The Good: Mitzie loves it! Nothing bad in it, Seems to be on sale frequently enough.
The Bad: Utterly unnecessary, Packaging is not environmentally impressive.
The Basics: An astonishingly good supplemental dog food, our dog Mitzie eagerly enjoys the Mixables Colorado Cookout dog gravy!
As our geriatric cocker spaniel, Mitzie, continues to age and find joy in her twilight years, my wife and I continue to pick her up treats that she enjoys and get her foods we figure she will like. When my wife picked up a bunch of Mixables products, like the Grandma's Country Stew (click here for that review!), I was a bit skeptical. The concept behind Mixables is to offer dogs a gravy for their dry food or to replace their wet food with what is essentially stew. I love our Mitzie, but one hardly thinks she actually needs garnish on her dry food, especially the way she wanders around eating virtually anything she finds. But with the Colorado Cookout flavor of Mixables, Mitzie has made it entirely clear that she loved it.
The Mixables Colorado Cookout dog gravy is intended to be a nutritious supplement to liven up the dog's regular diet and as one who loves gravy on virtually everything, I can certainly get behind the concept! We started Mitzie with a 3.0 oz. pouch because our local Pet Smart was offering them at clearance prices. The pouch is a very standard foil food pouch and it opens easily with a perforated opening at the top. The 3 oz. pouch is not resealable, but one suspects even a small dog could get through all of the contents of the pouch in a single sitting.
Opening the package, what immediately caught me about the Mixables Colorado Cookout was how good it actually smelled! This dog food smells like a human stew and from the aroma, the idea that there is real meat in the beef gravy is almost undeniable! Mitzie actually perked up when I opened the pouch of the Mixables Colorado Cookout and as I began to pour it over her regular dog food, she pushed her way in to start licking it all up! This is definitely a taste winner by our dog's standards!
The Mixables Colorado Cookout looks and smells like a stew, containing little pieces of meat, potatoes, carrots and peas. All of those ingredients, which look almost human-quality, are drenched in a thick gravy which looks like beef gravy and smells like beef gravy with a touch of barbecue sauce. The Colorado Cookouts Mixables is made with mostly natural ingredients and they make a point of indicating that there are no artificial flavors, though there are some necessary preservatives. The Colorado Cookout is made primarily of beef broth, beef and beef liver. Because this mostly-meat-based treat is not packed with preservatives, the pouch we bought on June first (2010) was only good until August of 2011. This dog food has a minimum of 8% crude protein and 3% crude fat and no more than 1.5% crude fiber and 82% moisture. Even though it has a very high moisture content, relative to other dog foods and treats, it is still highly recommended that one have water available to the dog right after they eat this. Mitzie, however, did not go right for her water after she gobbled up this dog gravy.
Our pet store had these on clearance for $1.00 and for how much Mitzie enjoyed them, it made perfect sense for us to start looking for a larger package. The 3.0 oz. Mixables Colorado Cookout is a good way for dogs to try the treat, but most pet owners will find they want to enjoy the environmental and economic benefits of larger packages.
For other dog treats and food, please check out my reviews of:
Bark Bars Peanut Butter And Carob Chip
Purina Pro Plan Chicken & Rice Shredded Blend
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