I’ve been a proudly proclaimed ‘dog person’ since my dad brought home our first family dog: a golden retriever named Fred. We didn’t know any better when it came to feeding Fred, so we gave him mostly dried dog food, leftovers, and the occasional steak or hamburger patty on his birthday. As I got older and learned more about dog nutrition, I was exposed to the horrific side of commercially made dry dog dog food; it’s made mostly from the waste products of grocery stores and meat factories: dead, dying and diseased animals along with expired fruits and vegetables, cooked using substandard facilities and processes and held together by chemicals and preservatives that aren’t cleared to be ingested by humans, and shouldn’t be used in dog food either.
The more I learned about how dog food was made, the more I was inclined to feed my own dogs homemade food made from real, fresh ingredients. However, making dog food myself came with its own host of problems. As a single woman who works nine to five, finding the time to make food for my two dogs: Charlie, a female French Bulldog, and Max, a Shiba Inu, was nearly impossible. On top of that, even though I closely followed the recipes I found online, I still wasn’t sure that the food I made for them actually contained the right amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats they needed. Both Max and Charlie were dealing with hair loss, and I was worried it had to do with malnutrition. I had no idea how to portion their food and in spite of how much or how little I fed them, they always seemed to want more. Even though I felt better about feeding them food that I knew was made with real, fresh ingredients, the process wasn’t sustainable, and it still felt like something was missing. I knew something had to change in my dogs’ diet to improve their health, but I didn’t know what.
With all that in mind, I started looking for other dog food options. I didn’t go into it expecting much, so what I found was beyond my wildest expectations: there were dozens of dog food subscription services that offered healthy, freshly made meals for dogs that could be delivered to your door weekly or biweekly, depending on the company and your preferences. Finding all these options at once was honestly super overwhelming for me. Online, they seemed to offer basically the same service: fresh dog meals delivered to your door. I wasn’t sure which subscription to choose, so I dug deeper into my research, looking at promotions, pricing, customization, and most importantly: customer reviews. After this in-depth research, I decided to try out Ollie.
The first thing I noticed when signing up for Ollie was how easy it was. Going in, I was worried that it would be hard to customize the subscription for my two very different dogs, but it wasn’t. When you first sign up, Ollie asks you to specify your dog’s breed, age, weight, gender, activity level, and any allergies it might have. From there, all you have to do is pay for your first month’s subscription and Ollie does all of the hard work for you: partnering with top-ranked veterinary nutritionists to make sure your dog is getting all of the fats, proteins, carbs, vitamins, and minerals it needs all while operating at the same standards as human grade food facilities. While it’s definitely more expensive than traditional, dried dog food, the first box is 20% off, so I figured I’d go for it (you can actually get 50% off through this link for a limited time only).
My first delivery came in a cute, orange and white box that was easy to unpack. The meals were stored in slim, resealable plastic packaging that didn’t take up a lot of space in my fridge and came with guidelines and a spoon to portion. The food looked a little bit like mush, and I wasn’t sure Charlie and Max would like it, but when I opened their new food they came running over immediately, tails wagging up a storm. Easily following the portioning guidelines Ollie provided for me, I put their bowls on the ground and it was gone almost instantly! They loved it.
After that I didn’t need any more convincing when it came to Ollie. Subscribing to Ollie freed up a lot of my time, making it so I could actually hang out with my dogs rather than always having to cook for them. On top of that, both Max and Charlie were a lot healthier after switching to Ollie. Both of them have stopped losing hair: growing thick, sleek coats that are soft to the touch. I love petting them. Their eyes also seem brighter, and all of the allergies Max had been dealing with before Ollie have disappeared. Most importantly, both Max and Charlie have a lot more energy than they did before. In the past, they would sometimes be too tired to get up when I came home from work, but now they’re waiting at the door to say hello. When we go for walks or to the dog park for playdates, they get a lot of compliments on how good they look. My dogs love the meals Ollie delivers and are more excited for meal time than ever before. I’m so happy to have found Ollie!
by Insider Envy Staff