Mama the Slug | Day 6 of the Freshpet #FridgeChallenge

Kol’s Note: I am writing about the Freshpet #FridgeChallenge as a part of a promotional campaign and I am being compensated for my time and for sharing my experience. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

It’s Day 6 of Mama’s Freshpet Fridge Challenge and, let me tell you, we are ready for this little experiment to be OVER.

One of my favourite things about my Mama is that she’s so full of energy. She’s always up to go for a walk, to throw the ball around for K9 Kamp or to head off on an adventure. Not this week. As the week has worn on, Mama has been getting progressively less and less active and has started spending more time perfecting her slug impression.



Mama is one of those freak-shows that makes 90% of what she eats from scratch, using all sorts of fresh ingredients. She was determined not to reach for convenience foods this week, so she’s been whipping up all sorts of concoctions using shelf-stable healthy ingredients like beans, chickpeas and quinoa. Let’s face it though: it’s just not the same as fresh. She’s been eating a TON of carbohydrates and frankly, they’re weighing her down and making her sleepy, sluggish and (shhhhh!) is she looking a little chubby to anyone else? She eat a nice serving of dinner, but a few hours later? She’s fussy and snackish. If I tried that, she would tell me to go lay down, but when she does it? She just goes to get a snack. That’s why they call it a double standard. While she’s trying to still eat her veggies, sticking to only veggies that can be kept on the counter means she’s eating a lot of potato, sweet potato, squash, carrots and mushroom. She would love to have a nice salad with cool cucumber, a crisp bell pepper, cold grape tomatoes, and ohhhhhh, maybe a nice fresh piece of grilled chicken. This is what she fantasizes about.


Clockwise from top left: Veggie Straws, Herbal Tea, Veggie Chili using canned tomato, dried Pineapple, Oatmeal with raison, craisins and apple chunks, Pumpkin Lattes, Veggie pasta, herb & cheese bun. Whoa, that’s a lot of carbs.

Mama was totally surprised by all the tasty recipes she found that she could eat without using fresh foods.

She even made a Pinterest board dedicated to recipes she wanted to try. (You can check it out here.) While all the recipes she tried were pretty tasty, they weren’t exactly the basis for a healthy diet. Carbs, carbs and more carbs. Tons of sugar. So much that she would get totally sugar high, then crash. Last night, we were in bed by 9 pm. NINE! You guys, I am a hip & cool puggle. I do not like to be in bed just when the fun is getting started.

PS – can we just talk about my chewy budget for a minute?

Um, Mama has been spending my chewy budget this week like she is in charge of it or something? Who the woof does she think she is? Since she can’t keep cream or Silvie’s special homemade Pumpkin Lattes, Mama’s been haunting the Starbucks. The guy there knows her name and order. Seek help Mama. You are clearly an addict. To my count, so far, her little latte addiction has cost me:

3 bully sticks

a bag of buffalo jerky

2 yak’s milk chews

a medium deer antler

a bag of carrots

a pack of raw meaty bones

and a pack of venison tendon chews.

What the woof?! She had better find a way to make this up to me. I am not impressed.

Tonight will be her biggest test of the challenge: she’s having a few people over. Normally, she uses company as an excuse to show off her culinary chops, but with no access to fresh food, she’s had to improvise. This is going to be the weirdest meal ever.


*sigh* Is Sunday yet? Check back tomorrow to hear how the party went and get Mama’s thoughts on what she’s learned, why she thinks fresh foods are so important and how this experiment affected her thoughts on pet food.


PS – don’t forget! You can enter to win a year’s supply of fresh food from Freshpet and a special mini-fridge. Go tell them why you couldn’t live without your fridge for your chance to win. (You can feel free to tell that that you saw us try to go fridge free and it scared the woof our of you.)




  1. Silvie Goldstein says

    so… have you discovered the dehydrated veggies? I always have some in my pantry. But in all fairness, rehydration is just that and fresh trumps it all. soon you will be munching on some wonderful broccoli and you will discover that FRESH is a real flavor!

    • KolchakPuggle says

      I did make a dehydrated veggie soup which wasn’t half bad and I do routinely used dried wild mushrooms in stuffings, soups and casseroles.

      I know some people snack on them like chips, but I’m not quite there. It just felt too weird!

  2. says

    The carb thing is what gets me…it’s true that without the blessing of refrigeration it’s so hard to eat fresh…There is the option of shopping every day (throwback to over100 years ago when refrigeration wasn’t common) but who has time for that these days? I know I’d end up with a pasta diet without my fridge…quick & easy & no ice required…

    • KolchakPuggle says

      Shopping everyday would work (and probably be the least wasteful way to shop), but man! That just seems unrealistic to me?! I’m going to be sharing some of the issues I’ve been having with Felix later this week, but the just of it is that shopping every day would have been impossible for us right now. Just impossible.

      And let’s be honest, I wanted to eat pasta every day. I really wanted to!

    • KolchakPuggle says

      It wasn’t much fun, but I am really glad we did it. Koly & Fe have been eating a raw, low carb diet for almost three years and I was looking at changing them to dehydrated raw, which is good, but carb heavy. This reaffirmed that we were on the right path and that I didn’t want to switch them after all.

  3. nailahbone says

    Oh man, that freshpet fridge challenge sounds killer! :/ You guys are all brave for taking part in it! Thanks for posting this, it’s a really interesting thing to mull over being a kibble feeder and all.

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