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Freshie Faves: Only the best for my boys!

It is no secret that I thoroughly enjoy eating. And it only makes since to share that joy with my boys. Yes, I have two boys. Rocky and Bullwinkle have been the loves of my life for several years now.  Rocky is the …umh how do you say, the “more fluffy” one of the two. And Bullwinkle is small dog with big name and big attitude.

It was only natural that my boys also reap some culinary benefits from FRESH opening. And they have enjoyed every morels of the best most healthy, all natural pet food made from fresh meats and veggies from FreshPet. You might recognize the name of this exceptional company from the Strut Your Mutt and Yipee Dog Races they brought to FRESH during our charity Steak Cookoff. What fun that was!

What really impressed me was that they tenderly cook their recipes at lower temperatures which helps retain natural vitamins and nutrients.  That makes a mom feel good about what her babies are having for din din. And get this, they source local vegetables and are committed to every component of their formula being natural. The star ingredients in these meals are chicken, turkey, beef, liver, carrots, peas, brown rice, and rice bran. Wow.

There are no fillers such as corn, wheat or soy hidden in the mixture. The meals are refrigerated, meaning they don’t have to depend on chemicals to act as preservatives. You will not find BHA, sugar, and propylene glycol in Freshpet products. Freshpet believes in the difference fresh, refrigerated dog and cat food can make to the health of your pet.

So next time you are trolling our aisles for the freshest food available for your family, don’t forget Fido. Drop by aisle 13 and toss in some FreshPet dog or cat food!

Family Central: Fresher Pet Food

Raise your hand if you consider your dog or cat part of your family. We do – down to spoiling them with Christmas presents.

I draw the line, however, at cooking for them, even though that has been the trendy thing for pet owners for a while now. Some days I barely have time to cook for myself,  much less my furry ones.

That doesn’t mean I don’t care about giving them healthy food that they like. So I was really interested to see a line of pet food we recently started carrying, Freshpet.

Freshpet foods are meat-based and made with just a few ingredients – like you’d use for any other family member. They do not contain corn, wheat or other cheap, nutritionally questionable fillers or byproducts.

But what is really different about them is that the manufacturer chills them right after cooking. This keeps the food fresher and eliminates the need for artificial preservatives and colors that are often used in dog and cat foods. They are kept in their own refrigerated case at the store, right in our pet food aisle.

The packaging is cool, too. I really liked the slice-and-serve rolls –  you just cut off a hunk, mash it slightly, and serve.  They also have regular wet formula dog and cat foods, in resealable plastic containers that resemble Tupperware; moist kibble, in resealable plastic bags; and DogJoy treats, including crunchy brown rice “bones.”

The ones we’ve tried don’t have that off-putting smell I associate with some wet pet foods. And our doggie taste-tester really seemed to like the chicken, rice and veggie flavor (from the slice-and-serve roll) that he tried, too.  At least, he seemed to. He was too busy horking it down to answer my questions.