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.