Disclaimer: I was provided this product via Klout rewards. I’m not sure if a review was required or expected, but regardless, the opinions below are my own and I received no compensation aside from the product itself. There is an affiliate link at the bottom of this post.
To begin, I really have NO idea how Klout works. I’m all hooked into it, or it’s all hooked into me, because I saw people talking about it back in the day. I set up a profile and basically never visited the site again. But turns out, it paid off. Because out of the blue a few weeks ago, I get an email saying I “won” a “perk”: A free sample of dog food from the honest kitchen. Last week, it arrived.
Without researching the brand at all, I chose the “Love” variety from the options available, because it said beef, and I figured the boys would like beef. When the box arrived, it turned out to be a 2 lb box ($25.99 value) of “gently dehydrated” “human grade” dog food. Just add warm water!
What? I didn’t realize cooking would be involved. Geez.
The Love variety includes dehydrated beef, potatoes, coconut, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, chard, parsley, and cranberries – like, whole dehydrated cranberries. Crasins, essentially.
We prepared it almost according to the package directions. I used 3 cups of dehydrated dog food and 3 cups warm water in each bowl (they recommend using a LOT more water, but it was looking pretty soupy even with less.) For smaller dogs, obviously, you would use less of each. This was the recommended daily amount for “giant” dogs, which both boys qualify according to their standards.
I realize now, rereading the directions, I gave them an entire day’s servings in one go. Oh well.
Once you mix up the food, you let it set for a few minutes to…hydrate and congeal. During this time it went from a soup-like consistency to a more jiggly gelatinous one. And stayed browny-green.
Of course, when given to the boys, they didn’t care. They had been circling me for 15 minutes waiting for me to figure out exactly what I was supposed to do. So as soon as I gave it to them, they chowed down. And licked the bowls clean.
They LOVED it. And the amount I gave them kept them full the rest of the day, until late that night (we were all up late with the baby, but that’s another story). I’ve still got half a box left.
It was a big hit with the taste testers, and if the packaging is to be believed – human-grade ingredients, no preservatives or fillers, no products from China, made in the USA – I feel good about giving this to my dogs.
They have a bunch of varieties of feed for both dogs and cats, as well as treats and supplements. And a really interesting list of ingredients – if your dog has a more evolved palette than mine, they also have duck and quinoa formulas, for example.
That being said, I have half of a $25 box left, after one day’s feeding. To keep my large, hungry boys fed, I spend $60 a month in traditional dry dog food. So even just supplementing their regular diet with this stuff would mean a HUGE increase in the dog budget. Also, I’m not at the point in my life where I want to regularly cook for my dogs. And yes, adding water and stirring to create food counts as “cooking.” I do that for the baby (cereal). And for myself (ramen). Sorry, these boys aren’t that spoiled.
If you have the means and the inclination, the honest company makes a product that my dogs loved and definitely felt like high quality. (I didn’t taste it myself, though. “Human grade” is still too adventurous for me.)
If you’d like to try it out for yourself, simply use this link to go to their website and receive a coupon code for a free sample bundle (free shipping too!!) Full disclosure: by using that link to get your reward code (no actual purchase necessary), I earn points to purchase food and treats for Jeb and Achilles. And I know y’all love Jeb and Achilles, and you don’t have to spend any real money, so why not give it a try?
Also, if anyone could point me in the direction of a simple “Klout for Dummies” breakdown, that would be greeeat.