If you wouldn’t eat it, should your dog? Dog food talk!๐Ÿพ

Happy Wednesday, Everyone. I hope your week is off to a great start!

I’m so excited for today’s post because I get to talk about one of my favoriteย topics ever, Grumples and Leo (my dogs!) If you’re familiar with my blog, then you know how obsessed I am with them. My dogs bring so much light and happiness to my life, and I want them around as long as possible.

I spend several hours walking them each day to make sure they are physically and mentally healthy. My dogs get so excited for our walks. As soon as I say “get your leash,” they jump up and start wagging their tails. It’s so important to let your dogs explore new places, new smells, and interact with other dogs. And there is nothing better than sleeping dogs after a long walk.

About a year ago, my older dog, Grumples, weighed in ten pounds overweight at the vet. After that, I made walking three miles a day part of our daily routine. He’s back down to a healthy weight, and we still love our walks together. It’s good for the both of us.

Physical activity is necessary, but so is the food that they eat. I make my health and food choices a priority of mine, and my dogs are no different. I am so proud to be partnering up with Earth Fare (my favorite grocery store ever) to talk aboutย Tender & True, a healthy dog food that you can find right in their pet aisle. It’s the onlyย USDA Certified Organic and Certified Humanely Raised pet food on the market. It’s important to set your dog’s food standard high, as you would for yourself.

When I heard about Tender & True, I was pretty intrigued because it almost seemed to good to be true. It ended up being so great that I have made the switch, and my dogs are pretty happy about it. Let me tell you why I made the switch.

One of the biggest factors in making the change was that Tender & True is Global Animal Partnership(GAP) certified. Gap uses a 5-step program that tells you exactly how the animals have been raised, and every farm partner is audited by an independent company every 15 months. There are no antibiotics, animal by-products in the feed, or added hormones. I love knowing that the meats I’m feeding my dogs, or myself, are from farms that ensure animal welfare.

The Tender & True ingredient list was very impressive, which also convinced me make the switch. Whenever I’m purchasing dog products, I make sure that they are always made in the USA, so I loved seeing that being made clear on the bag.

What makes Earth Fare one of my favorite stores is their Boot List. It’s a list of harmful and unhealthy ingredients that you will never see in your food, OR your dog’s food at Earth Fare. Tender & True is held to the same standards as human food. Why shouldn’t it be?ย 
Along with the healthy superfoods found in Tender & True, it’s grain free, which is so great since my dog’s both have grain allergies.

When you look at the ingredients, you’ll see that organic turkey is the first one listed. That’s already a good sign! All of the ingredients are natural, organic, and you won’t find any harmful dyes, hormones, artificial flavors, or fillers. There are added vitamins, which is great for keeping my dogs healthy.

I love shopping at Earth Fare because of their Food Philosophy. I don’t have to spend too much time reading over the labels because they do it already. And if any ingredient is on their Boot List, it gets the boot!

Earth Fare pledged to keep their food free of added hormones, artificial fats, and trans fats, artificial sweeteners, bleached or bromated flour, antibiotics, high fructose corn syrup, artificial preservatives, or artificial colors or flavors.

If you head to their Food Philosophy, you can get more information on their departments and how they meet their Food Philosophy. ย 
I’m not sure if he likes the chicken or turkey better…

If you have an Earth Fare close to you, make sure to stop in and pick up a copy of The Clean Plate! It’s their healthy lifestyle quarterly magazine. It’s filled with great deals and healthy tips to help customers “Live Longer with Earth Fare.” Leo and I had so much fun shooting these photos for The Clean Plate, and we’d love to see you pick up a copy!

While you’re there, you might as well pick up a bag of Tender & True for your pup ๐Ÿ™‚ I promise they’ll love it. It was nearly impossible to get their heads out of the bags.

Questions for you!

  1. Do you pay attention to what goes into your dog’s food?
  2. What is your favorite activity to do with your dog?
  3. I get a kick out of names. What is your dog’s name?

Thank you guys for reading. This post was sponsored by Earth Fare and Tender and True, but ALL opinions are my own!




  • diyasree

    Maybe the time has come to surprise my pup with this food. Would love to see his reaction ๐Ÿ™‚
    I really enjoyed and thanks for the great insights, Taralynn McNitt.

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  • Anonymous

    Looks like great food for my pups!

    Daisy and Dalila

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  • Melanie Horst

    Hey Taralynn!

    Love the post on your dogs!

