Obviously, we are huge animal lovers.
That affection does not end with our cats and dogs. We love all animals, and no matter what their destiny is, believe that they deserve to live a dignified life.
That is why we are very excited to tell you about a new dog food company who shares this love and respect for animals; incorporating these values into a product that you can feel good about feeding to your dog.
Introducing Tender & True Dog Food
Tender & True is a pet food brand focused on providing premium nutrition to our furry friends. Not only that, but they are also committed to animal welfare and sustainability.
Tender & True was kind enough to send us a box of food for our resident experts to try out and share with our readers.
Make sure to read through to the end where they are sponsoring a giveaway as well!
Tender and True dog food comes in 5 different varieties, all of which are free of wheat, corn and soy. You also won’t find any artificial colors or preservatives in their food. The kibble is available in 4, 11 and 20 lb bags, and they offer each varety as a wet food in 5 or 12.5 oz cans if your dog is so inclined!
Let’s take a closer look at the different options:
- Organic Chicken & Liver Recipe – #1 Ingredient is Organic Chicken, Grain Free
- Organic Turkey & Liver Recipe – #1 Ingredient is Organic Turkey, Grain Free
- Ocean Whitefish & Potato Recipe – #1 Ingredient is Whitefish (Certified Sustainable Seafood), Grain Free
- Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe – #1 Ingredient is US Farm Raised Chicken
- Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe – #1 Ingredient is US Farm Raised Turkey
There can be a lot of misinformation in the organic and health food industry. It is not uncommon for companies to label things as “all-natural” or “human grade”, without clear definitions about what exactly these labels mean and without the teeth to enforce the regulations that do exist. This is not the case with Tender and True – who backs up all of their claims with rigorous certifications.
Just take a look at the various standards that Tender & True Pet Food conforms to:
This certification actually has the same requirements and standards as USDA Organic food intended for humans. This means that it has been grown or processed WITHOUT the following:
- Toxic and persistent pesticides
- Artificial flavors, colors and preservatives
- Synthetic growth hormones
Always Antibiotic Free
This certification assures that no antibiotics were used on the animals – a common practice used in large industrial farming operations in order to prevent disease. Instead, antibiotic free farms must take other (more natural) precautions to keep their animals healthy such as sticking to natural vegetarian diets and probiotics.
Global Animal Partnership
The Global Animal Partnership (GAP) is a non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life of farming animals. In order to achieve this goal, the GAP has developed a unique animal welfare rating system for producers which goes way beyond providing adequate food, water and space. They also look into things like an animals ability to behave in natural ways and a farmers ability to promote positive experiences and minimize negative ones from hunger, pain, or frustration.
Certified Sustainable Seafood
This certification, which was developed by the Marine Stewardship Council, assures that all fish used in the production of their food has been sustainably caught. In other words, the fishery must be managed and regulated in a way that the populations can continue indefinitely.
Checking the ingredient label before digging in…
Tender and True Dog Food Review
As many of you know, we primarily make our dogs’ food and have for more than a year now. While we are very happy with our current system, we still like to keep tabs on the pet food market – since homemade feeding is not always possible or convenient for all of our readers! Even if you do feed raw/homemade, there are times when a busy schedule or traveling can make it difficult to bring this food along.
We like to keep a bag of kibble on hand for when we run out of food, are traveling, or are short on time. As Tender and True easily met all of our quality standards we were very excited to give it a try, mixing it into our current rotation.
Time for the Taste Test!
Since the boys already eat turkey on a daily basis, we decided to start them out on Tender & True’s Organic Turkey and Liver recipe to keep things consistent.
As we mentioned above, the title is always the number 1 ingredient. Organic Turkey is followed up with:
- Organic chicken meal
- Organic tapioca starch
- Organic dried peas
- Organic chickpea
- Organic flaxseed meal
- Organic potato starch
- Organic dried liver
- Organic pea flour
- and so on…
We didn’t find any ingredients of concern – to put it simply, these are some of the best ingredients we have ever seen in a dog food.
We also sampled the wet food, which as you can see below comes in a ground pate form.
While this option would not be practical for large dogs like ours, Harley and Charlie certainly loved it! As dogs who are used to eating a homemade diet, making sure they get enough moisture/water content when feeding kibble is really important to us. To help make sure the boys got more moisture in their food, we mixed the pâté with their kibble!
The boys adjusted well to Tender and True. They ate both the kibble and pâté with enthusiasm and didn’t have any stomach/digestive upset as a result of the transition. Our resident cat burglar was also interested in the food and was caught in the act-sneaking kibble pieces right out of the dogs’ bowls!
Lucky for Lucas, we will be sharing some kitty cat varieties in the coming weeks over on MyCatLikes!
