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As promised – we have returned with Our Friend Ollie – Part II which will uncover, reveal and expose my ignorance to the importance of counting canine calories…

Two members of the Ollie #cleanbowlclub

The idea of learning/knowing what my dogs caloric intake should be – was information I never thought I would need. I was clueless to the significant connection it has with maintaining a proper diet for the Boys. #duh

How could I have not known about – 

  • Maintenance requirements
  • Resting energy requirements

Good Lord!

Yet, here we be.

Just as confused as ever…

Ever feel totally confused? This is what confused looks like to me!

According to the FDA – all dog foods (dry and canned) are supposed to list “calorie content” but that’s not the same as providing a “caloric count.” Which leads me to this continuing saga.

In Our Friend Ollie – (Part I), I ended the post abruptly at the vet’s office leaving you to wonder about those 2 extra pounds.

Not sure which way you thought this would end, but here’s the rest of the story… 

Harley was the only one happy when they were on that scale.


When I agreed to switch the Boys from their 98% protein air-dried food to Ollie – (a dog food company that uses natural, human grade ingredients), I never thought about calories.

Ollie uses an algorithm to calculate the proper portions of customized meals, personalized for your dog. But it was my job to supply the information needed…

  • Name: Harley
  • Age: 10 years
  • Breed: Goldendoodle
  • Sex: Male
  • Spay/neuter status: Neutered
  • Activity level: Active
  • Weight: 52 lbs
  • Skinny/fat/just right: Just right
  • Current diet (type): Dehydrated
  • Current diet (protein): Lamb
  • Food allergies: None

 In last weeks post when I told you the first two boxes arrived with what looked like enough food to feed four dogs. I later realized why.


In all my excitement to get started, I failed to stop and think about what I was doing when I answered their initial questionnaire. 

This is precisely how I flunked as soon as I started!

My answer to the weight question was based on what they recently weighed a week earlier. Which, by the way, was NOT their ideal weight according to the vet.

  • Harley’s weight range should be 49-50 pounds. The weight I entered into the algorithm for him was 52 pounds.
  • Jaxson’s weight range should be 64 pounds. The weight I entered into the algorithm for him was 67 pounds.

When I provided their current weight vs. ideal weight, I sent two slightly overweight Doodles waddling down the wrong road.


My proud Doodle Mom moment quickly disappeared when the Vet Tech checked us in –

  • Harley weighed 53.6 pounds
  • Jaxson (aka Biggie Smalls) weighed 70.8 pounds. #whatinthedoodle

I had no words. The silence in the room was unbearable. All I could hear was everybody breathing and my own heartbeat echoing in my ears – loudly. 

Doodle Doc remained quiet as she examined Harley very carefully from nose to tail…

Harley thinks he’s getting a massage LOL

My Grandmother used to say –

God takes care of fools and babies.

I understood the statement well that afternoon and trust me I was not the baby referenced! LOL

When Dr. Pruitt started asking questions about the new food – I regurgitated everything I did in preparation for the transition – including the weight information I provided. That’s when the light bulb flicked on.

Based on the current weight – 

  • Harley’s caloric intake calculated at 521 per meal X 2 = 1,042 per day
  • Jaxson’s caloric intake calculated at 707 per meal X 2 = 1,414 per day

This was too many calories for their size, age and activity levels. I had no idea.


Having knowledge of the correct caloric intake for both Doods never entered my mental rolodex. 

When I think back to the days of kibble – the back (or side) of the package listed height, age and weight ranges, but I don’t recall ever paying attention to a caloric guide for reference.

But thanks to an incredible Vet and the team that #keepsitreal at Ollie – I am now better versed on the importance of calories in a dog’s diet.

The internet provides many charts and graphs. These are estimates calculated using a basic formula to determine how many calories your dog burns each day.

The mathematics behind determining how many calories your dog needs each day can be a bit confusing. Maintaining a healthy weight during a pets life stages depends on several factors. This is why I would highly recommend you discuss caloric intake with your vet the next time you have an appointment. 

Even now, from all that I’ve learned (and what Doodle Doc has outlined for each of the Boys) the total calories still differ from the “generic” formulas and charts. Listening to their vet who knows them and their health history makes me feel extremely comfortable.


Doodle Doc is completely behind our friend Ollie, and before I left her office we had a plan. I was given new caloric intake numbers, to pass along to the Ollie team. 

  • Harley was to consume 728 calories per day
  • Jaxson was to consume 856 calories per day

Our friend Ollie adjusted their food packs, walked me through the right amount to feed, shipped new food to us and on July 23rd – we felt redeemed! 

  • Harley weighed in at 52.2
  • Jaxson weighed in at 67.4

We are on the road to weight recovery.

  • When Harley reaches 49 lbs we are to adjust to 725 calories per day
  • When Jaxson reaches 64 lbs we are to adjust to 875 calories per day  

Pet parents know achieving and maintaining a healthy weight has proven to reduce the risk of illness and add years to our pets life! This is what we strive to do. All of us!