    I have a Brittany named Hudson and he loves to go on off leash walks on the trails near our little town! Some days itโ€™s hard but I love that he gets me out everyday! I love finding new trails to take him too and explore the outdoors. We would love to do a trip out East (in Canada) and stop at trails along the way! We do care a lot about what we feed him and feed him Acana dog food which is supposed to be really good! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Anonymous

    cute dogs

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  • Nicole

    My dogs are Pyke and Brody. Pyke is a little puggle and Brody is a beagle-shepherd mix. They get high quality food and we also cook them brown rice and chicken breast each week for a little extra protein and to help their tummies (they’re very sensitive). If I even tried to give them a “dog treat”, they probably wouldn’t even take it. They never want them from the employees at pet stores when we bring them in. They only eat vegetables as treats – mostly baby carrots! They go bananas for baby carrots. They also like bell peppers, iceberg lettuce, and basically anything we’re willing to give them ๐Ÿ˜›

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Such cute names!!!! We give them the “bland” diet when they are sick. It’s funny your dogs don’t take treats! Mine will do ANYTHING for them lol Leo likes carrot and Grumples is so picky that he has to have hummus or ranch on them lol but, grumples LOVES bell peppers! Your dogs sound like dream eaters. lol

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  • Jenna

    Yeah we’ve switched to a more expensive brand of dog food. She’s allergic to grain as well, so we have to watch that. The vet said she may be allergic to chicken as well. She has crazy allergies just like her momma!

    I love taking her to the dog park, or on a walk around the neighborhood. Not to mention car rides, I’ll I have to say is “Do you” and she gets super excited.

    My baby girls name is Bella. Her name when we adopted her was Hershey but she definitely didn’t look like a Hershey.

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    • Stacy

      My dog’s name is Bella too ๐Ÿ˜Š. When I got her it was Mia Bella, but I just stuck with calling her Bella โค๏ธ๐Ÿถ

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yup! I’ve heard of dogs being allergic to chicken! We usually stick to turkey!

      OMG MY DOGS LOVE CAR RIDES TOO! (mainly for the cows)

      lol Bella is a cute name!

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  • Nickie

    My dog’s name is Olli and when she was very little she started having spells where she would throw up 7 – 14 times in a short period of time and this would happen about once a week. We could not figure out what it was and finally, the vet figured out that it was pancreatitis and she could not digest the fat in her food so we switched to a low fat, more gentle (and way more expensive!) formula but it is SO worth it. I would do anything to make sure she is healthy and I am just so glad it works for her.

    We had a hard time coming up with a name so we had her a couple of days before we decided. My husband said “What about ‘Ali’ like Mohammad Ali?” Lol – when he said “Ali,” it made me think of the name “Olli” so I said “OK, but lets spell it ‘O-L-L-I'” and he agreed so he thinks she’s named after Mohammad Ali. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Nickie!

      That is so scary! Poor little pup. So glad you guys figured it out and now have her on a great food. <3

      I love a name with a good story behind it! lol


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  • mary

    After having two dogs die from blood cancer I began to research the supposedly high quality dog food I was feeding them and was horrified by what some foods actually contain. The price and being “vet approved” does not necessarily correlate with quality and ingredients dogs should be eating.

    Now that I have Jake (named after Jake from State Farm) he only gets a grain free, made in Canada (that’s where we live) dog food with human grade meats and no by-products. It’s more expensive than crappy food but when I think of what I paid in vet bills when my dogs were sick it probably works out the same. He has an amazingly soft coat and is a happy, healthy puppy!

    Love your pooches! I have a soft spot for doodles and that’s why I ended up with Jake the bernedoodle!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Mary!

      Wow, so sorry to hear about your pups. It’s crazy to see what goes into dog foods! We just look at the flavor and assume it stops there. It makes no sense as to why a lot of these foods have added dyes in them.

      Jake from State Farm!? lol that is amazing. Love that you’re treating Jake to a great quality food! So important.

      Bernedoodles are adorable!

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  • Anna

    I’m a huge believer in feeding high-quality food and providing plenty of exercise. You’re either going to spend the time, money, and energy providing good food, and exercise up front, or you’re going to need to spend the time later down the road when they develop health, and behavior issues. It’s so much less stressful and creates a happier life for everyone when you act proactively, instead of reactively to a situation that is now out of your hands.

    I live in Maine and there is SO much to do with dogs here, we are so lucky. I love doing anything outdoors with them. There’s nothing cuter than a happy dog running at a full sprint through the snow, or in the woods. We have a German Shepherd and an Australian Cattle Dog, so they have endless energy, and it is so nice to just let them into the woods. They can entertain themselves and each other for HOURS just with chasing (but not catching) small animals, swimming in rivers and lakes, finding sticks, etc. Sometimes it’s so fun to just watch a dog be a dog!

    We think it’s funny to theme-name our dogs. The theme right now is movies/characters. We have (Vin) Diesel, (Peter) Parker, and Meeko (Raccoon from Pocahontas).

