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Vote in the Dogington Post Awards: Favorite Dry Dog Food

As part of a larger initiative to educate dog owners on proper nutrition, effective training, and other ways to raise a happy and healthy dog, the Dogington Post is reviewing products, toys, foods, treats, and rescue organizations for our second annual Dogington Post Awards!

We’ll present the nominees in several categories. And, YOU, our readers, will have an opportunity to vote on your favorites, to help us choose a winner!

Nominees from each category for the Dogington Post Award have been selected based on strict criteria including dedication to animal health and welfare, providing the very best quality ingredients, and dedication to improving the lives of our dogs.

Each of our Best Dry Dog Food nominees are manufactured in North America-based facilities, with thoughtful sourcing, handling, and processing of the foods we feed our dogs every day. These brands are dedicated to improving the health and vitality of our pets through carefully selecting ingredients, providing nutritionally complete foods, and utilizing manufacturing facilities and procedures with the very best interest of dogs in mind.

And now, presenting the nominees for Favorite Dry Dog Food:

1. Merrick Grain Free
merrick-300x300Since 1988, Merrick has been raising the bar for the entire pet food industry. With a long-standing tradition of manufacturing premium dog food and treats with only the finest ingredients, Merrick uses only real whole foods that are locally sourced and processed as little as possible to create one of the highest quality, best tasting, and most nutritious dog foods on the market.

Their 4 grain-free recipes: Real Chicken & Sweet Potato, Real Buffalo & Sweet Potato, Real Pork & Sweet Potato, and Real Duck & Sweet Potato, all use real meat as the number one ingredient with fresh produce like sweet potato, peas, and apples as natural fiber, mineral, and antioxidant sources. The Merrick Grain-Free line is easily digestible, providing excellent energy benefits without upsetting sensitive systems. This ultra-premium line of grain-free dry dog food is beneficial to all breeds in all stages of life.

In addition to providing our pets with the highest quality, tastiest recipes possible, Merrick is dedicated to changing the entire pet food industry as we know it. By setting standards high above the norm and educating consumers on proper pet nutrition, Merrick is a driving force behind an improving pet food industry.

To learn more about Merrick and their 65 wholesome dog food recipes, visit

2. Orijen
adult_dogOrijen is dedicated to making Biologically Appropriate dog food from fresh, local ingredients. Their philosophy takes an evolutionary approach to nutrition, focusing on fresh meat and protein-rich diets. All their ingredients are raised with sustainability in mind, by local farmers, and delivered to their Alberta, Canada kitchen every day. Champion Pet Foods, the makers of Orijen and Acana dogs foods prepare their own foods in their own kitchens – they are never outsourced. This allows them to control every detail from cooking to packaging and quality control. And they have been doing it for over 25 years.

Orijen believes that Mother Nature evolved all dogs as carnivores, designed to thrive on a diet of whole meats with smaller amounts of fruits, berries and grasses. Their formulas are loaded with meat, low in carbohydrates and grain free. With ingredients like cage-free chicken and turkey, walleye, herring, nest-laid eggs and local fruits and vegetables, Orijen’s formulas are designed with your dog’s health in mind.

To learn more about Orijen and their Biologically Appropriate dog food recipes, visit

3. Fromm
grain-free-surf-turfSince 1904, The Fromm Family has maintained a tradition of quiet innovation dedicated to the health and nutrition of animals. In the 1930’s, The Fromm Family introduced the first canine distemper vaccine. In 1949, they introduced the concept of premium pet food to the public. As the country’s first and oldest premium pet food company, Fromm has a reputation as an industry leader, producing only the highest grade pet foods with the finest natural ingredients.

Based in Wisconsin, Fromm Family Foods is now in its fifth generation of being family owned and operated.

All of Fromm’s dry pet food and treats are prepared in small batches in the USA at their own USDA-inspected plant in Wisconsin. They don’t include any ingredients from China in their recipes – all ingredients are sourced in the USA, fresh and delivered daily to their plant. They don’t include corn, wheat, or by-products and use real, fresh meat as the first ingredient.

With Four-Star recipes like Pork & Peas, Salmon Tunalini, Surf & Turf and Beef Frittata, your dog’s dining experience will never be the same again!

To learn more about Fromm’s high quality, natural pet foods, visit


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