We introduced everyone to Peak Waggers dog food in an earlier article called “Food For Thought… Mark Twain National Forest, Piney Creek Wilderness area backpacking adventure Part III” and now that I am back from our backpacking adventure I wanted to tell you what I and most importantly, Keegan, thought of the food.
We put Keegan’s pack on at the trail head and I began to pack the
compartments. Leash, ball, towel, dry mitts (for muddy feet), water bowl, water, food bowl and three pouches of Peak Waggers dehydrated gourmet meals (enough food for 6 meals) and a pouch of Peak Waggers dehydrated bison jerky, the perfect on-the-trail protein snack.
The great thing about Peak Waggers is that there are two vacuum sealed meals per pouch. Each vacuum sealed meal will feed a 60-110 pound dog. Being that they are dehydrated means they are very light! Remember you dog isn’t a pack animal; he can carry some weight but unless you own a breed that is specifically bred for hauling, it is not a natural act for your dog. Keegan is a Border collie/Shetland sheepdog mix; needless to say he is not a Newfoundland or a St. Bernard. Nonetheless, Keegan was all too happy to get on the trail once we got loaded.
Dinner time the first night was going to be a test to see if Peak Waggers was as good as it seemed. You see, Keegan has a bit of an eating disorder. When we travel and he does not have his usual bowl he has a tendency not to eat. When we have traveled before, whether it was car camping or stays at upscale, pet friendly hotels, I end up having to feed him by hand to get him to eat.
At around 5:00 pm I started getting out the camp stove, the cookware and his Peak Waggers. His first meal was Chicken Pawmesan. I brought 8 oz of water to a boil in about a minute. While it was coming to a boil I opened his first meal pouch and poured it in his travel bowl, which he hates by the way. I poured the water over the food, sat it on top of my backpack for ten minutes to rehydrate. While it was rehydrating I had time to start getting my meal together. The smell of the food had Keegan almost jumping on my pack to get to the food. I finally put his food bowl down and introduced him to it by sticking my finger in it and letting him lick it. He immediately dove in eating non stop until it was gone. Keegan doesn’t eat like that even at home. He usually lies in front of his bowl and takes his time. This food, he attacked. I was very pleased, Peak Waggers was a hit! I switched his morning and evening meals between the Chicken Pawmesan and the Barkin’ Beef-Barley Stew. He enjoyed both equally. On the trail he had a great bonus each day. When I would stop to re-energize with a protein bar or a handful of gorp I would break out his bison jerky. He liked treat time so much that when I would unzip my pack for my snack, he would turn and sit with the bison jerky side of his pack facing me. I guess Pavlov was right.
To find out how and where to purchase Peak Waggers dehydrated gourmet meals for your travels visit them at www.peakwaggers.com.
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