The thing that I love most about blogging is that no two days are ever the same – one day you might be glued to the laptop writing a post about weaning essentials and the next on a train to London with your dog in tow. And I know what you’re thinking, especially those who have actually met my dog, you’d have to be crazy to make a trip, on public transport, with Barky McBarkyson, but when Bakers asked us to attend their event to see what goes on behind the scenes, I didn’t even hesitate to say yes.
And so last week, at the crack of dawn, Oscar and I found ourselves on the train to London and it turns out that he was just as excited as I was! He sat perched on my knee the whole way there, his little nose to the window just watching the world go by, and a few hours later we had arrived at the venue and couldn’t wait to learn more about one of our favourite brands.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, Bakers is a nutritious, high quality dog food, containing all five major nutrient groups: proteins, fats and oils, minerals, vitamins and carbohydrates to help keep dogs in good condition. They include the right levels of over 30 essential nutrients in a form that dogs can easily absorb and use.
Made by Purina, the recipe has been created by a team of more than 500 vets, pet nutritionists and scientists to ensure it contains the right balance of nutrients dogs need to be healthy. Plus all the ingredients found in Bakers undergo a series of checks before they are used to ensure they are of the right quality and safe to use. In short, for those who want to be sure that they are giving their dog everything they need to contribute to good health and development, Bakers covers all bases.
I found it interesting to learn that Bakers contains 21% protein which is more than the average found in other pet food products. It also contains 30% meat and animal derivatives, selected for their nutritional value and taste, and 50-54% wholegrains which are an excellent source of energy, and help to keep a dog’s bowel healthy. Bakers has recently changed their range so that it now contains no artificial colours and they only use colours which occur naturally and are derived from plant and mineral sources.
I’ll be honest with you, Oscar has tried, and enjoyed, countless different brands and recipes over the last seven years and I think, like many people, I have always wondered what makes one brand of dog food preferable over another? In terms of Bakers, given that it is made by Purina, it is backed by their nutritional expertise and rigorous testing.
Bakers can claim that it is 100% complete and nutritionally balanced, which means that it is the only food you need to feed your dog, so you can feel reassured that by feeding your dog Bakers, you’re providing them with everything they need to stay healthy and happy. I think given the fact that 32 million packs of Bakers are sold each year, more than one every second, that in itself speaks volumes about the brand.
We were very lucky to get to speak to Purina’s in-house vet at the event and her extensive knowledge and advice was evident. She really took the time to discuss any personal concerns we had over our dog’s health and diet, and her advice actually led me to visit our own vet the following day to discuss some of those concerns.
Our day ended with a really fun session “Dog Film School” led by Sandra Strong who has trained many famous dogs for the TV and film industry. She talked us through the training process when working with dogs and specifically using a clicker, something we haven’t tried before.
At seven I thought Oscar was too old to learn new tricks and yet after just a couple of minutes he was performing tricks we had never even attempted before!
I learned so much during this session and since we returned home we have been using Sandra’s techniques to continue working with Oscar on these tricks. It was also great to meet Pippin, the star of the Bakers adverts, and see him perform some tricks of his own!
It was lovely to have time to chat to other bloggers and meet their dogs too. We had such a mix of breeds between us and yet we all had one thing in common, we all want the very best for our dogs. I think we all came away feeling very positive about the Bakers brand and I know that as a result, it will be my first choice of food for Oscar.
Oscar and I had the best day together at this event and I love that I got to share a little of my blogging life with him in that way. Given that he loves to bark at anything that moves, I could not have been prouder of him when he spent the entire day on his best behaviour and didn’t bark even once! I had so many comments about what a chilled out dog he was, if only they knew!!
Bakers are offering FIVE lucky winners the chance to win one month’s supply of Bakers products, tailored to your dogs needs. To enter simply follow the link below. Competition closes on March 31st. Good Luck!