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We’re excited to introduce for a limited time our new Flint River Ranch Summertime Dog Cookies. The new treats are handmade, hand decorated, natural dog cookies with a summer theme!

The Summer Dog Cookies are all-natural dog treats made in the United States by Flint River Ranch, and they make a yummy, perfect gift for helping your dog get through those long, hot Dog Days of Summer!

Flint River Ranch Summer Dog Cookie Treats

Flint River Ranch Summer Dog Cookie Treats

Each Flint River Ranch Summertime Dog Cookies package contains a total of (12) of the following super tasty, all-natural, summer-themed dog cookie treats:

  • 3 Hamburgers
  • 3 Hotdogs
  • 3 Ice Cream Cones
  • 3 Watermelon

Ingredients: Rye Flour, Peanut Butter, Pumpkin, Eggs, Milk Molasses, Pumpkin Spice and Vegetable Oil. Icing Ingredients: Natural Yogurt (non-fat dry milk, whey solids, lactic acid), Tapioca Starch, Maltodextrins, and Dextrose.

Note: These cookies are hand decorated with care, one at a time, and are only available for a short period of time, so please make sure to get your orders in soon!

We hope your pets love the new dog cookie treats — please let us know what they think of the new summer-themed cookies! And if all goes well, we’ll have more cookie treats available throughout the year!

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The Dog Days of Summer have arrived, and unfortunately they’re also bringing price adjustments for Flint River Ranch dog food formulas. The cost of high-quality, human-grade ingredients has continued to rise along with increased shipping costs and fuel surcharges.

Here at A+ Flint River Ranch and at Flint River Ranch headquarters we’ve done everything we can to streamline costs while never sacrificing the high quality of our foods or “downsizing” the size of our bags in order to deceive customers about increased costs.

Here are more details about the upcoming price increases direct from the Flint River Ranch official site:

Flint River Ranch has managed to hold off any price adjustments since December of 2011. Regrettably, it is no longer possible to maintain our current price structure. We have had the expected increases in cost of ingredients and finished goods, and we have also absorbed increases with fuel surcharges, cardboard and most importantly, increased UPS shipping costs.

We have tried to make the adjustments as slight as possible, and we’re happy to report that we are able to maintain the current price structure of our grain-free cat food formula as well as all of our cat and dog treats and supplements!

We’ll have the full list of new prices up on our site shortly, but for now make sure to get your orders in before August 1st, 2014 in order to take advantage of the current pricing.

We thank you for your support and wish everyone a safe, happy and hopefully cool summer.

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We’re excited to introduce for a very limited time (one week to order!) the new Flint River Ranch 4th of July Patriotic Dog Cookies. The new treats are handmade, hand decorated, natural dog cookies with a patriotic flair!

The 4th of July Patriotic Dog Cookies are all-natural dog treats made in the United States by Flint River Ranch, and they make a yummy, perfect gift for that 4th of July party or picnic for everyone’s dogs!

Flint River Ranch Patriotic Dog Cookie Treats

Flint River Ranch Patriotic Dog Cookie Treats

Each Flint River Ranch Patriotic Dog Cookies package contains the following super tasty, all-natural patriotic dog cookie treats:

  • 3 Stars
  • 1 Liberty Bell
  • 1 Hotdog
  • 1 Hamburger
  • 1 Bone
  • 1 Large Paw

Note: Our Patriotic Dog Cookie Treats Orders are in very limited supply, and orders must be placed by June 18th in order to ship out by June 23rd, to be sure they arrive in time for the 4th of July! These cookies are hand decorated with care, one at a time, so please order early!

Ingredients: Rye Flour, Peanut Butter, Pumpkin, Eggs, Milk Molasses, Pumpkin Spice and Vegetable Oil

We hope your pets love the new dog cookie treats — please let us know what they think of the cookies! And if all goes well, we’ll have more cookie treats available throughout the year!

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Flint River Ranch is excited to introduce its newest natural dog treat, Tender Lovin’s Smoked Chicken Jerky Treats. Tender Lovin’s jerky dog treats are naturally slow smoked with real hickory wood and use absolutely no chemical additives

The new chicken jerky dog treats are produced completely in the U.S.A. by a third generation family-owned South Carolina smoke house, and are a high quality, minimally processed treat that’s extremely low in fat and high in protein.

