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Gluten Free Dog Food Review & Giveaway

Oh yeah, we’ve all heard about the health benefits of going gluten free… now why on earth would be treat our selves so much better than we’d treat our dogs? After all they are our Fur Babies aren’t they, and being a true member of our families like they are don’t they need consideration to, when it comes to their diets? Well, it seems to me that those clever people over at Rachael Ray Nutrish are keeping our Fur Babies in mind when they come up with the new recipes for the Dog food.

I have had the good fortune in the past to have had my dogs help me review Rachael Ray Nutrish Wet dog food, which BTW is one of only 2 types of wet dog food that my dogs can eat without getting their sensitive little tummies upset. Yay, nothing like “taking the risk” with a new food back when I posted that review, and being rewarded with finding a brand of dog food that I could trust for my dogs. No diarrhea and no throwing up, no need to wash the house of the dogs as a result of their participating in a review for my blog. 🙂Zero Grain Dog food picture of bag, food in dog dish & ingredients like turkey

Fortune smiled upon me once again as I was invited to try the newest product by Rachael Ray Nutrish, the new Zero Grain Dry Dog Food! And just like the Nutrish Wet Dog food proceeds from every bag benefit Rachael’s Rescue, which is an Organization that helps animals in need, including rescue dogs like my dog “Tiny” (you will often hear me call him “Tiny Dog”, as that has sort of became my nickname for him).

My (Mariah) Zero Grain Creation with grains and a red circle with line through it in red beans
Okay so red beans are not a grain, but I wanted something red to get the no grains idea across. lol

For my review, I am concentrating on the fact that this food is gluten free, however, there are other great qualities in the Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain, the most obvious one is that it doesn’t contain grains. It also doesn’t contain, fillers, by-products, artificial preservatives, colors or artificial flavors. Nutrish Zero Grain is made up of all natural products, the flavor is “Turkey and Potato Recipe” with:

Real Turkey (The first ingredient in the recipe, the turkeys are U.S. Farm Raised), Turkey Meal (contains amino acids and B vitamins), Whole Potatoes, peas and Tapioca, Beet Pulp, Whole Flaxseed and poultry fat.

Our Experience With Nutrish Zero Grain

The Dogs Interest in the food:

Mariah's Zero Grain CreationI had started my dogs eating the dog food just the week before my husband’s heart surgery. I watched as my dogs sniffed the unopened bag and begged at the table when they saw the bag. To my opening the package… and pouring it into their enclosed dog food container and again watching the dogs showing more than their usual casual interest in the food as they danced around the food container. I set the, now empty, bag on the kitchen floor and went to work around the house and on the blog… suddenly I heard strange noises in the kitchen, as I walked into the kitchen I caught my oldest dog trying to insert his whole body into the bag as he was licking it out! “Wow,” I thought, “Rachael Ray Nutrish has done it again, I can’t wait to have my dogs try this dog food.”

Sure enough, I decided that, though it wasn’t their meal time, to open up their dog food container and give them each a few tastes from my hands of the dog food. Well they munched it up and asked for more, which I had to deny them… and as I mentioned this excitement to my husband, he explained that this is not something to truly get too excited about yet, as the dogs probably just loved the fact that this was being hand fed to them and that alone my be why they enjoyed it so much, especially my Tiny Dog who is such a picky eater.

Tiny Dog eating Nutrish Zero Grain
Tiny Dog chowing down on Nutrish Zero Grain
Mr Peanut eating nutrish zero grain
Mr. Peanut Chowing down on his Nutrish Zero Grain

Okay, dinner time came, and I got to see Tiny Dog Dance for his food for the first time in a long time and gobble up the food so fast that it was incredible. What a great reaction from the picky eater of mine! Well, still not the true test… we have to see if the excitement mellows with time after eating it meal after meal.

Weeks later and Tiny Dog is still not doing his usual walking away from the dish, staring at it from a distance (only to keep the older dog, Mr. Peanut) from eating his food (Mr Peanut, my long haired Dachshund is a piggy and will eat anything and everything) or taking a bite or two in his mouth and hauling it off to his dog bed and nibbling. Tiny Dog used to refuse to eat unless he was terribly hungry. Now Tiny Dog continues, weeks later, to dance for his meal and eat it in record time, no nibbling on the food, no hauling off only a bit or two at a time to his bed, but eating his whole bowl of dog food with no hesitation.

Tiny Dog looking at me happy with his eating Nutrish Zero Grain, he's one happy dog
Tiny Dog Asking for more Nutrish Zero Grain hes one happy dog

What We Noticed about Switching Foods:

With most products out there, my husband and I found that we had noticed switching their brand or flavor caused terrible tummy problems from throwing up to diarrhea.  With Nutrish Zero Grain we were pleased to see that this problem didn’t exist at all.

