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      24.04.2013 18:44
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      A natural choice of dog food.

      3 years ago our little bundle of joy arrived - a fluffy Miniature Schnauzer puppy. (Who we called Jasper) Having never had a dog before, I had read up quite a lot beforehand about food and nutrition. When Jasper was still with the breeder he had been fed on Bakers Complete. I decided early on that this would not be my food of choice for Jasper because I had read many reviews online that this brand was not particularly healthy.

      I decided to try Jasper on James Wellbeloved due to the food been made from natural ingredients and it was also hypoallergenic. It also came highly recommended to me by a work colleague who feeds it to her West Highland Terrier. I started to purchase the puppy variety which has smaller pieces than the adult equivalent and also contains more protein and calcium to support a growing dog.

      I now buy the 7.5kg bag of adult food which normally costs around the £25 mark depending on where you buy it from. It's also worth signing up to the James Wellbeloved website because they occasionally send discount vouchers which can be used in high street stores / garden centres. The bags are very sturdy and can be stood up with support and without the worry that it is going to topple over and the food come spilling out!

      There are several flavours to choose from including Lamb and Rice, Turkey and Rice and also Duck and Rice. I tend to change between the Lamb and the Turkey variations. Jasper found the Duck flavour to be a little too rich and was subsequently poorly. However that is more to do with the dog and not a criticism of the dog food.

      James Wellbeloved have also launched their range of dog food for small breed dogs which is more energy-dense than the regular adult equivalent. I tried this variety on Jasper but apart from the pieces of food been smaller in size, I didn't notice much of a difference (apart from that he ate it a lot quicker!)

      I've also tried Jasper on the James Wellbeloved dog treats which come in two different sizes. I found the Crackerjacks to be a little bit too big (although I'm guessing they would be ideal for a bigger breed dog) so I would snap them in half rather than giving Jasper a full one. The Mini Jacks on the other hand are an ideal size to have in your pocket to reward your dog for good behaviour whilst out walking.

      Although the James Wellbeloved brand is more expensive than other more well-known brands, I would recommend it to anyone with a dog. The increased price to me is definitely worth it for the health benefits provided.

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        02.01.2013 22:45

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        We've an unopened bag of adult James Wellbeloved dog food £44.00 which our older dog didn't get around to eating before we lost her. Would it be okay to feed it to our new puppy? What I'm trying to say is, is there any digfference between the puppy junior and adult kibble other than the size of the pieces - I can always crush them to make them smaller. Thanks for your advice.

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        10.05.2012 15:54
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        If you dog has 'behavioral' problems, I recommend switching to Wellbeloved or another natural brand.

        I have a 5 month old Jack Russell puppy who, when I first collected him from the breeders, was fed on Royal Canin. I wasn't happy with Canin for reasons I've outlined in a separate review of the product on this site, so I was looking for something less expensive and more natural to feed my dog. I did some research on the JR forums and Wellbeloved seemed to be recommended time and again. I bought a 2kg ag from my local garden center for £11.69 and gradually added it to his diet.

        Very quickly my pup became much calmer, more responsive and easier to train. The pieces in Wellbeloved are quite small and clover shaped, which are very managable for little pups to chew on, and I noticed his teeth also ecame much cleaner after the switch. Wellbeloved does not have a strong or bad odour, and puppy's breath also lost the bad smell it had previously had. Although I'm not feeding Wellbeloved any more (I couldn't resist swtiching to all-natural Harringtons at £3 a bag) I am absoutely convinced of the importance of feeding a natural food without unnecessary artificial ingredients - a lot of what I thought were behavioral problems went away after making the switch and I will never go back to conventional dog foods again.

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        31.10.2011 10:05
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        Great excitement hit our house as our newest arrival was bought home our lovely Cocker Spaniel Merlin.

        We picked him up from the breeder my very good friend who advised he should be fed on James Well beloved as this is what he was used to I was already familiar with James well beloved as a brand and believed it would be a good one.

        What is it?
        Essentially this is a complete dog food which is naturally hypoallergenic and made with all natural ingredients, ensuring no food intolerances.

        Puppy
        We are buying the Puppy food which is suitable up to 6 months of age the puppy food is also designed to promote a healthy glossy coat as it contains omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, it also contains yucca extract which helps reduce stool odour and encourages beneficial bacteria in the gut to aid digestion.

