While I was out of town last week, this happy little package arrived. Two trial sized boxes of the Zeal, a cute little packet of parsley seeds and three booklets/pamphlets. I really like "A Little Book Of Honesty," which introduces you to the corporate culture at THK and talks about ingredient sourcing. "Feed Your Way To A Healthy Pet" outlines the importance of high quality nutrition. The product guide is a quick guide to their entire line of products.
As friends and regular readers know, I work in the pet food industry in an independent pet food retail store. What you may not know is that the store where I work sells TONS of THK. In fact, at one point I was told by our sales rep. that we were the biggest account for THK in our region. As a retailer, I love these booklets to give to customers. Not every customer is a dog food nerd, or wants to be one, but some do! And, they eat this stuff up. We give out so much information in our nutrition consultations. Being able to hand the customer a brochure or booklet like these helps immensely. They can take it home and go back over things we discussed in the store.
So, back to the matter at hand. I had three hungry dogs to feed this morning (Pearl is away, training to be a sheepdog). All are 45-55lbs. I feed them all a little bit differently based on age and activity level. The two trial sized boxes were not quite enough to feed all three dogs, so I gave each a slightly smaller portion and added some fresh meat and their usual supplements.
|Gracie (13 1/2 yo Samoyed), Jane (5 yo Border Collie), Pogo (9 yo Samoyed)|
The Zeal rehydrates a little bit differently than the Embark. It takes less water. I usually forget this and end up with really soupy soup. Today, I did remember and each dog got a pretty consistent porridge-y breakfast.
Gracie gets a double shot of salmon oil. Because of her age, I try to give her as much Omega 3s as I can. She and Pogo get Connectin by In Clover for their arthritis. Jane gets K9 Glucosamine from Liquid Health.
FINALLY!!! The wait is over. All three dive into their bowls and don't come up until the bowls are clean.
The Zeal is a big hit! As with the other THK products, the finished product looks fresh and smells great. . .I admit to loving the smell of Embark and Love more than Zeal, just because I am not a huge fish fan, myself. But I love the health benefits of it. The Samoyeds tend to like fish more than the Border Collies do (speaking only for my own dogs, of course); that said, Jane devoured the Zeal this morning. They all really love Embark and Love. I use the Lithe tea for Grace and Pogo and believe I see a difference on the days I use it. I just don't always have some ready to go at meal times. Beams, the dried fish skin treat, are a HUGE hit in our house. Perfect Form is another excellent product we wouldn't be without!
I think the only THK recipe that we've tried that they didn't all love was the Thrive. That division ran right down the breed line. Instantly, the BCs let me know they did not like it. Both staring at me before tentatively licking at the contents of their bowl. The second time I fed it, neither would even sniff it, and Pearl backed away from it. The Samoyeds, of course, happily lapped it up.
As a retailer who sells quite a bit of the stuff, we do occasionally get returns from customers whose pets don't like it. At our store, we really try to use the free samples and the trial size boxes to have customers introduce the products to their pets slowly and in small quantities. For some pets, this isn't important, especially, if the customer feeds a variety of foods. For some, they need a little time to become accustom to the texture.
I like the company, their values, the excellent customer service. At work, our THK sales rep is awesome. (Hi Ed!) Improvements that they could make, for me. . .the only thing would be to have it raw or freeze dried. At one point, in their charitable giving, THK was aligned with H$U$, and I was very critical of them for that. H$U$ is no longer listed as a recipient of THK's donations and I hope it stays that way.
From our kitchen to The Honest Kitchen: all paws up on the Zeal! Thanks, and we'll be happy to test and review any other products you want to send our way.