We place top priority of the health of our wonderful golden retrievers and this starts with good food. Over the years as breeders, we have had the opportunity to try out many different brands of dog food, starting with some cheap off brands from big box stores and moving eventually moving toward the overall health of our dogs. The cheap brands made our dogs less vibrant with dry coats, flaky skin, and bad odor. We didn’t want to see our dogs suffer from bad food, so we moved up to a slightly more expensive dog food that promised to be more beneficial to our dogs. Instead of a great improvement, they still maintained their thrifty appearance, sandpapery (if that is a word) coat, and a generally uninviting appearance.
The shelves at the big box stores have so many different choices, so we started trying one food, then another. Our dogs turned their noses up to some foods, and liked others, but we were less than satisfied with the overall result even though we were now spending at least twice as much as we initially did.
We happened to be at a home and garden store where a man handed me a sample bag of dog food and said we should try this brand out. I had never heard of it. It was grain free — something I knew from research was much better for our pets. It also didn’t contain white potatoes which is high in starch which not good for canines because it is high glycemic and can lead to diabetes. I was intrigued. By the end of his sales pitch I was hooked. No recalls, top notch ingredients, no fillers, no starches, low glycemic. This was almost the dream food I had been searching for. I say almost, because I knew it wasn’t as good as a raw food meat and veggies diet. But as far as kibble goes, it was the best I had ever heard of.
I brought home the sample bags and gave it to our two dogs, Betsy and Rosie. They loved it. I tried another bag; this time Kangaroo. They still loved it. I went back to the store and purchased our first big 27lb bag of Zignature Turkey dog food. Because it didn’t have any fillers, our dogs needed much less than the cheap brands. They ate happly and were filled. Over the first week their coats started to shine again, their doggy odor started to subside and I knew that we had a winner.
Since those early days, we haven’t looked back and neither have our dogs. They love it and we love it. People might call it a luxury dog food; and it is. But we love it just because it feeds our “Happy Healthy Golden Retrievers”.
~Greg President, Windy Knoll Goldens LLC