This Bougie Dry Dog Food Has My Pup’s Tail Wagging Nonstop

Photo: Courtesy of Karina Hoshikawa
Ever since adopting my rescue pomchi Miso, I've realized the joy that comes with treating your pet like family — and for me, that begins with food. As I research the highest-quality options on the market, it didn't take long for a flurry of pet startups to flood my social feeds with ads featuring lots of happy pups and delicious-looking bowls of fresh food. Once I consulted with our vet, I decided to try Ollie, a subscription-based company that specialized in frozen-fresh packs of food made from human-grade ingredients. From the first unboxing, Miso's tail couldn't stop wagging — and thus, we were officially hooked.
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As much as Miso loved a wet-food diet, there were some cons. For starters, it wasn't travel-friendly — and Miso is quite the jet-setter himself. Second, fresh wet food was also more expensive than supplementing with dry food, so you can imagine my joy when Ollie announced a forthcoming baked dry-food recipe made with the same top-notch ingredients as Miso's fave wet-food packs. Luckily, the opportunity presented itself to test the new stuff out, and Miso obviously was more than game.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ollie
Since Miso had already been enjoying Ollie's fresh chicken recipe for over a year, I was excited to see how the dry food compared. Because Miso adores chicken (and beef can sometimes give him the pup runs — TMI), I opted for the baked chicken recipe. Real chicken (as opposed to chicken meal) is the first ingredient, in addition to other recognizable natural ingredients like chickpeas, eggs, and veggies for a delicious, protein- and fiber-rich meal. It's also minimally processed (yay), vet-formulated (yay), and free from preservatives or fillers (yay).
To determine Miso's perfect Ollie portions, I took a five-minute quiz that asked about Miso's age, breed, current weight, ideal weight, lifestyle, and dietary restrictions. The result: various options for fresh, mixed, and baked recipes. As a bonus, first-time customers get 60% off their first order (plus free goodies like a scoop and travel container), which put Miso's baked plan at $17 a week ($6.80 for the first box).
Screenshot: Courtesy of Karina Hoshikawa
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I transitioned Miso to Ollie's baked food over a week-long period (up to 10 days is recommended to avoid upsetting your dog's sensitive stomach), slowly adding it to his previous morning kibble and Ollie fresh-food dinners. Once he was fully transitioned to baked food for his breakfast, a bag lasted about two weeks. (If you're exclusively doing a dry-food diet, then a bag would probably last a week for a 10-pound, moderately active dog.)
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Photo: Courtesy of Karina Hoshikawa
I should say that one *truly incredible* thing about Ollie's baked food is that the transition period was virtually seamless. Miso has had tummy issues in the past, and when I tried switching to another fresh-food brand, let's just say his bowels straight up did not have a good time. This time, Miso immediately loved the stuff, and it loved him right back. I'm not sure if it's because it's a minimally processed, gently baked recipe or that Miso was already accustomed to Ollie's food, but the fact that it very clearly agrees with his tummy was a great sign to me as a pet parent.
Seventeen dollars per week adds up fast and is significantly more expensive than purchasing a bulk-size bag of kibble. However, as I mentioned up top, taking care of a pet is an investment — and one that I take seriously for Miso's health and happiness. Plus, $17 a week is like skipping delivery or takeout and making your dog's day every day.
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