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Hi Millies Wolfhart feeders.

I've never needed to speak to them myself, but I've seen others quote that they suggest a flavour change now and again as a good thing. Makes sense for the enrichment of some variety, but I can't say I'm not cynical that a dog food manufacturer would say that :)

Have just ordered some more food stocks. We're normally on the Tracker Mix (trout) because it's low-fat. It works well for us, and gives me plenty of head-room for spoiling and training treats etc.

I noticed they have a new low-fat option, the Highland mix (duck) so in the heat of the moment I bought a sack of that too.

Now I'm wondering what to do with it lol! :) Assuming we have no digestive problems, I can't decide whether to rotate from bag to bag, mix them together, or split them between breakfast and dinner.

Does anyone else do food rotation and if so on what schedule? Ta!
 

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We use countryside and highland at the moment. If colas busy with agility and tracking etc then she is on countryside. If she is quieter, now for instance as been spayed then she is on highland.

We have tried a few and I usually change every 3/4 months or so. I asked them about mixing the countryside and highland and advised not to due to different fat contents etc even though portion sizes the same.

I have noticed most of their kibble is a moister/meatier type (if you know what I mean) the highland however is a much lighter biscuit than the tracker despite them both being same fat amounts. The highland one is definitely lighter in weight and texture and you get more pieces of kibble in the portion. I also have a bag of tracker that I'm using up at the moment.

I do sometimes mix but do it countryside 4 days, highland 3 or countryside for breakfast, highland for tea.

Cola loves any flavour I give her and has never refused any. They have a couple of new flavours being released soon :)

I think it's great they have so many flavours to choose from, I would hate to eat the same thing constantly and glad Cola gets such a variety :)


I bought 3 sacks of countryside about 3 months ago and still have 1.5 left as decided to try her on the highland to see if I could get Cola a bit leaner. It has definitely helped and she has went from 24kg to 22.2. I don't think she was fat to start with but think she definitely looks better :)
 

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That's fab, thank you. Gosh you sure have all the bases covered there! I do like your strategy of varying intake vs energy/exercise expended. Although for us, I find things just naturally balance themselves out over time.

I must admit I have mixed up complete foods before for a long time with no ill effects. I couldn't get my head around how 50% of one balanced complete food, plus 50% of another balanced complete food still can't equate to a balanced complete meal! But I'll err against that now.

the highland however is a much lighter biscuit than the tracker despite them both being same fat amounts. The highland one is definitely lighter in weight and texture and you get more pieces of kibble in the portion. I also have a bag of tracker that I'm using up at the moment.
Oh Gemma will be so pleased to hear that!!! One of reasons we moved away from full-fat was how stingy I had to be with the portion control!

I'm glad you mentioned that Cola likes them all, I am slightly paranoid that Gemma might take a preference for one over the other, but then again who am I kidding she's a walking dustbin :)
 

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ttfan1978 (and other MW fans) - I wonder if you could help me with another question please.

Slightly weird one this. I recently emptied our last bag of tracker into a storage box, and noticed some little pin prick holes in the plastic bag maybe 1-2mm in size. A few inches up from the bottom of the sack. My first thought was that the bag might have been damaged in some way in shipping/transit or I did it (scruffed off a wall or whatever).

On closer inspection, these holes did not look random at all. All a uniform size, and in a symmetrical row a few inches apart. This did worry me in case it tained the contents by being exposed to the air/moisture whilst in storage.

I keep my dry food stockpile in the garage you see. My boiler is in the garage so thankfully it tends to keep it dry and avoids temperature extremes. I'm wondering if the tiny holes are intentional so the contents can breath and avoid mould/condensation but for that to be important it makes me assume that would only be an issue if they do not have faith in the kibble itself being 110% bone dry.

I can't say I'm terribly impressed! Thankfully the food seems fine, and it's going down fine, but it concerns me for the long term.

Every other brand of dry food I've tried is always in totally sealed bags and protected from the environment.

I'm definitely going to speak to MW, but before I do it would be most helpful to know if any other customer's bags are like this and it's a standard thing?
 

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ttfan1978 (and other MW fans) - I wonder if you could help me with another question please.

Slightly weird one this. I recently emptied our last bag of tracker into a storage box, and noticed some little pin prick holes in the plastic bag maybe 1-2mm in size. A few inches up from the bottom of the sack. My first thought was that the bag might have been damaged in some way in shipping/transit or I did it (scruffed off a wall or whatever).

On closer inspection, these holes did not look random at all. All a uniform size, and in a symmetrical row a few inches apart. This did worry me in case it tained the contents by being exposed to the air/moisture whilst in storage.

I keep my dry food stockpile in the garage you see. My boiler is in the garage so thankfully it tends to keep it dry and avoids temperature extremes. I'm wondering if the tiny holes are intentional so the contents can breath and avoid mould/condensation but for that to be important it makes me assume that would only be an issue if they do not have faith in the kibble itself being 110% bone dry.

I can't say I'm terribly impressed! Thankfully the food seems fine, and it's going down fine, but it concerns me for the long term.

Every other brand of dry food I've tried is always in totally sealed bags and protected from the environment.

I'm definitely going to speak to MW, but before I do it would be most helpful to know if any other customer's bags are like this and it's a standard thing?
That doesn't sound good, I would definitely give them a call to ask. I'm at work at the moment but can check my two bags when I get in. I have to say I have never noticed any smallholes before on the 12 or 4kg bags. I wonder if it's damaged bags maybe?

Hopefully someone else may be able to answer before I get home later, I know Pam uses MW and maybe scopwick shadow?
 

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Very kind, thank you! My next order should be here in a few days so I can check those too. Like a muppet I didn't keep the bag in question, it was one of those creeping thoughts that only caught up with me a few days afterwards!
 

