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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ruby Loves to #Mixitup, Week Two

This post is sponsored by Instinct® and the BlogPaws Professional Pet Blogger Network.  I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Instinct® Raw Boost® Mixers but The Daily Pip only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Instinct is not responsible for the content of this article.

Ruby, the rescued Yorkie-Poo in her blue sweater

As I mentioned in last Wednesday's post, we transitioned Ruby to a primarily raw diet because of her history as a rescue dog. The first half of her life was pretty rough and the odds are she didn't have a perfect diet. A nutritionally dense, raw diet seemed like a great option for her.

Although Ruby has done well on a raw diet, we soon discovered that she still craves variety so we now alternate between freeze-dried raw and high quality, grain free kibble. 

Ruby, the rescued Yorkie-Poo, loves Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers

When I discovered Nature's Variety Instinct® Raw Boost® Mixers, I was thrilled because it sounded like the perfect option for Ruby. Instinct Raw Boost Mixers make it super simple to add nutritionally dense raw food to your dog's dry kibble for optimal health and vitality. Ruby can enjoy the variety she craves, but still benefits from the pure animal protein and natural ingredients of a raw diet.

Instinct Raw is formulated to mirror your dog's ancestral diet, providing pure, grass fed, animal protein for lean muscles and strong bones, natural ingredients for optimal nutrient absorption, and beneficial oils for healthy skin and coat. Raw diets have many benefits including improved digestion, fewer allergies, and healthy weight maintenance.

Nature's Variety Raw Boost Mixers as a topper for dry kibble

Instinct Raw Boost Mixers also make meal preparation quick and super simple. Both my husband and I work 9-5 and when we come home we are all (humans and furry family members) exhausted and hungry. Raw Boost Mixers are a welcome time saver; simply add them as a topper to your dog's regular kibble and you are good to go. Although most nights Ruby gets freeze-dried raw, there are some nights when having a fast and easy alternative is a true life saver. 

Ruby, the rescued Yorkie-Poo, loves Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers

Raw Boost Mixers are also a great alternative for those who are a bit squeamish (myself included). The raw diet is based on the premise that it is natural for a dog to consume the entire animal – meat, bones, organs, and all. As a vegetarian, when I first started incorporating raw into Ruby's diet, I was really nervous about whether I could handle it or not. 

I'm not sure what I expected or feared – maybe that the food would be more recognizable? But of course, it's not. The freeze-dried Raw Boost Mixers come in little nuggets and there’s no evidence of what it is or was. This probably sounds silly, but thought it was worth mentioning in case there are other vegetarians or squeamish folks considering making the switch.

Ruby, the rescued Yorkie-Poo, loves Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Boost Mixers

Thanks to Nature's Variety for inviting Ruby to try Instinct Raw Boost Mixers. She loves them and we highly recommend this food to others looking for ways to include raw in their dog's diet. To learn more about Instinct Raw Boost Mixers as well as other Nature's Variety Instinct products, visit their website at http://www.instinctpetfood.com/. You can also visit and follow them on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nature's Variety. The opinions and text are all mine.

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48 comments

  1. It sure does look yummy and you are looking great, Ruby!

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  2. Ruby darlin' please leave a light on and put out an extra bowl. I'll be there by
    O dark 30
    Hugs madi your bfff

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  3. thanks for the info and Ruby's coat is wonderful, so healthy and shining and beautiful

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  4. Oh yum, yum, Ruby, your foodables do look VERY tasty
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  5. Ruby does seems to enjoy these Raw Boost Mixers!

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  6. how great that you made such good eggs-periences Ruby :o) I will look if we find this food here too, it's absolutely worth a try, right?

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  7. I'm so glad you like it, Ruby! It sure sounds like a promising diet. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. This is just wonderful fur you Ruby. You get the BEST of BOTH thingys that are GOOD fur you.

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  9. It looks yummy and I have to say Ruby fur is really shiny.

    Aroo to you,
    Sully

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  10. We love Natures Variety Raw Boost mixers. They make everything taste better. Even Sunshine the Cat likes them - and because they are protein rich, the mixers are good for her.
    Love Noodles

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  11. Me and Stanley love raw stuffs!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

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  12. She seems to be enjoying her Mixers!

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  13. I am glad that Ruby is enjoying her Raw Boost Mixers. I am a big fan of them. It makes mealtime so much easier when your dogs are on a raw diet. ☺

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  14. That's great Ruby is enjoying the new food so much. She certainly looks well on it.
    Lynne x

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  15. This sounds like a very good option. Ruby obviously doesn't have a weight problem, but just curious, do you reduce the amount of her kibble when using the raw boosters? How do you know how balance the two?'

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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  16. You sure are enjoying your meal! Have a great day.

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  17. You sure are adorable Miss Ruby. I've had some clients feed Instinct to their dogs and they LOVE it! :)

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  18. I see she likes to mix up her outfits too.

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  19. We are getting more curious about the raw stuff. You did a great review sweet Ruby!

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  20. Raw Boost mixers are great!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

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  21. ruby...ya noe....for dawg food...thiz doez look prette good !! ♥♥♥
    ;)

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  22. Oh boy those are good things. Can we have some Mom?

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  23. I feed raw but my guys LOVE kibble as a treat ;-)

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  24. I'm glad my dog isn't the only one who demands a little variety in her diet. :) Looks like somethng Rita would enjoy with her kibble and Ruby looks great!

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  25. What a wonderful idea. And it looks like Ruby loves it!
    love
    tweedles

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  26. Sounds perfect and Ruby looks healthy and happy!

    ♥♥
    Wyatt and Tegan

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  27. I need to send mom to the store, because I want to try these!! Yummy! :)

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  28. Ruby, that stuff sounds great, and it looks like you really enjoy it! :)

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  29. You dine well Ruby. You are a v lucky girl.

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  30. What a great and convenient option for those wishing to offer raw. Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Looks like you've found something very tasty. yum

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  32. A great convenient way to add raw to a dogs diet! great post thank you for sharing.

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  33. It's definitely great when we forget to thaw Mr. N's food! And for travel purposes.

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  34. These sound like a really great alternative to a homemade raw diet. I used to feed the cats a raw diet that I prepared myself, but due to time constraints I couldn't keep it up anymore. Something like this would be an awesome way to still give them a high quality raw diet without having to make it myself!!!

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  35. I'm so glad Ruby is enjoying raw nutrition with Instinct Raw Boost Mixers!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  36. I'm so glad Ruby is enjoying raw nutrition with Instinct Raw Boost Mixers!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  37. We've been mixing it up latly too! :-)

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  38. Great review. Our dogs have been on a raw diet for years and it's amazing the transformation they went through.

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  39. Ruby, you look so cute in that blue sweater.

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  40. We got raw boosters this month from Chewy! Mommy hopes we like them as much as you did, Ruby.

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  41. Raw Boosters sound delish! Thanks for the review! Love the pics!

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  42. We are late catching up and wanted to thank you for your Star Wars comment, we feel exactly the same - it captures the magic of the original and we love it!

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  43. I kinda like the cat version. I ate the first batch but not the second. We’see about the third cos you know TW won’t quit.

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