When I first got Blackjack as a puppy, he would eat just about anything. Being economy-minded, and not giving much thought to it, I bought dog food in bulk at discount stores and there never seemed to be a problem. He grew, he loved us, and at meal times he ate like a normal dog. I’d been raised not to “spoil” my pets, so I very rarely gave him anything off the human’s table. Every now and then, however, I could not help myself but share a piece of steak or a little hamburger, just to be nice.
When he finished his adolescence, I noticed he had developed a finicky taste. He didn’t eat as much, and sometimes seemed disinterested in the food. He would occasionally pick up a few pieces of kibble, hide them in his cheeks, and deposit them in little places around the apartment. I got concerned when he started to lose some weight.
My search began for a better food for him, and fate intervened. Once, when stocks were low, I borrowed some leftover food from a friend of mine. It happened to be Purinastore’s Beneful Original, and I was surprised by how energetically Blackjack ate it. I don’t remember what flavor it was, but I immediately switched to Beneful and have been happy with the result.
I normally stock up on the Beef Originals, but vary it with chicken and salmon to offer a change for my dog. He never seems to tire of it, and I am glad the recipes include things like carrots, spinach and peas.
To keep his teeth healthy, I’ve found through wikipedia the Beneful twists work best. It doesn’t take long for him to wrestle one into his stomach, but I have noticed an improvement in his breath. I guess it goes to show how much the right food can do. Beneful is available online on http://wm6.walmart.com/purina-beneful.aspx#slide1