I love how our friend Ollie is helping us do just that. The visible effects are beginning to shine brightly – but that’s another blog post!

If you’d like to try Ollie, you can get 100% of all the goodness for only 50% of the price. Simply click here. 


In the wake of not one – but two mass shootings over the weekend, the Boys and I want to express our sincere condolences to all who felt the effects of these tragedies…

We must become the change we want to see in the world ❤️

DISCLAIMER: Groovy Goldendoodles™ is in a sponsored relationship with Ollie. GGD is being compensated for helping spread the word about Ollie dog food, but Groovy Goldendoodles™ will only share information about a product we feel is relevant and beneficial to our readers. Ollie is not responsible for the content of this article, only Harley and Jaxson’s tail wagging, lick smacking four paws up approval.

  • Monika, Sam & Elsa
    August 4, 2019

    Congrats on work to get those numbers down to more manageable figures. Even a 5 lb. loss can be a challenge when we’re talking about our fur-babies. Keep up the good work. Sounds like Ollie is a great partner in addition to being a good friend.

    We share our heartbreak at the latest mass shootings. 251 have occurred in the US. This year alone. We must stop the madness!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 6, 2019

      Monika, if only I could drop a few pounds as quickly as the Boys do! LOL We are experiencing great results with Ollie. This has been a long road for us, finding something that they love, is good for them and works well in our family overall (storage, expense, etc). Let us continue to pray for our country together and hug our fur babies tight. All weekend long they were so cuddly with me, as I watched the horror on the news. Take care my friend!

  • Mary Ann McDonald
    August 4, 2019

    Last Wednesday we lost our 12 day old Goldendoddle,Amy. On Friday we brought home an 8 week old puppy, Aynsley

    What and how much should we feed her?
    The lady we got her from gave us some Rachel Ray mini bits

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 6, 2019

      Mary – I am so terribly sorry to hear about Amy. Losing a pet – at any age- is devastating. Trust me, I (as do many others) know that kind of grief. So happy to hear about Aynsley! Is she a Goldendoodle also? In regards to nutrition, I want to first say – checking with Aynsley’s vet about food is a must! However, I would highly recommend you discuss Our Friend Ollie with him/her. Oh how I wish I started my Boys on Ollie (it just wasn’t available back then). I cannot tell you how much they are enjoying it – and it is so beneficial for them. Please send me a photo of Aynsley – and I will ask the team over at Ollie to reach out and answer any additional questions you may have. Take care and please come back again soon.

  • Madison
    August 5, 2019

    From our kibble days, Mom knows what the bag says is always more than what we need. Now with out new food, we had to make a few tweaks to get it just right, but it is not always easy. Mom never counts her own calories, let alone ours. Thankfully, we are all still at a good weight. Bailie was getting a bit too much food, but she is back to the right amount and lost the 2 pounds she has put on. Keep on Ollieing, boys!

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 6, 2019

      I love that – “Ollieing!” This shall be my new “go to” hashtag 🙂 Gaining weight for both canine and humans is a slippery slope indeed. I should do better at counting calories for myself but I don’t. Happy to hear Bailey is back on track. The Boys and I wish you could all meet and romp around together – while your Mom and I could talk for hours about pet parenting! One day, maybe we can. Take care Madison.

  • Jan K
    August 13, 2019

    Back in the days when SlimDoggy was around, they had a great weight/calorie widget that did the math for me, and I loved that! I’m good at math, but don’t really like it, and when I decided to start making some of Luke’s food myself, I was totally challenged! Then there’s the conflicting information you get from various websites – yikes! One pretty much told me I should be feeding Luke twice the calories as what I was! But I knew deep down he was at a good weight and that would be too much. The amount our fresh food delivery company suggested seems to be perfect, and I now feed half their food, and half homemade.
    I might give Ollie a try one of these days too, just to see how it compares.

    • Cathy Bennett
      August 18, 2019

      Hello friend! Even Ollie’s calculation was initially higher (not by much) than the Doodle Doc’s. I don’t fault them at all – they were super close, but the vet knows them, has a personal investment and relationship with them, so even with those algorithms on the internet, I still recommend talking to the vet. Ollie’s food is doing wonders for them both They are slimming down a bit and their snacks and treats have almost gone away. They have a “dogsert” in the evening while I have my glass of wine. They are energetic, happy and their poop is pawfection LOL Stay tuned for a giveaway coming soon with Ollie – I wish we were close, I would gladly share some 🙂 Hugs to Luke….

  • Kelli Parker
    November 7, 2019

    Is Ollie appropriate for puppies? Asking for a friend. 🙂

    • Cathy Bennett
      November 12, 2019

      Tell you r friend that Ollie is most appropriate for puppies. I wish I had of started the Boys on Ollie when they were young. If you use the link on our website you get 50% off of your first order. Tell your friend to give it a try 🙂