        Cost and Stockist
        This is a well respected food and can be found in major pet shops or on line. You can buy in 2kg, 7kg and 15kg sacks expect to pay around £8.40 for a 2kg and £45.00 for a 15kg look at www.zooplus.com

        I have to be honest at first I was shocked at the cost however a 2kg bag feeds our puppy 4 times a day for a week so at £1.18 a day it is very cheap and unlike tinned dog food doesn't smell!

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        Our Puppy had to be taken to the vets for his check up last week and the Vet said he was a fine specimen a very healthy Dog who was growing well and had a good coat, I thought the vet was rather a good specimen myself!!

        Merlin really seems to like this food and has had no tummy problems, he wolfs his dinner and as far as I can say this is all that matters so Merlin will be sticking to his Kibble as he really loves it.

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        06.06.2011 02:45
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        Nice food

        I usually feed my dogs Arden grange but as this cannot be bought in the local shops and just on the internet if I forget to order it I tend to get a bag of James Welbeloved from PEts at Home. Not my favoured dog food but still just as good.!

        The protein levels are 20%, similar to Arden grange and most of the ingrediants are the same really.

        The main reason I dont use this brand and use Arden Grange over it is that the recommended feeding is more for this which then means you go through a bag quicker than Arden Grange. It is also more expensive than Arden Grange and so ultimately you spend more. Having two dogs, the less I can spend on dog food the better.

        A 15 kg bag of Arden grange is about £27 on the internet where as a 15kg bag of James Welbeloved is about £35 at the cheapest.

        There are more exciting flavours in the James Welbeloved range like Duck and fish but I dont think the dogs really care as long as it is biscuits and fills their belly.

        The idea of this is that the biscuits expand in the the belly making them feel full for longer. They are complete biscuits and so you dont need to feed anything else with these.
        It is so easy to feed these, a tub can be obtained from James Welbeloved which showes the weights on the sides so you dont even need a set of scales.!!

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          27.05.2010 17:05
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          My dog loves James Wellbeloved!

          I recently changed my dogs food to this James Wellbeloved after I realised how much better it was for him.

          James Wellbeloved Adult Complete Dog Food is a nutritious complete dog food that is specifically formulated to be gentle on dog's digestion; excluding many of the ingredients which are known to commonly cause allergies including wheat gluten and dairy products.

          If you look at the ingredients on most cheaper dog foods, you'll see that the percentage of meats is very low! Sometimes being as low as 2%.
          With James Wellbeloved Duck & Rice Kibble, there is;...
          A minimum of 27% duck,
          A minimum of 27% rice and
          A minimum of 12% organic oats!

          On the front of the bag, it is clearly shown this food contains no beef, porl, soya, wheat, dairy or eggs.
          No added artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

          I purchased three different variets of the James Wellbeloved from my local Pets at Home store, at the time it was 3 for 2 which was a really good offer!
          The usual price for a 2kg bag of dried dog food is around £7.55, but you really do pay for the quality!

          What I like the most about this food is that it is a 'Complete balanced' food, which means I don't need to mix the food with any other meats or dry foods. Feeding dogs dry food is better for their teeth also!

          The food is also available in 15kg bag sizes and many different varieties including turkey and rice
          fish and rice
          Lamb and rice
          Lamb and vegetable

          There isnt a beef meat food as thats commonly found in cheaper dog foods and isn't the best for your dog, it can upset their stomaches.

          The foods are also available in various varieties to suit your dog;.....
          Adult
          Large Breed
          Junior
          Puppy
          Senior

          James Wellbeloved also does various foods such as treats and food pouches which I am yet to try.

          I have a Miniature Jack Russel and so he doesn't need large portions of food daily, however when I compare the amount other food brands say to give him of their product, it is often double the amount I need to feed him of James Wellbeloved.
          Why? This is because James Wellbeloved is so packed of nutrition and goodness than he doesn't need a larget amount to get his daily needs!

          The size of the buiscuits are good also as they arn't too large, they are just the right size for my dog although smaller breeds may struggle as my Jack Russel has to eat one or two buiscuits at a time.

          There is a useful table on the side of the bag to guide you onto how much of this food you'll need to feed your dog depending on its size.

          The smell of the food isn't unpleasant! And the 2kg bags have very handy handles on the tops, which I appreciated deeply when I had to walk home with three bags of this 2kg food!

