(This is me giving my mom the stink eye and the Elvis lip.)
Our good friends over at Chewy.com sent Teton a swag bag of treats and snacks and fun stuff and Teton shared with me, in exchange for a review, of course. We’re familiar with Merrick, as I eat Merrick dog food, so we volunteered to try Merrick’s Brauts-N-Tots!
Brauts-N-Tots are fun, braut shaped crunchy treats. Love a short ingredient list! Beef, sweet potatoes, potatoes, and carrots are the first ingredients. They are also grain free and gluten free, if you are looking for those kinds of snacks.
My mom usually only gives me one at a time, because I’m only about 14 pounds and don’t need a lot of treats. I tend scarf down soft treats, but I like to take my time with the crunchy ones. These treats are delicious. The only complaint is that they tend to break up in the bag, so by the time you get to the bottom of the bag, you have more half brauts than full brauts.
(My Auntie Shannon thinks they look more like something that came out of the cat box, but I don’t mind!)
I think I still prefer soft treats, but I definitely like these when I’m looking for something to crunch on. Merrick’s Brauts-N-Tots are available at your local pet store or on Chewy.com, on sale, for $4.49! Thanks for sharing, Chewy and Teton!
I like giving Teton a dental chew 3-4 times a week because it keeps his teeth nice and clean and his breath smelling, well, less breathy. I’ve been alternating between Greenies and Zuke’s Z-Bones so when Chewy.com offered to send Teton a bag of Natural Balance Dental Chews we were happy to give them a go! After all, variety is the spice of life.
Natural Balance Dental Chews contain a short list of ingredients (the ones we tried – Pumpkin & Chicken Meal with Papaya – are made of pumpkin, potato starch, papaya, chicken meal, parsley, alfalfa, and a small handful of other things) and are constructed in a manner that encourages your dog to take his or her time in chewing them. That’s where the teeth cleaning comes in!
It takes Teton about 7-8 minutes to eat one Natural Balance Dental Chew, which is about the same as a Zuke’s Z-Bone but a good 2-3 minutes longer than a Greenie. (Yes, I’ve timed him.)
(And yes, I’m a crazy dog lady.)
Natural Balance Dental Chews come in a variety of flavors and they even offer a vegetarian version. I’m willing to bet your dog will like any flavor. ;-)
If you’re looking for dental chews for the first time or want to mix it up and give your pooch something different, give these chews a try. They’re on sale now at Chewy.com.
About a month ago the folks from Bully Stick Shoppe contacted me to see if Teton would like to try some of their bully sticks. Teton loves a good bully, so of course I accepted their generous offer.
Bully Stick Shoppe has been selling bully sticks for over 5 years. They pride themselves on their high sourcing standards which include only selling bully sticks that are grass fed, hormone free, and free range. I like Bully Stick Shoppe because they have an easy-to-shop selection of bully sticks from the US.
Bully Stick Shoppe sent Teton two different types of bully sticks to try – the Thick & Jumbo Bully Sticks and the Braided Bully Sticks. The Thick & Jumbo Bully Sticks are made in the US and the Braided Bully Sticks are from Brazil.
The Thick & Jumbo Bully Sticks come in either the “thick” or “jumbo” size, 5-inch or 12-inch pieces and in singles, a 25-pack, or a 50-pack.
(The “jumbo” bully sticks are the three on the far right and the others are considered “thick.”)
Last month our buddies over at Chewy.com sent us Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Minis to try and we’ve been hooked on them ever since. I’ve give these little nuggets to many of Teton’s dog pals and they’ve all gone crazy for them so I think that’s the sign of a treat that will become a staple in our house.
One dog in particular that loves the Raw Boost Minis is my parent’s new puppy, Milo.
I selected the Pumpkin & Cranberries flavor because I know Teton loves pumpkin and he hardly ever get cranberries so I thought it would be a nice change.
These treats, like all other Nature’s Variety treats, are free of corn, soy, wheat, and and all that other artificial junk that you don’t like feeding your dog. :-)
Made right here in ‘Merica, this particular flavor has only a handful of ingredients including oatmeal, pumpkin, cranberries, turkey meal, barley, cinnamon, and flaxseed.
This is the kind of treat where, when you open the bag, you can instantly tell that they’re full of good, yummy ingredients! Y’all know that I like to test out Teton’s treats from time to time (hey, I’m a helicopter mom – what can I say?) and while I didn’t test these particular treats…I kinda wanted to because they smelled so good.
It’s been too long. Life’s been crazy and my spare time has been spent walking Teton in the evenings rather than blogging. But heck, here I am. :-D (Don’t worry – he’ll get a walk tonight.)
A little while ago I told you about some chews that Best Bully Sticks sent Teton. They were so generous in what they sent that I only told you about two of the chews – the spleen chips and the gullet cookies (mmmmm)!
Along with the spleen chips and gullet cookies, Best Bully Sticks sent us two 12-inch standard bully sticks and two gullet spirals.
I love how long these bully sticks are. Teton very rarely gets to eat an entire bully stick in one sitting; rather, I let him chew until he’s eaten about half of the stick and then I “trade” him for some other random treat and hide the other half of the stick until a later date. That way the chew lasts longer and I eliminate the possibility of an upset tummy.
If you’re wondering what “standard” means in regard to these particular bully sticks, Best Bully Sticks has a chart to help you choose what’s best for your dog!
And, if bully sticks aren’t your thang, these gullet spirals are definitely worth a try!
While they didn’t take as long for Teton to chew through as the bully sticks, they’re no joke when it comes to some good quality gnawing. Also, gullet is a good source of glucosamine which is beneficial for your dog’s hips and joints so this chew packs a mean punch!
Blurry chewin’ photos are proof of good treats. ;-)
Gullet spirals are on sale now! Click here to buy a few.
Big thanks to Best Bully Sticks for sending all of these fantastic chews for Teton to try!
Nature’s Variety is based in St. Louis, Missouri and offers an assortment of food and treats for both dogs and cats. All Nature’s Variety treats are crafted with natural, healthy ingredients and are free of wheat, corn, soy, and nasty chemicals.
Chewy.com sent Teton a box of Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Minis in the duck formula.
I think freeze dried treats are the bees knees and as far as I can tell Teton does, too. They’re this great combination of soft yet crunchy and I think the freeze drying process locks in the flavor because Teton and the other dogs I’m around on a weekly basis go more nuts for freeze dried treats than they do for other types.
I love the ingredient list in this treat. Meat, fruits, veggies, and herbs. BOOM.
Treats don’t have to be complicated!
The primary thing I love about this treat (and the main reason I’ll be buying more once we run out) is its size.
These things are itty bitty and I love that! As you can imagine, Teton has access to a lot of treats so we have to be very careful about how much he gets on a daily basis. Most of my favorite treats are small because they’re great for every day rewards and training. The Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Minis are no exception.
Another awesome thing about this treat? Resealable bag. Why haven’t more companies done that?
Here’s Teton while I took photos for tonight’s post…
Chewy.com ships lightning fast and shipping is on them for orders of $49 or more. They have a great assortment of food and treats but also of collars and leashes, toys, and grooming supplies. Check them out – I’m willing to bet they carry your dog’s favorite things! :-)
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.
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.