I frequently write about how much we love the outdoors here. I think fresh air and exercise are very important to everyone’s health – humans and pet alike. We spend as much time outside as we can, even if it’s just hanging out in our own yard or walking around our neighborhood which is surrounded by woods. All that ties in with our eating habits as well. The words holistic, natural, and wholesome mean a lot to me. I am always open to the dogs’ trying new foods as long as they are made from quality ingredients, and these days we choose grain free foods as well. Luke had some digestive issues when he was younger, and he either outgrew them or they got better because we switched to grain free. Either way, we’re sticking with what works.
We have two senior girls in our household, and even though they both suffer from arthritis, I still try to keep them active. We like to go on the occasional adventure but I have to choose what we do carefully so they don’t overdo it, just as I choose the foods they eat carefully as well, to provide maximum nutritional benefits.
Last weekend, I thought it would be fun to take them on an easy hike I’ve been wanting to do again. My sister joined us and Luke stayed home with Dad. I wanted the two older girls to be able to go at an easier pace for them without their younger brother along (plus I was concerned about off leash dogs on this hike, and I was right to be…one leash reactive dog on a hike is enough to deal with).
This hike is relatively flat, about 2-3 miles long (we went 2.4), and has a brook alongside for cooling off. We were still having hot weather at that point, and even though we got out a bit earlier, it warmed up quickly. Silly me thinking the girls needed an easy hike. Well, they should have, but they certainly didn’t take it easy! These two take their hikes seriously, and there’s not much stopping to enjoy the scenery allowed! Their arthritis does not slow them down much, and I’m happy to report they fared pretty well after this hike, even though there was some scrambling in and out of the brook. They were just a bit stiff that night, but both fine the next day.
Since they refuse to slow down, it’s even more important to keep them on a healthy diet that benefits their joints and muscle tone. That’s why we’re looking forward to getting the chance to try Pinnacle® Holistic Pet Food. Pinnacle’s foods meet all of the criteria I’m looking for. Not only do those words “holistic” and “natural” apply, but it is grain free, has limited ingredients, and is made right at their California plant.
Pinnacle originally launched their company in 1998 as a breakthrough brand in holistic dog food (they do make cat food as well). They’ve always included healthy ingredients like quinoa, pumpkin, kelp, flax seed, blueberries, sweet potatoes, and cottage cheese, but in May of this year they took all their recipes to grain free to benefit pets’ digestion.
Along with those ingredients they use high quality proteins such as trout, duck, salmon, and turkey. Antioxidants, probiotics, fiber, and vitamins and minerals all combine to support a healthy immune system, good digestion and that important joint health and muscle tone our active crew needs.
Watch for our review post which will be coming, or if you don’t want to wait to give this food a try, they have a handy store locator on their website, and you can also find it online. You can also follow Pinnacle via Twitter and Facebook.