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From Picky to Persistent: Why Our Dogs Love Ollie

Two pups and their journey to loving food

By Millie & MurrayPublished about a month ago 3 min read

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Getting a second dog was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Millie (3) and Murray (1.5) are such buddies and keep us laughing all day long. Millie is our confident leader, she loves humans, training, and will do anything to make someone smile. Murray is our mischievous, lazy, cuddly little man - I swear he’s a human boy trapped in a dog costume.

Millie, our confident leader

We feel so lucky to have such spunky, funny, sweet pups. To us, they’re about as perfect as two dogs can get… except something I never expected. They couldn't care less about mealtime. I grew up with dogs that would wake us up at 6 AM stomping their feet for breakfast, so to not have pups counting down the minutes to their next meal is always a bit surprising.

Honestly, up until a few weeks ago, mealtime for our pups, especially Murray, was frustrating and inconsistent. He would pick at his kibble, piece by piece, spitting some out, and leaving most of it behind… just like a picky little kid. We have quite literally tried it all; different bowls, hand feeding, changing up the kibble, adding meal toppers, you name it. If something works, it only lasts a few days, then he goes right back to boycotting.

To add another layer of fun, Murray also has a super sensitive tummy. If we DO get lucky to find something that works, usually it has led to some not-so-fun middle of the night trips to the backyard. Murray is teeny, and recently I started to worry that he wasn’t getting enough nutrients to sustain his super active lifestyle.

Enter Ollie.

Murray, the picky man

We finally decided to take the plunge and introduce the pups to fresh, human-grade food. We started transitioning the pups to Ollie a few weeks ago. In that short time, we’re already seeing some changes.

Here's what we noticed right away since switching to Ollie:

  1. They’re excited about mealtime - Although I love a pup that sleeps in and doesn’t demand food, I feel so much more peace of mind knowing that they’re excited about what they’re eating. We hit the jackpot because ours love us as much as they love food so we get morning cuddles AND a happy breakfast time.
  2. They get varying proteins - According to some sources, rotating proteins is better for a dog’s immune system, reduces sensitivity to allergens, and creates a more well-rounded diet. It also keeps mealtime interesting for the pups so they don’t get bored of the same thing every day. They absolutely LOVE the Turkey Dish with Blueberries and a close second is the Beef Dish with Sweet Potatoes. We chose this dish because Murray recently graduated from his puppy food and our vet recommended starting him on fresh food, specifically the Turkey recipe.
  3. No more upset tummies - We’ve spent hundreds of dollars on vet visits, probiotics, and carpet cleaner. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but we have had zero upset tummies since we started the pups on Ollie. It’s incredible. Now, I can go to leave and sleep soundly knowing we don’t have to worry about… any mess.
  4. It saves us time - I used to have to set aside 20-30 minutes to talk Murray into eating each mealtime. Now, I know he’s going to finish every bite… and in a fraction of the amount of time. The only thing I have to do now is ensure fair sharing and portioning of their new favorite food.
  5. Our pups are active - In the summers they enjoy the boat, swimming, and long hikes. In the winter, we take them for long walks, runs, and dail y playgroup. On days they aren’t fueled properly, we’ve seen it affect their recovery, so It’s important to us that we’re fueling their bodies with quality nutrition no matter what.
  6. Healthy food leads to healthy pups - Our pups are part of our family and that means we’re committed to making sure they stay a part of our family for a long, long time. Feeding them clean ingredients gives me the confidence we’re doing the right things for their health and longevity.

The list goes on and on.

Their favorite dish!

We’re excited to continue the transition to Ollie and see the lifelong effect it has on Millie and Murray’s appetite, coats, demeanor, and health. We’re even more excited to share it with our community. Through Millie and Murray’s silly antics, we’ve cultivated a community of like-minded dog parents that also consider their pups a member of their family. I know that, like us, our community wants to keep them around for as long as possible, and introducing Ollie provides the peace of mind that we’re contributing to that lifestyle.

Is it dinner time?

We’re so thankful to have found a lifelong solution to our pups' picky eating and sensitive tummies. Cheers to Ollie and cheers to two happy dogs!

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  • Esala Gunathilakeabout a month ago

    Both the picture and the content are lovely

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