          The taste? Well Ive not tried it myself (haha) but my dog never hesitates at feeding times, he jumps right in and loves this food!
          When ive tried to feed him other foods before, hes given me a look as if to say, 'Whats this?' whereas with James Wellbeloved, he enjoys every bit and ive noticed the changes in him too!

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            17.10.2009 16:45
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            Well worth the money

            James Wellbeloved

            James Wellbeloved make naturally healthy hypoallergenic foods for cats, dogs and ferrets.

            As those who have read my earlier reviews will know, I share my home with 2 Siamese cats. This means that I have tried (well not personally obviously!) many of the various cat foods, both dried and moist on the market today.

            One of the firm favourites with the cats is the Wellbeloved range. they love all the flavours (lamb & rice, duck & rice, fish & rice, turkey & rice and also "Pure Indulgents" a fish and parsley treat) and are delighted to be given any one of them.

            On average, a 4 kilo cat should be fed around 60g a day but of course this varies according to the size of the cat and whether or not they are also being fed moist food. Generally speaking (though I have known of those who defy this rule!) cats will not overeat and the beauty of dried food is that it can be left all day without spoiling.

            Remember to have a plentiful supply of fresh drinking water available at all times.

            This range of food is not the cheapest on the market (expect to pay round £35/£45 for 10kg) but you know that you are paying for quality. This food is gentle on the most sensitive of stomachs and is sure to delight. Wellbeloved only use the finest natural ingredients with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives so you can be sure that you are giving your pet something that is tasty and also good for them.

            If you are unsure whether your pet will like this food then you can get trial samples from their website and from most good pet shops (and often your local vets too) so that you can try before you buy.

            http://www.wellbeloved.com

            Make your pets day, feed them Wellbeloved!

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            18.09.2009 17:36
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            A well balanced food that my dogs love

            We have just switched our 3 dogs onto this food about 2 months ago and I would not reccomend anything else. The reason we switched was that we have 12 and 1/2 year old black lab who was experiencing lots of runny tummy problems. As she is getting old it was difficult for her to make it out to the garden in time. We were feeding her Wagg with some pedigree chum to make it more interesting. I suggested to my husband that we should move her to the senior version of JWL food and we also changed the meat to Chicken and rice Chappie. Well it was miraculous. More or less a day after the change her poops changed completely in consistency and this also helped her to be able to get out to the garden in time so she now has very few accidents. The James Wellbelove biscuits are so nice that she will even eat them without meat which she has never done before.

            My two cavalier King Charles spaniel boys were on bakers complete, but we changed them to the ordinary James Wellbelove and they have stopped dithering over their food and it has helped with their poops as well, although they did not have any problems.

            I wish I had changed to this food much earlier and I will now only ever give my dogs this dried food. The only issue is the cost. A large 15 kg bag of any flavour cost £38 upwards against the bag of Wagg at £10 for £15kg. However if this is what I have to pay for good quality food then so be it, my dogs are worth it.

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              21.07.2009 00:25
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              You could not give your cat or dog a better diet. It is the best food out there.

              My little Dachshund puppy was perfect in every way except he wouldn't eat much. He also experienced stomach pain which caused him to lie flat on the floor, legs spread behind him to try to get rid of his pain. Now and again he would be sick and this was spoiling an otherwise very happy life for my little man! I took him to the vet who reccommended that I try changing his diet to James Wellbeloved. The results were pretty much immediate. No more being sick, he liked the food which he seemed to find easier to chew, (he especially likes it mixed with a little bit of the pouch food). It seems to be easier on his stomach than other pet foods as he was never sick (except when travelling on a full stomach - my fault) again. And 13 years on and a lifetime on James Wellbeloved has seen him very healthy, very active, happy and with a georgous sheen on his fur. I would never dream of feeding my animals on anything else. A wonderful product.

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              01.07.2009 15:35
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              A well deserved, great diet for your dog

              When I first got my puppy dog food was a mystery to me as I had never owned a dog before but rescuing from a home had helped me find out exactly what I should be buying and what was good and bad for him.

              To my shock the rescue home had told me that the well known brands such as bakers were actually not good for your dog as their ingredients are not of a high quality. They suggested James Wellbeloved kibble to me to which I sais "who?" as I had never heard of him before. They told me all the ingredients were 100% natural and easily digestable which pleased me somewhat as my pup has poor digestion, he is also a very fussy eater!

