I get a fair amount of solicitations from vendors about dog related products, and I try to weed out the ones I think people may be really interested in so that A. this blog isn’t an informercial and B. my house isn’t overrun with all manner of odd pet stuff.
There was the one time I was sent a kit that would supposedly help me train Thai to use the toilet instead of the litter box. While I thought that would be amusing, I just wasn’t up for the battle. That one went unused.
A couple of weeks ago, I got an email about a new line of dog cookies from the cable network Animal Planet. I like Animal Planet. My dogs like cookies.
They could almost be considered gourmands of dog treats — really there are some that result in upturned noses and little interest and others that are received very enthusiastically.
I contacted the rep and hoped to score two bags — one to sample on my pooches and one to give to a reader. Alas, she only sent one bag. So this will just have to be a consumer test blog entry.
Here’s the skinny on these chewy treats: They are grain free, which is a good choice for dogs with allergies. The first ingredient is pork, always good to have real meat be the main source of protein. Most of the other ingredients are stuff you would recognize as food, like brown sugar and tomato powder. It does contain garlic powder, and I know some dog parents avoid garlic like the plague, but I suspect it’s such a trace amount that there should be no real worries.
I liked that there was a freshness date on the package, which makes me feel more confident that this is close to real food.
These are my trio of pooches when presented with the goods for testing. As you can see, I have their full attention:
Overall, this bag earned their seal of approval. There were plenty in the bag, which is good since the retail price is a bit steep. I found them sold online here and here, and of course I am hoping to find them in retail stores like Kroger, Target and PetSmart.