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Why I Don’t Cook for My Dog and a $300 Gift Card Giveaway #InspiredbyCrafted


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I love my dog so much that I don’t cook for him. The reason I don’t cook for my dog is because I am more adept at writing and helping dogs in need than I ever will be at cooking. In fact, my dog might have acquired my cooking skills, see? Keep reading and stay tuned for a $300 gift card giveaway, too.

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Um no, Dex, you can’t cook any better than I can.

When the folks at Hill’s asked if I wanted to try their new line of artisanal food on my dog, I hesitated: I don’t like to switch up foods and why fix what isn’t broke.

Then the lightbulb went off.

Why not let my dog eat crunchy food during his game play at night and to stuff inside his hide-and-seek games?

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Even the packaging reflects the goodness inside.

I am super fussy about what my dog eats: From treats to regular food: I have to feel comfortable eating it myself and/or preparing it myself. Since I am a terrible cook and I trust the ingredients and process in the Hill’s® Ideal Balance® Crafted line, so I decided to give it a try on Dexter.

Long-time readers of Fidose of Reality know that we cut to the chase. I want to feel safe giving my dog a treat or any type of dog food. The kibble in the bag of Crafted food for dogs from Hill’s looks and smells like a home-cooked meal because it is.

Dexter says, “Let’s play the treat game, Mama!”

Dexter is not fond of most kibble and we rarely feed it to him. So for me to offer him kibble in the form of Crafted, well that’s a mighty HUGE stamp of approval and trust on my part. The fact that Dexter views this kibble as a high value reward also speaks volumes to its taste…and for me, the nutritional value. The fact that the food is oven roasted and crafted with care means I can provide a nutritional tasty treat that is WAYYYY better than anything I can cook for my dog.

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The Hill’s Crafted line is:

  • Made in small batches
  • Made in the USA
  • Contains natural ingredients
  • Has zero wheat, corn or soy
  • Contains zero artificial colors, flavors or preservative
  • Available in grain-free varieties


enter to win

You should give this line of dog food from Hill’s a try. In fact, enter BELOW to win a $300 gift card to PetSmart to purchase your very own Ideal Balance CRAFTED products for your dog or cat!

Imagine a fun shopping spree for your favorite canine or feline family member: $300 is a great way to celebrate summer and bring Hill’s Crafted into your pet’s food bowl or game!

This Giveaway is hosted by the BlogPaws Professional Blogger Network and sponsored by Hill’s Ideal Balance CRAFTED. There is no purchase necessary in order to be eligible to win and is void where prohibited. This Giveaway is open to anyone that resides in the United States and is over the age of 18. Employees of Pet360, Inc., Hill’s Pet Nutrition, PetSmart and their immediate families are ineligible. This Giveaway will be open from 6/9/2015 to 6/30/2015 at 11:59pm ET.

Winner will be notified on or about Wednesday 7/1/2015 and will have 24 hours to respond to the email before forfeiting their prize.

Note: The $300 gift card to PetSmart will be mailed to the winner approximately 4-6 weeks from acceptance.


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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    I cook for my dog sometimes, but only for special treats. Like when he has to go to the vet and his birthday.

  2. Cathy Armato says

    This post is so timely – I literally just bought a bag of Hill’s Ideal Balance (grain free) at PetSmart Last Night! I was wandering the food aisles and happened to see the bag. I’ve heard a bit about this new food so I decided to give it a try. I don’t like to change up my dogs’ food either, but for some reason the bag caught my eye. I’m so happy to see you’ve given it your stamp of approval! That means a lot. What a great contest, I am so entering this one thanks!

  3. Lillian says

    Not only did I learn a lot about what goes into the Hill’s brand, but it was fascinating to read about the founder of Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Dr. Mark Morris Sr. I thought it was VERY interesting that he developed “breakthrough pet nutrition” to improve the health of a Seeing Eye dog named Buddy! Interesting origins

  4. Catherine S says

    This sounds like a great brand of dog food and an awesome giveaway. I don’t have pets, but I will share this with my friends and family that do.

  5. Jessica Harlow says

    I love the idea of small batch cooking for humans and pets! I didn’t know anything about this brand, but will be checking it out. I had no idea that chickpeas were good for dogs too! lol

  6. Ida says

    I have now started buying grain-free, more nutritious food for my dog. She just turned 14 and her stomach just wasn’t handling her food well. She is loving her new food now!

  7. Heather Lawrence says

    ROFLMAO…. I am so used to seeing cats up on the counter that seeing a dog totally shocked me!
    When we were pet owners we were extra picky over what we put in their bowl glad to see I’m not the only one!