The Doggie Deposits on the Lawn:

If your dogs are like mine, and do what we here at home call the “walk and squat” where they cannot/do not stay in one place to leave their deposits, it can be very difficult picking up the lawn. It was bad enough when we were living in an apartment needing to bring multiple bags with us, or deal with walking with an open bag that already had deposits in it. Now that we are in a home we get lazy about cleaning up the back yard and so the weekly clean up can be a pain, as we play hide and seek with the doggie deposits. I hate to admit it, I had cleaned up the deposits the week before my husband’s surgery, then tons of appointments have kept us running around a lot and now it’s been 2 weeks since his surgery, I finally cleaned up yesterday. I had to do less clean up with the old “pooper scooper,” as a result of this dog food… Yay!

Mr Peanut licking his lips after eating Nutrish Zero Grain
I caught a picture of Mr. Peanut licking his lips after eating his Nutrish Zero Grain

Digestive System:

Also I have noticed no tummy upsets with Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain, I am not dealing with a dog that is so intense that he will not let me sleep at night as he has a sick feeling tummy or diarrhea. And I have not noticed any of the gagging that came with their upset tummies… even if it didn’t result in the dogs throwing up, I was getting this achy old body up and running them to the linoleum floor out to the outside so they can throw up where I could easily clean up… now I get to sit and relax so much more! 🙂

My Thoughts on Gluten Free Dog Food (Gluten and My Dogs):

Reading up on Gluten Free Diets, and watching Dr. Oz (thanks Mom, now my DVR is full of his shows… I have notes to take on most shows, sheesh…) I understand that we, people, can be allergic to Gluten and looking up information online… I see that dogs too can be allergic to gluten. The side effects that I remember from my research are bloated tummies, upset tummies and more digestive problems (from constipation to diarrhea ect). I feel that both of my dogs must have a problem with Gluten and I am so pleased to have been introduced to this new product as it has helped to take care of so many of the problems that I’ve had with my dogs. And as a result of what we’ve experienced, here at home, we will be purchasing this product from now on.

picture of my heart napkin holder next to Nutrish Zero Grain Dog Food loose on table top
Honestly, I love what this dog food has done for me, my dogs and that it has helped us in so many ways. Thank you Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain for letting me review this great product, you’ve won us over!

In Conclusion, what do I think of Rachael Ray Nutrish Zero Grain?

The lawn is easier to pick up now! I have already found nice sized bags of Zero Grain at Walmart (and it’s cheaper than Iams). And I have found that I can relax a little more as I don’t need to deal with my dogs having digestive problems as a result of their new food.

Rachael Ray hugging a dog, for Rachaels RescueI can honestly recommend this to anyone wanting less clean up, less digestion problems with their dogs, better nutrition for their dogs and a product that can be found easily at the store. Additionally, I love the fact that proceeds from each bag of Nutrish go to Rachael’s Rescue, an organization that helps animals in need. Having a rescue dog, I greatly appreciate the fact that this organization is doing so much to help out animals. 🙂

You can find out more at The Nutrish Website and while you are there, click on the link on the right hand side (top of the page) entitled “Switch to Nutrish” and request a coupon for their dog food like I did… and I saved $4 off my Nutrish Zero Grain Dog food for my Gluten Free Dog Food.

Here is your chance to win a 6lb bag of Nutrish Zero Grain for your (or a friends) Dog! U.S. Entries only please.
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Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I received Nutrish Zero Grain Dog Food for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Nutrish and me.

Organic Dog Food, that worked for my Dogs Sensitive Tummies – Review

Snapshot from my video of Tiny Dancing for his dinner
My dog, Tiny does his “Snoopy Dance” for his dinner. (catch the dance in my video near the end of the post)

You probably know by now (or could easily guess) that my fur babies love it when I get a chance to review dog products on the blog. And this one is no different and their little tummies are very happy with the Newman’s Own Organics Premium Pet Food products that we were asked to review.Newman's Own Organics Dog Food Bag in Adult Dog Formula

My two pups have picky tummies and they can be picky eaters too… we’ve found some dog foods that they will not touch and we had to give it away to neighbors, though we were half tempted to throw it away. We found others that they would eat and later throw up, and yet some others that upset their tummies and we’d end up cleaning the floors and butt fur repeatedly as a result of their eating those Dog Foods or Dog Treats. And I thought a sick man was needy (oh darling husband, you know I AM NOT talking about you. *wink*), ladies some of you know what I mean… but have a dog with a sick tummy (at least my 2 tiny dogs) and they want complete and uninterrupted attention, take your attention away from them for a moment and they are not happy with you and those pups get pushy, panicked and moan a lot in complaint.

