Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Review & Giveaway: TruDog®: The Power of Raw Without the Thaw

Review & Giveaway: TruDog®: The Power of Raw Without the Thaw

The Chesnut Mutts were compensated in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are genuinely mine and we would not share a product that we did not fully believe in. Please do not use any image without permission. This post also contains affiliate links.

Raw feeding is all the rage and has become one of the best options in nutrition for your pup. But it does get messy and complicated when it comes to preparing it. This is where freeze-dried comes in! This preserves the nutrients and all you have to do is add water. I love these types of raw food as it is so convenient. One of our readers suggested the brand we are reviewing today! Introducing...TruDog®!

TruDog Logo

TruDog® is a small pet food company from the midwest U.S. created by Lori Taylor. Lori had lost her Great Dane Truman to cancer and made it a mission to find the best dog food to take care of our beloved furry family members. (Truman-TruDog, see a resemblance?) She started feeding traditional raw food, but she found it all to be a pain in the rear, haha. Lori figured out how to freeze-dry her raw food with a small processor and TruDog was born! They have many great products available like supplements, but we are focusing on their yummy food line called "Feed Me" this time. We have their turkey and beef varieties to try out...

Crunchy Munchy Gourmet Gobbler


TruDog Crunchy Munchy Gourmet Gobbler Turkey freeze-dried raw dog food

TruDog Crunchy Munchy Gourmet Gobbler Turkey freeze-dried raw dog food Ingredients

TruDog Crunchy Munchy Gourmet Gobbler Turkey freeze-dried raw dog food

So the first food of TruDog's Feed Me line is their Crunchy Munchy Gourmet Gobbler. This is turkey-based with ground turkey with bone, turkey heart, and turkey liver. There is a typo on the front of the package and herring oil is listed twice (they are working to fix it), but the ingredients are great!

Bailey and TruDog Crunchy Munchy Gourmet Gobbler Turkey freeze-dried raw dog food

The freeze-dried raw bites are small little nuggets that smell really good. I didn't have to feed the girls very much at all because it is so concentrated. 3/4 of a cup for a 12 pound dog per day.

Bailey and TruDog Crunchy Munchy Gourmet Gobbler Turkey freeze-dried raw dog food

All you have to do is add water and let it sit for a little bit. The kibble doesn't like to soak the water too much, so it stays crunchy.

Bailey and TruDog Crunchy Munchy Gourmet Gobbler Turkey freeze-dried raw dog food

Bailey really seemed to enjoy the Turkey flavor. It looks like such a small amount for her to eat, but she acted satisfied after eating.

Crunchy Munchy Beef Bonanza


TruDog Crunchy Munchy Beef Bonanza freeze-dried raw dog food

TruDog Crunchy Munchy Beef Bonanza freeze-dried raw dog food Ingredients

TruDog Crunchy Munchy Beef Bonanza freeze-dried raw dog food

Also smelling really good, the Crunchy Munchy Beef Bonanza dog food is excellent quality. Love all the ingredients especially because it is 99% beef meat, bones, and organs. All of TruDog's food is made in a USDA certified and inspected building- wow! No added anything either. Gotta love limited ingredients.

Jada and TruDog Crunchy Munchy Beef Bonanza freeze-dried raw dog food
TruDog makes Jada smile

Jada and TruDog Crunchy Munchy Beef Bonanza freeze-dried raw dog food

Jada tried the beef flavor out and scarfed it down (while making a bit of a mess which she gladly cleaned up). TruDog has a texture that is similar to puffed cereal. I know this because the sound the dogs make when they are eating sounds just like me when I am shoveling cereal into my mouth. Don't judge.


In a Nutshell...

  • TruDog® is a small family-owned brand who has many different pet products including their freeze-dried raw dog food line called "Feed Me"
  • There are two varieties- Turkey and Beef
  • The ingredients are limited and include 99% real meat, vital organs, & meaty bone- No artificial anything and made in the U.S.A.!
  • Everything is made in a USDA certified and inspected building
  • You can buy TruDog at their online shop
  • Use "SUMMER25" for 25% off any purchase through August 31st, 2016 

This is a great freeze-dried raw food that I would recommend feeding your pups if you want to try out raw! This is also a great food if you are already using raw, but want something convenient for on the road. Because of its crunchiness, this is a good semihard food if your dog prefers the texture of kibble or if you are weaning them off of it.

