To say that Pearl is a fussy eater is like saying “the sky is blue” or “I hate it when it rains and I have an outdoor party scheduled with 50 guests coming.” The fact that Pearl is a fussy eater is surprising because she is a Labradoodle which means she is part Lab. I have been told that this breed is usually compared to a Hoover when it comes to eating. In my former life as a pet-sitter, I saw the Hoover aspect in action, so I was very surprised when Pearl came on the scene. She literally turns her head away when I introduce something new, and if I insist she try the new food, she’ll “bop” it as if she is saying, “Moooooommmmm, nooooooo… Not that one. I want something else!”
I have bought treats before where Pearl will eat one and then never go near the offensive product again. I have bags stacked in my pantry waiting for the magical day when she decides that she’s hungry enough to eat anything, but that day has not come. Sadly, I have had to throw treats out. Talking to Pearl about all the starving pets in third world countries seems to fall on deaf ears. Just between you and me, I thought about saving the treats for myself because as it turns out, I am more of the Hoover type than Pearl.
One of the main treats Pearl has turned up her cute nose before contained sweet potato. When Freshpet asked me to sample their line of fresh pet food, they sent along a bag of treats called “Dog Joy” (my daughter commented, “Like dog toy” — cool). This particular Dog Joy treat is called Sweet Potato Treats. Uh-oh. Oh boy. “What am I going to write about?” I wondered. But, like Mikey in all those famous commercials for a breakfast cereal, Pearl likes it! And now we are on Day 3 and Pearl still likes the Dog Joy Sweet Potato Treats. I am shocked and overjoyed that I have discovered something that is healthy for my dog and she loves them! The biggest difference is that Pearl and I used to stand by the pantry when I gave her a treat, now we’re standing by the fridge.
Stayed tuned for more reviews of the Freshpet products. Due to Pearl’s delicate stomach and my delicate nose (she gets rather gassy in the evening when we change foods or give too many treats), we’re introducing the samples to her a little at a time. Because the foods are so fresh, I’m going to have to freeze them (yes, they can be frozen!). So far, so good, though. If Pearl had thumbs, both would be way up for Dog Joy Sweet Potato Treats!
Although I have received a generous sample of various products from Freshpet to sample, my opinions and observations are real and are my own.
Freshpet, the innovator in fresh, refrigerated pet food, is dedicated to creating the healthiest and most nutritious food for pets. Headquartered in Secaucus, New Jersey, Freshpet is the only U.S. manufacturer and marketer of fresh, refrigerated food for pets. Freshpet brands include: Freshpet Select, available at grocery and mass market retailers; Deli Fresh, available at pet specialty stores; Veterinary Nutrition(tm), available exclusively through veterinary practices; and now Vital, available at pet specialty locations throughout the country. Visit www.Freshpet.com for more information.