This post is sponsored by © Nature’s Recipe, LLC., all opinions are my own.
Everyone in my life knows two very important things about me: 1) I'm obsessed with Star Wars and 2) I'm obsessed with pugs. It's just part of who I am! In January of 2016, I lost my pug of 13.5 years, Roxie. It was hard on me as losing a pet always is, and I waited a year before I got another pug.
And oh, boy . . . was I in for a surprise!
My new pug is named Otto, and he's a male born in October of 2016. He couldn't be more different than Roxie if he tried. Roxie was calm and liked to sit on my lap. Otto likes to run around like a crazy piggie with his tail tucked between his legs (for speed). Roxie did tricks for me when I asked. Otto barely listens. Roxie wore costumes for pictures. Otto bites at them.
There was another big difference I noticed when Otto came into my life. He has a very sensitive stomach compared to Roxie!
I realized that Otto had a sensitive stomach when I noticed that he was eating grass after a meal. It started to be just a little bit, then it got more frequent. I knew that meant his stomach was probably upset, so I spoke with a friend who had more experience with dogs to see what she thought.
She suggested that I get something with pumpkin or sweet potato in it, so the next time I was at Walmart, I browsed the shelves to see what was available. And there it was in all of its glory: Nature's Recipe®! There were a few key words on the front of the package that stood out to me:
- Small breed (I wanted smaller kibble pieces)
- Grain free (I didn't want any by-product, corn, wheat, or artificial flavors)
- Easy to digest
- Real chicken!
I decided to grab a bag of it and take it home. I went through the process of switching Otto's dog food slowly but surely, so that I wouldn't upset his stomach even further.
This transition to Nature's Recipe happened about six months ago, and guess what – he hasn't gotten nauseous since. Okay, there was that one time when he ate some bark mulch because he's a weirdo, but that doesn't count!
What I love about Nature's Recipe is that it's premium dog food, and it's made with real lamb, chicken, or salmon (we always choose the chicken recipe). Not only is it natural, but it includes vitamins, minerals, and nutrients as part of the formula. Otto LOVES IT.
Every time he eats it (in his slow-feed bowl since he tends to suck down his food), his tail is wagging! It's SO cute to watch – his tail looks like a little cinnamon bun moving back and forth as fast as possible.
Plus there's one other bonus of the food.
If you don't know anything about pugs, they are incredibly food motivated. They can be sick as a dog (ha!) and still want to eat. It's kind of amazing!
It's also very useful if you are trying to teach your pet to do tricks, which I've been trying to do with Otto. The small pieces of Nature's Recipe are perfect for using as small rewards (for example, if you are doing clicker training).
Not only that, the Nature's Recipe small breed food fits in a treat ball. So not only does Otto eat this food for meals, but he eats it for snacks, too! I love it because I know Nature's Recipe is never going to upset his tummy. I never have to worry.
Otto is a highly active pug, and Nature's Recipe provides the nutrition he needs to keep him going all day long. And he's one of those dogs that gets up and is moving ALL day long until he crashes at night! It's kind of hilarious.
I know that if you have pets, you want to give them a food they love that provides them with nutrients – so I encourage you to check out Nature's Recipe at Walmart! I'm really happy with their grain free formula, and I think you would be too.
Let me know if you have a fussy eater in the comments below!