Product Review: Freeze Dried Dog Food

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When I first received a sample box of Rover’s Reserve Freeze Dried Beef Hearts for Cats and Dogs from my very good friends at Freeze Dry Guy, I was a little skeptical. Would our dogs turn up their noses at the stuff?  What about the cat?

Delcie, our tri-colored Basenji, found it difficult to review the food while gulping it down.  It was embarrassing to watch this mature female wolf down food so quickly that she was unable to speak.  A little self-control would have been in order.  I did manage to ask her to give it either a paws up or a paws down.  Briefly, she gave it a paws up but then went back to her meal.

The second pet in line for the test was Daisy.  “Give it to Daisy. She hates everything,” I think of of my kids said.  Well, Daisy loves to chew on mylar bags and my daughter’s Bible, so I thought Rover’s  Reserve would be a shoo-in.  Not quite.  She did drool a bit and pick at the food I offered, but it’s my belief that she wanted to maintain her dignity and pride, unlike Delcie.

Finally there was Mouse, named for the huge ears that she never quite grew in to.  I wasn’t able to offer the food to Mouse by hand because I almost lost a finger when she grabbed the first bite.  Again, no restraint, no decorum, just a full-on gorge.  I didn’t bother asking her for a review.

I can say with confidence that we’ll be buying more of Rover’s Reserve. Since it’s freeze dried, I don’t have to worry about it becoming rancid and since it’s packaged in small mylar bags, it would be very difficult for pests to chew their way in.  We’ve stored the packets of Rover’s Reserve in a bucket with a lid to further protect it from insects and rodents.

With this type of food it would be wise to mix in a tablespoon or two of fat, such as bacon grease or oil.  Our pets need fat in their diets just as we do.  Three varieties, Chicken Hearts, Duck Hearts, and Beef Hearts, contain only those ingredients, freeze-dried hearts.  If your dogs and cats are on a raw foods diet, Rover’s Reserve is a great back-up.

*Freeze Dry Guy has a special place in my heart because four years ago, its owner, Ron, spent two hours with a couple of beginning preppers, teaching  us about food storage, freeze dried food, and offering sound advice.  My husband and I were that couple, and we appreciate Ron’s help.  I am now an affiliate of Freeze Dry Guy, which means I get a small commission from purchases made from this site.





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  1. Pam says

    I L O V E my dogs…but at $10/# it’s a bit too rich for my pocketbook…as a once in a great while treat maybe.

    • Tandy says

      I totally agree, so I got a 1&1/2 pound tub of chicken livers at the butcher shop for $1 and I dehydrated them in my dehydrator and made my own! It was soooo gross to deal with cutting it up into small treat sized pieces, but the $$$ savings was beyond worth it!

  2. Teri says

    Lisa, what is the expiration date on those? The ones I’ve seen have an expiration date of only 5 years.

  3. Janet says

    Found Freeze Dry Guy’s site after reading this. I would purchase his product. As Pam said, it’s a bit expensive, but I think for stores it would be worth it. Went to the local dog food vendor and priced out a freeze dried product, similar to Freeze Dry Guy’s, a dehydrated product from Honest Kitchen, and a frozen raw product. My strategy is going to be to keep some dehydrated on hand, and a smaller amount of freeze dried meat beef heart to supplement it. Compared to the cost of canned premium dog food which is mostly water, it’s not bad in price. Just a mention, if you go this route you need to store water for your dog’s drinking needs as well as water to supplement the dehydrated and freeze dried food. In other words, add extra water to your “dog” storage.

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