It’s a balancing act when your pets have sensitive tummies like mine do. And the recent problems that arose with products coming in from China, I started to wonder, should I make homemade dog food? Being the careful skeptic that I am, I did massive amounts of research on homemade dog foods and after much copying and printing recipes, I found a glitch in the idea. I really shouldn’t make homemade dog foods, there seems to be a lot of science in creating the products that meet your dogs nutritional needs. There are specialty ingredients that you really must go out and purchase to add to a dogs food in order to properly balance the nutritional value of any homemade food, and still a lot of calculations to be met. Human foods do not meet our dogs nutritional needs. Not only that but in the end not only is it a lot more expensive, but, even though our dogs are worth it, it is after all a lot of work. I tell you what I decided to do, after all that research I found that not only do we have to worry about nutrition for our dogs but it is highly recommended to go with Organic products for the dogs. When your little fur babies are so precious to us, lets take care of their bodies by using only the best for them, so I’ve considered going organic for them for quite some time, though I had not taken the leap yet, not until trying Newman’s Own Organics.Dog Foods and Treats from Newmans Own Organics

I received a nice box of goodies for my boys and some coupons too, from Newman’s Own Organics.

I received :

2 Large Cans: Chicken & Brown Rice Formula and the other was Organic Beef

2 Small Cans: Turkey and Brown Rice Formula and the other in Turkey & Chicken Formula

A 1 ½ lbs Bag: Adult Dog formula, made with Organic Grains & Vegetables

2 resealable Bags of Dog treats: Premium Dog Treats in Size Small, Flavor Peanut Butter and the other is Snack Sticks for Dogs in Chicken & Rice Formula

Newman's Own Organics Dog Snacks Packages in PeanutButter and in Chicken and Rice

We’ve fed our pups these perfect sized little hearts before from Newman’s Own Organics (the Premium Dog Treats, small in Peanut Butte Flavor), we found these to be one of the most perfect sized treats for our boys. These Peanut Butter Hearts, are just right for training treats as well as those random treats during the day, great for small dogs like mine. I love these for my dogs and they seem to enjoy them and always ask for more.

These little hearts are 1 inch wide, 1/4 inch thick.

Heart Shaped Dog Treats Measures 1 inch wide on my rulerThe treat I have never picked up before, for my fur babies are the Snack Sticks for Dogs, in Chicken & Rice Recipe, these are long lean sticks about , easy to break up to split between my two dogs as they are not too hard. They love these too.

These little sticks are about 4 1/2 inches long.

Dog Treat Stick measures 4 and a half inches long

I generally feed my 2 little boys dry dog food and use the moist dog foods for special occasions, part of the reason is their sensitive tummies and it’s hard to find moist dog food formulas that agree with their stomachs. I have found about a year back, that a friend sent me a care package with some of Newman’s Own Organics Moist Dog foods in it, she knew my dogs couldn’t stomach most moist dog foods and she had faith that the dog food she’s been feeding her boy and girl (Fur Kids of course, lol) would do the trick with my 2 boys. Sure enough, no upset tummies, no doggy accidents to clean up and 2 happy puppies, one of which even dances for this dinner! So cute!

And there was no problem with the usual progression from one dry dog food to another, if you don’t know usually you should gradually introduce new dog foods, to your dogs in progression, keep the old dog food and slowly increase the % of the new dog food in the mix to introduce the new food to your dog. I usually do this with the dry dog foods starting out at about 1/3 and increasing over 3 days to 100% of the new food, this helps to keep the dogs from getting an upset tummy from the new product. I didn’t do this with my 1 ½ lb bag of dry dog food from Newman’s Own Organics, having tried their soft foods on the dogs previously I had a feeling that they would have no problem digesting the dry food either and I was right. No problems for my two little boys at all switching straight to the new food, they love it and Tiny Dog dances for his dinner for this one as well as the soft foods they make.

Newmans Own Organics Small Moist Dog Food CansI love the Newman’s Own Organics, both people food and the dog foods, they take good care of our little family with Organic ingredients and tummy friendly foods for my Fur Babies. Thank you Newman’s Own Organics for sharing your wonderful products with me and my happy little Fur Babies! You have won our hearts and our brand loyalty with your tasty original & organic recipes for all your fantastic products.

Not a problem with Newman’s Own Organics Dog Food and Treats, they not only joyfully eat the food but there have been no ill effects from eating it, and of course no clean up… happy me & happy pups!

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by Newman’s Own Organics and me.