Ollie is a fresh dog food subscription service that sends out human-grade food personalized for your dog's activity level, age, and more. We reviewed this box with our pup, Buckles, an 11 year old cairn terrier & poodle mix!
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Readers should note that Ollie's packaging has changed a bit since we originally reviewed this box in 2018, but the core product remains the same. This post has been updated as of April 26th, 2019 to explain what has changed.
Everything arrives frozen, like other (non-dog) meal kit products we've tried!
The Subscription Box: Ollie
The Cost: From their site - "Price depends on the size of your dog: We calculate how much food they need based on the exact number of calories they need to consume daily, which dictates your subscription cost. A small dog starts at $3/day (that’s less than a nice cup of coffee!) Real, high-quality ingredients aren’t cheap, but we don’t deal with middlemen and distributors so we can offer you the best value. And shipping is free!"
COUPON – New subscribers can use this link to get 50% off of their first box!
The Products: Wholesome, human-grade, and full of fruits and veggies - based on your dog's profile.
Our Ollie Review
I just wanted to quickly rewind back to the state of our shipment and how nicely it was packaged. Everything is packed in nicely and portioned. You'll be able to walk through everything in your box with their instructions.
They calculated the portions based on Buckles size. We picked a beef flavor for him to try.
They get a little more in-depth here - it gives you a ton of info about what you can expect from the package you're about to dig into.
You'll get a few more pieces of reading material that talks about their process.
Most importantly, you'll get this pamphlet about easing into Ollie's food for your pup. Switching from kibble to fresh food can be hard on their stomachs, so it's best to take it slow, and they give you great direction on how to make the adjustment.
Let's dig inside:
There are a few items in the top section of box (along with the paperwork). First, we got a little pack of probiotics - I'm not 100% sure if this comes with every delivery or just the starter box.
You'll get a scoop for the food, so that you can measure and portion it out according to their directions.
And a nice little lid to re-seal the food.
OK - finally, the food! This looked SO different after giving Pet Plate a try recently. This stack of food was good for 28 full days of feeding when using 1 full scoop per meal. They have a really useful FAQ about the meat and how they source their food on their site.
This is the original packaging we reviewed, but Ollie has made changes to make their packaging take up less space in your fridge and create less waste. Here's a side by side so you can see the difference (Photo credit: Ollie):
That's the new packaging on the left, with the original packaging on the right. It's about HALF the size, which makes a big difference to the space you have available in your family fridge. Here's what Ollie had to say about the change:
"Our new slimmer food packs (no more trays!) take up less space! You'll store them in your freezer and thaw them in your fridge, as needed. Plus they're easier to open--just peel and serve. We'll also fit more food in less frequent shipments, so there will be less unboxing, less waste--and an all-around smaller carbon 'paw-print'!"
It is now time for this little guy to break into this mountain-of-a-box!
It was pretty impossible to get a shot of one little cup of food - he was READY to say the least.
We gave him a little taste to see if he enjoyed it, which is most important, and that cup didn't last at all. We've been trying some food out in small portions lately to spice up dinner for him and to help us get him some tartar reducing powder into his food. So far, so good.
Ollie is our second shot at trying out the fresh pet food trend - and it's a great option for sure. He loves it, we like that it's all human-grade and comes with everything we need to get going. I also thought this was a great option to mix in with kibble for dinner - which is ultimately what we'll end up doing.
Verdict: Ollie is the latest experiment in spicing up our pup's dinner - and once again, he just loves it. As a very picky eater, I love that he is just gobbling this up - and we love that it's all human-grade. Plus, it's just so much easier having this delivered to your door on schedule - it makes it much easier for us.
What do you think of Ollie?
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