Your dogs (and maybe even your cats, too) are sure to love the new Tender Lovin’s Smoked Chicken Jerky Treats, and the treats are:

  • 100% Natural Chicken Jerky Grown and Sourced in the U.S.A.
  • Slowly and Naturally Smoked in Small Batches with Real Hickory Wood
  • Hand Cut and Hand Packaged Chicken Jerky Dog Treats
  • Tender Lovin’s Are Free of Fillers, By-Products, Chemicals and Hormones
  • Every Batch Is Tested Safe from Salmonella

Our Tender Lovin’s Chicken Jerky Dog Treats are delivered as 1lb of treats packaged in two 8 oz. bags that you can reseal to maintain the freshness of the Chicken Jerky treats.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min): 50%
Crude Fat (min): 2%
Fiber (max): 2%
Moisture (max): 38%

We hope your pets love the new jerky dog treats — please let us know what they think of the Tender Lovin’s!

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Exciting news from Flint River Ranch Headquarters about new small and large dog “size-specific” kibble formulas for your dogs as well as a chance to try out one of the new products at a very inexpensive price!

Here’s the latest information on the upcoming additions to the Flint River Ranch product line:

“For a few years now, we’ve had distributors and customers request “size-specific” kibbles for their dogs to eat. In the past we haven’t been able to provide this option, but we can now! We are currently in the process of changing our kibble presentation so that we will be able to offer both a small dog kibble and a large dog nugget in all of our formulas!

As you know, we introduced our new variegated kibble last year, and it has been accepted well and feeds great. We tried to make these kibbles so that they would appeal to dogs of all sizes. However, some owners still want a more size-specific option for their dogs, especially for some of the hypoallergenic, limited-ingredient formulas that were only available in the larger nugget size.

We’ve already been very successful with our nugget shape, so we are going to make this our “Large” dog nugget from here on. In the future it will be available only in the 20 and 40 LB bag sizes.

We are also finalizing testing new and smaller variegated kibbles for our small dog owners. We will have a test batch sent to us very soon, which will be available in our 10 LB bag size.

The first formula we are testing in these new shapes is our Lamb and Millet formula. I’m feeding a test bag of this in the nugget to my boys; both over 100 lbs., and they love the taste and the texture of the Lamb and Millet as a Nugget. As you know our nuggets are a good size to make dogs stop and chew their food more, so this shape is working very well.

We have 200 bags of the new Lamb and Millet Nugget 20 LB and 10 LB small dog bites coming to us by the end of February. We will be selling the TEST BAGS of 20 lb. bag at $20 to cover the shipping & handling. When the TEST BAGS of 10 lb. small dog kibble gets in, I will sell the 10 LB bag at $10. I ask that only 1 bag of each formula go to a specific address, and this offer is only on the TEST BAGS and until they run out. Again, this pricing is only for the test bags.

If you’re interested in trying them out, please send an email to orders@frrco.com with the subject line of “LMR test batch” to have your name added to the list to test these new shapes. Stipulate if you would like to have a 10 or 20 LB bag sent to you when they come in. Please include your full name, FRR account # [drop us a line if you need this information] and daytime phone number so we can alert you to when it’s received and on its way to you.

We’re very excited to finally be able offer these size-specific kibbles to you. We do ask that you let us know how the formula works for your dogs and your thoughts on these shapes when you receive them.”

As always, thank you for your time and support!”

 

 

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The Flint River Ranch Company turned 20 this week!

From the Flint River Ranch Company president Jay P. Margedant:

“As I reflect on the first 20 years of Flint River Ranch, my mind continues to divert from initial thoughts of ‘Where we’ve come from’ to ‘Who has been a part of this success?’ and ‘Are we still making what they want and need in pet food?’

Yes, we were part of the initial push to natural pet foods and treats in America. We were first with home delivery of pet products AND one of the first manufacturers to offer ‘natural, oven-baked freshness’ foundation to all of our formulas (and we still do!). Our three-warehouse operation has grown to a network of 10 Logistical Warehouses, which places our fresh products closer to customers and enables us to provide very quick UPS Ground Service delivery for our customers while streamlining shipping costs to help reduce the price for customers.

Flint River Ranch has always been a family-owned, American-run business, using U.S.-sourced ingredients and staying away from Chinese materials. We have always used top-quality, U.S.D.A.-rated human-grade products in our formulas. We have always focused on natural, holistic formulas that enhance your pet’s nutritional life from the inside out.  Our foundation remains the same as when Jim Flint started this company back in 1993.

What I continue to reflect on today is that our success is due to our loyal customers and the family of hardworking Independent Distributors selling and supporting Flint River Ranch products. Together, you have been the driving force behind everything we try to do. Your willingness to trust and invest in our products is a key reason that the Flint River Ranch Company has been here for 20 years.

