Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Squeal for Zeal! #honestkitchen

Squeal for Zeal!

I was excited to check the front of my door and see my new food has arrived! The Honest Kitchen sent Zeal to us, a natural dehydrated whole food for dogs.  

Here's my Ruckus Report on it:

  • Grain-Free dog food:
    • I am a huge fan of the ingredients: Wild, line-caught haddock with sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and parsley
    • This is always a key. The fact that is it also safe and taste-tested by humans
  • Easy: 
    • Simple to make whether wet or dry--you can also sprinkle on top of kibbles if desire
  • Considerate: 
    • HK takes into consideration their customers' requests. They are in the process of removing rosemary from their food products

  • Lose Munching Factor: 
    • Wet food is fun for all dogs, but you lose the ability to really grind your teeth a bit and chew
  • Price: 
    • Initially this is a big turn off factor at first glance, 10 pounds dog food for $100? It sounds outrageous! But if you sit down and think about it, every 1 cup makes 1 lb of dog food. When you do the math that way, it's actually quite the deal. And it takes up less storage space! 
    • Here is the feeding guideline from their website:
Dehydrated dog food feeding recommendations

  • Messy: 
    • The packaging is a bit too simple for me. All the dehydrated food is kept in one big ziplock bag, making it easy to spill, especially while scooping. I'm wondering if there could be a creative design to the packaging that can help prevent this.


All ingredients dehydrated: Haddock, whiting, sweet potatoes, eggs, organic coconut, organic alfalfa, apples, pumpkin, parsley, cabbage, bananas, salmon, cranberries, garlic, rosemary extract*, tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, potassium iodide, potassium chloride, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate.

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Protein, 35.50%
  • Fat, 8.50%
  • Fiber, 5.80%
  • Moisture, 8.90%
  • 437 calories per cup

2. STIR!
3. EAT!

$105.83 for 10 pounds (makes 40 pounds)
$50.95 for 4 pounds (makes 16 pounds)
$6.09 for 4 ounce trial (makes 1 pound)

At this time, I wouldn't consider completely replacing all my dry meals, but I would use this to add to my meal as a topper. I can see this being a very good kit for senior dogs who have very sensitive teeth. Overall, I do SQUEAL FOR ZEAL just because it is so darn tasty. I leave my bowl spotless at the end of the day. 

Company's website: http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/


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Disclaimer: We received no payment or compensation and were provided with the product(s) for an honest review.  Please read the disclosure here.

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  1. The Honest Kitchen does make some great dog foods. Shiner has tried a little bit of Zeal before. She really enjoyed it!

    1. Glad to hear that she liked it too. I've been pretty impressed with THKs food and snacks so far.

  2. Hey Ruckus! This sounds great! We will give it a try! Thanks!

    1. Thanks Jeanne. I am curious on what you think about it. Please share!

  3. we fed HK for a while and they make great foods. The only issue was Norbert did not like the texture. I am considering going back to them in the future for the pugs. I also added additional raw or cooked meat to mine when I fed it which did drive up the price a bit

    urban hounds

    1. Hi Tubby Pug, did you use the dry or wet texture? I'm not a fan of the dry, but the wet goes down pretty well.

  4. Sounds like a good food. My issue would be price with three large dogs to feed. :)

    1. Hi 2browndawgs, 3 dogs would probably finish off that 10lber in no time!

  5. Mmm! Sustainably caught haddock is a healthy addition to meal time, Ruckus! Great review.

    1. I am a huge fan of fish so this was a big hit for me.

  6. Mmm! Sustainably caught haddock is a healthy addition to meal time, Ruckus! Great review.

  7. Read many GOOD reviews of Honest Kitchen. LOVE your bowl. Happy tasty tuesday and Golden Thanks for participating the hop. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  8. Interesting concept! Good to know the company is receptive to customer feedback, that's a huge plus! Enjoy your new tasty food Ruckus!

    1. Hi Duke, I agree..it is so important to know that someone out there is listening to what the customer is saying!

  9. Interesting! I've never even considered dehydrated food before. Thanks for the honest review! :)

    1. Yes, this was the first time I have heard of dehydrated food.

  10. I've seen this food on the shelf and though it looks interesting the price is awfully high...Why are they removing rosemary? And I don't quite get the portion conversion...If Gizmo's normal meal is 1/2 C kibble how does that convert? Do I use a 1/2 cup of the dry and then add the water? And what is the mixed consistency like? Is it like oatmeal or more watery...sorry to bug you with so many questions

    1. Hi Gizmo, those are all so very good questions. Let me ask THK to see if they can help answer them since I don't have the answers to them. I will send them an email!

  11. It has a fishy smell to it...drives both me and my sapiens crazy. They are crazy because the smell will linger in the house. I go crazy because it just makes me salivate and drool like a maddog.

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