Stella & Chewy’s Meal Mixers – Yum!

Stella and Chewy'sStella & Chewy’s recently came out with Meal Mixers and sent us some to test.

Meal Mixers

Meal Mixers

Meal Mixers are an easy convenient way to add raw food nutrition to your dog’s diet. They are packed with 85% nutrient-rich meat, organs and bones, complimented by organic fruits and vegetables (e.g. spinach).

They’re freeze dried, made in the U.S.A. and have NO grains, fillers, gluten, hormones, antibiotics, artificial preservatives or colorings.


Meal Mixers with Kibble

Our dog Kobi tried the Stella’s Super Beef Meal Mixers and he LOVED them! While they’re called meal mixers, we confess that Kobi fished out the Meal Mixers first and then ate the rest of his normal kibble.


Kobi taking on the taste test challenge

Their small size also makes them a very convenient treat size.

Stella & Chewy’s Meal Mixers come in beef, salmon & cod, chicken and turkey.

It comes with a scoop and re-sealable bag.


Successfully fishing out all the Meal Mixers

Kobi gave Stella’s Super Beef Meal Mixers a big thumbs (paws) up! In fact, he liked them so much, we preferred to give it as a high value treat.

Uncle Ulrick’s Jerky Strips & Chips

Jerky Strips for DogsKobi loves Uncle Ulrick’s Jerky Strips so we decided to get the scoop on the company where these tasty treats come from. In their logo, you’ll see Ulrick and his dog, Pepe. In her old age, Pepe would rarely get excited about anything, except chicken jerky treats. She would do anything for some jerky!

Because of all the health issues with imported jerky treats, Ulrick and his team stopped feeding imported jerky treats to their dogs and substituted them with other U.S. make jerky. Unfortunately, the substitutes were just not at the quality level they wanted. “When we looked for American made jerky treats, they weren’t easy to find and usually included lots of other ingredients”.

Beef Jerky

Uncle Ulrick’s Beef Jerky

So Ulrick and his team set out to create an all natural, American sourced and made jerky treat with as few ingredients as possible with a level of quality they expected from their own food. They started product development in the fall of 2013 and began production in the spring of 2014. Since then, they’ve been building the brand and spreading the word about their totally wholesome, completely delicious jerky treats.

Chicken Jerky

Uncle Ulrick’s Chicken Jerky

There are only 2 ingredients in their jerky strips! Chicken Jerky Strips are made of all white meat American chicken breasts (fresh, not frozen) and food grade American vegetable glycerin. The Beef Jerky Strips are make of choice cut American beef (fresh, not frozen) and food grade American vegetable glycerin. They do not contain any wheat, grain, soy, fillers, artificial colors or flavors. My cousin almost ate one of these jerky strips until I quickly told him they were for the dog. Perhaps I shouldn’t have said anything and let him try them out too.

All of the chicken and beef products are proudly made in the America’s heartland, Ohio! Which is also where the company’s headquarters is located. The sweet potatoes (for the Sweet Potato Strips) are grown and dehydrated in North Carolina. The Uncle Ulrick’s Executive Chef monitors production and ensures to maintain their premium standards.

Jerky Chips

Uncle Ulrick’s Jerky Chips

Uncle Ulrick’s recently launched Chicken Jerky Chips and Beef Jerky Chips. They are smaller than the standard sized jerky strips, so they’re better for a bite sized snack, training or a quick reward. The chips are essentially smaller pieces of their jerkey strips, as sometimes the pieces of chicken breasts and beef are just too small to make a full strip and they didn’t want these smaller tasty bits to go to waste, so they were turned into jerky chips!

This spring, Uncle Ulrick will launch an entire line of DIY jerky treat kitchen accessories so that dog owners can use the meat of their choice (organic, grass fed, etc.) and make jerky at home for their dogs without much time or effort. It’s a more affordable way for many pet owners to treat their pets with premium jerky.