  8. Shauna says

    Wow, so much great information on the Hill’s website. I love that they have so many informative posts helping with tips and tricks. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway. Fingers crossed

  9. Elyse Malmquist says

    I would love to be entered into this great giveaway! I am a rescue dog owner. MAX is 7 yrs old now and has Type 1 diabetes w/insulin twice daily. Healso has cataracts which is causing him to loose his eyesight.

  10. Carolyn says

    I learned that Hill’s has a small batch grain free food that I think my dog would do very well on. Will have to try it next time she needs food.

  11. Arlene R. O'Neil says

    I treat train my labs and this looks like they would love being rewarded with Hill’s for learning!!

  12. Talent Hounds says

    Sounds like great food. Kilo loves kibble so I always look for healthy safe tasty options. I will check out our local PetSmart. Unfortunately in Canada so can not enter contest. X Susie and Kilo the Pug

  13. Emily Endrizzi says

    I learned that Hill’s adds antioxidants in fruits like cranberries and other ingredients to help strengthen your pet’s immune system.

  14. beth says

    Great to see the new products available. I only cook sweet potatoes or squash then cool and slice to keep in the fridge for healthy dog treats. I feed raw ground turkey recommended by my vet. My vet is a pet nutritional specialist so he studied real pet health. The vet recommended feeding fresh or frozen green beans. The vet recommended to feed a whole apple including the core and the apple seeds as apples seeds contain B17 Laetrile that prevents and kills any malignant cancer cells. I slice the apple into thin slices and feed the entire core, or sometime give her the apple to play with then eats it when finished playing with it. The vet also recommended feeding a banana everyday. The vet recommended supplements like glucosamine and tumeric to protect the joints. My vet recommended Boswella to prevent inflammation from arthritis. My vet recommended NuPro Silver supplement with crushed flaxseed, kelp, vitamin C etc…. My vet recommended feeding 6 crushed raw apricot seeds daily as they have the highest concentration of B17 Laetrile to prevent or kill off any malignant cancer cells through out the body.

  15. Robin Grawe says

    My older boy, Tyler, is a rescued cocker spaniel and is allergic to everything. We have spent a small fortune on trying to find the best food for him and he had done very well with DVP Venison and Sweet Potato. Has only had couple of ear infections in the last several years instead of going to the vet once a month for the same issue.

  16. Rhonda Petersen says

    5x the antioxidants- I might have to eat that!! Ha Ha! I actually wanted to buy this, I have a coupon, but couldn’t find it at my Petsmart yet.

  17. Tamara says

    I love that Hill’s contains 50 nutrients and no artificial ingredients. I’ve been wanting to change my senior dog to a more nutritious food and I seriously might look into this one.

  18. Marilyn Nawara says

    I learned that they make it from high quality proteins and gourmet ingredients like ancient grains and herbs.

  19. Laura J says

    I learned that High quality proteins like trout, salmon and chicken are #1 ingredients,
    and help build and maintain lean muscle for an active lifestyle. I loved how they tell about how its made! Even the oven temps! Wow….looks wonderful! I think our dogs would love it! We have been thinking of changing their food….this might be the change we need!

  20. Erica Saldivar says

    It seems like they put in a great amount of work into the crafted dog foods, for instance, the dry dog food dough is rolled out, carefully cut, and looked over to make sure it looks good before baking. There was so much more detailed information on the sight! This is incredible, I think i will be buying this as soon as my Frenchie is done with his current food!

  21. Laura S says

    I learned they make it for cats too! And I found a coupon that I printed so we can see if our picky eaters will like it.

  22. Becky Moore says

    I love the no artificial ingrediants/all natural. Especially with some of the info going out now about bad dog biscuits

  23. Starla B says

    What an interesting and helpful website. I learned that it’s estimated that 80% of dogs over the age of three years suffer from some degree of periodontal disease! That is crazy and it’s so important to start this at a young age!

  24. Ellen Wexler says

    The link won’t open the page for me, but I went to the site and read up. I learned that they also have cat food! Hills has not been my first choice in the past but after reading about the new products I am very much looking forward to trying this, loving the chickpea and quinoa proteins and the lack of things that are not good for our beloved pets. Thanks to Hills for going to the effort to do right my our sweet furfriends. And thank YOU for the chance to win!

  25. Erin says

    I was surprised to learn there was no corn in this formula. Seems to be a stable in most Science Diet foods.

  26. Linda Stull says

    I can not comment, I get the following message, “AccessDeniedAccess Denied2CDA1B48C37584BBytNszrcJKZ4kW3sAs70OgDmOtnzfunu7/S8l4LxquZxA5FqaiWA+JBPLtSa6wnld”

  27. Laurie Emerson says

    I learned that they only use natural ingredients so that you know your dog will be getting a good and healthy diet.

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