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Yes very important! I look at it like that too, and same with us as humans! If we don’t eat right and exercise, we’ll end up spending more on health bills. That’s why we have to put our standards on the same level.

      OMG, you’re so lucky!! I love Maine! I’m planning a trip there this summer. I know my dogs would LOVE it there.

      I LOVE the name Meeko lol

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  • Jocelyn

    My dog’s name is Ollivander (like the Harry Potter character) but we call him Vander for short!

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  • Lindsey St. Onge

    I 100% look at what is in my dog’s food so I really appreciate this post! Cuddling has to be my favorite thing to do, but walks are a close 2nd! My dog’s name is Moose. He is a 2 year old chocolate lab that won’t stop growing! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      So glad you do that!

      I LOVE the name moose lol Another reader actually has a dog named Moose as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

      I have to agree that walks and cuddling are the best!

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  • Zsuzsi

    Hi Tara, my dogs are Zsandรกr and Tappancs ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • Nae

    You have a beautiful smile

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  • Rosanne

    Yes, I am celiac, therefore no grains for my kiddos either…I am very strict on their food choices. Their favorite treats are veggies because of it, people always say really, but why not? Itโ€™s carrots, broccoli, strawberries, blueberries, apples, healthy foods and all organic.
    Their names are kalei-Hawaiian for beloved child, sheโ€™s a Maltese cairn terrier mix, 9 years. Chyanne- she chose her name, after the cheyanne mountain in Colorado, sheโ€™s a cairn terrier 8 years old. And last but not least, we have a pup, koa, Hawaiian also for warrior. He was dumped on our laps a year ago when he was sooooo teeny, but his big sisters said he could stay, so we have three.

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  • Jenna

    I have 5 fur babies! # dogs = Pepe, Eva and Tila (Teela) and 2 cats = Shiya and Demi!

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  • Hannah

    I just saw that my dog’s food was made in China. I’m feeling queasy.

    They opened up an Earth Fare near my work a year ago and I’ll be buying this on Monday.

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  • Virjinia @ With Purpose and Kindness

    I definitely make sure my girl gets good food for her. We noticed she was having skin issues and once we switched foods, it cleared up! I have a pitbull mix who is white with black spots and looks like a little cow. Her name is Snowflake! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Linda @ the Fitty

    I don’t have a furry little friend but if I did I would name him Chester ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • Cam

    I love the photos in this post!

    How old are your dogs? I have been looking for a new dog food so I’ll check this one out.

    Thank you for all the blogs. I wanted to let you know that the past year, your blogs have been better and better.

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  • Trisha

    I love reading posts about your pups! They are precious! My dog is Carmen. We love to watch the birds and squirrels in the woods from our balcony, go to the beach, farmerโ€™s markets, long walks to new fun places, digging at the park (ONLY at the park!) we play whereโ€™s Carmen (I throw a light blanket over her and ask whereโ€™s Carmen, then she digs her way out lol) sheโ€™s also learning agility so thatโ€™s a fun challenge!
    Food is extremely important, I need my dog to live forever so I watch everything she eats…sheโ€™s fast though so sometimes bad things happen….
    Happy Wednesday!

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hi, Trisha!

      Thanks so much:) I love those boys! That is so funny. My dogs also LOVE the birds and squirrels. They sit by the window or on my back porch and go crazy when they come close.

      Leo is like that as well. He’ll eat EVERYTHING and anything. Grumples is more snobby with his food. He won’t eat carrots or cucumbers unless they have ranch or hummus on them. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • Shannen

    I love that picture of Grumples with his tongue out! ๐Ÿ™‚
    What a bummer. The closet Earth Fare is almost four hours away. But it sounds like a great brand! We try our best to buy healthy food (that is a reasonable price – because two big dogs can get pricey) for our dogs and have started introducing some of the raw food diet into their meals. They are obsessed with it.
    We have two dogs. Bella Roussa loves to hike and watch movies snuggled on the couch. Oliver is all about the toys and playing in the back yard or running through fields.

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    • Taralynn McNitt

      Hahaha he is so funny! OMG it was hard to take their photos because all they wanted was the food!

      You may be able to use a store locator to find it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      We did the raw food thing for a while but then they got soooooooo used to it that they wouldn’t eat their food without it lol

      Those are such cute names!!

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  • Emily

    Thanks for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve been looking for a healthy dog food for a while!

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  • Allie

    I will go check it out after work tonight. I work a block from Earth Fare!

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  • Loni

    What breed are your dogs?

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  • Holly

    Your pups are the cutest!

    I have four yorkies named lizzard, hen, bear, and frog! I let my kids name them.

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  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    I don’t have a dog – most of the apartments here in Hong Kong don’t allow us to have pets – but I’d definitely make sure to feed my pups the highest quality food if I had one! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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