Just like with us humans, fresh nutrition fuels a dog’s body, especially when they’re spending lots of time exploring the outdoors.
Bearing that in mind, this post goes over my 3 favorite raw dog food brands that I’ve come to appreciate since 2015, along with my 3 favorite doggie gear brands that come along on our outdoors adventures.
You’ll be able to watch an unboxing video from each of the 3 raw dog food brands Darwin’s Natural Pet, Raw Feeding Miami, and Raw Paws Pet Food, along with a ton of social media footage and pictures of the different foods.
I’m also sharing video & picture footage of my 3 go-to doggie gear brands Ruffwear, Mighty Paw, & CoLLaR.
Enjoy and feel free to share this post with your friends if you end up liking it and finding it to be of value 🙂
Darwin’s Natural Pet
It all started with Darwin’s Natural Pet. Raw dog food blogger Kimberly from KeepTheTailWagging.com had recommended the brand as a spring board into my raw feeding journey after Missy’s first cancer diagnosis in late 2014, and it was a wonderful recommendation.
Their pre-made meals make raw feeding a breeze and offer the peace of mind of knowing that you’re feeding your pooch nutritiously complete food.
By now, I’ve fed all 3 of their lines:
Natural Selections, made with 75% meat & 25% organic vegetables. It comes in cage-free/free-roaming poultry (chicken, duck & turkey) and grass-fed beef and lamb that are free of steroids, antibiotics or artificial growth hormones.
Chicken – $4.39/lb
Duck – $5.39/lb
Turkey – $4.89/lb
Beef – $5.99/lb
Lamb – $7.19/lb
Zoologics, also made with 75% meat & 25% vegetables. It’s less expensive than the Natural Selections because it’s made with conventionally grown meats & vegetables.
Chicken – $3.49/lb
Duck – $4.99/lb
Turkey – $3.99/lb
Beef – $4.89/lb
Intelligent Design, veterinary meals available with a prescription only. They consist of hormone-free, antibiotic-free, and pesticide-free meats and organic vegetables, with no grains, added fillers or chemical preservatives.
Intelligent Design™ KS Kidney Support Formula for Canines – $7.90/lb.*
Intelligent Design™ LS Liver Support Formula for Canines – $6.90/lb.
Intelligent Design™ CS Cancer Support Formula for Canines – $5.90/lb.* This is the line Missy is currently on as she was re-diagnosed with cancer in early 2018.
Intelligent Design™ JMS Joint & Musculoskeletal Support Formula for Canines – $5.90/lb.
We went to Pittsboro today to pick up some more of Missy’s homeopathic remedies that we ran low on and came home to her raw cancer support formula from @darwinspetfood | doesn’t she look cute on her throne?! ????AND stylish with her @ruffwear harness & my beloved leather leash from @collar_company ???? #DogTraining A post shared by K9sOver☕ Walking/Raw Feeding (@k9sovercoffee) on
Founder Gary Tashjian Addresses Recent Recall
Darwin’s recently conducted a voluntary recall of some of their products. The company wants pet owners to know that the pathogens which caused the recall are largely harmless to cats and dogs and are outweighed by the benefits of a raw-food diet.
As long as pet owners follow the same food-hygiene procedures when handling their products— such as they would when handling raw chicken from the grocery store—they are safe.
The following video clip features a message from founder Gary Tashjian about the recall.
I’ve been asked by a follower on Instagram whether or not I’m worried about those recalls. I am not.
I continue to trust Darwin’s Natural Pet. This trust lies in the fact that neither I nor Missy & Buzz have ever been sick when handling (me) and eating (the pups) their meals, and realizing that media coverage has a tendency of overdramatizing recall stories.
As I said in a comment on the YouTube video of Mr. Tashjian’s message, I didn’t hesitate one second to put Missy on the cancer support formula that our homeopathic veterinarian Dr. Loops recommended for her.
In case you’re wondering what else he recommended to keep her quality of life high as her body is dealing with cancer, I invite you to check out my blog post K9 Cancer Supplements Suggested By Our Homeopathic Veterinarian Dr. Loops.
Raw Feeding Miami
As I started learning more and more about raw feeding, I came across Raw Feeding Miami in 2016, a raw dog food retailer with headquarters in Miami, FL. The company has a huge selection of all the different components that make up balanced raw meals and ships them out nationwide.
Whenever I browse their online shop I feel like a little kid in a candy store – they carry a large variety of protein, ranging from poultry (including goose) to beef, lamb, goat, emu, pork, rabbit, wild game, fish, & quail.
I typically buy whole cuts of meat such as heads, hearts, lungs, gizzards, etc., and then cut them up myself on meal prep day, but I also take advantage of some of their ground options, particularly their organ grind Monster Mash.
That mix of organs costs $4/lb and is super convenient when you don’t feel like putting the right ratio of organ meats together yourself (a balanced raw food meal consists of 5% liver and 5% other organ, as well as 70-80% muscle meat and 10% raw meaty bone, along with some optional veggies & fruit, depending on which model of raw feeding you’re following).
Organ Mix "Monster Mash"
Our raw feeding shipment from @rawfeedingmiami arrived! Yummo! ?? A post shared by K9sOver☕ Walking/Raw Feeding (@k9sovercoffee) on
My last order for Buzz from Raw Feeding Miami consisted of a total of 27 lbs for $99.85. The different cuts of meat were $72.91, and shipping was $26.94. That’s a really good deal! If you’re lucky enough to live in the greater Miami area, you can pick up your order at the Raw Feeding Miami warehouse in person.
