May 05, 2016
This post is sponsored by CANIDAE®.
When we adopted Beau, his foster mom gave us a small container of his current food, just enough for us to transition him over to the food of our choice. She said this, then paused, and asked if we'd mind telling her what food we planned to use.
When I told her I was thinking about trying CANIDAE®, she looked visibly relieved. "OH GOOD," she said, before going on to describe some other dog food options using some rather colorful adjectives.
She also gave us a slow feeder bowl, as Beau was prone to scarfing food down so quickly he'd barf it all back up. He was also highly protective of his food, so we'd need to remind the kids not to interfere while he ate. All pretty standard rescue behavior; after all, he'd been one of waaaay too many dogs at his original home, and was very underweight when he was surrendered to the shelter. He shared his foster home with four other dogs, all of which had their own sad histories of neglect and not enough food.
And sure enough, we brought him home and gave him some food, and even with the slow feeder bowl he ate as quickly as possible, and growled whenever he sensed one of us coming too close. When I took him outside, it was also clear he was experiencing some digestive distress.
I was weirdly superstitious about buying new dog supplies before the adoption was finalized, and Ceiba's leftover food wasn't appropriate for him (toy breed/senior). I ended up donating it along with Max's kidney care food, and we began transitioning Beau to CANIDAE® the day after we brought him home. I started with a small bag of the Grain Free Pure Elements dry food (lamb flavor), just in case either of us wasn't happy with it.
That was a month ago. We no longer use the slow feeder. Beau casually and happily grazes at his food throughout the day, secure in the knowledge that it will always be there when he's hungry. I can now yank his bowl right out from under him and his only reaction is some confused blinking and expectant tail wagging. He's solid and muscular and his weight is perfect. Zero digestive complaints and a ton of energy. (UNDERSTATEMENT.)
I'm in love with this food. We've since committed to the Big Boy size.
(This is Beau's first sponsored post, so I guess I need to give him a pass about being completely disinterested in posing for photos and more like, OPEN THE FOOD WOMAN.)
(Desperate blog posts call for desperate measures, or in this case, motivation via these salmon and sweet potato biscuits that Beau loves almost as much as string cheese.)
(See that coupon? Want your own, for even more money off? I got you, boo. Check the end of this post.)
WHAT YOU JUST SAY?
OKAY WILL SIT. PLZ STOP TAKING MY PICTURE AND GIMME THAT BISCUIT THO.
Max and Ceiba both ate grain-free foods for years, but I admit we didn't make the switch until health problems started cropping up that prompted us to look more critically at their diets. And then it was like, why am I feeding my pets foods full of ingredients I don't even eat, or feed to my kids? Why is there artificial food coloring in this kibble when my dog will literally eat vomit-colored vomit?
Dog food in classic meat brown, because there's actual meat in it. What a concept.
So it feels good to already have Beau on the right nutritional track, especially after his first three years obviously left many things to be desired. He's more than earned the best food and treats we can offer. And after watching this video and learning more about the makers of CANIDAE®, it also feels good support an independent, family-owned company (and buy a product that's actually made right here in the U.S.A.).
Thank you to CANIDAE® for sponsoring this post. If you'd like to give CANIDAE® a try, sign up to receive $8 in coupons here.
(Final Disclosure: I was sent vouchers for a three-month supply of dog food as part of my compensation for this post, which I actually agreed to do back when Ceiba was alive. Then I pulled out of the campaign because wahhhhhhhhh, then was like, wait neverminnnnnnd! But in the meantime I lost the vouchers and was too embarrassed to tell anyone I lost the vouchers because holy crap, I'm such a spaz. So all the food featured in this post was bought and paid for all by myself. I will likewise be downloading that coupon right along with all of y'all.)