              I have found the lamb and rice kibble to be the most popular with my dog although he does also like the turkey and rice which is a bonus as having a fussy eater can make it hard to feed him.

              As the rescue centre is only run by contributions they could not afford to feed them on this top notch brand however it does not take them long to get used to the change in diet.

              He is in so much better condition now than he was at the centre, his coat is thicker, softer and more shiny, his teeth are whiter and he is a much happier, livelier dog and I do believe this to be from his new diet.

              It is however fairly expensive to buy and not available at all supermarkets but is easily found at pets at home etc. If you can afford it I would definately recommend starting your pup on this or changing your dogs existing diet over to this and see the difference for yourself

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                27.05.2009 01:44
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                Despite the price, it's worth buying your dog James Wellbeloved as it will bring the best in them.

                A year ago, I had never heard of James Wellbeloved. I was oblivious to any dog food not named "Pedigree" or "Bakers". Then, I became a dog owner for the first time, welcoming a beautiful Miniature Schnauzer in to my home. The breeder supplied a Pedigree puppy pack, including Pedigree puppy kibble. For the first few weeks, I fed her this but in the meantime I was researching nutrition and discovered that what I was feeding her WASN'T actually that great. This came as a bit of a surprise to me, as I have always thought Pedigree to be very high quality. I had a look at other brands, including Hills and Eukenuba, but eventually decided that the hypo-allergenic James Wellbeloved would be the food that I would feed my puppy.

                Of course, a puppy's digestive system is very delicate so a gradual change was neccessary. After about two weeks, she was on 100% James Wellbeloved Puppy. I opted to buy the lamb and rice kibble. I always add a bit of boiled water to her food, and pour it out after a few seconds. This softens the kibble and makes it easier for her to eat. Also, it really brings out the smell which, to me, smells like an old farm, but to the dog it must smell heavenly because she wolfs it down everytime!

                It is difficult to gauge the health benefits of feeding a quality food like James Wellbeloved, as I have no previous experience to go on, but she certainly is a lively dog with a wonderfully soft coat. She is full of energy and bounds around the local park. This is interesting to contrast was another Miniature Schnauzer from the SAME litter that lives near by me. She is fed a bit of everything, occasionally Pedigree, sometimes Bakers, sometimes scraps from the table. She is a completely different dog. When they are up the park together, my Miniature Schnauzer will run around endlessly, while her sister will just plod along next to her owner, uninteresting in running at all. She is noticeably fatter than, too. However, I'm a bit hesitant about attributing this 100% to the diet, as the personalities of the dogs could just be very different. But I have convinced my friend to start feeding her Miniature Schnazuer James Wellbeloved, so if she perks up in the next few weeks then I know it is the diet to thank.

                Anyway, more specifically on the James Wellbeloved product. They come in a variety of flavours, in both puppy and adult; Lamb and Rice, Turkey and Rice, Fish and Rice. I have only ever fed my dog on the Lamb and Rice variety so this review will be based purely on that. I believe the smallest bag you can buy is 2KG, which at the moment is priced at £6.99 in my local Range store. This does seem expensive for dog food, especially compared to some supermarket food, but I think it is worth it for the sake of the dog's health.

                James Wellbeloved has NO animal derivatives, which Pedigree, Bakers and all other 'supermarket pet food's' have in abundance. All the ingredients are 100% natural. This was a major selling point for me. The nutritional information on the back confirms the quality of the food.

                After six months, it is suggested that small dogs switch to the adult variety and large dogs switch to junior. As I own a Miniature Schnazuer, I have started buying the adult version. They come in the same flavours and packaging as the puppy food, but I have noticed that the kibble itself is slightly bigger. This came as a bit of a shock to my dog and she didn't seem too keen on it compared to her puppy food. So, I bought a few poutches of the James Wellbeloved wet food, andd mixed a tiny bit of it with het kibble. She soon got back in to the swing of things and now wolfs her food down as usual.

                I would also like to mention the great treats that James Wellbeloved supply. I always buy the Minijacks, as I feel they are the perfect treat. Crunchy, tasty and healthy, they are ideal for training or just when you feel your pet deserves a treat! I have also recently started purchasing the Crackerjacks, a larger variet of Minjacks. These are ideal to give if I am leaving her for a few hours, as they are so large she cannot eat it quickly, it will take her at least 5-6 minutes (after she has played with it). This lessens the seperation anxiety.

