It's been almost two months since I switched Harriet to Evo. She finished the first bag last Friday, so it looks like 26lbs will last about two months. That retroactively lessens the sticker shock $23 a month for dog food doesn't seem bad at all.
Anyway, she is doing quite well on it, I think. I had been feeding her just under 2C/day of Euk Premium Performance. She's been eating
1.5C/day of Evo (1/2 C 3x/day). And, I usually short one mealslightly.
The initial stinkies resolved themselves within a few days (she was switched cold turkey, which may or may not have contributed to the problem). Stools are excellent. Mostly, I am thrilled that the weird body odor she developed on Iams and Euk has completely disappeared. She was needing a bath every 3-4 weeks. Her last bath was in early April, and she has zero odor. She has never been truly stinky(1), but she's also never been able to go this long without a bath.
She also seems a bit leaner (this is a dog that a pound either way is very visible on), and has better muscle definition, but that could have nothing to do with the food. I was curious to see whether or not the food would make her energy level increase (other people have commented/complained that their dogs got a little nutty on it). It hasn't.
(1) I don't know how to describe the odor she had on Iams/Euk. It wasn't strong, but I'm sensitive to smells, and it really bothered me.

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It's been almost two months since I switched Harriet to Evo. She finished the first bag last Friday, so it looks like 26lbs will last about two months. That retroactively lessens the sticker shock $23 a month for dog food doesn't seem bad at all.

In terms of the kind of dent it puts in your wallet that's not bad. But, I've finally done the arithmetic and feeding Eagle Pack Holistic Select runs me about $15.50 per month per dog. However, Siberians have a reputation as easy keepers and mine are (~2 cups/day when they're not working).
I was curious to see whether or not the food would make her energy level increase (other people have commented/complained that their dogs got a little nutty on it). It hasn't.

I gave it a try in late spring/early summer when the dogs were only a few weeks into their idle period and before it got hot, and I'm sure that that had something to do with it. The worst was that it expressed itself as scrappiness, but it went away when I switched to a lower density feed.
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It's been almost two months since I switched Harriet to Evo. She finished the first bag last Friday, so it ... but I'm sensitive to smells, and it really bothered me. Shelly http://www.cat-sidh.net (the Mother Ship) http://esther.cat-sidh.net (Letters to Esther)==

That doesn't seem like very much food for a large dog; how big is she? My Rottweiler gets
1-1/2 cups Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice dry food twice a day with a little meat at each feeding. She is not the least bit overweight. She usually weighs between 87 lbs. and 89 lbs. Her coat is shiny and she never has any odor. I only have to have her bathed twice a year in February and August.
Rottweiler gets 1-1/2 cups Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice dry food twice a day with a little meat at each feeding.

Obviously that LURVE you throw in is nothing but filler. Be that as it may:
Innova Evo: 537 kCals/cup
Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice: 342 kCals/cup

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In terms of the kind of dent it puts in your wallet that's not bad.

It's tolerable.
But, I've finally done the arithmetic and feeding Eagle Pack Holistic Select runs me about $15.50 per month per dog. However, Siberians have a reputation as easy keepers and mine are (~2 cups/day when they're not working).

That's a significant price difference, when it's multiplied by a bunch o' dogs.
I gave it a try in late spring/early summer when the dogs were only a few weeks into their idle ... worst was that it expressed itself as scrappiness, but it went away when I switched to a lower density feed.

Now that you mention it, I recall you saying that. Lord knows, if I had multiple dogs, the last thing I'd want to do is shorten Harriet's fuse.

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That doesn't seem like very much food for a large dog; how big is she?

Boxers are not large dogs.
My Rottweiler gets 1-1/2 cups Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice dry food twice a day with a little meat at each feeding.

Nutro is not as nutritionally dense as Evo. The dogs' respective activity levels should also be taken into account when comparing how much of which foods they eat.

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Obviously that LURVE you throw in is nothing but filler. Be that as it may: Innova Evo: 537 kCals/cup Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice: 342 kCals/cup

There ya' go. I don't need to add "love" to my dog's food, because Evo already contains plenty of it.

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Nutro is not as nutritionally dense as Evo. The dogs' respective activity levels should also be taken into account when comparing how much of which foods they eat.

It's really difficult to find a dog food that is on the lower calorie end of the spectrum, and is still not crapinabag. After finding out that Solid Gold foods are actually manufactured by Diamond, I really was thinking about switching, but recalling what happened when I did the research for the switch from Canidae made my head hurt, so it's been put on the back burner.

The Nutro and Solid Gold are roughly in the same ballpark, calorie wise, and Pfoley's Rottie and Khan are in the same ballpark, weight wise, but Khan gets less than half what Pfoley's dog gets, food-wise, at 2/3 cups of Solid Gold WolfKing, 2x a day.
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Rottweiler gets 1-1/2 cups Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice dry food twice a day with a little meat at each feeding.

Obviously that LURVE you throw in is nothing but filler. Be that as it may: Innova Evo: 537 kCals/cup Nutro Natural Choice Lamb and Rice: 342 kCals/cup

I've been feeding the Evo for a couple of months now. After the initial gassiness, both the dobes are doing very well. Viva's coat has improved, Cala's coat was always good and is still mirror bright. Both have good energy. I feed each of them 2 cups per day (was feeding 3C of the Euk PP).
Zipper has been interesting. The food has affected him more than either of the girls. His coat is still good, but the amount I feed had to decrease sharply from the Euk. I was feeding 2/3 cup 2 x day, so a total of 1 1/3 C per day. And he was thin. After switching, he immediately began gaining weight. Almost too much. I have now cut him down to 1/2 C in the morning and about a tablespoon of food at night, or no supper if we're training.

Zipper has also put on a lot of muscle. Part of it, I think, is that he's finally physically maturing out. He's gone from lanky to cobby, and from being very picky about his food to eating really, really well. Of course now that he gets so little it means more, so I'm not sure if that's flavor or quantity.
Zipper, 1 year (Sept 2006), being fed Euk, taking his 2nd major in 2 days: http://www.totalminpin.net/images/zipper/kc major thurs.jpg

Zipper, 18 months March 2007, on Evo, finishing


Zipper now weighs probably 3-4 oz more than the 2nd picture. I love his coat texture, but he's lightened up quite a bit, which I don't like as much. But part of that could also be age I think the stag/sable dogs tend to lighten up with age.
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