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Is your dog a picky eater? A few months ago, Henry started exhibiting signs of mild separation anxiety and stopped eating in the mornings. When Basics reached out to me about their product, FLAVORS, I thought I might have found a solution. Did it work? Keep reading to find out!


A couple of months ago, Henry decided to stop eating breakfast on my work days. It broke my heart! One night, I came home to find a roach family laying siege to that morning’s untouched meal and knew I had to do something. (Especially when Henry ate the roach’s leftovers. Yuck.) Basics reached out to me almost immediately after that, and I wondered if I had found my solution. 
Is your dog a picky eater? Does he or she need an appetite boost? FLAVORS, human grade dog food toppers by Basics Brands, are here to help! FLAVORS is a line of powdered human grade dog food toppers. At first, I was skeptical – what the heck did they put in this powder? Then, I learned that each variety is made from limited, wholesome, REAL ingredients: no grains, no soy, no artificial flavors, no preservatives, no artificial colors, and nothing from outside the United States. They are also 100% human grade.

(Disclaimer: Although FLAVORS is made from human grade ingredients, it is not intended for human consumption.)

Is your dog a picky eater? Does he or she need an appetite boost? FLAVORS, human grade dog food toppers by Basics Brands, are here to help!

These powders are designed to be sprinkled on top of kibbles, dissolved into water as a broth, or used for flavoring for homemade dog treats. There are five varieties, each more delicious sounding than the last: White Cheddar, Peanut Butter, Chicken, Red Meat, and Ocean Fish. White Cheddar? Count me in!

Actually, as I was learning more about the company, I stumbled upon this commercial that I can relate to a little too closely:

Did Flavors Work For Henry?

Ok, these FLAVORS looked delicious to me – but would they end Henry’s morning food strikes?

For the first few days, I simply sprinkled the powders on his kibble. The new additions piqued Henry’s interest, but not enough to break the fast. I had one more trick up my sleeves.

Is your dog a picky eater? Does he or she need an appetite boost? FLAVORS, human grade dog food toppers by Basics Brands, are here to help!
“Can I have, Mom? Pretty please?!”

Next, I tried making broths with the powders. The FLAVORS folks suggest mixing the powder and water before pouring on your dog’s food. In the interest of saving time in the mornings, I tried a different tactic: I simply sprinkled some powder on top of his breakfast, ran the bowl under some warm water for a second or two, then shook the bowl to combine.

Is your dog a picky eater? Does he or she need an appetite boost? FLAVORS, human grade dog food toppers by Basics Brands, are here to help!
Nom nom nom!




Not only have Henry’s morning hunger strikes ended, he actually wags his tail while watching me prepare his meal. What a delightful change from the sullen, dejected dog who used to watch me scoop his breakfast with a “Yeah, right, Lady,” glare. I feel good knowing that he’s eating more regularly and that the roaches lost their buffet. (YAY!)

Another plus? Our morning routine is just as simple with no additional mess. If I had tried adding canned or raw food to his breakfast, I would have to deal with a dirty spoon and wiping the counter. Just sprinkle, swish, and go!

Is your dog a picky eater? Does he or she need an appetite boost? FLAVORS, human grade dog food toppers by Basics Brands, are here to help!
Sprinkle on top or dissolve into a broth: your choice!


1.) Delicious Varieties

FLAVORS is available in White Cheddar, Ocean Fish, Red Meat, Chicken, and Peanut Butter. No matter your dog’s preferences or allergies, there is a yummy option!

2.) Simple, Healthy Ingredients

FLAVORS ingredients are human grade, grain and gluten free, and free of artificial colorings and flavors. The only preservative is rosemary extract, which keeps your FLAVORS shelf stable for up to a year. There is also no added salt or seasonings like in broth purchased at the grocery store.

To show you what I’m talking about, here are the ingredients for each variety:

Chicken: chicken, dehydrated chicken broth, potato starch, dehydrated sweet potato, rosemary extract

Red Meat:  beef, dehydrated beef broth, potato starch, dehydrated sweet potato

Peanut Butter: roasted peanuts, dehydrated sweet potato, potato starch

White Cheddar: white cheddar cheese, potato starch, dehydrated sweet potato

Ocean Fish: dehydrated Pacific cod, potato starch, dehydrated sweet potato, rosemary extract


Is your dog a picky eater? Does he or she need an appetite boost? FLAVORS, human grade dog food toppers by Basics Brands, are here to help!
“If I sit still and calmly stare at the camera, I get to eat these, right?”
3.) Easy To Use

Just sprinkle on top or mix with water to form a broth. Little to no clean up!

4.) Affordable

FLAVORS costs $7.99 for a 3.1oz bottle, but you can get bulk discounts after only two bottles!

5.) 100% made in USA

Really! All ingredients are American born and raised. Even the packaging is made in the United States. The only exception is the the ocean fish have been wild caught in the Pacific Ocean – but, never fear, they have been brought in by American fisherman. How rare is it to find a product that is 100% made in America?

6.) 10% Goes to Animal Rescues

FLAVORS was inspired by Gracie, a rescue dog that came from Arkansas, just like Henry! Like Henry, she also had a hard time to her new city life in Atlanta. In honor of this sweetie, Basics donates 10% of profits to local rescues.

Check out the video we made to show just how much Henry loves Flavors!

