One of my first ever posts on Her Dog Blog was about bully sicks.
I love giving Teton bully sticks because they are better for him than alternatives like rawhide (which don’t digest as well and are more likely to pose choking hazards) and take longer for him to eat, which means they’re cleaning his teeth and keeping him busy while he’s eating them.
When I first got Teton, I came across Best Bully Sticks, an online retailer that carries a variety of dog products but hangs their hat on their fantastic assortment of bully sticks. I never ordered anything from them because I was still getting the hang of the whole dog parenting thing and wanted to touch and smell every treat or chew I gave Teton before buying it for him. Now that I’m up to speed on all things bully sticks, however, I’m more comfortable ordering treats, chews, and food online.
Being that I’d never purchased anything from Best Bully Sticks but was familiar with their site, I was thrilled when they reached out to me a few weeks ago and asked if they could send Teton some products.
Best Bully Sticks
I think Teton’s sniffer worked at a more rapid pace than ever before when I opened up our box of goodies.
Inside was the following:
2 12in Standard Bully Sticks
1 8oz bag of Spleen Chips
Gullet? Sure, why not?
So far Teton has tried two of his goodies from Best Bully Sticks.
The spleen chips…
…which are literally 100% spleen from range-free, grass-fed cattle.
And the gullet cookies…
…which are dried and twisted bovine gullet.
Teton was very eager to try his bully sticks. (He didn’t get them on the same day, FYI.)
The spleen chips, while excellent for their versatility as training treats and/or treats for all sizes, didn’t taken Teton very long to eat. They’re nice and crunchy, though, so I know they cleaned up his teeth.
The gullet cookies have been The Little Blogger’s favorite.
They take him somewhere between 10 and 12 minutes to eat, which I love. I know he’s getting a good teeth cleaning when he chows down and that it’s somewhat mentally and physically stimulating to have a good, solid chew to work on.
What’s particularly awesome about the gullet cookie is that that it’s twisted so it’s more difficult (theoretically) for your dog to pull apart than a stick-straight bully stick.
Teton has had zero tummy issues from either the spleen chips or the gullet cookies. They’re very easy for him to digest and I love giving him something from sources that value free-range and grass-fed animals.
After Teton devoured his gullet cookie, he watched the house and guarded it against predators.
In his new pirate bandana. :-)
Next week I’ll review either the Standard Bully Sticks, the Gullet Spirals, or both.
Thanks to Best Bully Sticks for sending us these chews to review!
Psssst! If you want to snag some bully sticks for your dog, they’re offering 10% off until Sunday, 4/13 when you use coupon code 10SW0414.
Sunday is depressing, am I right? It means that tomorrow is Monday and, well, everyone hates Mondays. Sigh.
How about a new treat review to start the week off right?
Our treat of the month from Chewy.com is Newman’s Own Snack Sticks.
This soft and chewy treat is certified organic by Oregon Tilth and made in the US. Gotta love that.
We opted to try the Chicken and Sweet Potato Recipe but the other flavors – Chicken & Vegetable Recipe and Chicken & Rice Recipe – sounded great, too! Teton just has this thing for sweet potatoes. ;-)
Newman’s Own Snack Sticks have a relatively short ingredient list. These treats are packed with organic goodies like chicken, sweet potato, oats, and barley.
Each “stick” is about 4.5 inches long and perforated for easy tearing. Sometimes Teton gets a whole stick but I usually break them up into smaller pieces before giving them to him.
I love treats that you can easily break up into smaller pieces. It makes them perfect for all sizes, whether you have a Great Dane or a Yorkie.
Newman’s Own Organics has a pretty extensive line of dog products ranging from dry food to wet food to treats. Check out their entire assortment on Chewy.com by clicking here. All of their products are made in the US and certified by Oregon Tilth.
Thanks to Chewy.com for the treat of the month!
Did you enter the NuVet Labs giveaway?
I randomly selected a winner this afternoon:
Sarah – The dog park is Coopers heaven. He would be perfectly fine with me leaving him there all day. He loves the smells, dogs, fresh air, and people. My hope for Cooper is to make the short live he gets here in earth as comfortable as possible!!
Congratulations, Sarah! E-mail me at email@example.com and I’ll get your NuVet Labs goodies to you right away!
…keeps the dentist away!
Your dog’s dental hygiene should be just as important to you as your own. :-)
Teton has tried quite a few dental bones in the past, but one of his favorites has always been Greenies.
He’s been getting Zuke’s Z-Bones for the past few months but when Chewy.com contacted us recently to see if we’d like to receive a package of Greenies in exchange for a review, we jumped at the chance.
Greenies are are dental chews (available for both dogs and cats!) that were designed to aid in the elimination of tarter, plaque, and bad breath. Greenies are easily digestible and one Greenie a day supports healthy teeth and gums in both dogs and cats.
