Lyka Story: How lightly cooked meals help Grace and Walden’s tummies

Fiona is a dedicated fur mama to two golden oldies: Grace, who is 14, and Walden, who is 12. She had always fed them a raw-food diet, which she thought was the healthiest option, especially considering that Grace has had severe stomach issues since she was only 1. After seeing numerous vets, holistic and Chinese medicine practitioners, Fiona was still no closer to finding a solution to Grace’s on-again, off-again bouts of sickness and weight loss. Walden had always had a healthy gut, but began to have problems with his raw food much later in life. After years of searching for a solution, Fiona found Lyka, and her pups are back to their healthiest selves.

Meet Fiona and her loving Labradors, Grace and Walden

Fiona has had both of her pups since they were just 8 weeks old, and describes them as oh so different:

“Grace is exceptionally sweet and has always only wanted to please me. Our bond is very strong, and we are rarely apart. Waldy, as his friends know him – we call our bad boy of rock and roll. You name it, he has done it. Only yesterday, I left him inside for half an hour and came back to nutritional yeast all over the kitchen and living room floors. He is extremely naughty, but in equal parts, beautiful.”

Their different personalities mean that Fiona gets the best of both worlds, with no shortage of funny tales to share:

“Waldy has so many funny stories, I could write a book about his exploits. From eating his new R.M. Williams collar at age six months, to escaping into a creek at the ten months to chase a duck. My poor husband spent about two hours swimming in that creek trying to catch him! Gracie has spent her life being so perfect, that I really have no funny stories as such. Just many, many tales of extreme love and devotion. She has been my constant, my mate, and my very, very best friend.”

Fiona’s search for healthy food

Fiona raised both her pups on a raw diet which she prepared herself, feeding pulverised fruits and vegetables, raw meat and bones in an effort to keep Grace’s ongoing stomach issues and reflux under control:

“Since she was about one year old, she has had many digestive issues, which we just could not get to the bottom of. She has been to many vets, holistic and Chinese medicine practitioners, naturopaths, acupuncturists, etc; however, this has been an on again off again problem her entire life.”

The search for a new diet began around a year ago, when Fiona was struggling to find any food that Grace would eat. She tried special raw foods, cooked foods, roast chicken, sweet potatoes, salmon, eye-fillet steak – even Grace’s favourite sourdough toast. Then, she started looking for someone who prepared fresh, lightly cooked meals with helpful superfoods which could help to soothe Grace’s digestive tract and get her eating again:

“I couldn’t believe it when I found Lyka. The Lyka food sounded so good, and I felt it was perhaps the best chance of getting Grace eating again. Grace took to Lyka immediately, and started eating reliably again.”

Walden had always had a healthy stomach, and had been able to tolerate raw food along with his habits of sneaking into the kitchen cabinets and eating anything and everything! However, he started to experience issues with his raw diet too, which left him vomiting after meals. He had also suffered from skin allergies and coughing for most of his life, so Fiona decided to see if Lyka could help him too, and immediately, Walden stopped throwing up.

These Labradors are loving Lyka!

Since finding Lyka, Grace and Walden have experienced more benefits than just keeping their meals down:

“Lyka has improved Grace’s quality of life immensely, and I am so very grateful for this high-quality food that is clearly made with such dedication to the health of our loved ones. Lyka is keeping Grace eating, and this is everything. Her coat is also even softer than it was, she seems to have more energy, and she is maintaining her weight well.  Within a couple of weeks of being on Lyka, Walden’s itching reduced dramatically, as did his coughing. I was astounded.  He also, of course, loves it!”

For these two senior pups, these health improvements are great to see for Fiona, who can’t get enough of no longer having to spend time in the kitchen preparing their meals:

“Words cannot capture the gratitude I feel to Lyka for being instrumental in keeping my beautiful dogs going. Grace and Walden think they are the bees’ knees now that they also have a food subscription service:  they think it is such a win/ win.  They get the best possible food, and their Mum gets a well-earned holiday!”