Music: www.bensound.com

The Takeway

FLAVORS are healthy, limited-ingredient meal toppers that turned Henry’s failing appetite around! They would be perfect for picky pups or sick dogs that need a little extra incentive to eat. They’re made from wonderful stuff and are 100% made in the United States. Plus, Basics donates 10% of profits to local rescues. What’s not to love? To learn more or a purchase for yourself, check out the Basics Brands website.

Enter to Win!

Enter to win one of three FLAVORS prize packs! Each prize pack contains two bottles of the winner’s choice. Open to continental USA residents, ages 18+. Starts April 13, 2017 at 12AM EST and ends April 27, 2017 at 12AM EST. Prizes are provided by and fulfilled by Basics. No purchase necessary. Three (3) winners will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter and notified via email. The winners will have 48 hours to claim their prizes; failure to do so will result in forfeiture of the prize. Participants must read and agree to Raflercopters’s Privacy Policy before entering and participating in this promotion. Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram do not sponsor, administer or endorse this promotion.

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Is your dog a picky eater? Does he or she need an appetite boost? FLAVORS, human grade dog food toppers by Basics Brands, are here to help!


Rochelle BaRoss is an accessory designer by day and a blogger, entrepreneur, and dog mom by night. She moved to Brooklyn in 2012 without a paying job, signed a lease on a two-bedroom apartment with five other people, and worked hard and saved for years until she could move into her own studio apartment and adopt Henry, her terrier mix.


  1. These sound like a great idea. My dogs would love the cheese, of course. Since fish is the native food of Portuguese Water Dogs, we’d also try that one. They seem like a real time saver for a mom of nine dogs.

    • TheBrokeDog Reply

      Cheese is Henry’s favorite! Nine pups – sounds like fun!

  2. allison hoffman Reply

    I have such a picky eater so I would love to see if these would help my dog eat! I think he would like the cheese and peanut butter flavors!

    • TheBrokeDog Reply

      Those are two of Henry’s favorites, too! 🙂 Thanks for entering!

  3. Omg my puppy would LOVE this! He was the same exact problem, he never eats breakfast unless he’s absolutely famished. We’ve tried mixing in wet food and even cheese sometimes to “prime the pump” as we say. Maybe FLAVORS would make him more inclined to eat breakfast! He would definitely like the chicken flavor or red meat flavor the best!

    • TheBrokeDog Reply

      Hopefully FLAVORS will help! 🙂 Good luck and thanks for entering!

  4. Sandy Weinstein Reply

    i think my girls would love the Ocean Fish and the White Cheddar. of course they would love them all. i think these would help my youngest since she likes her food one day and then does not the next. she has always been a picky eater.

    • TheBrokeDog Reply

      Hopefully it helps! Good luck and thanks for entering!

  5. Sancho and Oly would love any of these flavors! They’re always hungry no matter what, but this would be an added bonus!! Hope we win!

    • TheBrokeDog Reply

      You can also use them to flavor homemade treats! Good luck!

  6. Amy Angulo Reply

    I’m sure Nala and Cody would love the Cheddar one since they know what the word cheese is. Chicken would also be a hit with them too.

    • TheBrokeDog Reply

      Henry loves cheese too! Good luck and thanks for entering!

    • TheBrokeDog Reply

      Yum yum yum! Good luck and thanks for entering!

  7. My little terrier is surprisingly picky especially considering he was a shelter dog …twice. But he’ll eat anything peanutbutter (but not sweet potato)

  8. Linda Szymoniak Reply

    My girl would love all the flavors. My boys are more into meat, so I think they’d like the Red Meat and Chicken flavors the best.

  9. Christine Aiello Reply

    I definitely have a picky eater and would love to try these! She would love the white cheddar and then red meat I think.

  10. I’ve seen these once before, but after having watched your amazing video, I’m more intrigued. Bean is a food diva, who regularly goes on hunger strikes, even with a variety of high quality food options. I’d love a chance to try any of the flavors, but I think Bean would most like the cheese!

  11. Cheryl Chervitz Reply

    I think my two Boston’s would like the red meat flavor the best. I know they would eat all of them!!

  12. Shea Lawhorn Reply

    Sadie would love the peanut butter or chicken flavors. These sound great!

  13. Roxanne Carlson Reply

    My Ky’s favorites are chicken and cheese. These would be awesome.

  14. Kimmy Ripley Reply

    Cheddar for the win! My sweet rescue, Stormy, would be thrilled to win!

  15. Danielle Lindquist Reply

    Chicken and peanut butter for sure! I have a rescue who would absolutely love these and our old man mastador would even try some!

  16. Gina Ferrell Reply

    I think my dog would enjoy the chicken and peanut butter.

  17. My Lexy, a Siberian husky is SO picky! She would love the cheese flavor mixed with her food!!

  18. My little tippywould most enjoy the peanut butter and ocean fish!!!!

  19. Stephanie Grant Reply

    I think my fur babies would love ocean fish and red meat flavoring:)!

  20. Amber Bourland Reply

    My Domino would probably like the Red Meat and White Cheddar.

  21. Christian H Reply

    My dog would love the peanut butter flavor. It’s one of his favorite treats!

  22. My Siberian Husky Aria & Pitsky Maggie would both love the Peanut Butter!

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