Greenies come in four sizes – Teenie, Petite, Regular, Large, and Jumbo. The size Greenie you purchase is based on your dog’s weight. Teton weighs roughly 41 pounds so he eats the Regular Greenies, which are perfect for dogs between 25 and 50 pounds.
I like Greenies because they take much longer to chew and break apart than other treats. I know Teton is getting a good teeth cleaning when he eats a Greenie because it’s obvious that the Greenie, while not rock-hard, cleans and massages his teeth while he works hard to break it apart.
(Best part of his day.)
There is one thing that I don’t love about Greenies.
Exhibit A: The ingredient list
Um, yikes. I have a headache. That’s a lot of crap that I can’t pronounce and don’t recognize.
For this reason, if given the option, I prefer to give Teton either Blue Buffalo Blue Bones or Zuke’s Z-Bones, which have a much smaller ingredient list that can be easily recognized.
Regardless of what type of dental bone you get your dog, providing he/she with a treat that improves oral hygiene is a good thing! If you aren’t into the dental bone thing, other options for improving your dog’s oral hygiene could be brushing his/her teeth or providing raw bones or things like bully sticks.
Check out Chewy.com’s entire line of dental care products by clicking here.
Do you have plans for the Superbowl? I’m getting our arsenal of calming goodies ready for Teton, as we’ll have some loud and rowdy people at our house for what should be a pretty exciting game.
More to come on that.
On that note, I’m going to climb into bed to fight this cold that just snuck up on me.
Whew. That December…man, it really just gets away from you doesn’t it? It’s been FOREVER since I wrote a post.
I’ll be back after the first of the year (holy crap, it’s almost 2014) with some post-holiday posts, but tonight I want to introduce you to a new treat.
Any guesses as to what it is?
Either we’re on a freeze-dried treat kick lately or free-dried treats are all the rage.
Teton’s pals over at Chewy.com sent us these Evanger’s Raw Freeze-Dried Treats (Beef Lungs) to test in exchange for a review. Chewy.com carries over 200 brands of the highest quality dog and cat treats. It amazes me how many brands they have that I love and trust. It’s always exciting when we get to try something new!
Evanger’s has a complete line of dog and cat products including dry food, canned food, and treats.
I don’t think Teton had ever tried beef lungs before recently, but boy does he like them. Perhaps the pungent aroma has something to do with it.
These freeze-fried treats are straight up beef lungs. And that’s it. No preservatives, fillers, flavors, or other nasty things. And you don’t have to refrigerate them!
I know what you’re thinking. That’s disgusting.
I’m not going to lie to you. It kind of is. They’re stinky and a little greasy and if you stare at them too long you might start thinking about where they came from, but here’s the thing…one look at your dog’s face when you pull the unopened container out of the box from Chewy.com and you’ll feel like the best Dog Mom (or Dad) on the planet.
Because, you see, even before opening the sealed plastic container Teton had stars in his eyes.
Mom. Mom. I love you, Mom. You’re the best, Mom. Can I have one of those beef lungs, Mom?
They just smell that good.
Evanger’s line of freeze-dried treats comes in a variety of flavors including wild salmon, beef tripe, beef tongue, beef hearts, and beef liver. The 3.5 oz container ranges in price from $6.36 to $9.99.
Check out the entire Evanger’s line at Chewy.com and make sure you peruse the rest of Chewy’s assortment. I’ve got my eye on these gems…
See you next year!
Happy holidays and happy tails…
Did you see my recent Instagram of the necklace my sister made for me?
Crafty, ain’t she?
She also made Teton this bandana a few weeks ago.
Zap! Pow! Zoom! Captain Fuzzy Butt to the rescue!
Teton’s got this thing for freeze-dried treats. His first exposure to them was when Chewy.com sent us Orijen free-range bison treats. Then, a few weeks ago, we were lucky enough to receive another freeze-dried treat to test and review, Halo Liv-A-Littles!
Halo has a ton of great products ranging from treats to canned food to dry food to supplements. And, holy crap, Ellen is a co-owner. I’m sold!
Ok, but seriously. This is good stuff.
You know I love a short ingredient list.
There’s something to this whole freeze-dried thing. Teton can smell freeze-dried treats from a mile away and is glued to my side drooling for as long as it takes me to give him
one two. ;-)
I love that these treats are versatile. Yep, I went there. Who says treats can’t be versatile?
You can feed Halo Liv-A-Littles as-is, you can break them up into tiny training treats, you can put them in an interactive treat-toy, or you can easily break them into smaller shredded pieces and sprinkle them on top of your dog’s dry food.
Doesn’t it look like freshly cooked shredded chicken? (Teton picked all the Liv-A-Littles out and ate them first before eating his dry food.)
Liv-A-Littles come in three flavors – Chicken Breast, Wild Salmon, and Beef. We received the chicken from Chewy.com but I can pretty much guarantee that Teton would love all of the flavors.
Teton is a great chewer, but it’s on a whole different level with these treats.