The Peekabu Challenge, Part 2: Giving Nutrish Zero Grain A Shot!

Peekabu's new, healthy food: I picked up a few samples of Rachael Ray's Nutrish at FitBloggin. Peekie loves it. We start moving her off her current kibble to Nutrish Zero Grain this week.

Peekabu’s new, healthy food: I picked up a few samples of Rachael Ray’s Nutrish at FitBloggin. Peekie loves it. We start moving her off her current kibble to Nutrish Zero Grain tomorrow.

I’ve picked the new kibble for my diet buddy, Peekabu. Over the next week, I’m moving Peekie from her current kibble to Rachael Ray’s Nutrish Zero Grain.

Dog Food Advisor gave it 4 stars and I’ve read good reviews online. Plus I love that it has zero grains! Grains equals carbs, and that packs on the pounds.

Lucky for me Rachael Ray’s Nutrish line was a sponsor at FitBloggin. I stopped by the booth and picked up a few sample bags. The perfect size to see if Peekabu would eat it without the cost of buying a big bag first. She maybe a chow hound, but is picky about her kibble.

Turns out, she loves it. She tried to grab the bag out of my hand before I pulled out a few pieces as a treat.

My Dog Is Going Low-Carb
Like me, Peekabu is going low-carb in her quest to lose 15 pounds.

Granted the veggies used in Nutrish are high in carbs, but they are healthy veggies like sweet potatoes and peas.  We’d have to move her to a raw diet to get a true low-carb diet like the dogs of yore. But that’s a little too expensive for us.

She’s a dry kibble girl and I just need her to eat healthy. So Nutrish it is!

I’m picking up a bag today. Tomorrow I’ll start mixing her current kibble with the Nutrish for the next 7-10 days. After that she’ll be switched over. The good news with the switch is that she’ll actually eat less food than she is now.

Using Dog Food Advisor’s dog food calculator (FYI: takes time to load), she just needs 3.5 cups/day of Nutrish to maintain a healthy weight of 85 pounds. With her current food, she eats about 4.5 cups/day. So not only will she eat less, stay full longer and slim down, but I’ll save on buying dog food. Sweet!

Healthy and economical…mama likes!


Peekabu Challenge: Meet My New Diet Buddy!

Meet my new diet buddy -- Peekabu, my chunkie Old English Sheep Dog.

Meet my new diet buddy — Peekabu, my chunky big-boned Old English Sheepdog.

Peekabu, my Old English Sheepdog, weighs 100 pounds and she’s s a bit of a chunk. She even has her own theme song. Yep, she’s mighty mighty just lettin’ it all hang out!

She’s had one too many Frosty Paws and is starting to pay the price with her girlish figure. Our vet told us she needs to drop 15 pounds. But she loves to eat. After clearing her bowl, she always tries to push our Mini Schnauzer out-of-the-way to get to his food.

She even tried that with the cat once…once.

Yep, she is one hungry girl!

Peekabu’s weight is my fault. After all she’s not the one controlling her portions, sneaking into the freezer to grab a frozen soy treat, or cracking open that box of MilkBones. Nope, that’s on me and the hubby. We love our dogs, but we don’t have to show our love via food.

Peekie’s food needs to be measured. She can’t have treats when the mood strikes. Her kibble needs to be nutritionally balanced. And she needs to workout everyday. It’s time to introduce some discipline into her diet.

Peekabu weighed in this weekend. She's down a few pounds from her high of 100 lbs. This week her new diet starts up.

Peekabu weighed in this weekend. She’s down a few pounds from her high of 100 lbs. This week her new diet starts up.

Meet My New Diet Buddy!
So I’ve decided to make Peekabu my new diet buddy.

Diet buddies are invaluable in helping you lose weight. Your buddy is the person that can talk you down from cravings, get you off your duff to hit the gym and holds you accountable for every bite you take.

I have great diet buddies who’ve helped me along with my journey. Now it’s time for me to do the same for Peekabu.

We’re in this together. By eating right, watching portions and exercising, she’ll get into shape in no time. Not only will I have a healthier and happier pup, but my work with her will reinforce my own good eating and workout habits. Awesome!

This week I’m introducing a new, healthier dog food into her diet. We’ll see how that goes tomorrow. Hopefully she’ll actually enjoy the new kibble. Yes, we’ve run into kibble that even this chow hound won’t touch.

Peekabu wants to keep you updated on her progress with weekly posts on Dot2Trot. She’s committed to getting healthy and knows that accountability plays a big part in staying the course. She’s practicing with my husband’s laptop. After all keyboards can be tricky for doggies.