Dog food review By Nature : No corn, no wheat, no soy

Hey everybody. It is Leah and Kirby here to do our review on a product we were sent to try called

Below is our personal take on it:

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We were sent the product Pork and sweet Potato flavor. For good or bad, I have been on the hunt endlessly for a dog food that is affordable, but has all the things I am looking for in keeping my Kirby, and Poe happy and healthy. In the past we have tried many “popular brands”  you can get from your local pet store, with differing results. But what I have learned is what to watch out for.


One of our two main problems is the abundance of corn you find being the first ingredient, or popular variation in many dog foods. As just with people food, corn is often used as a filler, and in my opinion too much of it is not good for us or our poochies. So to find a product like By Nature, that rightfully boasted it has no corn in it at all, I really wanted to try.

Another problem I find with Kirby that is a problem with many white dogs like him, although usually mostly superficial, is tear stains. I have recently kept it under control using various methods, one being sweet potatoes. As apparently it really helps naturally reduce this problem. Now the problem with this is you must take the time to peel, cook, chop and feed your dog this on pretty much a daily basis.  So to try out a food that has this ingredient already in it, was going to be a great time saver.

So already this was a great product as it already cured two of our problems. Another problem with Kirby is he is a very picky eater. He will go as far as to almost starving himself for most of the day just to avoid having to eat certain dog foods. So how did this one work out? Happily I can say he genuinely loves it. He acts almost as if it is one of his favorite treats he can’t wait to gobble down.


Now although having a first ingredient be solely “pork” or “chicken” without out anything attached is great (which you are usually buying from the vet office or a specialty store) this often means more $, which is perfectly great if your dog’s needs recommend it. If your usually looking for a cheaper alternative, you often time will be facing corn or meat-by-product as the first ingredient (at least in my experience). The first ingredient in By Nature, already beats out most of the “highly advertised food” one would buy at your local grocery store or even many pet stores because it doesn’t have corn as the first ingredient, or at all. I am aware to some of my educated dog-nutrition readers pork-meal may not be as great as having just straight pork depending on your dogs needs, though By nature contains neither, which where I live if your already lucky enough to not have corn as your first ingredient, by product is usually the next option, and in my opinion not as nice as good as pork-meal.

The following is the ingredients, they gladly show on their site:

Ingredients: Pork Meal, Ground Barley, Canola Oil (Stabilized with Mixed Tocopherols), Sweet Potatoes, Flaxseed Meal, Oat Meal, Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Liver Flavor, Alfalfa Meal, Yeast Culture, Salt, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Carrots, Blueberries, Cranberries, Dried Chicory Root, Raspberries, Turmeric, Niacin Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Selenium Yeast, Sodium Selenite, Rosemary Extract, Dried Yeast Fermentation Solubles.

Okay okay so it doesn’t have corn, but what is this barley? Well to sum it up I will use a quote I found from another review I found on By nature called dogfoodadvisor: “The third ingredient lists barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. Unlike grains with a higher glycemic index, barley can help support more stable blood sugar levels.”


Pork and sweet potatos is just one of the many option they have. Others that follow are Salmon, yogurt & ocean flavor,  duck and sweet pea flavor, grain free chicken and potato flavor, Large breed adult dog formula,  active dog formula, adult dog formula, and puppy formula. They also have wet food for dogs and cats, and dry food for cats.


One of the best things that makes Kirby and I melt with appreciation is when companies give back, and help out other poochies who greatly need it. By nature is proud donater to NEADS and are a exclusive pet food provider to Big dog ranch Rescue


This has been our unique experience with it, and everyone has a opinion, but for Kirby’s current needs this was a great product for us.Since having this food, I must say I am genuinely enjoying it. And as a reviewer if I do not like something not only do I not HAVE to review it, I also just would not for multiple reasons. With most dog foods in my opinion ranging from a D  – C- grade, I happily give this a B+ on the Kirby scale 🙂


If you would like another review on this product you can also check out another fellow Kirby who reviewed this product at Kirby The Dorkie for his review 🙂

This is our straight forward honest review and personal opinion/ experience with this product.

Kirby at the jungle gym

I think that whats they call it still. Well whatever it is, we had a lot of fun at the park and here are some pictures to prove it. 🙂 I hope everyone and their poochies are enjoying this summer as much as we are! 🙂

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Don’t worry, Kirby had some “helping hands” with the monkey bars, although I’m pretty sure he was confident to doit himself 🙂

And here’s the video of the week I made of why I keep a kirby drawer 🙂

Also I found this a very little helpful “inforgraphic” from The Uncommon dog


Wordless wednesday- yes another video

So my camera broke 😦 Though not to fear, as my phone also broke……:( 😦 (no Kirby was not to blame for either of these) one was due to just being old the other took a little dip in the creek….but thats another story!

So you guys will just have to watch our new video if you wanna,till I figure out this new phones camera (it takes good pictures!)

I also wanted to thank Dawn from American dog blog for the versatile blogger award! Thanks so much Dawn 🙂 We like your blog as well so its a real honor 🙂

Speedy for the wonderful my favorite things.

50,000 award

The rules to accepting this award are to thank the Blogger for Giving you this award and give a link to their blog,Post the award on to your blog,Name 6 of your favorite things,and finally pass it on to as many Bloggers as you want.
So here are my 6 favorite things:

Kirby’s favorite things:

1. Poe (what would he be without his best buddy!

2. Treats (of any kind really…)

3. His bff dog Gilligan

4. dogpark

5. cuddling momma!

And the people I nominate are!

1. American Dog blog , now you got another one! 🙂

2. Finn!

3. Easy


5.Sand Spring Chesapeakes