My Experience with the New Freeze-Dry Diets

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By Aspen Anderson, Director of Retailer and Consumer Relations

When I was a kid, I remember forcefully when the Space Program came to my school and talked about what it was like to be an astronaut.  Mostly I remember this because my awesome big brother, who was in 6th grade when I was in Kindergarten, was picked to participate, and they gave him a bag of freeze-dry ice cream to take home.

It tasted weird and awful, and I don’t think anyone explained to us kids that you were supposed to add water. That was my one experience with a freeze dry product in my childhood and thinking back I believe that it left me with a (literal) bad taste in my mouth over the whole process.  This kindergarten understanding of what freeze-dry is apparently informed my biases up until just recently.

See, I wasn’t too hot on the idea of the new Freeze Dry products we here at Steve’s.  I could see the benefit for traveling, and I was looking forward to that, but other than that I didn’t think it was going to be something that I would recommend over our frozen diets.  Now, three months after the launch, I have a whole list of things that our freeze-dry can do, and I am thoroughly enjoying feeding it to my pets.

First off, my cats love it.  You can see a whole lot more in other blogs about the troubles I have had transitioning my cats, but I have learned that the convenience and room-temperature of the freeze dry makes it easy to mix in with their canned. Now 2 of the 3 will now eat the turkey and the beef by themselves, so I am pretty much done with them, only 1 left!  I have been adding milk (sometimes raw when I can afford it) and things like tuna juice and chicken stock, and they just go wild for it!  It is such a great feeling, still fairly new to me, to see my cats so enthusiastic about something I know is good for them!

Secondly, my dogs love it!  I ran out of the frozen stuff one day, so I fed them the freeze dry.  It is so great to be able to have a couple of extra bags sitting around in case of an emergency, without having to worry about shelf-life or it taking up room in my freezer!  The dogs get excited to eat it, and for some reason, my particular dogs like some of the freeze dry flavors better than the frozen! My dogs are big fans of the chicken, but they don’t like the frozen turkey that much.  But with the freeze-dry, they must love the rehydrated texture or something because they nom it right up without complaints.

Third, it is so convenient!  I haven’t travelled with it yet, but the last time we took the dogs to Idaho half the car was filled with what we needed to pack them in with their frozen food. It turned out the people we were staying with didn’t have room in their freezer for it, so we had to keep it in the cooler on their porch.  That meant making more than one run to the rural town market for ice to keep our food frozen.  Now I know the next time I go anywhere, I will actually be able to use my cooler space for my own food, and not my dog!  I’ve used it as a training treat, which worked well because I could crumble it into little pieces or feed a whole piece, depending on which dog I was working with.  Finally, I can have those few extra backup bags in case I run out of the frozen. I am loving feeding all my animals the same food, and seeing their excitement as they gather around me morning and night for their healthy meals I can feel good about.  Now if only I could get my husband to feel the same way about good food!

If your local retailer hasn’t started carrying Steve’s Freeze Dry yet, be sure to tell them you want it!  Visit our product page for more information. 

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  • My dogs LOVE their new food!! I used to feed them dry kibble and they would leave their food in the bowls for 2 days before they would eat. Now they wake me up in the morning ready to eat. They also have so much more energy, they act like they are puppies again. The customer service is awesome! Too bad all companies don't have this kind of service. I will continue to buy Steve's Real Food for my dogs.

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    Kelley Dillon
  • CONVENIENT, RELIABLE, DOGS LOVE THE FOOD I switched my dogs to a raw diet about 2 months ago. My older dog was panting a lot and he had a potato sized growth on his shoulder. The growth is now the size of an egg and his excessive panting has stopped. My younger dog was overweight despite the fact that she was very active and on a strict low calorie diet. She has slimmed down quite a bit.

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    Trish C
  • We were skeptical of feeding raw. Finally we decided to take the plunge. The first surprise was, my dogs loved it. And the goat milk yogurt is a complete hit! They all love it. We had one small issue with the shipping and after one email everything was taken care of. But now that it's been several months we have noticed many other things. None of my dogs chew on their feet anymore. None of my dogs have itchy flaky skin anymore. And they are all pretty and shiny with tons of energy.

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    Denise Moitoza
  • My dog was a picky eater and overweight. After 4 months of eating this raw diet he is almost at his recommended weight. I no longer have to coax him to eat by doctoring up his kibble. He eats the food as is and empties his bowl right away.

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    Carrie Thompson
  • I wanted to give a shout out to Tara at the corporate office. She really went above and beyond! I had several questions about switching my dog over to raw food and the transition that's involved. She met with me in person and took the time to listen and gave me some great suggestions/feedback to my questions. She shared what her own dog went through and how raw dog food helped. Tara made me feel comfortable and was so kind and thoughtful to take the time out of her busy day to be so helpful. My dog is LOVING the food and has been transitioning very smoothly. Thanks so much for being so awesome, Tara. It meant a lot to me and because of the experience I had and the kindness you showed to me, I will continue to be a grateful customer and will recommend Steve's to all my fellow dog moms and dads.

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