Why MyDogLikes Tender & True Pet Food
With Tender & True, you can feel confident that your dog is getting premium nutrition, but also feel comfortable with the industries you are supporting. As animal lovers, it is hard to reconcile the practices of a factory farming system that so often supplies the meat our dogs need with our conscious.
We love that Tender and True doesn’t make us choose between what is best for our dogs and what is best for all animals. Tender and True is the high quality kibble and pâté that all animals deserve.
Tender and True absolutely makes the short list in our kibble rotation!
My dog loves fish so I would choose the Ocean Whitefish.
Mine would like the ocean whitefish, too.
Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free Healthy Holistic Chicken
I think my dog would go crazy for all the flavors. Tender and True Organic Turkey and Liver Dry Dog Food would be my first choice for her.
I think my dog’s would like the organic turkey. We haven’t tried anything with seafood so I’m not sure if they would like it.
My Bailey would like the Chicken and Brown Rice.
I think my Louie would love the chicken and liver!
I believe my dogs would love the turkey !
He’d love them all, but we normally stick to seafood flavors, so would love to have him try those.
Gracie loves Chicken Livers so that is what I would choose.
i think my dogs would enjoy the Ocean Whitefish & Potato Recipe
They would both love the Tender and True Antibiotic Free Turkey and Brown Rice Dry Dog Food
My dogs would love the whitefish and potato recipe the best.
Bella would probably go for the Organic Turkey.
my girls love fish, so i would choose the Ocean Fish. it is in their kibble they eat now.
Tender and True Organic Chicken and Liver Grain Free Dry Dog Food would be our dogs favorite!
Definitely the chicken and brown rice.
she would like the turkey and liver dry dog food
I am positive all of my dogs would LOVE the Tender and True Organic Turkey and Liver
My dog would love the turkey.
My dogs have sensitive stomachs so fish always seems to be the safe option. I would love for them to try the whitefish and potato food.
My dog loves chicken so we would choose the one with chicken.
My dogs would like the chicken and liver
Mine would love the ocean whitefish
My dog would love the turkey and brown rice the best.
I think my dog would like the ocean white fish. This food sounds very exciting and I’m sure she would love to try it
my dog would freak out over the turkey and liver pate!!
My dogs would love to try the Chicken and Brown Rice.
My pooches would love the Tender and True Organic Turkey and Liver Dry Dog Food.
I think my little doggy would like the organic turkey. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win a bag!
My dog loves Turkey so I would get the Turkey and Brown Rice.
I would start my senior dogs on Tender & True’s Organic Turkey and Liver recipe. I am sure they would love it.
omg my dog would love them all there is nothing she doesn’t eat! but I would say turkey is her favorite
Dexter would probably like the chicken and brown rice flavor the most!
My dogs would like the Organic Chicken & Liver Recipe the best 🙂
I will guess that my Rocky would like the chicken one best.
I think that the Tender and True Organic Turkey and Liver Dry Dog Food sounds the most delicious!
I too feed homemade or free dried a lot of the time but I like to have kibble in the house for times when I run out of homemade or when the pups need a snack because we went for a long walk. Since the pups are spoiled they get picky with their food so I like letting them try new foods to see if will be a good backup and this looks like a good option and I like that is available at Whole Foods.
The pups would love any of the canned and for the kibble they would Turkey and Liver.
Tender and true chicken and liver would be great for my furbaby
my dogs would love turkey
My guys vote for the organic turkey & liver!
My girl would like to try the organic turkey!
Hmmm……it’s difficult to choose. I think that my dog would really love the Organic Turkey and Liver Dry Dog Food.
Nala would like any of the organic flavors–she’s not picky.
I have to play it safe and go with the chicken
Mine would like the Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe.
I think my dogs would like the Whitefish best.
I think she would love the whitefish and potato the most.
Our pug Miley would like the turkey and the chicken. She is very picky when it comes to her food. 🙂 thank you for this awesome chance
Organic chicken and liver or chicken and brown rice.
Bo loves the taste of fish.
Odin says he would like the Organic Turkey the very best. He isnt overly picky but that sounds like a great choice.
I think ours would love the Tender and True Organic Turkey and Liver Dry Dog Food. Thanks!
My dogs typically get a lot of chicken and lamb kibble, I think they’d like a little change. I think they’d like the Organic Turkey and Liver Dry Dog Food (although the fish one sounds great, too).
My pup would adore the Ocean Whitefish & Potato Recipe. He does love fish.
My pup would love the organic turkey flavor. So excited that there a healthy options out there for our pets.
Daisy would love any of the flavors (she’s not picky!) but she’d probably like either the chicken & liver or turkey & liver best.
