so if he finds it tasty we might give it a try.

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arla said...

Big girl German Sheppard named Blaze.

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I named mine after the dog on the simpsons :)

Jinxy and Me said...

My sweet German Shepherd Hannah would love to try this! I haven't heard of it before.

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Ardy22 said...

I have not heard of the brand, but sounds like the dogs love it. Our little mini dachshound would love it I am sure

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purango said...

I have two Shih tzus Hershey and Princess. They give me lots of love. I haven't heard of this brand before but it sounds good. garrettsambo@aol.com

naynays1 said...

I have a Dachshund named Larz. I love him so much. e loves to play ball and if he could he would never stop. I ave never heard of this brand before but will read up on it. Thanks

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Donna said...

I have a Black Lab named Chance. I had never heard of that brand before.
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lilyk said...

My friend's dog is very cute and adorable. This great prize would be perfect for her!

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masonsgranny59 said...

I'VE never heard of this brand AND WOULD LOVE 2 WIN THIS GIVEAWAY:)
MY SON AND I SHARE A FULL SIZE WHITE DOBERMAN WITH PRETTY BLUE EYES.WE ALSO HAVE A COLLIE LIKE STOCK DOG.TY 4 THE ENTRY:)