Review: Orijen tundra freeze-dried dog food


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.

Please, oh please, just put that bowl down…

Either way, we always give two paws up for Orijen!

Disclaimer: provided us with a bag of this food in exchange for our honest review. All opinions are expressly mine.

Review: Orijen Black Angus Beef treats

When asked if we’d like to review treats from Orijen, we were more than happy to! I’ve heard great things about Orijen’s products for a while now, but I’ve frankly been too cheap to spring for them myself. We learned, though, that with Orijen, you get what you pay for, which is a very high-quality product.

Orijen Black Angus treats

When I ripped open the package, Pyrrha and Rainer went WILD.

Pyrrha and Rainer investigate treats

This photo is blurry, but this is what Pyrrha did immediately after the bag was opened:

(c) Doggerel

She has never done this before! She knows that paws are NOT allowed on the table. But the overpowering aroma of these Orijen treats was simply too much for her to handle.

(c) Doggerel

The Black Angus Beef treats are small, freeze-dried bits, and the ingredients are top-notch: Angus beef liver, boneless Black Angus beef, and Black Angus tripe. That’s IT. The meat is also preservative free and originates in Alberta. This is really impressive in the world of dog treats, which are often loaded up with starches, grains, and unpronounceable chemical mixtures. Not so with these treats.

Orijen Black Angus beef treats

Orijen is also manufactured in Canada, which is comforting, coming out of all of the horrific news of tainted dog products manufactured in China.

Overall? Pyrrha and I give these treats 5 stars.


You can buy a 2-oz. or 3.5-oz. bag of these treats from

Have you tried any Orijen products before? Did your dogs love them as much as mine did?

Disclaimer: I was provided with a bag of treats in exchange for this review, but all opinions are expressly mine.