The Fatdog Eats Burgess!

11 May

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.


Posted by on May 11, 2010 in General Drivel


8 responses to “The Fatdog Eats Burgess!

  1. Chris Norton

    May 12, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Ken this post is genius – brilliantly written and very amusing too. Thanks

  2. Simon

    May 12, 2010 at 9:16 am

    “I suppose the first objective is to get the dog to eat it…” I’m sorry, I thought that Maisie was a Labrador.

  3. annienz

    May 12, 2010 at 9:44 am


    OMGoodness you actually did get the dog food & do the review!!!!

    Good one – and good food by the sounds of it. Got eaten, stayed down (& in.) What more could you (and Maise) want.

  4. fatdogwalks

    May 12, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Thanks for the comment Chris…hopefully I haven’t offended your client too much 😉
    OK MrP I accept the point that Maisie is a Labrador and will thus eat almost anything; but I rather thought Chris’ client would appreciate a sense of suspense an drama in the review. 😀
    Oh yes Annie, it’s a strange old world. When I started the blog I never imagined for a minute that this is where it would take me. 😆

  5. scott

    May 15, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    PMSL. I don’t know how I missed this up until now.

    We forgot to engage the cabin hook closure mechanism(seriously!)on the utility room door last week, and the Wee Black Dug got in and ate 32 pouches of cat food.

    And you think you know about unfortunate bowel movements?


  6. fatdogwalks

    May 17, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    You win Scott 😆 . For all Maisie will scrounge food she has never “stolen” any – and probably won’t ever do so. She has always asked, even when she was a puppy! 😯

  7. Kirsty

    May 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    I am highly amused by your review of dog food ! I thought blog marketing was something that was only taught in theory! All ethics out the window for a kilo Pedigree Chum! Whoops sorry Burgess Chicken Light!!

  8. fatdogwalks

    May 23, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Ethics? Am I supposed to have some? Nobody told me. 😳

    Sounds like those business courses of yours may need updated Ms McLean…we’re at the forefront of cashing in on marketing opportunities here at the Fatdog Broadcasting Corporation. 😉 We just don’t get very many 😦 .

    Good to hear from you Kirsty…say “Hi” to your mum and dad for me 😀


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