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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.

    Wednesday
    Sep032014

    Block Island Day Trip

    When one is blessed with a long weekend such as Labor Day, what does one do? Plan a day trip, of course!

    Cooper, Finn and I went to Block Island with my mom on Saturday. She and my dad visited it for the first time last year and brought Cooper a souvenier dog collar with tie so, naturally, I just had to go there myself and check out the inventory. I'll take you through my internal evaluation of how I decided that this trip would be enjoyable for us, 2- and 4-leggeds alike!

    Are they allowed on the ferry? Is there an extra charge?

    Yes, dogs are allowed at no charge! Depending on the port and boat you choose, the dogs might only be allowed on the outer decks and are always required to be leashed or in a carrier.

    Can I take them in the shops and restaurants with me?

    Most shops were very welcoming and some just tolerated the dogs being in there but we were not asked to leave any of the several establishments we entered. We ate outside at 2 different restaurants, including The Oar which was awesome!

    Are we traveling during their normal meal time(s)?

    We scheduled the 12:30 ferry from Newport so the boys had their breakfast. I brought them a few treats and plenty of water for the day and got them home for a slightly later-than-usual dinner so no need to pack a full meal.

    Will the elements be too much for the pups to handle?

    The weather outlook was fabulous for our trip - no storms or rain on the radar. I did consider the potential that their paws would get quite hot walking around town so we took breaks often, chose grass over pavement when possible, and stayed hydrated.

    Are they allowed on the beach?

    Ha, well... We learned the dogs are not allowed at Ballards but when we asked about the other beaches, we mostly heard that they were generally tolerated when kept on-leash. There were a few "No Dogs Allowed" that seemed to be overlooked as long as the dogs were well-behaved and no beachgoer lodged a complaint.