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Zuke’s Grain Free Treats

ZukesBack in the Summer of 1995, Patrick Meiering was on a on a hike in the Colorado Mountains with his best friend, a 2 year old chocolate lab named Zuke. Once they reached the summit, Pat had an energy bar for himself, but nothing for Zuke, so he broke off a piece of his energy bar and tossed it to him. That’s when Patrick got the inspiration to make natural treats for dogs. Patrick returned home full of inspiration and made the first Zuke’s treat, an energy bar called PowerBones.

20 years later, Zuke’s has a full line of treats for dogs (and cats). Their ingredients meet stringent U.S. quality standards and they do not source ingredients from China. All products are manufactured in the U.S. and New Zealand. Zuke’s also gives back – every purchase supports the Dog & Cat Cancer Fund.

Our dog has allergies, so we were happy to see that Zuke’s has few lines of Grain Free treats. Best of all, we received 3 bags of treats from them and we decided to give them away for reader reviews!

Zukes Jerky Naturals

Zuke’s Jerky Natural Bites

Meat is the 1st ingredient and it’s grain free. These are soft bites. Comes in Lamb, Beef and Turkey recipes.
Zukes Jerky Beef

Zuke’s Genuine Jerky

85% Grass-Fed New Zealand Beef. Real beef jerky treats. Meat is the 1st ingredient and it’s grain free. Comes in Original, Barbecue and Teriyaki Beef recipes.

Zukes Z-Filets Venison

 

 

 

Zuke’s Z-Filets

80% Venison and it’s grain free. Also comes in Grilled Chicken and Beef recipes.

Three lucky Dogsized fans (Keshia, Surfer Dude and Foxy) are currently taste testing these treats and we look forward to posting their review’s soon!

Merrick Gourmet Sausage Treats – Yum!

Cowboy-cookout sausage treatsBack when we did the Merrick Chunky Can Recipes taste test, Merrick also sent us a Cowboy Cookout Gourmet Sausage Treat to try out. Our dog, Kobi, is super picky when it comes to treats. He’s often put me in an awkward position when he’s been offered a treat, takes it and then spits it out. Now I warn people that want to give him a treat that about 90% of the time he won’t eat it.

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Yum!

Kobi LOVED the Merrick Cowboy Cookout Gourmet Sausage Treat. It’s a real sausage and is similar (in texture) to a hard Italian sausage. I would cut individual pieces, give them to Kobi for a treat and in between keep the sausage treat in the refrigerator.

Merrick Gourmet Sausage Treats are created from real meats from USDA, New Zealand and Australian growers. They include farm fresh vegetables & whole grains. These all natural sausage treats contain no artificial colors or flavors. Each sausage is individually wrapped to ensure optimum freshness.
Merrick Gourmet Sausage Treats
We think it’s a perfect size for a dog gift. However you might prefer to get more than one for a large dog. But for our 18 lbs Havanese, this sausage lasted a while.

They come in a variety of flavors: Grammy’s Pot Pie, New Zealand Summer, Venison Holiday Stew, Thanksgiving Day Dinner, French Country Cafe and Cowboy Cookout Sausage Treats for dogs.

Dog Popsicles – a great hot weather treat

dog popsiclesWith the weather so hot outside, we’re sure your dog would love a dog popsicle treat. Lucily, they’re easy to make:

Dog Popsicle Recipe:

1. Get a carton of low sodium Chicken or Beef stock

2. Pour into popsicle molds, plastic cups or ice cube trays

3. Put in freezer

4. While it’s freezing and not yet completely solid, add a chew stick / bully stick. This will be the popsicle stick for your dog to chew on. If you’re having a hard time getting the stick straight, try covering the tray tightly with saran wrap and then poking the stick through the saran wrap.
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5. Freeze until solid

6. Simply remove and give to your dog. We suggest letting them eat these outside or somewhere where things can get a bit wet.

Backcountry Grain Free Dog Food from Merrick

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“I’m going to try Backcountry!”

We love grain free dog food and it’s also no secret we’re very fond of Merrick. This year Merrick came out with a new grain free dog food called Backcountry. Merrick calls it the ultimate all natural, grain free, high protein ancestral diet. The Dry Line has protein rich kibble, freeze-dried real meat pieces and comes in 4 recipes:

Grain Free Dog Food

Backcountry’s a clear winner!

Our dog Kobi tested and LOVED the Game Bird Recipe. When we give Kobi new dog food to test, we always give him a bowl of his normal kibble and the new kibble to see how he likes it in comparison. Typically on the first try, he’ll eat a bit of each dog food. On the next few tries, we’ll see which one he really gravitates to.

With the Merrick Game Bird Recipe it was hands down a winner on the first try! Kobi ate a little of each and then completely ate all of the Game Bird Recipe. I think Kobi especially liked the extra freeze-dried meat. Kobi also had no bad side effects from trying this new grain free dog food.

grain free dog freeMerrick also has 7 Backcountry wet/can recipes:

All Merrick Backcountry dog food is made in the U.S. in Merrick’s own Safe Quality Food Level 3 organically certified kitchens. De-boned meat is always the first ingredient. Each recipe contains high quality ingredients and none of the things dogs don’t need:

  • No grain or gluten
  • No corn, soy or wheat
  • No artificial colors or preservatives
  • No ingredients from China

Dogsized gives Merrick Backcountry our thumbs & paws up!

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