When you live with a dog, and that dog invades your couch, your bed and your heart, it’s easy to forget that they are still dogs. Dogs with certain instincts. Dogs with certain nutritional needs. Dogs that can, and would survive without your help.
When we got Sadie they told us that they found her in a field with her 4 sisters. She wasn’t undernourished by any means, and was friendly enough, but she certainly wasn’t used to living in a house. She was likely living wild for the first 9 or so months of her life.
And she obviously learned to take care of herself.
I didn’t really realize what this meant until recently. Until we had a mini massacre in our backyard. You see, Sadie happened upon a nest of newborn baby bunnies, and apparently in the wild this means it’s LUNCH TIME!
I’ll let you figure out what happened next….
Once I got over the shock of watching this go down and feeling heartbroken and helpless, it really made me think long and hard about dog nutrition. We have always fed our dogs quality food, but it never occurred to me to wonder if that food was “wild” enough. Did that food truly satisfy their instinctive nutritional needs?
Living indoors with us obviously there is a limit to the truly wild food she can eat. And that food comes with its own inherent dangers such as fleas, worms and other diseases so we don’t really want her eating that anyway.
Sadie is one of the most “wild” dogs we have ever had. She loves being outside exploring our yard, running around and playing. She will play with Toby, one of us or by herself, she just doesn’t care. As soon as the humans head inside, Toby is right at our heals, but Sadie will spend half the day out there before she decides she wants to come inside.
She really, truly seems to experience the most joy when she is outside in the yard.
In February I introduced you to a company, Wild Calling!®, who realizes that dogs have basic nutritional needs that reflect their wild lives.
Wild Calling! is a pet food company dedicated to providing dogs with “real good food” that is a combination of dietary science and natural food found in the wild. They pride themselves in using the highest quality ingredients for your pet – including hormone and antibiotic-free meat, poultry and fish.
Wild Calling! foods contain something they call GlycoEdge, which is designed to provide your dog with consistent energy and a low glycemic diet. All of the Wild Calling! products are grain free and meat & protein rich. Their protein is derived from quality animal protein and helps create an optimal amino acid profile to support healthy muscle growth & increased energy.
- Wild Calling! is made with only animal protein – 0% vegetable protein.
- All Wild Calling! food is 100% grain, gluten & carrageenan free.
- The first ingredient in Wild Calling! is always meat, poultry or fish.
- Wild Calling! has diets formulated for all life stages – puppy through adulthood.
- Wild Calling! is designed to be a rotational diet just like they would get in the wild which ensures complete nutrition.
- Wild Calling! is Made in the USA.
Since I first introduced you to Wild Calling! we had an opportunity to try both the dry and canned varieties (well when I say “we” I mean THEY tried it) and they gobble it up each and every time!
What’s that smell?
She is never far from the Wild Calling! when I pull it out of the cabinet.
Both her and Toby really seem to enjoy it more than the previous food I was buying.
We are seriously considering making Wild Calling! a permanent part of their diet. They enjoy it and I am completely a fan of the company, the rotational diet concept and the quality of the food.
To find Wild Calling! near you check out their store locator.