RACHAEL Ray Dog Foods
By Sharon Mohr-McDermott
Ahhh, from the lady who brings us simple, tasty, nutritious, and wholesome meals in under 30 minutes, we have multiple flavors of tasty, nutritious, and wholesome dog food. I’ll admit, just because she’s a guru of human cooking, doesn’t mean she can master the art of dog food creation. But then, look how many other chefs have also created their own brands of what I call gourmet dog food. So I gave her a try. Rather, I let my dog, Bowzer be the judge.
First off, I thought she created only one flavor of dog food. Boy was Bowzer jazzed that he got 3 different flavors, granted they were only trial size, to test. And by the way, she refers to her dog food as “Super Premium Food for Adult Dogs”, and her line of dog food is called Nutrish.
We began taste testing with her ‘Real Chicken and Veggies’ bag. The veggies consist of peas, carrots, and tomatoes. Alfalfa, brewers rice, oatmeal and beet pulp round out the contents, along with chicken and chicken meal. There were also many minerals also included, along with vitamins A, C, D, D3, E, and K supplements. Of course dogs can’t read how healthy this food actually is for them. Instead, Bowzer smelled, than tasted how good it was.
Next we moved on to the Just 6 recipe of her dog food. Like the title suggests, there are only 6 main ingredients to this blend, none of which are corn, soy, or wheat. The main items in this bag are Lamb meal and brown rice, but also included are chicken, carrots, ground rice, and beet pulp, along with all the same vitamin supplements listed in the first bag. Again, Bowzer smelled the excitement in this bag, so I had no problem introducing this flavor to him.
Our 3rd bag of Rachael Ray dog food was her Healthy Weight Recipe. This bag offers 33% less fat and 10% fewer calories than her other regular dog food. This is for older dogs, less active dogs, or overweight dogs. Believe me when I write that my dog didn’t even notice he was eating diet dog food!!!! The foremost ingredient in this bag is turkey, while rice, carrots, peas and tomatoes round out the list. Something called L-carnitine is added, which the bag claims is to promote an ongoing healthy weight in our dogs. A vitamin B12 supplement is also added, and the same other vitamin supplements are also included in this dog food. The bag explains that real turkey is used to maintain lean muscle mass, Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids are included to nourish our dogs’ skin and coat. Furthermore, she explains that that mysterious L-carnitine ingredient helps turn fat into energy. So there you have it.
Apparently Rachael Ray knows her way to a dogs’ heart, much in the same way she knows her way around a kitchen!!!!
I had no idea that Rachael Ray had an animal rescue charity she formed, in which she donates a percentage of her Nutrish line of dog food income to. Her charity is called Rachaels Rescue, and it can be found online at www.rachaelsrescue.org. .
Another thing I didn’t know was that she has her own “store” or online outlet for pets. Here’s the link so you can go directly to her pets section of her online store: http://www.rachaelray.com/pets/index.php
I also found coupons for dog food or pet accessories for use at her online store: http://www.discountcodedance.com/apparel-accessories-coupons/rachael-ray-store-2013-discount-code?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Coupons%2B-%2BLC&utm_content=Rachael%2BRay%2BStore&utm_term=rachael%20ray%20store%20coupons.
Needless to say, Bowzer thoroughly enjoyed all 3 flavors or recipes of Rachael Ray dog food. It didn’t matter if I mixed two of the 3, all three together, or served the chicken and veggies alone. According to Bowzer, on a scale of 1-10, each bag of Rachael Ray dog food was a 10, so he gives this product 4 paws up. He’s also waiting for her or her chefs to whip up another healthy blend recipe!!!
Before I conclude this weeks column, let me just say that Bowzers’ vet kept announcing he was overweight every time I brought him in for the past 4 years. I claimed he was large boned and very muscular (being half Pit Bull and half Chow), and I wrote our vet off, in the weight department, figuring he’s never met a PitChow. But then recently, a neighbor happened to bring a rather large bag of Lamb and Rice over, claiming her Golden Retriever was allergic to Lamb, and wondered if Bowzer would like it. At that time he was eating Kibbles N Bits. After looking over the list of ingredients on both bags, I ditched our Kibbles N Bits (paid it forward and pawned my bag off onto another neighbor!!), and Bowzer has been on Lamb and Rice since then. I immediately noticed how lean, fit and or trim he began looking. The main ingredient in common dog food is corn, which humans and dogs find hard to digest, and some of the other ingredients in common dog food create or further induce allergies. Bowzer is allergic to red dye #5, so I had no problem ditching our old brand. Thank goodness Bowzer cooperated, and he is now more energetic and active since beginning his doggy health food diet. Bowzer loves his new Lamb and Rice Super Premium Adult Dog Food!!!!!
It should be noted that healthy natural dog foods are more expensive to buy, HOWEVER, you can decrease your dogs quantity by at least 1 cup per meal, because these dog foods offer no “filler”, thus your dog is eating smaller quantities of a healthier food, so in the long run—how often you restock—is actually cut down, so you actually save money!!! And your dog looks and feels better too!!!
Author’s Note: First and foremost I want to thank the wonderful Miss Sharon for the article and secondly thank the readers. My sincerest apologizes for not having anything posted the past week, a vicious cold struck me down and I was out on the couch for 3 days. I am slowly and steadily getting over this and returning to being a functioning member of the blogging community again. Thank you all so much for reading, commenting and liking. Please check out Miss Sharon’s other reviews, You can read more of her reviews here, also her cat Neptune is the subject of a book that was just written, you can purchase the book here or you can follow Neptune & Mr. Moo & the rest of the furry family on facebook here.