To be very honest my dog likes all types of food so I think she would LOVE any of the flavors! But if I were going to pick one for her to try, it would probably be chicken and liver.
Turkey & Brown Rice!
Kolby enjoys a Varied Diet, he would Love to Try Either flavor of Tender and True !
Our dogs would definitely love the Turkey and Brown Rice the most!
My dogs would love the chicken or turkey
Turkey & brown rice
My dog would probably like turkey and liver the most
My 3 babies will LOVE the organic chicken meal. Good luck everyone!
The Organic Turkey & Liver might be great for my picky, picky Minpin, Milo.
I think my dog would like the Organic chicken meal
My two girls love chicken so organic chicken would be a treat for them and help out with keeping them healthy
Kado would love the turkey and liver dry dog food.
He would enjoy it all. He is not a picky eater. We would begin his introduction with organic chicken and liver.
My dog loves chicken so chicken it is.
turkey and liver! they would love it.
Kenji would love chicken and brown rice!
We’ve been trying alternative proteind lately si i think my dogs would like the ocean whitefish and potato recipe.
I think that my spoiled little boy would love the chicken and liver flavor.
They would definitely go for the “Organic Turkey and Liver” recipe!
We’ve become a mix of grain free and raw. I’d like to try the turkey.
she would love to try the turkey!
I think Coco would like the Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe.
My dog would go for the turkey & liver can food!
I think my pups would enjoy …Tender and True Organic Chicken and Liver Canned Dog Food!!
My dog will love the ocean whitefish.
My dog would probably like the Turkey and Rice
the kids would love Organic Turkey & Liver Recipe
My pup would love turkey and brown rice.
Our two dogs, Maggie & Lexie, without a doubt would love the Turkey!
turkey or liver
My dog would probably enjoy the Tender and True Antibiotic Free Turkey and Brown Rice Dry Dog Food
I think my dog would like the Tender and True Antibiotic Free Turkey and Brown Rice Dry Dog Food.
I think my dog babies would like the Chicken and Brown Rice.
Phoenix would love the Turkey and liver flavor. Turkey is hands down his favorite meat.
My dog Shasta would the Tender and True Organic Chicken and Liver Grain Free Dry Dog Food.
My 2 dogs would love the Tender and True Antibiotic Free Turkey and Brown Rice Dry Dog Food.
I think my Sadie would most enjoy the chicken and liver flavor.
Tender and True Ocean Whitefish and Potato Dry Dog Food
My girls love anything with chicken so Chicken and Brown Rice would be their choice.
Chicken Livers so that is what I would choose for my sweet girls Daisy & Lilly!
My dog would love the chicken and liver flavor! Thanks for the chance!
I think they’d like the Turkey and Brown Rice.
My furbaby likes Chicken and Brown Rice.
Mine would love the Turkey & Liver
Tender and True Organic Chicken and Liver Grain Free Dry Dog Food is the one that would be a winner at our house.
My girls would like the chicken and brown rice.
I think my dog would enjoy the Organic Chicken and Liver Grain Free Dry Dog Food.
Josie would love the Tender and True Organic Chicken.
Chicken and Brown rice is Ally’s favorite
my dog loves chicken, so he would love the chicken and liver dog food!
For sure organic chicken and liver sound yummy for Lucy
My dogs would like the Tender and True organic wet dog food.
I think my two would like the Tender and True Organic Chicken and Liver Grain Free Dry Dog Food. Sounds like great food.
My Luci dog would probably love the Organic Chicken and Liver???. The ingredients all sound stellar.
Organic chicken and liver recipe sounds like something my dogs would like.
My dog eats birdseed, so he would eat any flavor.
My dogs love chicken.
My dog would love the Tender and True Organic Chicken and Liver Grain Free Dry Dog Food.
chicken and liver
My puppy would love the turkey flavor!!!!
My dog would probably enjoy Tender and True Organic Turkey and Liver Canned Dog Food. Wet food is a treat for him.
I think my pups would probably like the chicken and liver flavor
What precious babies you have! I think my big boy would enjoy the
Tender and True Organic Chicken and Liver Grain Free Dry Dog Food!
turkey and liver would be my dogs fav i think
White fish or turkey because I rotate protein
The chicken but Goldens aren’t picky!
Tender and True Organic Chicken and Liver Grain Free Dry Dog Food
My dog has a grain allergy so he would love the grain-free fish and potato!
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My girls would love the organic turkey
I think my dogs would like the Turkey & Brown Rice Recipe
From a very friendly sales rep, I received a sample pack of Tender & True. Wow, my dog loves it. He’s turned up his nose at many brands, but not this brand. I’m going to order this dogfood on-line. My local Petco doesn’t carry it.