Saturday, September 17, 2016

What the collies (and their Mom) think....

This month the collies were thrilled when they got a look at what sent them to review!  They are always excited when they spot the box arrive on our doorstop, they even line up in the front window to watch the UPS man hop out of his truck to make his delivery.    It's pretty funny when your dogs watch for the mail delivery each day!  So what did they us? sent the collies an entire case of Wellness Core Grain-free canned dog food!

We received the Wellness Core Turkey Lovers Variety Pack.  They are 100% grain and gluten free, and full of high quality ingredients.  There are no meat by-products, artificial colors or flavors, no preservatives, corn or soy.  So far this all sounds pretty great to us!

But let's take a look at the ingredient list:
Turkey, Chicken & Turkey Liver: Chicken, Turkey, Chicken Liver, Chicken Broth, Chicken Meal, Turkey Liver, Sweet Potatoes, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Carrots, Apples, Spinach, Parsley, Blueberries, Broccoli, Kale, Ground Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Salt, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Potassium Chloride, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Riboflavin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement.
Turkey, Pork Liver & Duck: Turkey, Pork Liver, Turkey Broth, Duck, Chicken Meal, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Ground Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Kelp, Alfalfa Meal, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement.

We love seeing how much meat is in this canned food, and other great ingredients like carrots, kale, broccoli, spinach, apples and blueberries!  But we were disappointed to see Carrageenan and Sodium Selenite added to this dog food.  Carrageenan is added to many canned dog foods to thicken the food.  It is linked to gastrointestinal disease, including gastrointestinal cancer.  Sodium Selenite can cause toxicity issues for dogs.  A safer supplement is Selenium yeast, as it does not cause toxicity in dogs.  This is a cause of concern for us, so we wouldn't feed this everyday or in large quantities.  But since we are only giving our collies a spoonful added to their kibble, we felt it was safe in such small doses. 

But how did it taste? The collies loved it!  They couldn't wait to dig in!  Always voracious eaters, their dinners have never disappeared so quickly!  And they licked their bowls clean, and then they licked each others' bowels too!

I really like what Wellness is trying to do with these Core varieties of canned food.  I love seeing quality meat, fruits and veggies included in the ingredient list.  There are so many dog foods available for our best friends, it's hard to know what to choose, what is safe and what isn't.  And Wellness is one of the dog food companies that is really striving to provide us with healthy alternatives for our dogs.  But until they remove the carrageenan and sodium selenite from their product we can only give them three out of four paws up.  We are hoping that Wellness will remove these from their products in the future, as they seem to really care about dogs and their wellness.

We want to express our gratitude to the awesome folks at  They really care what their customers think of their products, and they send us these great items for free, for our honest opinion.  There are few companies that we respect as much as  They love our dogs and yours, and are always looking for great, new products to offer to their customers.  Thanks Chewy!


  1. What nutritious, tasty looking food! Pawsome review!!!

  2. Carrageenan seems to be sneaking its way into everything these days, even human foods.

    Love the photo of all 4 collies with the food! They're so cute.

  3. oh that looks tasty... and turkey is the best to celebrate te begin of fall.... dign in and enjoy efurry piece!

  4. I agree, a spoonful a day is probably okay. Good for you to be up on all those ingredients. I didn't know that about sodium selenite. is awesome and I'll be sharing a five paw review of their customer service this month too based on personal experience!

  5. Our pets nutrition is so important, I'm glad there are people like you that make the effort to keep their pups healthy! Great post!

  6. Do they do a kitty version?!!! MOL

    Supurr post and pics Collies, thanks fur sharing :D


    Basil & Co xox

  7. Great Review and it looks like this months treats were a bit hit. Our Hunter doesn't like canned food, so he gets baked chicken instead(can we say spoiled). Thanks for sharing; we think Chewy is the best!
    Wags, Noreen and Hunter