Bailey and TruDog Crunchy Munchy Gourmet Gobbler Turkey freeze-dried raw dog food
"Can I have some more, Mama?"

Learn more about TruDog!

Has your dog tried raw yet?
Let us know in the comments below!

We are also having a giveaway!
3 readers will win a 14 oz bag of their choice of TruDog Turkey or Beef (ARV $29.99)
U.S. Only, 18+, Ends 6/04/16
By entering below you agree to the Official Rules


43 comments:

  1. My little terrier has tried freeze dried raw mixed with her kibble. She loves it!

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  2. Have never tried raw food before, but I do know other dogs that love it so willing to give it a try.

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  3. Nala and Cody have had the occasional raw treat and have had quite a few different freeze dried raw treats and food and they have liked most of them. They prefer the ones that have more meat and fewer veggies and starches but they usually enjoy raw.

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  4. I have never seen raw offered around here but I am sure the dogs will try it as soon as I find it.
    gandn74@ymail.com

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  5. Several of my dogs and cats are on raw diets, for varying reasons. Freeze dried raw would make my life sooooo much easier!

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  6. My dog hasn't tried raw yet, but I'm sure it would be a lot healthier for her.

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  7. We have not tried raw yet for our pups

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  8. I used to make my own raw, but I haven't done so in about 5 years. I'd love for my dogs to try this.

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  9. We have never tried feeding raw, but this seems like a great way to do so without having to prepare our own food (which is what has deterred us from doing so before)

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  10. yes my girls eat raw venison, raw rabbit, turkey. depends on the brand. i use it on top of the kibble. my youngest does not like raw unless it is freeze dried though.

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  11. Layla loves freeze dried treats and we would love to win the turkey :)

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  12. Bowser hasn't tried raw yet...

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  13. I have fed raw some in the past when try to discover allergies & feed freeze dried raw now.

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  14. Not yet but seriously thinking about it, my girl has allergies bad, need to find her something asap, tried different foods no luck!!! Hhhhhh!

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  15. My other dog Mike, my darling senior dog who died this year loved the raw. I have a new rescue (a MinPin named Milo); he's getting up to speed with two operations - he's still in the cone an adjusting to his life in his forever home. His tummy seems to be very sensitive and I want to move him to raw once I get him of the prescribed stuff from the vet.

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  16. We haven't tried Raw yet but definitely considering it! My baby girl is sensitive to somethings, she gets super itchy and the hot spots. I've started giving her goats milk everyday and she's better but not there yet.

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  17. never tried it but would love too!

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  18. I've been wanting to try Freeze-dried dog food with Axel for a while now. This brand seems like a good option! :D

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  19. Hunter hasn't tried raw but would love to ty

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  20. No, I haven't tried feeding raw.

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  21. No, I haven't tried feeding raw.

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  22. No, My dog has not tried Raw before.

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  23. I've tried frozen raw, but as you mentioned, it's pretty messy. This seems like a much better option!

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  24. My dogs never have but they saw the pictures on here & said YUM,Mum! :)

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  25. I have not tried freeze dried dog food yet, but am interested in learning more and trying it.

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  26. My dog has not tried raw yet, she typically just eats boring dry puppy chow. :/

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  27. My Minnee hasn't tried raw food yet, but she does get lots of goodies in her food

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  28. I am sure that my pup would love to try this! Thank you for the offer :)

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  29. My dog has never tried raw food before, but I know he will love this!

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  30. We have not done raw but have considered switching.

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  31. never heard of freeze dried raw. Did try raw for a while but then wasn't sure I was doing it right and when back to can and dry food.

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  32. My dogs have had freeze dried raw Stella patties for a treat and they love them. I don't have them on a freeze dried raw diet yet but I'd love to start them on one.

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  33. No, My dog has never tried Raw yet, but I would love for him to have the opportunity!

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  34. We have not tried raw yet but I bet our dog Duke would love it!

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  35. No, they haven't. "True", from scratch raw is not an option for me for a variety of reasons. I would be interested in this freeze dried variety, though.

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  36. My dog has not tried this raw yet but it sounds good for him.

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  37. Our dogs have not tried raw yet.
    Laurie Emerson
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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  38. He hasn't tried the TruDog Raw yet. I think he would love to try this soon.

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  39. Our dog has never tried it but I am sure he would love it

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