Does anyone else have difficulty leaving a pet store without making several purchases? On the weekend I found myself checking out the new Pet Valu store in my neighbourhood. Shiva had chewed through her ninth (tenth? fifteenth? thirtieth? I’ve lost count) Kong and we needed to get a new one before the work week.
These are the super-tough black Kongs, mind you. I really wish they’d make another colour level because while I adore these rubber toys, they are just not durable enough to withstand Shiva-jaws for very long.
But I digress.
I found what I was looking for almost right away so decided to poke around the rest of the store for a few minutes. Usually this leads to me spending the next three months’ rent on dog toys, forcing me to break dance on the street to avoid eviction. Or, in other words, it’s typically not a good idea. But hey, at least my dog has cool stuff.
This time, however, was different. Okay, so I did buy Shiva a new toy she chewed through after five minutes of play. But I am so glad I stopped to browse as it led me to a thrilling discovery. The Honest Kitchen is finally available in Nova Scotia! Woo hoo!
I have heard so many great things about this food from Go Pet Friendly and I’ve always wanted to try it out myself. The ingredients are all natural and human grade and the food comes in several different varieties. They even have a brand of cat food. We’ve been experimenting a lot with different types of pet food ever since we got the chance to sample Nature’s Harvest Fresh earlier this year. It’s pretty cool to live in a time with so many very unique options.
Now here is where I have to lavish praise on the helpful pet store manager. He saw me checking out the cute little boxes and asked if I’d like a free sample. Unfortunately, after checking his supplies, he couldn’t find any left.
“No problem,” he said. “I can give you a one pound box instead. Would you like one for your cat as well?”
Silly question. Do I write incredibly long-winded blog posts about my dog? Of course I would! I left the store totally ecstatic, mentally vowing to do all my pet store shopping there in the future.
As soon as we got home, I had to check the stuff out. Unlike Nature’s Harvest Fresh – which comes frozen in patty form – the food from The Honest Kitchen is dehydrated. It makes preparation super easy. Just measure out the dry ingredients from the package, add water, and stir.
At first, it doesn’t really look all that appetizing. Kind of the consistency of soup or runny porridge. But after sitting about five minutes, the liquid gets absorbed and it looks a lot more like normal wet dog food.
Shiva apparently thought so. She couldn’t stop staring at the bowl on the counter.
It should come as no surprise that she licked every last smudge from the bowl. Shiva is hardly a food critic. Her favourite treat is grass clippings, for crying out loud.
Still, I am pretty impressed with The Honest Kitchen so far. It was everything I expected it to be after reading so many reviews. I love how easy it is to store and think it would be great to take camping. I don’t know if I would switch over completely as I like the handiness of kibble for lots of other things, but I would definitely think about adding it as a supplement to beef up some of Shiva’s meals. I love how easy it is to mix in my own ingredients with food like this.
The real question is, will our ultra-picky-white-meat-kibble-only cat be willing to give it a serious chance?