                To sum up, I am glad I discovered James Wellbeloved and I think my dog is better for it! Some may say that it is expensive, but you get what you pay for and I think my dog deserves the best.

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                  18.04.2009 16:39
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                  Good price for a great product

                  We have two dogs (retrievers so they are a good size), the first of which arrived with us being used to Iaims We did stick with Iaims for the first dog for a while but then he seemd to just go off it and required a great deal of coaxing and gravy to eat it. When we spoke to our vet, she recommend James Wellbeloved complete dog food and so we thought we'd give it a go. There is a good range of flavours and they are available in large and small bags so you can mix and match. We started ours on the puppy food and he took to it straight away and moved up through the various other grades (young adult and adult). He has always had a healthy coat, good teeth and maintained a good weight.

                  Our second was previously used to chicken and pilchards and the like. Given that we are not of a mind to give our dogs more meat than we eat obviously the chicken diet was out of the question. Also, it made sense if they both at the same and so we went with James Wellbeloved for him too. After a period of mixing to switch him over gently, we noticed that his skin and coat were massively improved (he had been very dandruff-y before) and he too has maintained a great weight, teeth, coat and digestive health.

                  The kibble is available in regular and large breed size and although has enough smell to entice the dogs, it is not overpowering enough to turn your stomach when you are giving them breakfast.

                  From what I have seen, it doesn't cost any more than the other premium brands (Hills, Burns, Iaims etc) and if you shop around online there are always a few discount deals. We buy ours in 15kg bags and get them delivered to the door three at a time which is much preferred to lugging them out of the pet shop.

                  I would highly recommend it as it seems to give our dogs all they need to keep in tip top shape!

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                    07.01.2009 22:52
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                    Good quality pet food

                    We decided to buy James Wellbeloved food for our dog and cat after lots of reading and asking around. Our Labrador puppy loves this food and as it doesn't contain lots of other rubbish that some companies put into pet food he is an ideal weight, which is especially important for large breed dogs as excess weight can put strain on their joints. He has got a lovely shiny coat and is very healthy.

                    Our cat is really fussy. We tried pretty much every brand wet and dry until I did a bit more research before getting our puppy. Amazingly, she really loves the James Wellbeloved adult cat food- just the ocean fish variety though! She would eat fresh fish every day if I would let her, fussy little madam.

                    Even though you pay more for this brand I feel that the benefits more than make up for the extra cost.

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                    04.10.2008 10:30
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                    Quite expensive but well worth it to prevent allergys

                    When my German Shepherd developed an itchy rash all over her belly the vet suggested i change her food as it could be an allergy, I switched her onto James Wellbeloved dry chicken and rice and after a few days the rash started to clear up and never reappeared.
                    She loved the food and ate it as soon as it was put in front of her, i was confident to give it to her as it is a quality food with no rubbish in it-this is reflected in the price but when you factor in what vet bills would have cost for the allergy its a small price to pay.
                    Good side effects include-fresher breath (the dog-not you!),fantastic looking shiny coat and smaller less smelly stools.
                    According to the free magazine that they send to customers james Wellbeloved use human tasters as well as dogs for the products..not sure i'd go that far but the dogs love it!

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                      02.10.2008 23:33
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                      Give it a go you never know

                      When I got my Springer spaniel puppy, I decide we would go for dry food as tinned meat used to make my house stink, cause loads of flies, and mess so we started my puppy on dry biscuits only. When he was a young puppy we put a little hot water in for him which he loved.

                      We started him on bakers complete but it was causing very loose poo's! Yuck so we tried several other brands before decided to take him to the vets. The vet confirmed he has a sensitive stomach and he needed a good quality food. She suggested Hill's or James well beloved we tried Hills but our puppy did not seem to enjoy it as much as he had enjoyed bakers. So we venture onto James well beloved we started with a small sack or dry food rabbit flavoured. He really enjoyed it and the bowl was empty within seconds. A few days later his poos became much firmer and he was toilet train where as before he was having poo accidents at night. James well beloved dry food does smell a little now we are using the large sacks and we have it open in a cupboard but it is much better than the smells our puppy was making on the floor!
                      we did find James well beloved a bit expensive to begin with but because it is such good quality the dog needs a much smaller portions and the dog food lasts much longer. We have tried loads of flavours and he loves them all. James well beloved is the way to go.

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