Kobi’s Top 4 Favorite Dog Treats

As many of you know, our dog Kobi is notorious for not liking dog treats. He spits out about 90% of those offered to him which is super embarrassing. On the other hand, I think we can say he’s very picky about quality and we’re very selective about healthy ingredients. As such, we’re recommending these excellent quality Kobi’s Top 4 Favorite Dog Treats:

Pro-Treat Beef Liver Pro-Treat Beef Liver, Freeze Dried Dog Treats
Paws down, Pro-Treat Beef Liver, Freeze Dried Dog Treats is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon. Kobi loves them as a reward for good deeds and we can also sprinkle it on his food if he’s not interested in eating pumpkin. Pro-Treat Freeze Dried Liver Treats are made in the USA without additives or preservatives in a USDA inspection facility. Pro-Treat Freeze Dried Liver maintains the aroma, full-flavor and nutritional value of 100% raw liver.
indigo-smokehouse-strips dog treats bacon indigo Smokehouse Strips
We recently discovered these and Kobi loves them (especially bacon flavor)! They smell so good you might be tempted to eat them yourself. This healthy jerky alternative is made in the USA. Real fresh chicken or pork is the main ingredient, with only premium cuts of USDA-inspected meat. You won’t find artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives in this natural treat. They’re packed with a smoked and cured flavor and vacuum sealed for freshness. They were awarded the 2013 Pet Business Industry Recognition Awards Winner.
uncleulrick jerky strips dog treats Uncle Ulrick’s Jerky Strips
Uncle Ulrick’s is a new brand of USA sourced and manufactured jerky snacks and treats for dogs. All of Uncle Ulrick’s products are made in the USA in a certified USDA approved facility in Ohio. Ingredients in the Chicken Jerky Strips – chicken breast and vegetable glycerin – that’s it! Simple and tasty! They’re are made with choice cuts of American chicken breasts that are fresh [never frozen!] and cooked to perfection without adding grain, soy, wheat fillers, by-products, artificial flavors or colors in the process.
Cowboy-cookout sausage dog treats Merrick Gourmet Sausage Treats
The Merrick Cowboy Cookout Gourmet Sausage Treat is 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. They’re 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.


Quick tip: we refrigerate the most of the treats to ensure freshness.


Largest Bones for Dogs We’ve Ever Seen

Tasmans Largest Bones for Dogs

Bison Femur Bone

Does your dog chew bones or raw hides in seconds? Well we discovered the largest bones for dogs that we’ve ever seen! They’re made by Tasman’s Natural Pet Brands and we’re positive it would take quite a while, possibly weeks or months for your dog to get through these.

Tasman’s American Bison Meaty Bones are sourced and made in the USA from Free Range American Bison, raised without added hormones or antibiotics. They offer a variety of bison bone types: knuckle, achilles, saddle, femur, foreshank, center cut and paddle bison bones. They come in various sizes to satisfy the extra large to small dog.

Tasmans Largest Bones for Dogs

Bison Paddle Bone

The background story on Tasman’s Natural Pet Brands is quite interesting. It’s a family owned company based in Louisville, Kentucky founded by Mr. Goodman Tasman in 1947. Their main line of business is actually raw cattle hides for the leather industry and leather production for worldwide brands and manufacturers of footwear, handbags, furniture, accessories and just about anything you can think of made from leather.

In 2006 they began to work with bison hides to be cured and processed for sale to the leather industry. In 2007, they came up with the idea of making the best rawhide chew treats for dogs. Not only do they sell bison bones, but they also have a full line of treats and rawhide chews, including rawhide chews made from elk.

What’s the Process?


Thanks Aaron!

“We take possession of the raw bison hides immediately after harvesting at USDA or State Inspected facilities in the U.S., and maintain custody of the hides until they become the best rawhide chews available today. Unlike most rawhide chews, ours are made with only bison hides and we know EXACTLY where they came from and when they were harvested. Many other rawhide chew companies would be hard pressed to tell you exactly where the hides the come from to make their chews. Also, unlike most, if not all, rawhide chew companies that rely on the second layer of the skin, we often use the entire Bison Hide including the top (full grain) layer in our chews. We then work with a sheltered workshop here in the Louisville area to do our packaging and casing.”

“At Tasman’s Natural Pet Brands, we are committed to bringing you only the highest quality pet treats and leather products second to none in quality, reliability and beauty.”

If you’re interested in purchasing Tasman’s products, you can get them at Amazon or Tasman’s website (which also has a store finder).