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Very kind, thank you! My next order should be here in a few days so I can check those too. Like a muppet I didn't keep the bag in question, it was one of those creeping thoughts that only caught up with me a few days afterwards!
Our order is being delivered tomorrow skiing with their Millies Lionheart cat food :) I always get excited for our Millies delivery. Very tempted to order the beef head skins again but Cola has got a whole stash of treats, far too many!

They are releasing new training treats soon :)
 

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Not MWH, but a part bag of kibble I have in the garage (came with the pup 12 months ago and not used since I switched her to raw soon after she was home) is the same, tiny little pin pricks down one side of the bag.

Must be something to do with letting it breath, which meaning it's open to the air and doesn't go off reinforces my reason for going raw, but that's digressing! :cheesygrin:
 

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Thank you Phil, that really helps draw a picture that this might be an intentional thing.

I just don't have space in the house to stash 12kg food bags that are out of Gemma's reach! I might buy another food storage bin to transfer the spares into, but then it would be sealed and could mould? Or maybe they are fine as-is in the garage, and can breath, and I'm worrying unnecessarily, even though it leaves them exposed to moist air-flow.

Who'd have thought something so simply could be so confusing! I swear, our previous fish4dogs kibble was 100% sealed, I could drop a bag in a river and still use it!

I'll definitely chat with MW, but a bit of ammo first is always helpful :)
 

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Thank you Phil, that really helps draw a picture that this might be an intentional thing.

I just don't have space in the house to stash 12kg food bags that are out of Gemma's reach! I might buy another food storage bin to transfer the spares into, but then it would be sealed and could mould? Or maybe they are fine as-is in the garage, and can breath, and I'm worrying unnecessarily, even though it leaves them exposed to moist air-flow.

Who'd have thought something so simply could be so confusing! I swear, our previous fish4dogs kibble was 100% sealed, I could drop a bag in a river and still use it!

I'll definitely chat with MW, but a bit of ammo first is always helpful :)

I would definitely give them a call, they should be able to give you information and let you know the reason why the bags do have holes (if it's intentional of course)

I will be looking at one of their new flavours when it's released soon, a new ingredients being reindeer ;)

They are also releasing their Christmas hampers again soon 🎄
 

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Thank you both. That deepens the mystery somewhat!

I'll give our next 2 x 12kg delivery a close inspection and report back. I'll get over it if it was just a random one-off!
 

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We use either turkey or salmon because Coco is allergic to everything but turkey, rabbit and fish. I never bother doing a gradual switch, just go straight into the new bag.

I have just emptied a new bag into the storage tubs tonight and yes, there are holes punched across the width of the sack from and back just below the label. I wonder if this is to get the air out so that they can pack it in boxes? It is always very neatly packed in a square shape.

i have had my last two deliveries on next day delivery but taking advantage of the 5% discount so that I know when to expect it (usually at the last minute).

They say the next discount day won't be until black Friday - is that November or December?
 

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We use either turkey or salmon because Coco is allergic to everything but turkey, rabbit and fish. I never bother doing a gradual switch, just go straight into the new bag.

I have just emptied a new bag into the storage tubs tonight and yes, there are holes punched across the width of the sack from and back just below the label. I wonder if this is to get the air out so that they can pack it in boxes? It is always very neatly packed in a square shape.

i have had my last two deliveries on next day delivery but taking advantage of the 5% discount so that I know when to expect it (usually at the last minute).

They say the next discount day won't be until black Friday - is that November or December?

I assumed it was November and sure I read it on Facebook somewhere too. I have made sure I'm well stocked for the two months and hoping their hampers and new treats will be available for Black Friday.


I will have to check my sacks again as definitely couldn't see any holes.
 

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We use either turkey or salmon because Coco is allergic to everything but turkey, rabbit and fish. I never bother doing a gradual switch, just go straight into the new bag.
Cool, I think I'll either do the same, or invest in another food storage bin then we can play meal roulette :)

I have just emptied a new bag into the storage tubs tonight and yes, there are holes punched across the width of the sack from and back just below the label. I wonder if this is to get the air out so that they can pack it in boxes? It is always very neatly packed in a square shape.
Well goodness me, the plot thickens some more! I'm really pleased I asked you all about this. That's a very good theory Pam. Although fish4dogs manage to flat pack them well too, and the bags aren't full of air so maybe they have the gear to suck the air out. Even though I'm happy to have changed, I have to say fish4dogs really set the standard on packaging. Their sacks are sealed, thick and foil lined, even with resealable zippers on top! But probably adding £5 to the price.

I still love MW, but it is a bit off putting. One of the big appeals of dry food is that it has a 10-18 month shelf life. But in an unsealed bag, I don't know any more! I have to admit I have a bit of an OCD for hoarding highly used commodities and hate leaving things till the last minute! I have towers of toilet roll and kitchen roll packets, all stock piled when good offers are on! Visitors find this highly amusing!

i have had my last two deliveries on next day delivery but taking advantage of the 5% discount so that I know when to expect it (usually at the last minute).
Yes that's what prompted me to order weekend just gone. I was specifically waiting for the next discount weekend to order!
 

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Just had another look at one of our new bags and can definitely see holes in it, goodness knows what I was looking at the first time if I managed to miss them!

Have you had your delivery of highland yet? Can you see what I mean about difference in kibble texture to the tracker one? :)
 

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Well, the highland mix has gone down a treat!
I definitely see what you mean about it being a lighter texture, a lot more in the bowl by weight.

And for the dog whom eats like she's never seen food before, Gemma was actually munching and crunching some mouthfuls of it - this is a world first! Whether that was a fluke due to the novelty we'll have to see!
 
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