Sadly this is not the name of the local “tom” cat with whom The Fatdog has a somewhat turbulent relationship, although I’ll keep the headline in mind for when the happy event occurs .
Those of you who have been following the blog recently will be aware that The Fatdog has been signed up to review a bag of Burgess Beef Casserole. For supper FD normally eats a small handful of Pedigree Chum (Light) dried dog food with the remains of her can from the morning so this would be a wee change to her normal diet. I have to confess it was with some degree of trepidation that we approached this trial. A few years ago we twice tried to change FD’s canned food with dire consequences, mainly involving vomiting and a number of unfortunate bowel movements. How would it be changing her dried food?
My hat off to Chris who contacted me on behalf of Burgess; no sooner did I mention that it was light dried food that we fed Maisie than he managed to arrange a bag of the Burgess Light (Rich in Chicken) to be delivered as well. I’m pleased to report that the bags of dried dog food have arrived and last night FD was presented with a couple of handfuls of the Chicken (Light) in her dog bowl.
So how do you review a bag of dog food? I suppose the first objective is to get the dog to eat it…but how do you know if it’s any good? I certainly wasn’t going to sample it, though on further inspection it looked decidedly more appetizing than some of the take-aways The Bleating Sheep has had delivered to the house.
I noted that Maisie’s usual dried food is more brightly coloured than the near uniformly brown Burgess product. Would colour be an issue? The Burgess pieces were more uniform in respect of size, again differing from a variety of chunk size in her usual fare. So would there be textural considerations to take into account as well? This was turning out to be a more complex subject than I had anticipated.
To make critical analysis even more difficult The Fatdog is a Labrador and most canine experts would agree that a Labrador will eat anything, organic or otherwise. This is the point where my application of scientific principles were chucked out of the window. Here only the simple equation: Everything = Food, applies.
There was much suspicious sniffing as FD immediately sussed that there were changes afoot. A cautious creature she gently picked up one piece at a time, giving it a good chew before moving on to the next. Having satisfied herself that the individual components of the mix were acceptable (and that we hadn’t slipped any more of her various tablets into it), I’m pleased to say she set to with enthusiasm, polishing off the lot.
So…The Fatdog was happy…and in the absence of “dire consequences” we were very happy. Would we continue to feed The Fatdog the Burgess Chicken (light)? On this initial trial the answer is most certainly yes.