Recently there was a video that largely went viral, discussing the risks of raw feeding…. Whilst this is not what this blog is about, it did give me the idea to write a post about the products I believe in and recommend….which just so happens to be a raw food…. So I accept I run the risk of this blog being trolled by those stating that I am bound to go to hell for feeding my dog a chicken wing… it’s a risk I’m willing to take…
It really isn’t the purpose of this blog to be controversial or judgmental, it really isn’t ‘me’…. So I thought I would write a post and take a slightly different take on things, and talk solely of my experiences with two fantastic products, and share them so others can benefit.
Raw feeding vs kibble divides opinions like Moses and the red sea, people standing by their views as though they are religious beliefs. My take on this is somewhat simple…. Do what suits you and your dogs are happy with.
No need to justify it, no need to enter into an argument about it, no need to pass judgment… just do what you are happy with.
Which brings me onto the products that I use and recommend, and the experience I have had with both….
The first is Natural Instinct, a pre-made raw food, from a company based in Surrey.
My experience of Natural Instinct has been from several years of feeding their food, but recently I have been fortunate enough to be sponsored by them. I cannot sing the food’s praises enough, and I have commented on Facebook on how much I rate and believe in this food…. So no surprises there….. I just love the food! I love my dogs reaction to it, the quality of it and the variety. Even Fire, who is a terribly fussy eater, cleans the base of her bowl! That says it all. You can ‘feel’ the difference in my dogs, their muscle tone, coat texture and shine…. I would share a pic of my 8 dogs all waiting for whilst I dish up their latest banquet, salivating at the sight of the little white tubs… Its almost Pavlovian! But I think the image of drooling dogs could be a step too far…
The second product is called Aptus, a joint supplement and rehydration drink from a Finnish company…. I was approached by Aptus to sample their product, and have used it for the last few months…. Again, I cannot sing praises of the results any higher. My two oldest dogs, Thriller and Scooter were both out with injuries all last year, and whist they had gone through extensive rest and rehab, I had resided myself to the fact they both had lasting affects. Since using Aptus joint supplement in their diet, they have both been visibility improved in their mobility and flexibility. Scooter in particular, is a dog that has always been prone to lameness and niggling little things, which has taken a lot of management and awareness…. However he is like a new dog! My Scooter has never been one for doing anything at a pace above a brisk, purposeful walk…. However, he’s been charging round like a spring lamb (when I say charging, if you knew Scoot, you would know the term is largely for dramatic affect….but he is definitely exuberant).
The benefits of both these products on my dogs are literally visible…. HIGHLY recommend!
However the other factor which makes these two products stand out, if the customer service I have received from both companies…. This has been AMAZING!
For some reason, I think that customer services is a lost ‘art’ or so it seems…. With all the methods of communication, available it amazes me that people don’t respond to your emails, enquiries or interest. All anyone wants is a professional service, and having a personal touch is the icing on the cake. Its almost like we have been accustomed to picking up the phone, and being put through to ‘Roger’ from Mumbai… and whilst you curb your over riding yearning to question is ‘Roger’ a traditional Indian name, you filter through the infinite sequence of numbers that you have to select and choose from… Making a simple phone call to your bank, becomes a numerical crystal maze…. Perhaps secretly they are subliminally giving you the lottery numbers for next weeks jackpot?? In which ‘pressing 1 for customer care’ may inspire a bit more attention!
However with both Natural Instinct and Aptus, my experience has been nothing but positive, and what really makes them both stand out, is that they genuinely love dogs….
It’s ironic that these are attributes that I would like to think are paramount for anyone working in an industry especially when producing a product for dogs… but this isn’t always the case.
So take a look, here are links for both products….