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.
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.
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.
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…