Product Review: Sojos Mix-a-Meal Freeze Dried Dog Food

My dog says today we're going to look at a brand that is new to us: Sojos. This company has been around for almost 40 years, but it's one we weren't familiar with so we wanted to check it out.

We decided to sample the Sojo's Mix-a-Meal Freeze Dried Turkey, which is grain free. Chewy.com has it listed as a topper so it seemed like a good first product to start with.


When the package arrived, we saw the spoon over the bowl on the front of the bag and we started to wonder if it was a food we needed to add water to. We read everything on the bag and it said nothing about water, so we used it as a topper and a treat.

The Sojos Mix-a-Meal has one ingredient: turkey. It's a ready-to-eat protein that can be added to any food. Sojos ingredients are globally sourced, but nothing comes from China. The product is made in America in the state of Minnesota.

We wanted to give each of the dogs a nugget to sample first, fully intending to snap a photo and then move on to feeding...but that was not to be. As soon as we opened the bag and started to pour it into a bowl so we could take a photo, a full scale riot ensued! The dogs started running around, barking, and jumping. They were beside themselves trying to get to the food. It was unlike anything we've ever seen!

Important Note: We poured the nuggets into the bowl for photo purposes only. The food should not be served this way. It needs to be added to something else (e.g. kibble, pre-mix, wet food, etc) so it's a complete and balanced meal. 



We quickly took the bowl and started to hand out samples with one hand, and held the camera with the other so we could snap a picture of them taking the nuggets. Well, we literally couldn't take a photo quickly enough before they snatched the nuggets and gulped them down. We tried...and tried...and tried. The camera simply couldn't take a photo quicker than the dogs could wolf down a nugget! Soooooo, that said, here's a pic of two of the pups with blurry tongues after grabbing and gulping down the Sojos nuggets.


We were thrilled with how much the pups loved the Sojos, so we looked around Chewy to see what other products Sojos offers. They have a ton of items to choose from and there's a premix that can be used with this "protein" line so you can offer your pup a nutritionally-balanced meal. We'll have to try that next.

Chewy offers an 8 ounce bag of the Sojos Mix-a-Meal freeze dried turkey flavor. Even though 8 ounces doesn't sound like a lot, you'll be surprised how big the bag is. We have small dogs in the house and know this bag will last awhile (remember, this is for supplemental feeding and isn't a well-rounded meal on its own so it'll last longer than you might suspect).

Based on the mayhem that ensued the moment we opened the bag, we give the Sojos Mix-a-Meal an overwhelming four out of four paws! We highly recommend you try this product!

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews. 


Product Review: Merrick Lil' Plates Mini Medley Variety Pack

My dog says today we have a review for the small dogs in the audience! Not all food is made alike, and we always like to test out foods that are made especially for small breed pups! That's why we were excited to try out Merrick Lil' Plates food from Chewy.com.



The variety pack we chose to check out is the mini medley that includes three different varieties: Petite Pot Pie (in gravy), Itsy Bitsy Beef Stew, and Tiny Thanksgiving Day Dinner (in gravy). Honestly, when we got this box, we didn't notice the in gravy nor the mini medley. One of our pups always has an issue with food in gravy (yep, he get the runs), so we tend to steer clear of it. But, more on that shortly.


As you know, we always pay close attention to the ingredient list of all the food we test. We were quite pleased with what we saw in the Lil' Plates. Here are the first five ingredients of each variety (remember, ingredients are listed in descending order so you always want to pay special attention to the first several ones listed):
  • Petite Pot Pie - Deboned chicken, chicken broth, turkey broth, chicken liver, dried egg whites. 
  • Itsy Bitsy Beef Stew - Beef, beef broth, venison broth, beef liver, dried egg whites.
  • Tiny Thanksgiving Day Dinner - Deboned turkey, turkey broth, chicken broth, chicken liver, deboned chicken.


These ingredients are solid and protein rich! No grain, no by-products, no gluten, and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. This product is made in the United States, Texas to be specific, and uses locally sourced ingredients. So we really like that, too!

Now, onto the taste test!


We gave everyone a normal serving, but we gave our "gravy-adverse' pup (Alexander) a small sample serving. Everyone gobbled it up! Over the course of several meals, we put the food on top of kibble and we sometimes mixed it in with the kibble. We also tried all three of the different flavors and all of them were met with wagging tails and dancing paws!

We also gradually increased Alexander's serving size, as well. It should also be noted that the gravy is way thicker that what you might expect. It's actually gravy consistency, not watery at all. And, we're very happy to report that Alexander didn't have any issue with loose or runny stool. That's pretty unheard of and we were quite happy that we found a food in gravy that he can safely enjoy!

The Merrick Lil' Plates Mini Medley variety pack is sold on Chewy in a 12-tray box (four of each flavor) and is a good price for a quality food! Although we were skeptical when we noticed we got a cuts in gravy style food, we were delighted about our mistake! We happily give this assortment an enthusiastic four out of four paws!

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews.  
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