To our customers throughout the U.S., thank you! I love the notes, photos and funny stories you share with us about your beloved family pets and their experiences with Flint River Ranch! And trust me — we truly know the responsibility that we have in feeding your pets. We know the faith that you have put in us to provide your pets with the proper nutrition that they need to thrive!   We do our best to continue to not just get orders to you quickly, but to make sure our products are always consistent, fresh and healthy. We will work hard to continuously improve our offerings and earn your trust.

Thank you for having faith in our products and belief in our process! I look forward to our next 20 years and future developments in natural pet nutrition!

As always, thank you for your orders, interest and support of Flint River Ranch!”

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Great News to report on the Flint River Ranch Essential Greens Product Release!

Flint River Ranch is in the final stages of releasing the first shipment of Essential Greens! The final ingredients will be arriving this week and the formula should be available for purchase in early October. FRR’s Essential Greens will work with any dry formula to add “live” nutrients and supplements to your pet’s meals.

Essential Greens can be added to any Flint River Ranch formula (or any other food for that matter) as a food topper and supplement. Essential Greens was formulated using the “essence” of the Dry Water formula ingredients, and it makes a delicious gravy or dry food topping.

Flint River Ranch Essential Greens also adds key ingredients to serve as a Health and Vitality supplement that:

  • Tastes great
  • Aids in digestion
  • Helps reduce tartar build up and freshens breath
  • Helps improve your pet’s skin and coat
  • Boosts the immune system and may help reduce signs of allergies
  • Increases energy and overall vitality

We can’t wait to debut FRR Essential Greens at A+ Flint River Ranch. Keep an eye on our front page, our blog or our Facebook page for the official Essential Greens release.

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The P&G dog food and cat food recalls have expanded once again, this time to the company’s flagship pet food brands, Eukanuba and Iams.

Dog Food Recall News

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) continues to struggle with its pet food division in 2013 in terms of recalls due to potential Salmonella contamination. This year’s recalls started in March with several of the company’s Natura line of pet foods being recalled following the discovery of Salmonella contamination by the U.S. FDA.

This initial recall was followed by two separate recalls in June that expanded the Natura dry pet food recall to include additional product lots in the Innova, EVO, California Natural, Healthwise, Karma and Mother Nature pet food brands.

And now the recall has expanded once again, this time to P&G’s flagship pet food brands, Eukanuba and Iams. Both dry dog foods and cat foods are affected by the most recent voluntary recall, which was issued yesterday, August 14th.

The Eukanuba recalls include several breed-specific formulas as well as the Eukanuba Dog Food Base line and the Premium Performance, Professional Feeding and Weight Control product lines.

For Iams, the recalled dry dog foods and cat foods include specific batches and formulas of the Iams Healthy Natural and ProActive brand lines.

Additional information and a list of specific formulas recalled can be found on P&G’s new website at:
http://news.pg.com/press-release/pg-corporate-announcements/pg-voluntarily-recalls-limited-quantity-dry-pet-food-due-po

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We have unfortunate news to report on the Flint River Ranch DryWater formula.

Flint River Ranch DryWater Dog Food Formula

Due to a new FDA ruling issued on July 16th on Salmonella and the possibility of cross-contamination in the wake of the Natura pet food recalls, our current production facility will no longer be able to make our Dry Water formula as a result of the Dry Water formula’s raw ingredients needing to be mixed with finished, cooked products within a pet food plant when producing the formula.

There’s no need for concern with the current batch of the DryWater formula, as there have been absolutely no reports of potential Salmonella contamination. But the bad news is that supplies are limited of the Dry Water formula, and what is currently available will likely be the last of the formula.

While Flint River Ranch is looking for a new producer for the formula, we believe it’s unlikely that any companies will take on producing the formula at this time due to the same issues of concern.

Flint River Ranch Essential Greens Coming Soon

If there’s a silver lining to this news, it’s that Flint River Ranch is in the final stages of releasing the first shipments of FRR’s Essential Greens! This is a project started last year following initial production problems in the manufacture of the Dry Water formula.

Flint River Ranch Essential Greens will serve as an alternative to the Dry Water formula and will enable customers to take any food formula, add a measured amount of Essential Greens and augment their pets’ meals and their pets’ overall nutrition! Look for more news on FRR Essential Greens and subsequent “Essential” products in the near future!

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Grains are a popular topic of discussion when it comes to dog foods and cat foods these days. Flint River Ranch addresses the pet food topic du jour by first discussing when you might want to feed a grain-free pet food diet vs. one with grains, and then we share some of the important nutritional benefits that grains can provide.

Grains in Pet Foods?

