Three Dog Bakery Cookies-A mixed bag

creamAfter a brief hiatus we are back…and here to review Three Dog Bakery‘s classic creames dog cookies. They are an American company that was started in 1989 and was the first dog bakery in the world (according to their website). They have stores across the US, in B.C and Nova Scotia and even Hong Kong. If you don’t happen to live near one of their bakeries not to worry, you can find their products in MANY of the larger pet stores. I bought a box of their carob-vanilla flavored cookies at my local Pet Valu for around $8.

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Nutro Crunch and Fruitables Dog Treat Review

It’s been a while since I review dog treats so I thought now was a good time…

First up is Nutro’s Crunchy Treats (peanut flavor). Nutro makes all their food in the USA (although they don’t seem to specify where their ingredCrunchy treatsients actually come from) and don’t contain any “artificials” (flavor/color/preservatives) or corn/wheat/soy.  They do contain relatively simple ingredients (ie. you can actually understand them): rice, oatmeal, chicken meal, peanut flower, ground peanuts, peanut oil, natural flavors and rosemary oil.

The treats are relatively small…about the size of a dime but much thicker. They would make good training treats for a larger dog as they only contain about 6 calories a treat (less than others we’ve tried). cookie2Unfortunately for us, they were a bit too rich for our dog (who has sensitive system at times). Therefore, I would be a bit wary of these treats if your dog has a similar constitution. They run about $6 for a 10 oz bag and can be found at most pet stores.

Next, is Fruitables Crunch Pumpkin Blueberry treats. I found these treats to be more expensive than some other brands but worth the price. They are also free of corn/wheat/soy/artificials and made in the USA…ANblueberryD they smell amazing. The ingredients are: pumpkin organic oatmeal, pearled barley, potatoes, oat fiber, canola oil, brown sugar, blueberries, cinnamon, natural flavor, vanilla, mixed tocopherols. These treats have slightly more calories than the Nutro ones at just under 9 calories but they’re also a bit bigger.

Thecookie 1se cookies are great at keepin our gal regular (not always an easy feat with a German Shepherd) and she just loves them. I highly recommend them. The only downside is the price…a 7 oz bag is just over $6 but worth every penny in my opinion.

It’s in the mail…

Photo: .girl ferment.
Photo: .girl ferment.

I’m a bit like Mr. Bean. By that, I mean the scene in the xmas episode where he sends himself letters and is super excited to see them arrive. I always thought shopping online was a bit like that…you know it’s coming and what you’ve bought…but it’s still a bit exciting to wait for it to arrive. And that’s why I find monthly subscriptions for pet stuff so exciting. Unfortunately, I don’t have the funds at the moment for a proper review (but if anyone wants to send me one to review haha) so I have found a few good compilations of some of the companies currently out there.

Subscription box talk covers most of the options out there.
Canadian Subscription Box Addict reviews BarkBox
And finally, You Did What With Your Weiner has a handy comparison chart (also…great title for a blog)

Zoe Lifestyle Dog Treats

he other day I was looking for a new treat for the pup instead of giving her a bully stick or a bone. I found Zoe Lifestyle Dog Treats and decided to give it a try.

 These treats are soy, wheat, gluten, corn, additives/dyes free. They come in puppy, low calorie, and antioxidant varieties. Today, I’m reviewing the low calorie type. These treats claim to have a “dense, chewy texture” that helps to clean teeth. The low calorie variety is only 92 calories per stick and dogs 30-60lbs can have one per day based on the feeding instructions (we never gave our puppy a whole one). She did seem to love it..just as much as her bully stick surprisingly but had a much more pleasant smell than the bully stick (it’s cinnamon spice flavor) and more importantly…resulted in her having nice smelling breath.

These are a nice alternative to other treats and might be a great option for dogs needing to lose a few pounds (but you still want to give them something special).

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out of 5

Zoe Healthy Lifestyle Dog Treats are available from all major pet stores from $5/up for 187g/6.6 oz bag

Treats for Puppies

Puppy biscuits

When we first got the puppy I had a hard time finding treats to use during training sessions that were suitable for puppies. Finally, we found Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Development Biscuits Chicken and Brown Rice Formula. All of Nutro’s food is made in America and state that all their ingredients are tested before they are used as well as a number of checks after their products are made to help ensure a high quality safe product. Unfortunately, I was unable to confirm where they source their products. They’re suitable for puppies 8 pounds and up and contain chicken as the first ingredient as well as fish oil (for the source of DHA).  They also contain whole wheat and oatmeal, an issue if you’re looking to go grain free. nutro close upEach biscuit is  about 2.5 cm x 2.5 cm (stamped with a cute little star) and contain 33 calories but they are easily broken in half or quarters (something we usually do for training to make the treats go further).

Although they do contain wheat, as a treat I don’t mind and she seems to love them. Therefore, we give Nutro Natural Choice Puppy Development Biscuits  cartoon_bonecartoon_bonecartoon_bone and a half out of 5. Available at most pet stores for around $5 for a 16 oz (454g)