Our latest order from Raw Feeding Miami
Raw Paws Pet Food is another raw dog food retailer that I discovered in my first year of raw feeding, back in 2015. They’re headquartered in Indiana and have a decent selection of individual components of a raw food diet, as well as a ton of complete meals that are already balanced and put together for you.
Their balanced meals consist of ground muscle meat, bone, and organs, but don’t contain any veggies & fruit. Price-wise they’re somewhere between Darwin’s Natural Pet and Raw Feeding Miami. They also ship nationwide and offer free shipping on frozen goods with orders totaling $199 and more.
Update: They now also offer free ship packs (8 lb, 10 lb, 19 lb, 20 lb) ranging in price between $69-149, including a one time introductory offer for raw feeding beginners (9 lb).
Now that you know what I fuel the pups’ bodies with, let’s talk doggie gear.
Ruffwear – Performance Dog Gear
The brand I’ve used the longest in this category is Ruffwear. They create performance dog gear and carry everything an active dog owner could possibly want to get their paws on.
Collars, leashes, harnesses, backpacks, collapsible bowls, jackets, boots, life jackets, sleeping bags, cooling supplies, toys…you name it, they have it!
Our Ruffwear gear currently consists of:
The pups’ Top Rope collars featuring an all-metal side release buckle and reflective stitching.
Their Front Range & Load Up harnesses.
Their Approach Pack backpacks.
Their Cloud Chaser jackets.
I wrote about our two Ruffwear harnesses in my blog post Ruffwear’s Front Range Vs Load Up Harness – Which One Is Better?
Ruffwear’s Approach Pack is featured in my post Dog Fitness & More With The Ruffwear Approach Pack.
And my post Ruffwear’s All-Weather Sleeved Jacket “Cloud Chaser” is all about the versatile doggie jacket.
I didn’t find out about this company until last year when I started supporting fellow blogger Lindsay from ThatMutt.com on Patreon and received products from her sponsor Mighty Paw for my $7 monthly contributions. They carry leashes, collars, harnesses, dog treat pouches, potty bells, and poop bag holders. Any orders above $35 ship free.
My all-time favorite gear from them is their dog treat pouch. It’s like the Ferrari of dog treat pouches, HA!
You can immediately tell the difference in quality and functionality between Mighty Paw’s Treat Pouch and my previous, generic one just by looking at them side by side:
It was a no-brainer to write about it since I’ve come to love it so much – feel free to check it out here: Mighty Paw’s Dog Treat Pouch – Perfect For Dog Walking & Training.
Another one of their cool products is their short traffic leash. It’s great for environments where you want your dog close by, like the vet, pet retail stores or events that let you bring your leashed dog such as dog expos or pet specific conferences.
We broke in our new extra short leash from @mightypawdogs – it’s only 18 inches long and great to control your dog in high traffic environments. ??We tested it at a park first – so far, so good. We’ll try it at a pet store & the vet soon. Thanks, Lindsay from @thatmuttcom for introducing us to it! A post shared by K9sOver☕ Walking/Raw Feeding (@k9sovercoffee) on
Rocking the short traffic leash from @mightypawdogs at the vet’s! A post shared by K9sOver☕ Walking/Raw Feeding (@k9sovercoffee) on
CoLLaR is a Ukrainian wholesale company who make amazingly soft leather leashes and collars for our best friends, as well as several dog toys – you may have heard of the Puller toy and the Liker ball, which are both made by CoLLaR.
If you’re the owner of a pet retail store or know someone who is – do yourselves a favor and contact a CoLLaR rep/share this info with your store owner friend so you/they can start carrying their amazing products rather sooner than later!
I had the immense pleasure of meeting reps of the company at the Global Pet Expo in Orlando, FL, in 2016, and would have loved to take home a leash & collar combo of every single color that was displayed at their booth – they’re just SO beautiful!!
I did end up going home with a beautiful yellow, soft adjustable leather leash & collar combo for Missy that I use the hell out of, and wrote about the hands-free hiking experience the leash offers in my blog post Hands-Free Hiking With Collar’s Adjustable Leather Leash.
I also brought back a patriotic collar & leash set for Buzz. I’ve only used the collar on special occasions such as July 4 because it’s a little big on him, but I use the leash all the time. There’s just something about soft leather leashes!!
I blogged about their soft leather collection in general in my post CoLLaR SOFT Genuine Leather Collection For Your Best Friend.
As you can tell from the following pictures, CoLLaR’s yellow & patriotic leather leashes have become the pups’ daily go-to leashes!
Enjoying our beach walk on Hilton Head Island ???? A post shared by K9sOver☕ Walking/Raw Feeding (@k9sovercoffee) on
I love spoiling Missy & Buzz with top notch nutrition and shopping around for deals between different raw dog food companies. Darwin’s Natural Pet, Raw Feeding Miami, and Raw Paws Pet Food have earned my trust over the course of the past 3 years and I’m happy to provide any further information you might be interested in. Just leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you.
I’m equally enthusiastic about Ruffwear, Mighty Paw, and CoLLaR. Not only are their products easy on the eye, they’re also highly functional and durable, and I love that combination.
Are you familiar with any of the 6 brands I mentioned? What’s one of your favorite brands? As always, we’d love to hear from you in our comment section!