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As many of you know, Sully and I have been on a fitness journey since March.  At that time, he was tipping the scales at ~100lbs.  Through a lot of exercise and a more structured diet plan, we have been able to achieve a goal weight of 70lbs!

This is Sully at 91lbs back in May:

and this is my boy at a lean 67lbs today:

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Although our exercise regimen has evolved from “taking it slow” to “intense” status over the last 9 months, we’ve decided that it is time to switch gears, yet again,  and start to focus on helping him to fill out his musculature(he is a very lean, long dog).

The Switch

Fortunately, as fate would have it, we were approached by Natural Balance to give an honest review of their food line.  I’m familiar with Natural Balance because it is often donated to our rescue, so  I already knew that I approved of their ingredient choices, they use named animal protein sources, no refined grains, no unnecessary fillers etc.  So, I was already well aware of the fact that Natural Balance lines have all the attributes that I look for before even considering a food for our crew.

After some more reading, I decided to take this opportunity and run with it.  What really swayed me is Natural Balance’s “Buy With Confidence Promise” and the associated web page.  The promise has two huge benefits that really stood out.

1. Each batch of food that is produced undergoes rigorous safety checks, 9 different tests to be exact.  On top of those tests, the customer(me in this case) can actually input their UPC codes from the food they bought into the website and check to see exactly what the results of those tests showed. (More on this in our next post)

2. The “Buy With Confidence Promise” web page provides a live chat option.  The people on the other end all have degrees in the veterinary field and their function is to help folks like me decide exactly what food is going to be best(read: most healthy) for their pup.(This is the first step and, as such, will be the focus of this post)

Making an Informed Decision

I’m a tiny bit…..”picky”(yea, that’s a nice way to say psychotic, right?) about what I feed our dogs.  I want to make sure that whatever we choose to feed them is going to be:

1. healthy and packed with the right ingredients(animal proteins, no refined grains, no fillers, etc)

2. In line with our goals for a healthy body composition.

Admittedly, I had a lot of questions regarding a switch to a food for Sully.  Since our new goals were to help him to gain “healthy” weight while keeping his body fat percentage at, or below, 15%, I wasn’t sure which food and food characteristics I should be looking for.

So, rather than have the conversation on my own and relate it back to you, I decided to record the live interaction with the rep from Natural Balance and share it with you! In order to keep the integrity of the interaction real, I didn’t let Cynthia know that I was recording.

The video is very long(I had a lot of questions) so I’ll summarize some of the takeaways that I thought were important, in case you don’t have half of an hour to watch 🙂

1.Cynthia expressed concern for Sully’s health before even talking about anything related to me choosing a Natural Balance product. I didn’t mention the timeframe in which he lost his weight, so she was concerned that it happened too fast

-This stood out to me more than anything else.  It is very rare to have a company representative forego “selling” in order to ensure a dog, who they don’t even know, is safe and healthy.

2.  I decided to have this conversation at 7pm on a Friday night.  I did not expect for anyone to actually be there, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that wasn’t the case.

3. Cynthia made sure she understood our goals before recommending a line and formula.

-It is really easy for a rep to push whatever the “flavor of the month” is for the company.  I didn’t get this impression at all from Cynthia, she made sure she understood our fitness and health goals before getting into what the best choice for us would be.

Overall, I’m very excited about our switch.  I am heading to our local Petsmart today to pick up the Salmon and Trout formula! Stay tuned for more info on our food switch and Sully’s “get fit” journey!

The Verdict(so far)

I’m very impressed with Natural Balance so far.  But I also know that, no matter what I read, I would want to do research on my own to make sure that a food would be the best fit for my dog.  So that’s what I’m recommending!

Visit Natural Balances “Buy with Confidence Promise” page and speak with one of their reps, ask a ton of questions and see if Natural Balance is going to be a good choice for you! Not sure what to ask? Here are a few to get you started:

-Why are named animal proteins so important, What’s the difference?

-Why is Grain-Free better than foods with Grains?

-What are refined grains?

-What are the benefits of a Limited Ingredient diet?

-What are the benefits of a high protein food?

 

Also, check out Natural Balance on Facebook, Twitter, etc.  Get a feel for the company(I think you will be impressed)

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Natural Balance. The opinions and text are all mine.

18 thoughts on “Sully’s Food Switch! #webelieveinNB

  1. Wow, that’s an incredible amount of weight loss and the doggy looks great, too. Love the emphasis on doing your own research, too.

    • In today’s world, it’s so important to do your own research! Every dog is different and the only way to be sure you have a happy, healthy pooch is to make sure you are feeding her the best food for her! (also Sully says thank you for the compliment :P)

  2. That’s quite an accomplishment! Sully looks amazing. Hope he continues to dwell on Natural Balance.

    • Thank you! It took a lot of hard work and a willingness to admit to myself that I was the cause of him being overweight, but we got there!

    • Thank you! I didn’t realize that the Wild Pursuit line has chunks of freeze-dried raw as well, my boy thinks Christmas came a month early!

      • My cat has been known to eat the freeze-dried meat first, kinda like a kid eating the marshmallows first in a bowl of Lucky Charms. He always eat the kibble too though.

        • Hahaha, perfect analogy! Sully did exactly the same thing then he looked at me like “hey dad, where is the rest of the good stuff”

  3. I am so glad Sulley is doing well with his new food. A great food is so important.

  4. Wow that’s a great journey. Sully looks so lean now. I need to lose a few pounds and get a pound or two off Kilo the Pug. Look forward to hearing about your experiences with the new food- certainly sounds like a good fit.

  5. So awesome. NB was the number one seller at Pet Club when I worked there! Sully looks fabulous

  6. Sully looks terrific, what a transformation! We are huge Natural Balance fans too, I’m so impressed with their quality & Buy With Confidence Promise. It’s great that you got to speak with a Natural Balance rep to find the perfect food for Sully!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  7. One of the strangest things I’ve experienced in pet care is how offended some owners can get when they’re told their dog should lose some weight. Its awesome that you noticed the weight problem and fixed it! great job 🙂

  8. I have been hearing a lot about the brand i love the difference it has made on your dog becoming leaner without compromising on the prerequisite of a good quality diet

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