Before our Oregon Bike Tour, I hiked up to Marmot Pass with my little brother, Chester and Gretel. I was excited to be able to finally try out the PeakWaggers lightweight, gourmet meals for outdoor dogs I had bought months ago.
PeakWaggers meals are made from ingredients such as natural beef, natural chicken, potatoes, rice, organic bulgur wheat, organic barley, organic oats, sweet potatoes and vegetables. No sodium or preservatives are added and they vacuum seal these meals to keep them fresh.
Each $8.95 package comes with two vacuum packed meals inside.
According to the website, each vacuum sealed meal will feed a 60-110 pound dog. I was worried that one package would be too much food for Chester and Gretel who together only weigh about 28 lbs. I didn’t want the food to go to waste, go bad or sit around camp and attract wildlife.
I actually contacted PeakWaggers and expressed my concerns. I asked if they had any plans to make these meals in smaller packages for small hiking dogs. They said that they didn’t and didn’t really seem interested in hearing my feedback. I was disappointed but I thought I would give it a try anyway since I already had a package of Mountain Mutt’s Sweet Potato Pie.
The night we were out camping I followed the instructions. The package says you can add hot or cold water. That didn’t make sense to me because cold water doesn’t usually reconstitute food. However, the food didn’t seem to reconstitute even when I added hot water (the food is dehydrated, not freeze dried, which would of made it reconstitute easier) so I guess it doesn’t matter after all.
Once reconstituted it did look like real food. I suppose it better, because it is 🙂
The amount of food one package made didn’t seem like that much. I really wonder if it would be enough to feed a 110 lb dog like it claims it can. It was just the right amount to split between the two dogs though. For us, one package containing the two vacuum packed meals inside would be enough to feed both dogs for the day (they eat once in the am and once in the pm).
Chester and Gretel seemed to love the flavor! The dogs gobbled it up like it was a forbidden food I was going to take away from them.
There are things I like about these meals: It like that it is REAL food; I like the idea of pre-packaged camping meals for dogs…just like the meals for human hikers; Chester and Gretel really seemed to like the taste.
There are also things I don’t like that would make me think twice about buying it again: The website claims that these meals are lightweight but I don’t think it was any lighter than kibble. I also think that it took up about as much space in my pack as kibble would have – or at least the difference is negligible. The price is a little steep since we feed the dogs dry kibble and we could almost buy a 13 lb bag for $9.
The bottom line is that I think PeakWaggers Gourmet Dehydrated Dog Meals is a novel idea but it didn’t live up to my expectations. I think we will go back to bringing kibble for now but I will keep a close eye on this product because I think it has a lot of potential.