Bravo Pet Foods: Frozen Raw Diet- Blends

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We’ve been doing our Bravo Raw Food trial for just about two weeks now. Bear and Scooter have been super willing participants in this trial, because of course being dogs, they think taste testing is the best! When we left off, we had just introduced you to Bravo Pet Foods, as well as the two varieties of their raw food offerings that we’ll be working with: Bravo HomeStyle Completes & Bravo Frozen Blends.


Bravo Pet Foods makes frozen raw dog food that comes in a few different varieties, depending on your personal preference & feeding style. The options are: Boneless, Basics, Blends, and Balance. Additional details on each are provided in the chart below, or here on the Bravo site. We have been feeding the Bravo Pet Food Blends- in Lamb flavor- which has been great! As you can see, the blends include meat, bones, organ meat, and veggies all ground together in an easy to feed form.


Bravo All Natural Lamb Blend Diet for dogs:

  • Raw lamb is the #1 ingredient, plus ground bones, organs and garden vegetables
  • Ideal for dogs required to eat a single protein, limited ingredient diet
  • Raised without added antibiotics
  • No artificial preservatives, flavors or colors
  • Grain and gluten free
  • Processed and packaged in the USA from lamb imported from Australia and New Zealand
  • Tested for food safety before shipping


Pet parents have the option of purchasing the Bravo blends in chubs or as patties. The chubs are available in2lb, 5lb, or 10lb sizes and the patties are 8oz each- individually wrapped. Feeding two dogs of vastly different sizes, I certainly appreciate having these different options. Larger sized chubs can be defrosted in the refrigerator and cut up into appropriate portions while there are still ice crystals in the center. We have re-wrapped ours with saran wrap and put into freezer bags for storage. The defrosted portion should be fed within 2-3 days.

Bear weighs 55lbs = 20 oz day OR 10 oz breakfast + 10 oz dinner

Scooter weighs 5 lbs = 4 oz/day OR 2 oz breakfast + 2 oz dinner 

When feeding a larger dog of Bear’s size, the chubs make a lot of sense. The dogs eat quite a lot more volume-wise- and it is more cost-effective to buy in bulk. Small breed dogs like Pomeranians though, would be most easily fed on the patties in my opinion. With 1 patty being 8 oz- defrosting a single one could feed Scooter for two days. Bear and Scooter will be trying the Beef blend next week and we anticipate it being as big of a hit as the lamb has been.


Have your dogs ever taste tested any of types the Bravo Pet Foods?

Biking With Dogs Series

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We gave you a sneak peek last week during our Wordless Wednesday post, and several of you left comments on the blog or facebook with correct guesses about our new upcoming series- Biking With Dogs.


Many of you are aware we live in Portland, Oregon- arguably the biking capital of the USA. My husband is a bike commuter, and we often bike around on the weekends as both transportation, and simply for enjoyment. Since moving to Portland, biking has become a huge part of our lives and now we are so excited to be able to go out biking with dogs! Formerly, both the boys would pout when they’d see us pull out our bikes, knowing they wouldn’t be included in the adventures. But now when we grab our bikes, we are greeted with barks & howls of celebration!


There are several ways for a PetParent to include their dogs with them during a bike outing; some of these methods involve the pet parents hauling the dogs, while other entail the dogs running alongside the bike- typically attached by leash in some fashion to the bike frame. We will be highlighting two different products that we have started to use, both of which require us to put in the physical work while the dogs enjoy the ride. At thirteen years old, Bear isn’t going to be keeping up with us on a bike- and he totally deserves to sit back and take in the view.

Biking With Dogs Product Spotlight:

Sleepypod Sidekick- for use with the Sleepypod Air 

Solvit HoundAbout II Trailer


So now I’m curious- do you personally enjoy biking? Have you ever taken your dog out biking with you? If you have any questions about biking with dogs, we’d love to try address them in our upcoming posts- so please leave them in the comments!

