Ollie Review + 50% Off Coupon!


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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!

My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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!

About Ollie

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):

Ollie Packaging Update

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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Written by Eric Cadman

Eric Cadman

Eric is the co-founder of My Subscription Addiction. He’s been hooked on geek subscription boxes since 2012 thanks to Loot Crate and Nerd Block. Geek boxes sparked his desire for collecting Funko Pops and comic book statues!

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5 Comments

  1. So I have a dog about that size so how much was the sub and how many meals does it equate to? I assume it is soft or semi-soft food? Peanut is 13 with no teeth! I currently feed fresh pet.

    • Normally, the shipment would be $57.68 + taxes. We paid $28.84 + tax with the current 50% deal for this box. On the “specially prepared for Buckles” card it lists that this shipment is enough for 28 full meals, and they recommend 2 per day. The food is semi-soft, not as soft as wet food be definitely much softer than kibble.

    • Kristin, just an FYI. I have/had a couple of senior dogs and a while back when there were the first big dog food recalls and I was having to switch his food several times (because of the recalls) my dog had some intestinal upset and my vet wanted him on a yet another food of a bland diet of chicken and rice. When I saw the price per can I thought “you have to be crazy” and told them I know how to make chicken and rice myself for a lot less money. And thus began my journey into making my own dog food.

      I cooked up a package of boneless chicken (as that is what I had on hand) in about 4 c of broth in my slow cooker until it shredded, then added a 1lb bag of frozen mixed veggies, and 2 c of rice. Before serving him I scooped on about a soup spoon full of canned plain pumpkin and another soup spoon full of plain yogurt.

      My three-toothed old man of a dog adored it and pretty much ate that until the day he had to be put down, some 6 years later. I would mix it up as to the protein I would add – sometimes chicken, sometimes a pound of ground turkey, sometimes beef. I learned he loved chickpeas so I added a can of those. If I had veggies wilting in the crisper drawer, as long as they were not on the “do not feed” list, like onions, into his “casserole” they went.

      I was very budget sensitive so I never would have been able to afford this type of subscription as the regular price was very close to what my grocery bill was to feed me and my two kids! Just throwing this out there as an option for feeding an older dog who needs a soft food. My Jake little face just perked up when he saw me pulling the crockpot out as he always assumed I was getting ready to cook for him!! LOL I now have 5 dogs and they all get a portion of “Jake’s casserole” along with their kibble as they became accustomed to having a little taste while he was still alive. The above formula makes about to last us a little under a week, feeding five dogs twice a day and averaging about a 1/4 cup each. We divide it among 2 containers, freezing one and using the other, pulling out the frozen one to thaw when we are near the end of the first.

      I hope you found this helpful!

      • Thank you Carrie — I’ve been looking on line for what I need to do when my current dog food runs out because of all the dog food recalls – I have been using Great Life Dr E’s Buffalo Limited ingredient because one of my dogs( 15 yr old min poodle) has a problem with some dog foods and has done really well on The Great Life Buffalo but I have heard they have changed their recipe and I don’t like the new ingredients. I am not a good cook so hesitated to try cooking for my 3 small dogs but reading your post I am going to give it a try. This for your information and what you did. Beverly

        • You are welcome. We went from making this in the crock pot to the Instant pot simply because it was fast and easy. Usually what I would do was use a roll of ground turkey (inexpensive) and we would pressure cook the frozen roll for about 8 minutes with water and bouillon to make broth, then add in the veggies and rice and pressure cook another 10 minutes. I have a big stand up freezer in my garage and occasionally find something which has migrated to the back and has developed a bit of freezer burn. This becomes part of the dog dinner – they love it. Honestly, between the protein, veggies, pumpkin and yogurt, my dogs ate meals which were more nutritionally sound than the school lunches my kids would receive through their cafeteria!! LOL

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