Ollie is a subscription that sends fresh, human-grade dog food personalized for your dog’s activity level, age, and favorite foods. Handmade in small batches at USDA regulated facility, Ollie is free of artificial flavors, preservatives, or fillers.
From their site – “Price depends on the size of your dog: We calculate how much food they need based on the exact number of calories they need to consume daily, which dictates your subscription cost. A small dog starts at $3/day (that’s less than a nice cup of coffee!) Real, high-quality ingredients aren’t cheap, but we don’t deal with middlemen and distributors so we can offer you the best value. And shipping is free!”
I got 50% off of my first box so Ardy’s first 2 week supply came out to $75.53, which is definitely more than his typical kibble. He does love the food though as I’m sure will show through in the review and pictures below.
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The packaging is good. Even though it had been raining the outer box was damaged, the contents of the box were in good shape. The food is frozen prior to shipping, and it was still frozen when it arrived. My first box was lost by FedEx, and the Ollie support responded to my e-mail and shipped me a new box the same day I reached out.
They calculated the portions based on Ardy being an active 10 year old boxer who weighs in at around 65 pounds. I picked the lamb and beef flavor since he’s always loved both for treats, and they’ve always been fine on his stomach. Most importantly, you’ll get this pamphlet about transitioning Ollie food into your dog’s diet.
I appreciated the info about Ollie’s mission and product since it is very different than the Science Diet kibble I’ve been feeding Ardy for years. They also picture also share all of the ingredients in the food which are natural meats, vegetables, and fruits.
You’ll get a few more pieces of reading material that talks about their process.
On to the products:
In addition to the food and paperwork, there was a container to keep the food fresh in your fridge and an Ollie branded scoop.
The food comes in nice compact frozen packages. Once opened they easily slide into the sealable container and can be stored in the fridge. I ended up freezing a lot of the food to keep it fresh. When I needed the next container I took it out and left it in the fridge for a day to defrost.
He likes to check out every new thing that comes into the house, but Ardy’s interest piqued when I opened up the food container.
They have a really useful FAQ about the meat and how they source their food on their site.
Lastly there was a bag of treats. Ollie sent this as a sorry since FedEx messed up the first delivery. Ardy is actually quite picky with treats so I was glad he liked them. They aren’t included in my other normal shipments, but I wanted mention since it was a nice gesture from the Ollie support team.
To the Food! My first reaction was that it looked like a ground meat with some vegetables mixed in. Upon reviewing the ingredients that’s exactly what it is. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t consider trying it myself, but alas Ardy is the only one in the house who’s eaten Ollie so far…
I started by mixing the food in with Ardy’s typical kibble. He was definitely more interested in the food with Ollie mixed in than without it. Since adding the Ollie in Ardy has been much more excited for meal time, and I’ve had to have him take a break half way through his meal because he’s wolfing it down too quickly.
He’s been literally licking the bowl clean for about a minute after meals. Ardy has always been on the skinny side and is a really active dog (even now at 10 years old), so I’m always trying to find ways to get him to eat and enjoy his food.
While Ollie is definitely not cheap, it’s clear to me that Ardy loves it. As he’s gotten older he’s started eating less and gotten more picky with his food. For the short term, I will continue to feed him a mix of Ollie and his usual kibble. I will continue to up the share as time goes on.
What do you think of Ollie?
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