The Honest Kitchen

People tend to ask us a lot of questions when they meet us on the road. “Where do you sleep?” “How much does your backpack weigh?” “What the heck are you doing walking on the road?”  By far the most common question we get, however, is “What do you feed your dogs?”


Before undertaking this little walk, Kait and I did a lot of research into dog food and nutrition. We researched brands, spoke with professionals, tried samples – the dogs tried them, not us. So many brands of kibble we found seem to be based around two ingredients: corn and chicken meal. Corn is delicious, but it is not the foundation of a doggie diet. Chicken meal often contains all of the unsightly bits of the bird – even feet and beaks. None of that sounded appetizing, so we kept searching.

When we found The Honest Kitchen, we knew that we had found the best food for our hardworking dogs. Since 2002, The Honest Kitchen has been committed to providing dog foods that are made with all natural, mostly organic ingredients. Their food blends are produced in facilities that are approved for human-grade food production. In fact, their dog food is considered human-grade – a testament to their commitment to providing high-quality diets to our four-legged friends. If you visit their website, you can find detailed information about what ingredients they use, and from where they are sourced.


he likes it

In addition to being made from the best ingredients possible, The Honest Kitchen’s food blends are dehydrated. Dehydration preserves the raw vitamins and nutrients of the quality ingredients. It also provides us with a lightweight, nutrition-packed meal that is ideal for trekking. When it’s feeding time, we simply add water to rehydrate the food, mix in some high-quality kibble for extra calories (a necessity for our 20 mile-per-day lifestyle) and the pups have a filling, nutritious meal.


Grace's favorite part of the day.

When we first contacted The Honest Kitchen about our project, they were happy to provide samples for our dogs to try. Needless to say, they loved it! Even Grace, a notoriously picky eater who rarely finished a meal, became a member of the clean plate club. Since then, The Honest Kitchen has continued to support our walk and mission by providing their amazing food to us. Liz, our contact at The Honest Kitchen, has been kind enough to help us coordinate drop-shipments that we pick up as we pass through towns and cities.


the box says it all.

Everywhere we go, people ask us what we feed them, and we are proud to say “The Honest Kitchen.” We feed their “Love” food, a high-calorie, gluten-free option. Our dogs are looking fit and trim, their coats are healthy – even Grace’s allergies have improved.

Now if only we could find people food this good…


do not eat this.

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6 Responses to The Honest Kitchen

  1. lesley Nord says:

    They DO look healthier with shinier coats! Great stuff. Maybe you guys should eat it as well — that canned stuff looked lethal! Happy trails!

  2. Serinda Conner says:

    Looks a bit like….. well let’s say mash for my horse. Glad Max smiles when he eats it, I don’t think I’d get past the texture. Glad to see you are all well. I get on almost every day to check for updates. Hugs to all!

  3. Kat says:

    It makes me so happy to know we are a able to help you on this journey! We love what we do but this just warms my heart. I am so happy to see and hear how well they are doing and thank you so much for sharing your experience with all of us. We love you guys and wish you the best!

    the honest kitchen

  4. Sarah says:

    There’s a similar dehydrated pet food company based in Minnesota, called Sojo. I tried one of their samples, by which I mean my dog tried some and I tried some with her! It was a little under-seasoned, but not at all bad. I see no reason why people can’t eat dehydrated dog food!

    • Kait says:

      We also tried Sojo – great stuff! but they suggest that you soak it overnight and the honest kitchen is ready in only 5-10 minutes – easier when you are on the road. I too tried the Sojo (and Honest Kitchen) myself with tortilla chips. It’s good to know that if we run into a snag and need to eat our dog food, we can! And you’re right, its not so bad.

  5. Shawn Saulsbury says:

    Great info! And the Pet store down the street from me carries “The Honest Kitchen” dog food!

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