Merrick Dog Food Review with Kilo the Pug
Good health starts with a good diet so I am always looking to give my little Kilo the Pug the best. He really loves to eat. In fact, he is obsessed. I try to balance keeping him slim and fit with keeping him happy and calm, and training him. He gets a small amount of dry kibble with different things including water and occasionally wet food added twice a day. He also “works” for kibble, raw vegies or other treats throughout the day doing tricks, puzzles, games, and training. He couldn’t believe his good fortune getting to do a food review- that’s his kind of work.
I was lucky enough to meet people from Merrick Pet Food recently at Global Pet Expo, Canadian Pet Expo and a Charity Gala, Wigglebutts Uncorked. They kindly gave me some free food to try with Kilo the Pug. We received no other compensation and the opinions are those of Talent Hounds and Kilo the Pug only – Merrick is not responsible for the contents of this post although I did get some information from the packaging and website.
We have now tried BACKCOUNTRY Raw Infused Dry (the Big Game Recipe) and 3 types of wet food from the can. Kilo the Pug has absolutely loved everything so far!
Grain-Free with Real Meat and Vegetables
I love that this food is grain-free, high-quality, high-protein and they list the number one ingredient, a real meat. Their recipes start with real deboned meat as the first ingredient to provide leading levels of quality protein and also include farm-fresh fruits and vegetables like carrots, apples, blueberries, peas and more. The main meat was deboned Lamb in the Backcountry Big Game Dry Recipe with Lamb, Buffalo and Venison.
The dry has very generous servings of freeze-dried raw bites. I have been hearing about all the health benefits of a good raw diet for dogs. A protein-rich natural raw diet does seem to make sense but I have not really wanted to switch 100% yet. Freeze-dried bites of meat, poultry or fish provide a nutritional raw boost in a convenient and safe format for Kilo and I.
Kilo certainly goes wild for the meaty taste of the freeze-dried raw pieces infused in Merrick’s BACKCOUNTRY grain-free kibble + raw recipe. Look how happy he is in the video. It was a real test playing “wait”. His only complaint- he wanted more of everything.
The kibble is a good size and texture for Kilo.
Merrick : Making the wholesome, nutritious recipes that pets deserve.
In 1988, Garth Merrick founded Merrick Pet Care with his wife, Susie, and their four children at his ranch in Hereford, Texas just outside of Amarillo.
“Our faith, family, and country have always been at the core of what our company is about. It was true when we started, and it’s still the same today. At Merrick, we don’t just make pet food. We make the Best Food Ever.” –Garth Merrick
Merrick began with the Flossie, a hearty, healthy treat that also helps clean dogs’ teeth. Then they began creating handcrafted, all-natural pet food with the freshest, highest quality, nutritious ingredients available.
In 2003, they introduced recipes like Grammy’s Pot Pie, Turducken and Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Then, in 2004, they created their award-winning grain free dry recipes with chicken, beef or buffalo as the first ingredient for the protein and taste dogs love.
They believe whole foods made in small batches don’t just taste better — they’re better for your pet.
After more than 20 years of innovation, they started the “Real Food Revolution” in 2012 by reformulating the Classic and Grain Free lines of dog food with new recipes that were unsurpassed in quality, nutrition, and taste.
Merrick Gives Back To Rescue Dogs, Shelters, and K9s for Warriors
I like to support a brand that is not only good for my little rescue, Kilo the Pug, but that makes a difference to other dogs in need.
- In 2015 Merrick donated to 25 pet shelters nationwide after their ‘Homeruns for Shelters’ Facebook Program
- Evanston Animal Shelter partners with Merrick to provide Evanston’s homeless dogs with quality nutrition
- At Global Pet Expo, Merrick announced they would be providing food for the amazing K9’s for Warriors Program
- At Wigglebutts Uncorked, they showed how they gave abused shelter puppy Baby Joey the best day ever and have been sponsoring his recovery.
What do you feed your dog? Grain- free, raw, kibble, wet, home-made?