The Ultimate Pet Food For Tiny Homes

You may remember the post I wrote several weeks ago about Storing Pet Food in Small Places. Living in roughly 360 square feet of living space presents many challenges for storing essential items like food products and I was thrilled to let you all in on my little secret.

The SoftStore30 bags not only solved my problem of storing bulk quantities of dog food in storage compartments that are less than generously sized and oddly shaped, but they also solved my concern for keeping the food airtight, watertight and bugtight. All equally important issues for living in a tiny floating home in the Caribbean.

“I’ve stumbled upon an even better way to save space…”

Well, now I’ve got something even more exciting to share with you! I still use these awesome containers, but I’ve stumbled upon an even better way to save space. I’ve changed what I put inside them!

Dog food is dog food, right? Wrong. I’ve always had dogs around me growing up and for the most part, they all ate kibble, dry food that comes in a bag. Some pet owners feed canned wet food but that just isn’t realistic for large breed dogs that eat a lot. Some pet owners feed raw diets, or home-cooked meals for their furry loved ones. Who has time for that?

A few months back I began researching safe and healthy pet foods after a series of unfortunate events. The cruising lifestyle combined with being down in the islands makes quality pet food hard to find and even harder to afford. My research convinced me to switch to a better pet food immediately. The Honest Kitchen was unequivocally the brand I chose. They provide all natural human grade dog food and cat food products using dehydrated whole foods.

The best part? It’s DEHYDRATED! A 10-lb box of The Honest Kitchen food is equivalent to a 40-lb bag of kibble when rehydrated with water. The space savings are HUGE!

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Here’s what it used to look like when I needed to buy dog food for my two large dogs:

  1. Drive to the pet food store, search for the biggest bag of kibble I could find
  2. Wrestle it off the bottom shelf (ground)
  3. Strain my back while attempting to hoist it up into the cart, onto my shoulder or on top of my head
  4. Awkwardly place it on the belt at the cashier
  5. Ask for help out to my car, or struggle to get it into my car by myself
  6. Get it out of the car and into my home
  7. Find a place to store it
  8. Who wants to carry more than one of these at a time? So, I drive back to the store and do it over again when I run out.

With The Honest Kitchen, I order it online and have it delivered via USPS. It comes in a cute little box made from recycled material that is about a foot tall, and it as handle cutouts on the side. The biggest one is only 10lbs! (I actually buy in bulk so first I open the bigger box and then take the little boxes out).

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So what is it exactly? If you have a pet, it’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time to read my original article about how it works, and why it’s SO IMPORTANT to choose a healthy and safe pet food. There’s a ton of equally shocking and interesting info in the links I provide in that article.

You can even get a FREE sample with FREE shipping! It’s a no-strings-attached, no credit card needed, risk-free opportunity. Just follow the instructions in my article here: http://wp.me/p41bpr-1hy

(All photos published with permission, compliments of Where The Coconuts Grow and The Honest Kitchen, available at www.thehonestkitchen.com)

By Jody Pountain for the [Tiny House Blog]

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Frankie - July 17, 2015 Reply

You can even get a FREE sample with FREE shipping! It’s a no-strings-attached, no credit card needed, risk-free opportunity. Just follow the instructions in my article here: http://wp.me/p41bpr-1hy

The link doesn’t work. For me anyway.

    Jody Pountain - July 17, 2015 Reply

    Hi Frankie! I’m so sorry you’re having trouble with the order. Were you able to get to the last step? There appears to be a temporary hiccup on the back end of TheHonestKitchen website and it should be resolved shortly. Thanks for your patience! If you don’t receive an order confirmation by email, please contact me at http://www.wherethecoconutsgrow.com and I will reply to your email with a coupon code to enter instead for the free sample.

Dorothy - July 17, 2015 Reply

I used the special web link and everything was going well till the very last step when I got an error message.

    Dorothy - July 17, 2015 Reply

    Correction: Even tho I got the error message I just got an order email verification so I guess it did work.

      Jody Pountain - July 17, 2015 Reply

      Sorry about the confusion everyone! If you get the confirmation email it should have gone through, even if you received an error message. There appears to be a temporary hiccup on the back end of TheHonestKitchen website and it should be resolved shortly. Thanks for your patience! If you don’t receive an order confirmation by email, please contact me at http://www.wherethecoconutsgrow.com and I will send you a coupon code to enter instead for the free sample.

JessF - July 17, 2015 Reply

So are you saying that a 10lb bag of dehydrated Honest Kitchen is nutritionally equivalent to a 40lb sack of dry dog food from another brand? If my dog eats 1 pound of kibble daily, would I only need to feed him 4 oz of Honest Kitchen?

    Jody Pountain - July 17, 2015 Reply

    Jess, Yes a 10lb bag is nutritionally equivalent to a 40lb bag of kibble. Be sure to visit the product pages on the THK website and click the “How Much To Feed” tab for the exact recommended feeding for your pet. It will give you the recommended amount of Honest Kitchen dehydrated food to scoop, with the corresponding water to add, and how long they estimate that to last you for. Keep in mind, you can adjust the water if you like it thicker or thinner, as long as the food can rehydrate properly in the recommended 3 minutes. I feed my dogs FORCE, you can see the recommended feeding here: http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/dog-food/force

Pam - July 19, 2015 Reply

Kind of a useless post without a full discussion of the comparative costs of using this product vs. conventional dog food.

    Jody Pountain - July 21, 2015 Reply

    Pam, I’m very sorry you felt that all the information I provided was useless.

    The article is not about the cost of pet food. I wrote the article in hopes of getting the word out about why HEALTHY and SAFE food is important, plus of course the added benefits of the SPACE savings created by this dehydrated food which may be of great interest to those with tiny homes.

    I understand cost is always a factor, though if you clicked through to one of the research links I provided, you can see extensive pricing data and cost comparisons. I felt that information was not helpful to point out because it really comes down to the food you are currently using, which could be any one of thousands of formulas.

    I am more than happy to do the math for you if you contact me with your current brand of food.

    You first have to compare apples to apples. I did the math for my own comparisons based on purchasing a 10lb box of THK food (equivalent to a 40lb bag of kibble) and converted the price of a 30lb bag of kibble to the cost per pound since usually you cannot buy 40lb bags in the store anymore.

    I do appreciate your feedback and I might even do a follow-up post with step-by-step instructions for calculating your own cost comparisons.

    Again, I am more than happy to help you do the math. Please contact me through my website for any other questions you may have! http://www.wherethecoconutsgrow.com

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