Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Mid-Month Review

We're half way thru our American Journey. To refresh your memory, Chewy sent us a bag of American Journey Salmon and Sweet Potato dog food. We agreed to try it for a month and give reports on what we thought of it.

Bailey and Lola agreed to be our testers and their report is short and sweet. They love this food!!
  My report is more boring, but may be useful to anyone thinking of trying American Journey. I have only one complaint about this food. The small pieces which make it suitable for almost any size dog have presented us with a small problem.
 If you have well mannered dogs that pick up a piece or two of kibble and chew it before swallowing, you have nothing to worry about. If you have dogs that act like wild creatures that haven't seen food for a month, grab a whole mouthful and try to swallow it to get another mouthful, beware of choking.

The first night I fed the girls American Journey, they both choked. Yes, I have wild animals with no dining manners. I accept responsibility. Rob and I each performed a Heimlich maneuver while the girls tried to grab more pieces to swallow. It was an interesting meal.

We do have a bumpy bowl to slow down anyone who eats too fast. We bought it for Sky who used to inhale his food, then vomit it back up minutes later.  Now Mackey uses the bowl because she eats much too fast, then tries to steal some food from another dog. There are other ways to slow the girls and I chose to go that route. Instead of just handing them a bowl of kibble, I add a little topping, well mixed in, or a little fluid on the kibble. Both those additions slow them down and we've had no choking since the first night.
Like most of you, I'm obsessed with the output and all the stools have been perfect on this food. I've noticed no changes in coat, but then they're both so shaggy and the unusual weather has created plenty of dirt and mud for them to play in, so the coats aren't in the best form. Still they seem to be doing very well on the new diet.

All in all, I'm very pleased with this food and the girls give it eight paws up. The rest of the pack is jealous. I see their noses up in the air sniffing out that slightly fishy smell as I pass out the dinner bowls

Lola thinks this food is delicious.
Bailey is devising ways to get over the gate to where the food is stored so that she can have an extra helping.
If you want to give it a try, just contact Chewy. American journey also come in chicken, beef or lamb flavors and in large breed or puppy sizes. Maybe large breed would prevent the choking, hmmm.... next time.

Chewy sent us this bag of American Journey food at no cost to us in exchange for our honest reviews.


Marjie said...

Jeff has been feeding Tank a salmon food, because Tank has terrible skin and coat problems, and just 2 weeks of it made a wonderful change in his condition. Quincy and Lily a/k/a Adventure Beagle both inhale food and then try to steal Tank's, so Jeff has bumpy bowls for those two bozos stored here (along with some at his house, of course). Watching them try to snork around the bumps is rather humorous. I hope this food helps your fur-kids' coats!

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

We've got vacuuming dogs here, too! But we haven't had choking...yet. Maybe the larger size might help.

Birthday memories for Samba, today.

Molly the Airedale said...

Great review! It sounds like you'll be trying the larger kibble!

Lapdog Creations said...

Glad they're enjoying it... and that you found a solution to the gobbling!