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Sunday
Nov302014

Chewy.com Product Review: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmon Biscuits

Our final product review for November comes courtesy of Chewy.com's Blue Buffalo Wilderness Trail Treats. Cooper and Finn sampled the Salmon Biscuits Grain-Free Dog Treats to be exact.

These light, baked, Fig Newton-sized biscuits are perfectly crunchy without the density that could chip a tooth. Two paws up right off that bat! With crunchy comes crumbly so I would caution against trying to halve or otherwise split them. They have a pretty limited ingredient list, too:

Salmon, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Salt, Calcium Carbonate.

I promise that Finn has been enjoying these biscuits just as much, if not more than Cooper! Someone is just a bit more excitable when it comes to new treats :) Our dog walker has been supplying both pups with a biscuit after their mid-day stroll and has reported that they gobble them up! And thanks again, Chewy.com, for allowing us to be part of your blogger program!

Just a note: I have heard from a few sources that Blue Buffalo has had several recalls which, understandably, might give you pause. There were no recalls on these treats at the time of this review. As with anything you feed your dog, I urge you to do your research and check for recalls often. You can even sign up for DogFoodAdvisor.com's recall alert emails so that you are among the first to know of potentially dangerous food and treats. Since recalls are often voluntary, your vet is always a good resource for serious questions and concerns.

Disclaimer: I received free product from Chewy.com in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed in the blog are my own and were not influenced by any outsider. I did not receive monetary compensation or additional benefits for talking about the product or the company.
Friday
Nov142014

Zuke's Product Review: Zuke's Genuine Jerky Treats

Earlier this month, Cooper and Finn had the fine privelege of taste-testing the latest in Zuke's line of dog treats: Genuine Jerky! Most of you know by now that my little Finn has a grain allergy so I'm constantly on the hunt for treats that satisfy both of the boys without upsetting any tummies.

Okay, let's get down to it! We received one bag each of the 3 beef varieties - Original, Teriyaki, Barbecue. Our walks are very reward-based so I typically prep a small bag of treats to take along. The pieces of jerky were a bit too big for steady treating so I tore them into smaller pieces, a relatively easy task. They had the typical slick jerky texture, too, but did not leave my hands greasy or smelly. Speaking of smelly... the boys did wind up with some interesting gas throughout the day ;-P In the end, I would say they enjoyed all 3 of the flavor varieties equally! Have a look at the ingredients lists:

  • ORIGINAL RECIPE: Beef, Brown Sugar, Salt, Garlic Powder, Natural Flavors, Apple Cider Vinegar, Paprika, Celery Powder, Mixed Tocopherols (a preservative) 
  • TERIYAKI: Beef, Brown Sugar, Salt, Natural Flavors, Apple Cider Vinegar, Celery Powder, Mixed Tocopherols (a preservative)
  • BARBECUE: Beef, Brown Sugar, Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Natural Flavors, Apple Cider Vinegar, Paprika, Celery Powder, Mixed Tocopherols
  • One con against the jerky would be for dogs with small or few teeth because, well, it's jerky and it can be tough for some to chew. Side note: Zuke's makes other fantastic chewy treats for the little ones!

    Somebody smells the jerky!Finn, sniffing out the Barbecue flavored Genuine Jerky. Cooper must have seen a squirrel, ha."Hi mom! Got any Zuke's for me?"

    "More jerky, please!"

     












     

     

     


    Disclaimer: I received free product from Zuke's in exchange for my honest review. The opinions expressed in the blog are my own and were not influenced by any outsider. I did not receive monetary compensation or additional benefits for talking about the product or the company.
    Sunday
    Oct192014

    Chewy.com Product Review: Grandma Lucy's Organic Pumpkin Oven Baked Dog Treats

      

    It's probably clear why I chose Grandma Lucy's Organic Pumpkin Oven Baked Treats for this Chewy.com review... PUMPKIN! If you live in New England like we do, you just might be pumpkined out. But for the pups, pumpkin doesn't have to be a seasonal treat. With lots of fiber, vitamins and beta carotene, a little cooked pumpkin and pumpkin puree will help firm up loose stool and even ease constipation in dogs.

    So how did Cooper and Finn like these adorable Teddy Graham-shaped, cinnamon sprinkled cookies? Finn, sadly, was deprived of these delectable treats because I recently discovered he has a grain intolerance. (Don't worry, I snuck him a crumb just to see his little bum wiggle!) There isn't much that Cooper doesn't care for so what makes selecting treats so exciting for me is when I get to choose organic, all-natural, human-grade and US-made ingredients. As you can see from the list that Chewy.com provided below, Grandma Lucy gets our approval :)

  • Suitable for all life stages
  • 100% USDA Organic, USA originated ingredients
  • Oven baked
  • Human-grade ingredients
  • No by-products, artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors
  • Certified kosher
  • Made in the USA!
  • Also, since most of the treats are on the savory end of the spectrum, it's fun to see how quickly the nose twitches when ingredients like cinnamon are presented to and consumed by the canine palette. It really seems like a little dessert; dangerous for those of us who tend to over-indulge (hehe).

    Thanks again, Chewy.com, for allowing us to be part of your blogger program!

    Disclaimer: I received a free product in exchange for my honest review as a member of the Chewy.com Blogger Program. The opinions expressed in the blog are my own and were not influenced by any outsider. I did not receive monetary compensation or additional benefits for talking about the product or the company.

    Wednesday
    Sep242014

    Chewy.com Product Review: Primal Freeze-Dried Liver Munchies

    Our latest product to review from Chewy.com arrived earlier this month! From the list of available products, I chose Primal Freeze-Dried Liver Munchies. Cooper has never turned down liver. Finn, on the other hand, has been pretty picky with treats but he has certainly come around to the "smelly" ones.

    Instead of giving you a full list of the ONE ingredient (Turkey Liver), let me highlight the Key Benefits as described by the company:

  • Turkey raised in the United States without antibiotics or added hormones
  • Single-source protein
  • Healthy treats for dogs and cats
  • High-protein snack
  • No preservatives
  • Grain and gluten free
  • No added salt or sugar
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    So how did Cooper and Finn like them? Cooper was hoping my finger was an extension of the treat because he simply couldn't get enough. Finn has the tiniest mouth and prefers soft treats since they are easier to chew; by starting with the treat on the floor, he was able to sniff and chomp away. These treats are breakable but since they were freeze-dried, they do tend to crumble. People with big dogs wouldn't have this problem :) Best part of all? They are only $4.99 per 2oz bag at Chewy.com and available at most pet retailers!

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Disclaimer: I received a free product in exchange for my honest review as a member of the Chewy.com Blogger Program. The opinions expressed in the blog are my own and were not influenced by any outsider. I did not receive monetary compensation or additional benefits for talking about the product or the company.