We’re always happy to review a product from Orijen, because, wow, their dog products are top grade. Chewy has recently started selling Orijen freeze-dried dog food, and so we got to try the “Tundra” formula.
The food comes in a bag of freeze-dried “medallions,” which you can see in Pyrrha’s bowl, below:
You add a small amount of warm water to the medallions, and then stir and break them up, until the food becomes soft. As you can see, Pyrrha was VERY interested in this process, and quite impatient!
Here’s what the food looks like once it’s mostly softened:
Pyrrha is maybe not the most discriminate reviewer, because she kind of loves anything edible, but she went crazy for this food! As in, a lot more enthusiasm than normal. She licked every last bit of the food out of her bowl, and then even went back to it five minutes later, to see if there were more crumbs she had missed. So, definitely a five-star rating from the dog.
As a conscientious dog owner, I’d also give this product five stars. The ingredient list is impeccable:
Venison (ground with bone)*, duck (ground with bone) *, Steelhead trout*, bison (ground with bone) *, elk (ground with bone) *, quail (ground with bone) *, duck liver*, duck heart*, spinach, pea fiber, bison tripe*, elk liver*, elk heart*, elk kidney*, ground sunflower seeds, Red Delicious apples*, Bartlett pears*, Red Heart plums*, Tilton apricots*, whole pumpkin*, Butternut squash*, Imperator carrots*, kelp*, mixed tocopherols, cranberries*, blueberries*, blackberries*, chicory root*, dandelion root*, summer savory, peppermint leaf*, ginger root*, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate.
BUT, as the person in the house who also holds the purse strings, the cost of this food is prohibitive for us to use on a daily basis. A 16-oz. bag of this food costs US$35, which means we’d be shelling out that much almost per day to feed Pyrrha, a 67-lb. dog, on this formula. Maybe one day I’ll be that rich, but that day does not appear to be on the horizon right now.
However, this could be a nice food to supplement as a special treat every now and then.
Either way, we always give two paws up for Orijen!
Disclaimer: Chewy.com provided us with a bag of this food in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are expressly mine.