I’m all about giving treats to my dogs! We give them treats all the time for things like going to the bathroom, doing tricks, before we leave them alone for a while, and even for just simply being adorable, which they are, all. the. time. Their diets are strictly no corn, no wheat, and no soy, which means that their treats need to be the same. This is why we work Zuke’s treats into their routine! I refuse to have picky eaters in my house, so we often use other treat brands too, but Zuke’s are treats that they are guaranteed to love every time!
Zuke’s is a company based out of Colorado, that specializes in delicious treats for your pets. They began in 1995 based around a thought that Patrick Meiering had when hiking with his dog, Zuke, that dogs need healthy treats just as much as people do. Today, Zuke’s has a variety of treat options that are suitable for your dog. They have jerky, biscuits, miniature training treats, low-calorie treats, dental chews, and more! Our girls were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to try out the different flavors of Zuke’s Lil’ Links. They offer the options of pork, duck, chicken, and rabbit, and my girls loved each one. Prior to their tasting experience, Dolly and Bella had tried Zuke’s minis, but that had been all. While the brand was familiar to them, these treats were not, so this was definitely fun to watch!
I’m not sure if all dogs do this, or just mine, but if they are given a treat that they have never had before, they sniff it for what feels like forever before taking a bite. There was no exception this time around. They actually did this for each flavor (four in total), but after they did it once, they never did it again. They are so silly!
Right away, the girls loved the chicken, duck, and rabbit recipes. These are all very familiar meats for them, so it didn’t take any time at all for them to adjust. The pork on the other hand was very unique to them. Their diets reflect ours when it comes to meat. We avoid beef and pork, and always choose chicken, turkey, or fish. With the exception of rabbit, our food preferences are what I lean towards when selecting treats and food for them. Don’t get me wrong, they have had beef and lamb before, but it’s not very common in their diets in comparison to other meats. Up until now, they had never had pork before, and it became very clear, very quickly that they didn’t know what to think! After sniffing the treats for a bit, Dolly took hers and went to her usual spot under the table to eat it. She adjusted to the flavor pretty quickly. Bella was a different story. She took hers over to the carpet and dropped it on the floor. Then she stared at it. She literally studied it! After about two minutes she finally licked it and then picked it up and ate it, and what do you know, she loved it. She’s so strange sometimes!
I would definitely recommend Zuke’s treats to any fellow dog lover, and to prove it, I’ve partnered up with the kind people at Zuke’s for a great giveaway! One lucky winner with receive a box full of Lil’ Links! You can enter the contest here. The contest is only open to those who reside in the US, and will run until Wednesday, January 14th, 2015.
And if you need one more reason to love Zuke’s, you can upload a photo or video here of your dog being active, and they will donate $5 to the Dog and Cat Cancer Fund.
Lil’ Links retail at $7.99 per bag and can be purchased on-line or at your local pet retailer.
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