I have been on the quest for a healthier lifestyle for years now. Not only do my hubby and I try to be more active, but this also means that we try to eat more whole, fresh, natural foods. We rarely eat any meals that come out of a box or that are considered “processed” foods. I cook more from scratch.
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It stands to reason that this lifestyle change would eventually make its way to our dogs as well. Over the last few years, we’ve tried to get away from cheap, dry, processed foods and to move to higher quality brands and add some freeze-dried and other variety to their diets. When our golden retriever, Sheba, was diagnosed with cancer, our third dog and sixth pet to have this awful disease, it became even more urgent to do so.
We opted to forego conventional treatments for Sheba, other than surgeries to remove the sarcomas, and chose more natural ways to fight it. That included healthier foods and I started cooking some homemade meal toppers with fresh ingredients for her and her siblings. The almost two years she was with us after her first diagnosis I think are a testament to the benefits of healthy, natural living.
Once Sheba was gone I wanted to continue with the same plan. However, the lack of the motivation of helping her fight that cancer left me slacking off in that department. While higher quality foods and different types of toppers were of benefit, I was still left wanting more for them. I want Cricket and Luke to have strong immune systems so that hopefully cancer will never enter their lives at all.
While I would still sometimes find time to cook for them, spring brought a lot of changes to our lives that made it more and more difficult to do so. We started our organic farm, another step towards that healthier lifestyle goal. Gardens had to be planted, we got our first chickens, and then I had my mini vacation to South Carolina for the BlogPaws conference planned.
The timing of that turned out to be perfect. As we sat down to breakfast one morning at the conference, conversation started around the table with new people we were meeting. One of those people was a representative for the pet food company NomNomNow, and as he told us about their business, I knew they were exactly what I’d been looking for.
Headquartered in Oakland, California since 2015, NomNomNow delivers healthy dog food right to your doorstep. This food is cooked and delivered fresh in individual packages that are the perfect portion size for your dog. The recipes are veterinarian formulated by nutritionist Dr. Justin Shmalberg.
My interest was piqued and we continued communication after the conference. Fast forward to last week when our first meals were delivered just as promised. All I had to do to get to that point was fill out a simple form online with all my information, and then with Luke and Cricket’s details as well. It took no time at all. Providing their ages, weights, and activity levels made it possible for NomNomNow to send us the correct caloric requirements for each.
E-mail confirmations and welcomes were quick to arrive in my inbox. I was given contact information, an overview of exactly how it would work, and access to a booklet to download with all the information I needed (that booklet is also included with your first delivery). I had a question, and I received a response within a short matter of time via email.
Our food arrived exactly when promised, packaged in completely recyclable materials (no Styrofoam coolers here!), and still cold. There was ice remaining in the freezer packs enclosed with the food, so we know it arrived to us with plenty of time to still stay fresh, even if we hadn’t been home to receive it.
There was a lot of excitement around the house at the time, and it wasn’t just from the dogs! Both the Dadz and I are delighted to be adding freshly-made cooked to order meals for the dogs. Human-grade food with all-natural ingredients – that is exactly as we would do it ourselves, but in a way that is making our lives easier, not more work.
We’ll be filling you in on how the dogs are enjoying their new food, what benefits it is providing to them (and all of us!), and more about the company and product in the weeks to come.
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GROOVY GOLDENDOODLES says
I am super excited to find out how they like it – and everything else in-between. Can’t wait.
It’s turned out to be a bit of a life saver, I’ll tell why this week. 🙂
Sounds like a great option. I hope the food works well for the pups.
I think we’re all going to be pretty happy with this!
Monika & Sam says
What a cool idea! We’ll have to check it out to see if it’d work for us. Thanks for sharing!
You’re welcome! We hope it will work for you too!
The Island Cats says
That sounds like good food. We hope your two like it.
So far they seem pretty happy with it!
We tried a similar but different brand of food last winter. Our biggest problem is with three of us, we need another freezer to keep all the food in as it doesn’t all fit in ours with Mom’s food in it. Looks like good stuff.
It is a lot when you get a month’s at a time with multiple dogs. We are lucky that we have a big chest freezer in our basement so we have plenty of extra room.
Brian Frum says
That sounds terrific and the name is so cool too!
Miss Harper Lee says
Our human mommy just went to the website, took one luck at that photo of the food in the bowl, and now she’s wondering if she can order NomNomNow for herself. 😉 I love that they figure out the correct caloric intake for you. That’s always tricky. Can’t wait to follow your experience.
I know what your mommy is feeling….I’d like someone to deliver my meals to the door too!
Melissa K. Clinton says
Fresh homemade food is always best in my opinion. Bentley and Pierre are doing awesome on their diet and I hope this works great for you.
Thank you, Melissa! I think this is going to be good for all of us.
We’re with you on the healthy lifestyle – we eat all non-GMO organics, and we really want to give Daisy the same thing but we just can’t swing it financially. So she’s getting the next best food we could find, at least it’s gluten- and grain-free and the ingredients avoid her allergies. But if our finances ever improve, Daisy will be introduced to organics too!
That is the tough part of eating healthy….it can get pricey. I love that you are on the same page as us though! I figure every little bit helps too. We just keep trying to improve as much as we can.
Jodi Stone says
It looks like a nice alternative to cooking. I can’t wait to hear more about it. And apparently, the dogs are pretty fond of it too. How did I miss these guys? Maybe I need to eat breakfast with you. 🙂
Remember that next time! 🙂
The dogs really do love it. Cricket especially seems far more excited about eating now!
Shadow and Ducky's Mom says
Sounds good! I’ll wait to read more of your experience with it before I make any decisions one way or the other. My past experiences with cooking people food for the girls were, well, let’s just say “unsuccessful”. And the food and treats I’ve been giving them since Ducky’s IBD/IBS diagnosis have helped get their sensitive tummies settled down. So, I stick with what works.
I can understand that. The ingredients in this seem pretty simple, but you have to be sure. We’ll be sharing more soon.
nom nom nom!!! yes that name is well picked! and that is like eating in a 5 star restaurant… well done!!!
I think the dogs agree with that!!
Roby Sweet says
What a great idea! I like that there’s a nutritionist who helps create the recipes.
That’s one big thing for me. If I cooked it myself, I’d be worried about them getting the proper nutrition.
Sand spring Chesapeake says
Cricket wants the food now. Have a great day
She’s never been known for her patience. 🙂