Lyka: complete and balanced food for all life stages

Designed by our in-house vet and veterinary nutritionist, our Lyka meals have all the nutrients your pup needs, no matter whether they’re puppy or a golden oldie. To see the effects of Lyka for yourself, head to our website and build your customised Lyka box today.



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Lyka Story: How fresh food helped keep Annalie’s head tremors at bay

When Sarah’s boxer Annalie began to face health issues, she started home cooking her meals for her, which offered improvements in her health, even though it was time consuming. However, when Sarah needed to head overseas, she knew she couldn’t ask her friends to cook Annalie’s meals, and fortunately she came across Lyka on Instagram. When caught in Peru during the coronavirus lockdown, Sarah never had to worry about Annalie’s nutrition thanks to Lyka, which gave her one less thing to worry about. Even after returning home, Sarah has never looked back.

Meet Sarah and her bouncy boxer, Annalie

Sarah bought her lovely boxer Annalie from a breeder in Charlton, QLD. Her name was originally Anna, after the character in Frozen, but Sarah added the ‘-lie’ to the end to make name recognition easier, as well as adding a new meaning: “Annalie means freedom!” She also has an adorable nickname: Chops, short for ‘Cheeky Chops’.

Annalie is known for her cheeky behaviour, and loves learning and showing off new tricks – she can roll over, fist bump, perform a trust fall, and even open a sliding door by herself!

Sarah describes her dog as “too smart for her own good”:

“She’s ball obsessed, and a bit of an addict – when you’re on the phone she sometimes treats this as a cue to get the ball ready and demands you throw it for her, whether you’re inside or outside. She’s a Leo, so she’s very persistent: everything’s always about her!”

Annalie’s fur mama, Sarah

Annalie’s health woes: her start on a fresh diet

While on a dry food diet, Annalie started to develop head tremors, and was gaining weight rapidly even though she was always hungry. Sarah changed her onto a different dry food, but her head tremors got more severe, and Annalie was still hungry.

Around 3 years ago, Sarah started cooking all of her pup’s meals from scratch, preparing chicken, rice and vegetables for Annalie. Even though this was time consuming, Sarah continued because Annalie’s tremors finally stopped. Sarah also added on supplements such as kelp to boost the nutritional value of her home-cooked food.

Getting fresh food delivered: trying Lyka

When Sarah was embarking on her travels through Europe and South America, she asked some friends to take care of Annalie, but knew that it was too much to ask for them to home-cook her meals too. Still wanting to give her pup the benefits of freshly cooked meals, Sarah decided to try Lyka, and Annalie was able to transition with no issues:

“The recipes really resonated with me, and I loved the use of ingredients such as slippery elm. Her coat is still very shiny, and the portion control really helped with keeping Annalie’s weight down at her ideal size.”

Annalie’s fur mama, Sarah

When the coronavirus lockdown began, Sarah was in Peru, and was stuck there for 3 weeks.

“It really helped that Lyka was available to contact over Facebook, as I had really poor internet connection in Peru and needed to change the delivery address.”

Annalie’s fur mama, Sarah

After finally being able to return to Australia, Sarah had to quarantine in Melbourne for another 2 weeks, but she never had to worry about Annalie running out of fresh food.

Sarah still feeds her pup Lyka instead of preparing her meals herself, as it saves her all those hours of cooking and ensures that Annalie gets vet-designed nutrition to keep her looking and feeling her best.

Lyka: getting your pup the nutrition they need

Our recipes are designed by our in-house vet, Dr Matthew Muir, to ensure that they are complete and balanced for all dogs. We design our portions based on each dog’s weight and activity level, and our customer service team is always available to offer a helping hand, wherever you might be. Head to lyka.com.au to read more about the fresh ingredients that go into our pouches, and order your Starter Box today.