Denali came to live with my husband and me with just a spunky attitude, nearly too-small green collar and a bag of Ol’ Roy Dog Food.
The attitude was his, and Denali wasn’t too bothered by the collar around his neck. The Ol’ Roy? He refused to touch it. I’m not sure whether it actually tasted bad or it smelled unappetizing or whether he actually has a palate sophisticated enough to dislike a food’s texture. Regardless, he refused to eat it. Puppy Chow? That was OK.
As he grew out of Puppy Chow, we purchased Purina Dog Chow, Kibbles ’n’ Bits and Iams – all of which the discerning Denali found acceptable. He had no idea (of course) that the selection depended on price, sales and coupons.
But after purchasing Iams then Purina, I noticed something: things didn’t work as well for Denali when he had the Purina. Iams was, ummm, much more efficient.
I relayed my observation to Mark one evening over dinner (the most appropriate time, I know). He had noticed, too, but was a little more reluctant to agree to being exclusive Iams purchasers. The food is more expensive, especially when you consider that Denali’s 65 pounds requires 4 cups of food, plus snacks, per day.
Then I asked: Would you give up Barilla pasta and good sauce because ramen noodles are cheaper?
He bought Iams the next day, and Denali is back to his “regular” self. Spunky attitude and all.
How much does price factor in to the food you buy for your pet?