There are close to 100 kinds of food I could stock at Bailey's but I chose to stock Wishbone. Some you may know Addiction pet foods out of New Zealand. Wishbone their is a grain free, chicken free line of dog food .
A little company history: Addiction was started in 2002 by two veterinarians. Their goal was to create a line of foods for dogs with allergies. If you have looked at Addiction you know they have some odd proteins which you don't see every day including venison, kangaroo, eel, and brushtail. Their high quality foods also can approach $10/lb depending on the formula. Addiction has always been committed to high quality, wild caught and pasture raised proteins, and they run their own manufacturing facility to be sure they maintain full quality control.
In creating Wishbone they hit on a couple things that separate them from the hundreds of other dog foods on the market. Especially for the price.
Wishbone uses 6 different herbs in their formulas. This combination of basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, peppermint, and chamomile give the food a fragrant smell making it palatable to even the pickiest of eater. It has proven time and again to be a winner with even picky doodles and poodles. In addition to making the food smell good these herbs provide a wealth of health benefits. Everything from anti-oxidants to antibiotic and anti-fungal properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties and aiding in digestion. Dog parents consistently come back for more because they can see their dogs are properly digesting the food and leaving small, dry, compact stools in the yard. This is a great option for dogs that have inconsistent stool quality. For more severe stool issues I would recommend a product like Optagest or goat milk.
Wishbone lists the amount of protein from meat sources right on the front of the bag. Read that sentence again if you need to because it's not the same as the protein percentage listed on every bag of food. Labeling laws dictate that the protein listed in the guaranteed analysis be CRUDE protein as opposed to digestible protein. Shoe leather is 80% protein but it's not digestible. In Wishbone the percentages of protein from meat range from 92% in the duck & fish to 95% in the salmon. So by knowing that 93% of the protein is from animal sources we can be confident that our dogs will be able to digest the protein. This means less strain on the kidneys and liver from protein that is difficult to digest. By contrast many other foods on the market today are down between 60% and 70% protein from animal sources.
Wishbone also has an approachable price point it is $49-$51 depending on the formula for a 24lb bag with roughly 100 cups of food. So for a 40lb dog eating 2 cups a day your only spending about $1 a day. I am hard pressed to find a better value in this price range!
Nothing is perfect
When not to feed Wishbone – Although it is approved for puppies it is lower fat then I would like for a puppies caloric needs. Also due to the lower fat and lower calories I would not recommend it for working dogs or extremely active dogs or nursing moms. However for the average dog it is a fantastic option.