Picky Pet Parents, This One’s for You
I, like many husky owners, have a problem. My dog/best friend Finn is an extremely picky eater. The glaring side eye he gives me when rejecting his evening kibble makes me wonder if the phrase “if looks could kill” was coined by the owner of a particularly picky pooch…
Which is why when I heard from a friend about their success with Ollie’s “human grade” dog food, I was beyond excited to give it a try. Not only have I been hearing more about the nutritional value of switching away from kibble, but the online reviews are full of owners like me, clamoring about how happy it’s made their once-picky dogs.
Getting Started With Ollie
After doing some research and poking around some threads online, I decided to take the plunge and order the Starter Box. All I had to do was fill out a brief quiz about Finn and select which recipes I wanted, and Ollie got to work customizing a meal plan made for Finn’s age, weight, and lifestyle.
The Starter Box comes with 2 weeks of ready to serve food, a detailed feeding guide, and a scoop and reusable container for easy serving and storing—all for 50% off! When my Ollie box arrived, I just tossed all of the food in the freezer and thawed each pack as needed.
The price fluctuates based on your dog’s age, breed, weight, and the recipes you choose. I chose the beef and chicken options, and the total cost (for a very active 50 lb husky) was much higher than most people would pay—at $70.73 for the Starter Box. While it’s not cheap, I don’t think I could put a price on Finn’s health. To me, he’s more than worth the cost.
Three months in, I have to say my only regret is that sometimes I’m actually jealous of how good my dog eats. The food really looks that delicious. Plus not only does Finn like it waaay better than what I was feeding him before, but it’s better for him, convenient for me, and honestly just feels so much more natural than brown pellets made from goodness-knows-what.
So to help my fellow picky dog-owners, I put together a breakdown of all the reasons to ditch your kibble today, and start getting freshly-cooked food delivery with Ollie.
The Dirt on Kibble
Did you know that kibble came about as a cost-saving mechanism to keep pet food shelf stable when canning metal was scarce during WW2? And that once large companies saw how profitable it was to use cheap fillers like corn, wheat, and soy, they began a decade-long campaign convincing families it was natural to feed their pets a dry food diet they would never encounter in nature?
As someone whose parents raised our dogs on dry food, this was a pretty big surprise to me. I grew up thinking dry food was good for dogs, when in fact, not only is most of it full of preservatives and fillers, but the high heat that large processors use to remove the food’s moisture also removes the beneficial vitamins and nutrients.
So not only is switching to Ollie’s real unprocessed food better tasting for your dog—it’s also substantially more nutritious and natural for them.
Real Flavors From Real Food
Unlike kibble, which uses names like “wild salmon with rice” to describe brown pellets that look like anything but—all of Ollie’s recipes look exactly like the listed ingredients. That’s because they actually are the listed ingredients.
Whether it’s beef with sweet potatoes, lamb with butternut squash and cranberries, or chicken with carrots, all of Ollie’s meals are packed with vitamin and fiber-rich whole ingredients that I’d be happy to eat myself. Everything is minimally processed and gently slow-cooked in small batches to ensure maximum flavor and nutrient density.
Plus Ollie’s quality extends to all its suppliers. High-quality animal protein is the first ingredient in every recipe—with all meat coming from USDA approved facilities that are hormone and antibiotic free. No mystery meat suppliers.
Custom-Made for Your Dog
One of the things that impressed me right off the bat about Ollie is that they craft a custom meal plan for your pup. Instead of having to guess-timate how much food is right for your dog, Ollie takes their weight, breed, and activity level into account to send you the perfect portion sizes, every time.
And since nutrition is the name of the game at Ollie, all of their recipes are perfectly balanced to give your dog all of the protein, vitamins, and nutrients they need to live their best life. You can filter out ingredients your dog is allergic to, and even add on treats or supplements like the calming “Chill Pills” (which Finn has been loving).
Seamless, Customizable Delivery
Easily one of my favorite aspects of the effortless subscription is no longer having to lug (and store) heavy bags of dog food that would always clutter and stink up my cupboard space. With Ollie, I set my delivery schedule and get a big box of fresh food delivered straight to my door every month. My freezer is always stocked with nutritious, delicious meals for Finn.
And if I go on vacation or have too much food, I can easily pause a shipment or change the delivery interval in seconds. I love how Ollie fits into my life—not the other way around.
Vet-Formulated, Pet (and Owner) Approved
All of Ollie’s recipes are crafted with the expertise of veterinary nutritionists, and cooked with the highest quality food in GFSI-certified, human-grade kitchens. So not only is Ollie vet-approved, but it also has hundreds of rave reviews from pet owners of dogs who have picky tastes, sensitive stomachs, or just straight up have never been as excited about their meals.
As I was doing research on Ollie, one thing was clear based on the reviews: when it comes to fresh dog food delivery services, Ollie’s subscription experience is hands-down the easiest and most customizable option out there. And though I haven’t tried any other brands, I’ve gotta say there’s not one thing I would change about Ollie.
Good Boys (and Girls) Deserve Good Food
While I could talk about the things I like about Ollie all day, the real point here is about what your dog likes about Ollie. As our pets, best friends, and comfort companions, our dogs deserve the best we can give them—and that means high-quality, real food.
I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to hear him let out delighted howls ahead of every meal (and to see his bowl licked clean almost immediately after I serve him).
So if you’re ready to upgrade your dog’s diet to help them be the healthiest and happiest they can be, make the switch to Ollie today and save 50% on the Starter Box!