Last updated on August 27, 2013
People often ask me what treats I feel safe and comfortable in feeding my dog, Dexter. Trying to survey the dog treat landscape these days can leave a dog mom or dog dad dizzied, to say the least. Don't you wish there were some dog safe treats out there? Actually, there are.
Fidose of Reality rule of thumb: Turn the bag, can, box, etc. around – Do not be swayed by the healthy running dog on the front of a bag or can of dog food. Be diligent and read dog food labels. Know what each ingredient means. Realize that the ingredients go from most to least.
No one paid us nor endorsed us to say the following. We just believe in sharing news and information about the dog treats we feel safe in feeding and that our dog loves. We have also given these dog treats as gifts and in goodie bags at events, such as the Wigglebutt Wedding and the 2014 event, Wigglebutts Go Hollywoof.
Here are six dog treats we love and why we have such doggie affection for them:
Pupzelles by Giggy Bites: Fresh baked gourmet treats and unique gift items. That is the mantra of Giggy Bites, a small but mighty store located in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Their business card reads “because good dogs deserve good treats” but their store offers so much more. Old Fashioned Puppy Pizzelles – made of flour, eggs, oil, baking powder, dried chicken liver and seasonings. And they have online ordering.
Domestic Dogdess Homemade Mutt Balls: For those of you who want to make a tasty treat at home, we've uncovered a fab recipe for dogs. Our Puppy Relations’ Manager, Dexter, has a very special recipe to share courtesy his doggie wife, Zoe, the Domestic Dogdess! The duo snacked on this recently when we visited to do some Wigglebutt Wedding planning, and let’s just say there wasn’t a clean plate in the house.
Zoe’s Mutt Balls in Creamy Sauce
1 lb lean ground beef, chicken, or lamb
½ cup finely grated carrot
½ cup finely grated zucchini
½ cup finely grated broccoli stems
½ cup cooked quinoa
1 large egg
1 can beef broth
1 cup water
½ cup yogurt
Mix together first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl. Form mixture into 1” balls and place on plate. Bring broth and water to a boil. Drop about 1/3 of the mutt balls into the pot. Lower heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove mutt balls and set a side, repeating with remaining balls.
When all the mutt balls are cooked, bring cooking liquid to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes to reduce the liquid. Whisk in ½ cup of yogurt and return mutt balls to the gravy. Let cool to lukewarm before serving. If you’re feeling in a Lady and the Tramp kind of mood, serve mutt balls and gravy over cooked whole grain rice or quinoa pasta!
Duck and Pumpkin Soft Baked Naturals treats by Hills: Hill’s now has a line of Ideal Balance products that piqued our interest. Most notably, I like anything that is easy on my dog’s digestive tract but that tastes good to him. The Hill’s Ideal Balance Soft-Baked Naturals with Duck & Pumpkin are all-natural dog with no corn, wheat, soy, added artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. They have other flavors available as well.
Scout & Zoe’s chicken jerky is USDA grade A boneless, skinless chicken breast. There are no hormones added, it is antibiotic free, and the chickens are raised in Indiana and Ohio, free range. Scout and Zoe’s also released a new dog treat in the sweet potato line, too. These sweet potatoes have been raised in Texas, Arizona and California. They are USDA grade A Fancy sweet potatoes and contain no chemicals, no preservatives. Both raw products are obtained from food distributors who sell product to restaurants. “Our chicken and potatoes could have been on your dinner plate. Human grade,” Cindy Dunston Quirk tells Fidose of Reality. The chicken jerky is sliced into thin filets and dehydrated into chicken jerky gold. There is no salt, nothing added.
Annie’s Pooch Pops Muttkins: Every weekend, Dexter gets a new bone to work on. It keeps him busy, we have given these as gifts, and they are the real deal: A beef marrow bone. The outer portion houses a baked biscuit of peanut butter, eggs, wheat flour, butter and vanilla but I break that off before feeding to him to avoid extra calories or digestive upset with too much treat. However, the Muttkin bone has become a tradition in our household. Use caution, as with any treat, but Dexter would be this bone at number one on the list: He buries it, cries to it, gnaws on it, and carries it around like a cave dog. Available in a variety of sizes. We get the $10 version, which measures about 9 inches.
Sweet Paws Bakery gourmet treats: Sweet Paws Bakery is a shop that includes a dog bakery, boutique, and small dog doggie daycare in Gainesville, Florida, but they ship the tastiest, cutest treats fresh to your doorstep: And no preservatives or ingredients you can't pronounce. Highly recommended are the carob chip delights, kooky cocker carrot cookies, and Parker's pizza treats. Tell them Fidose of Reality sent you. If you use the coupon code FIDOSEOFREALITY you will receive FREE shipping!
Would love to see your dog digging these goodies on arrival. If you send us a picture, we'll post it!
Note: We were not paid nor endorsed to share these products and are simply big fans and repeat users of all six of these products.