Adding Probiotics to a Raw Food Diet

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As I’ve already shared with you in our Intro to Raw Feeding post, we started this feeding trial by incorporating a good probiotic into the boys’ diet. We were approached by Best Natural to try their Probiotics after reviewing their all natural essential shine shampoo and felt like it was a good fit for us, as well as a formula that would work for our needs.

probiotics-1-web-300x300One of the things I really love about this probiotic formula is that it’s odorless & tasteless which saves me the worry of wondering if I can even get Scooter to eat it! The tub of probiotics comes with a small scoop to measure the appropriate amount, keeping things nice and simple. I can mix in the boys’ other supplements along with the probiotic powder and it’s all very convenient even when I’m in a hurry.


The Best Natural Essential Dog Probiotics are made in the USA, and are 100% natural. An ingredients list is posted online for your viewing. Aside from assisting your dog in transitioning to a raw food diet, probiotics play a helpful role in a lot of the body systems: avoiding tummy troubles, improving skin and coat, and providing essential vitamins & minerals.


We’ve had no signs of upset tummies since transitioning the boys to raw food, and having the probiotics as a part of their diet makes me feel great as a pet parent- it’s a simple step to take that makes such a difference for the pups.

Shop The Best Natural Essential Dog Probiotics on Amazon.

Disclaimer: SheSpeaksBark was provided with The Best Natural Essential Dog Probiotics to try for the purpose of this review. SheSpeaksBark was not compensated in any way to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are exclusively my own, and we only share products and services on SheSpeaksBark that we feel are relevant to our readers. As always, thank you for supporting brands that make SheSpeaksBark possible.

{Black and White Sunday} Hiking the Gorge

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We recently went on a hike in the gorge that fell into the ‘too challenging’ category for our senior boy Bear. Sadly, this is the first time we’ve had to tackle a hike without him, but it was in his own best interest. Keeping his aging joints in mind, his lower energy levels, and the heat that day, we made the decision to leave Bear at home. Our dogs live for exploring and adventuring with us, so we had to keep things low key and try to slip out the door without giving him too many clues as to what we were up to.


It was really odd being out exploring without our old boy, but we made the best of it! My parents were in town visiting, and we were able to capture a rare family photo to commemorate our hike. Scooter loved being the center of attention, and while it was a steep and difficult hike, he’s small enough that we all took turns carrying him when he tired.

Do you go hiking with your dogs? Where is your favorite hiking spot? 

Bravo Pet Foods: Raw Food Diets

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If you’ve followed our Camping With Dogs Series at all, you’re probably aware by now that we’re huge fans of the Bravo Homestyle Completes when we’re off adventuring and camping. This is freeze dried raw food that we simply re hydrate when we’re ready, and feed right to our boys.


We also use & love Bravo’s dried beef trachea chews as a treat for both Bear and Scooter because they come in a variety of sizes to accommodate different dogs.


Bravo also makes frozen raw dog food that comes in a few different options, depending on your personal preference & feeding style; Boneless, Basics, Blends, and Balance. Additional details on each are provided in the chart below, or you can view them here on the Bravo site.


Just a few reasons we love Bravo Pet Foods:

  • Bravo is a family owned company
  • Bravo pet foods are made in the USA
  • Premium protein sources are the #1 ingredient
  • Antibiotic free & responsibly sourced meats
  • High quality ingredients provide peace of mind
  • Makes feeding raw simple & convenient!

Check out this interactive chart of fresh ingredients found in Bravo pet foods.


We’re happy to share with you that we’re going to be doing a feeding trial with both Bear and Scooter on Bravo raw foods. We’ll be feeding both Bravo’s Homestyle Completes, and Bravo Blends in Lamb & Duck flavors. Excited to share more details with you in upcoming posts! One of the things we’ve done in preparation of this raw food trial was to get our boys started on a good probiotic. This was a suggested first step that we received when we spoke to Bravo Pet Foods Co-Founder Bette Schubert. I will share more on the probiotic we’ve chosen to use in a separate post!


Where do you stand on the raw food debate? Maybe you’re already feeding raw, or perhaps you’re curious about feeding raw to your dogs?


Bravo Pet Foods co-founders wrote an e-book on raw food diets for dogs that can walk you through the steps of introducing raw to your pups too! You can find Bravo Pet foods on facebook, twitter, and pinterest.