We regularly hear from customers with questions about pet products and what they should feed to their pets. Some wonder if a grain-free diet would be better than one that contains some grains.

Truly, there is not one type of pet food diet that is best for every dog and cat in the world. All pets have different metabolism and nutritional needs, and results will vary depending on the pet’s individual metabolism and the nutrition that is presented.

Flint River Ranch has always advocated adjusting your pet’s diet to meet their nutritional needs, which means some pets may do well on a grain-free kibble while others will find success with formulas that have healthy grains or a unique carbohydrate mix.

It is important to remember that what holds dry kibble together when it’s cooked (or baked as in the case of Flint River Ranch products) is its carbohydrate source. All dry kibbles need a carbohydrate to bind the ingredients together.

What this means is that “Grain-free” does not equate to being carbohydrate-free. Carbohydrates can be from a grain source like potatoes, conventional grains, tapioca or non-cereal grains.

Here are some of the popular carbohydrates used in making dry kibble for dogs and cats:

  • Brown Rice: A complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) is fairly easy to digest. Brown Rice is a source of fiber and contains magnesium, four different B-vitamins, calcium, iron, protein and zinc.
  • Oatmeal: A grain that is naturally rich in soluble and insoluble fiber, B-vitamins, Vitamin E, Zinc, Selenium, Copper, iron, protein, calcium, Manganese and Magnesium. Oatmeal is also considered gluten free.
  • Millet: Not a grain, but rather a grass seed, Millet is Gluten Free, high in fiber as well as protein, B-complex vitamins, calcium, zinc, iron, and Vitamin E. Millet also contains essential amino acids (18 amino acids in fact!).
  • Potato: Quick and easy to digest, Potatoes are Gluten Free and offer high Vitamin C, B-complex, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.
  • Sweet Potato: Easy to digest, Gluten Free and high in Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, and carotenoids (antioxidants).
  • Peas: Gluten Free and high in Vitamin-B complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Calcium, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Protein and Manganese.
  • Tapioca: A fiber source that is Gluten Free and rich in calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, B-vitamins, and Magnesium.
  • Quinoa: Quinoa is a Seed from a vegetable plant related to spinach and beets, and is not considered a grain. Quinoa is high in protein and fiber, is Gluten Free and rich in Vitamin B-complex, and is a complex carbohydrate.
  • Whole Wheat: Whole wheat is a good source of fiber, is easy to digest, and contains protein, calcium, Vitamins B6, E & K, manganese, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, selenium and copper.
  • Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans): Chickpeas are Gluten Free and contain protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and Vitamins A, E, K & C.Rich in B Vitamins.
  • Lentils: Contain protein, Vitamins B, C, E, K, phosphorus, potassium, copper, selenium, calcium, iron and manganese. Lentils are Gluten Free.

The nutritional benefits of the above ingredients are not 100% complete — there are other trace minerals and vitamins in the ingredients used to make various pet food formulas. Some of these ingredients listed are gluten free, while others are not.

Our point is to show you that there are a variety of nutritional benefits to all of the carbohydrate sources used to make dry kibble. Additionally, foods with carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion and release glucose rapidly into the bloodstream have a high Glycemic Index, whereas foods with carbohydrates that break down more slowly release glucose more gradually into the bloodstream and have a low Glycemic Index.

The slower carbohydrates are broken down, the more likely it is the body will use up the glucose, rather than store it as fat (a good lesson for us all!). Additionally, complex carbohydrates that break down slower allow time for the body to readily absorb valuable nutrients.

Flint River Ranch provides different formulas for flavor variety and to assist with the various nutritional needs of your pets. If your dog doesn’t have an issue with grains, then find the best formula your pet does well on. They may do great on our Original Canine Kibble, which is primarily chicken and whole wheat-based, and/or our Lamb & Millet formula, which is predominantly a lamb meal, millet and rice formula.

It may be that your pet does well on our limited grain formulas such as our Trout & Potato (“Fish & Chips”) or our Duck & Oatmeal dog food formula. Yes, we do use oats, but oats are free of the antigens used when the body has an allergic outbreak. There are no other commercial grains in these formulas.

And remember, it is not always just “ingredients” that are the key to a healthy formula. Superior nutrition also has to do with the delivery method of all ingredients and nutrients. At Flint River Ranch we use a superior oven-baking process that others don’t and we always use the highest quality ingredients possible.

This results in an even better, more nutritionally dense formula given similar ingredients in a pet food — we’ll always bet on our slow oven-baking process over the quick-steamed, extruded products any day!

As always, thank you for your interest and support of Flint River Ranch!

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